Joan Streit

Live music makes all the difference.

Whatever special event you are planning — a wedding reception, birthday or anniversary party — my piano playing and singing will make the occasion even more unforgettable.

January 13, 2010

Favorite Songs

Broadway“What’s your favorite song?” That’s a question I ask very often. Whether I’m playing the piano and singing at a New Jersey private home, restaurant or country club, I love doing requests. And I know people appreciate being asked.

How do they answer this question? Well, a big favorite for years has been “All I Ask of You” from “Phantom of the Opera.” Others favorites are “Stardust” “Over the Rainbow” “As Time Goes By” songs by Billy Joel and Sinatra, and songs from Broadway — often from specific shows, such as “South Pacific” or “Cabaret.”

Many people don’t have a favorite song, or else they need time to think of one. Others have so many that I need to write them all down! I often need to learn a new song if it’s requested, and I don’t know it. This was the case with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” requested by a couple. By the way, I sometimes don’t remember people’s names, but I always remember their favorite songs!

So many people come up and thank me for playing their favorite songs. I know they appreciate the gesture, and I get great satisfaction from knowing I’ve made them happy.

So…..what IS your favorite song? I’d love to know! And by the way, mine is “Someone to Watch Over Me” written by the Gershwins in 1926.

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Murray Henneman, October 4, 2012, 10:56 am

I really love Phantom of the Opera since the music is great and also the story line is top of the line compared with other opera performances.

Chris Wood, October 27, 2018, 5:31 pm

My Dearest Joan,
I’m still vertical and able to lift 12oz. 🙂 Miss you and your fantastic, wonderful, marvelous, entertainment. I think of you whenever I hear “Claire de Lune”. My favorite song is “Holiday For Strings”. I am pleased that you are happy in Sarasota but there is a void of outstanding entertainment in NJ with your absence. Anyone in FL who does not take advantage of an opportunity to experience your entertaining is missing a most special and enjoyable experience.
Stay well and Thanks For the memories,
Love, Chris

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