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Today Show with Matt Lauer and Nora The Piano Cat…

Well, well, well. My human’s are breathing a sigh of relief now that the live feed for the Today Show is over. Me? I’m just back to my usual routine: sleeping, eating, making music.

The day for me began quite early, say 4:30 am, when Betsy got up and started to do some final straightening up in preparation for the arrival of the Today Show technical crew.

LiveFeedTruckCrew1TodayShowThey arrived with their satellite truck at around 6 am. Then from 7:30 or so, I began to be called upon for what they call “teasers” in the business: just a few seconds on camera to let the folks watching at now what was coming up in the next hour. For the teasers, Burnell held me and Betsy petted my head. I don’t like to be held all that much, but I will tolerate being held by Burnell. I feel pretty safe in his arms – something about the way he cradles my feet and holds me very close to him. Anyway, we had three of those teasers, and in between I was back in the green room (actually it was the bedroom upstairs, and it isn’t even green).

Crew2TodayShowFinally the big moment arrived and we were live via satellite with Matt Lauer. I know there was concern that I might not be in the mood to play a few notes once the cameras were rolling and the world, as they say, was watching. But, much to the deliight of Betsy, I did feel like playing a brief riff. I played more after the cameras stopped. All in all, it went quite well I thought. Hope you enjoyed it.

For those of you who missed it, you can watch the video at

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  1. Ingrid King

    Congratulations to your wonderful appearance on the Today Show! Nora is amazing. That was too cute how she just laid on the piano keys and watched her reflection in the piano.

    All my best to you and Nora!

  2. Anne

    Nora, you made my day too! I was so proud of you – what a great job you did performing under all that pressure while remaining so dignified. It was fun to see you interacting with your pet parents too. It’s so obvious that Betsy & Burnell love you very much. I hope the other kitties in the household aren’t too jealous of your fame 🙂

  3. Jill Merrill

    Yah Nora! I’m imprsssed that you deigned to play a few notes for the ABC employees. Looking at the pictures, I realized they certainly dominated your space. I respect you for deciding after your mini-concert to eschew reality TV and concentrate on what’s important – your reflection! I love your attitude as much as your playing.

  4. Lucie

    What a gorgeous little girl you are Nora ;-D
    It’s always a pleasure to watch you, playing the piano or not…cuzz you’re such an adorable cutie.

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