Most of us in North Florida and South Georgia already know of Marvin Goldstein. But his story is too good not to tell.
That's because this year, Marvin hits a milestone. 50 years behind the piano and at the ripe old age of 59, there's no telling when he'll stop.
50 years and 45 CD's later, and you can say Marvin Goldstein has made a career playing music. But he's no longer in it to create music, Marvin still plays to promote peace. And so even as he's approaching 60, Marvin Goldstein is still traveling the world, 120-thousand miles per year to countries that don't know of peace until they meet the man that has it coming out of his fingers.
"They felt what peace was like through the arts, so the arts is my focus."
And focusing on his mission is why Marvin still tickles the ivories. These days, he plays professionally 12-15 hours a week, most recently in Utah. He's seen Europe and Italy and if you've ever wanted a travel guide, Marvin is your man.
"I've been in recent years to the West Indies, to the Middle East, Asia, the Baltics, South Seas, Canada, throughout the U.S., Central America."
But where he really wants to go is to the White House. Goldstein had a meeting with President Bush. He was in Washington but was trumped by the King of Jordan. But now he's hoping Barack Obama will listen...and the chance to play for the Commander in Chief would be the icing on the cake.
"It's not just the icing on the cake...it's the cake."
So Marvin Goldstein will have his cake and eat it too. He's turned down a chance to join 3-dog night and says the best advice he ever received came back in 1981 from Liberace when he told Marvin to go out on his own. And here he sits, 50 years after he first sat down at the piano, and the music sounds rather peaceful.