He was always the main attraction that season in St. Croix, the pianist comedian, the comic pianist, and part time magician, if you count how he charmed. We threw huge parties that spilled from the lawn down into the sand, guests drawn inevitably towards the water. The time we set up his piano on the beach, long tables set with china and gold rimmed glasses. We sat before him like a garden in floral dresses, passing around bottles as he joked and played.