Mark Twain

Portrait of Mark Twain, photographed by A.F. Bradley, c. 1907.
Mark Twain (1835 – 1910). 1

An American author and humorist who played the piano, guitar, and banjo.

He had a curious way of playing with his fingers stretched straight out over the keys, so that each time he played a chord it seemed as if a miracle had happened.  He always cleared his throat many times before he began, and then sang quite loudly with his head thrown back and his eyes fixed on the ceiling.  We thought he looked very 'cute.'  He interrupted himself constantly to correct wrong chords, but usually in vain, for he could not find the right ones.  […] When he sang 'Rise and Shine and Give God the Glory, Glory,' he gave out so much fervor of spirit that one could never forget it.
Clara Clemens from Mark Twain at Your Fingertips: A Book of Quotations 2
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Page Sources

Bradley, A.F.  Mark Twain.  c. 20 May 1907.  Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington D.C., Digital ID cph 3a08820LOC.Gov.  Library of Congress, n.d.  Web.  27 Sept. 2015.  Public Domain.
Twain, Mark, Caroline Thomas Harnsberger, ed.  Mark Twain at Your Fingertips: A Book of Quoattions.  Mineola: Dover Publications, Inc., 2009: pg. 312.  Google Books.  Web. 21 Oct. 2015.