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Eavesdropping

Listening in on Southland folks

May 16, 1997|MICHAEL QUINTANILLA

Name: Korah B. Bautista

Profession: Pianist

Where: Under the patio umbrella between Panda Express and A & W Root Beer at the Food Court at the Plaza at West Covina.

When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (She also has gigs at various Nordstroms in Los Angeles and Orange counties.)

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10 most played songs:

1. "Fur Elise"

2. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

3. "New York, New York"

4. "Solamente Una Vez"

5. "Someone to Watch Over Me"

6. "Granada"

7. "Begin the Beguine"

8. "Mona Lisa"

9. "Misty"

10. "The Blue Danube"

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Song most requested by men: "As Time Goes By"

Song most requested by women: "Spanish Eyes"

Among Korah's faves:

Every song from "My Fair Lady" because when she immigrated to California from the Philippines she says she felt like Eliza Doolittle. "People would say to me, 'Korah, you're not speaking your syllables the right way.' "

What she listens to in her car: Liberace and Ferrante & Teicher tapes.

A final note: "When I hear people humming tunes, tapping their feet and thumping their fingers on a table, it makes me happy. One time I saw a man dancing right over there between Hot-Dog-on-a-Stick and McDonald's and when I saw him he had one wooden peg for a leg. That was very rewarding."

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