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Monday, February 19, 2018

It was quite windy over the weekend, which saw some flurries the other day. It can get windy or gusty here at times. Chopin's "Winter Wind" Etude comes in mind, with the descending and then ascending arpeggios reminding me of the howling winds. Speaking of Etudes, there is a few more to upload soon.

Just imagine the piano keys like an opera singer's vocal chords with a finite range. Depending on the particular piece, it can be expressed lyrically on both hands (bass / treble - tenor, alto/soprano). Likewise, a composer can see vocals like an instrument and vice versa.

When video games become the scapegoat again. Who'ja gonna call? The AFG! (well, not so fat anymore heh).


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sometimes, simple is better. I'm not really a romantic at heart for sure (never was, except maybe when it comes to classical music). But I always believed that you do not need to do anything extravagant or what they say 'follow the crowd' in terms of what others are doing for Valentine's. If that's what it takes, I'll gladly count myself out heh. We just dined out for Valentine's, and that was that. The dinner was enjoyable, except that I got queezy from the alcohol (did not mix the drink enough).

It takes real talent for any creator to make content without resorting to sensationalism, racism or other. Unfortunately, there are too many 'follow the crowd' types and not enough unique-ness or skilled creators. It's a nasty society we live in - thus, I do not pay much attention to the 'haters' and just to who I like and support. If anything, haters are just extra attention - they hate for whatever reason (at other's success, talent, etc.).

My next recordings might come sooner that I thought.

It is a nasty, violent society we live in. But I think about those less fortunate than me, but who have a far greater positive outlook than I ever did. That certainly put things into perspective, and appreciate life more.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

"The Silent Motto" DEMO by Big Phony



Word of the day: Unhinged muhaha.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

I heard about "Search", which John Cho is in. I have to watch it when available, as it certainly seems interesting and unique. I'm not sure about the new "Maze Runner" film, I'll probably eventually watch it out of curiosity.

Ryan Higa is certainly adept in creating parodies. I'm definitely saving them to my playlist. "Wanna run with Ryan's crew, huh? Rule cyberspace and create Youtube videos like he would, foo?" (a lame attempt to re-phrase Weird Al's lyrics to "It's All about the Pentiums" heh).

With a brief internet outage yesterday, I was able to put in another practice - this time, Chopin Waltzes and ending with a Beethoven. I tentatively plan to record and upload the next Etude sometime next month or so.

Thai Fieri for prez muhaha. Do NOT consume tide pods folks.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Well, it was expected - coming back to the dreary precipitation after nice weather in Hawaii. But, there'll be more sun for sure. As for the trip, it was a respite or vacation that was needed (since we did not travel or go out of state all the past year). One of the highlights was certainly snorkeling on the day before departure - was treated to a turtle swimming close by, and some tropical fishes. It would have been better if the skies were perfectly clear as it were somewhat cloudy on that day. I enjoyed some hiking as well - the breeze felt refreshing and hiking through different types of trees was a sight to behold. Of course, what can beat watching a sunset on an island (pictures forthcoming). Also, enjoying a nice hearty meal at the restaurant where my sister works. I'm sure there are other spots that we were not aware of, but that's for another day or time I guess.

What separates the great from the good musicians or instrumentalists is the ability to take it to the next level in terms of interpretative style and color. Any bozo who's learned music can play notes - I personally believe they are boring to watch - too mechanical or robotic. Mastering or conquering a piece is just a foundation when it comes to precision, as well as reading difficult music. The next layer is interpretation. I've come to a point where I can begin doing that now.

What the hell happened to KBS channel 351? (All of the support reps I've chatted with had no clue). I'm not sure about the rumors of a takeover or removal, but if that is the case - then I'll have to downgrade further or switch companies altogether. I've enjoyed watching K-Dramas (Jugglers being the most recent one), but I'm sure there has got to be other channel or service options out there (other than watching online).


Saturday, January 06, 2018

To truly appreciate what a pianist or any instrumentalist plays or performs, the listener should be able to comprehend the difficult sheet music as well to follow along if necessary. It is not the ends to the means of course, but just an opinion. Anyone can listen and enjoy the sounds of music that they hear - whatever suits their tastes and preferences. But the skill of comprehending and reading difficult music (as well as transcribing or playing by ear) are assets that are not common at all.

Exploitative and offensive content should never be tolerated on Youtube and other media platforms. Morality is gone, and shock value is in. Unfortunately, the ship needs to be righted and apologies should not be as forgivable. No, I did not watch that. But I had to hear it from others that I follow to just....shake my head in disgust /smhid.

I never knew what prosciutto was, nor do I give a rat's ass heheh. "...tell me what you need and you won't get none of it" - Milonakis verse.


Wednesday, January 03, 2018

The recent controversy on Youtube surrounding a viral video on what appears to be making light of a suicide victim is despicable and exploitative. But then again, exploitative material is nothing new. Absolutely horrid. No matter how grim, dull and depressing life can get, nobody should take their life. But these thoughts can happen to anyone, because negative thoughts happen. We only get one chance at life, and there's always that possibility to turn your life around with the right attitude and determination. Things can get overwhelming and too much however. But we just need to figure out how to deal with it in a healthy way.

Empathy and diplomacy - learn it, live it...know it.


Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Every new year can be a better year than the previous, but that is not that case all the time. Some years, it feels as if nothing has changed. But for me, I have to make myself look at the positives (although there might be more negatives), and think that I've made progress step by step or a bit at a time. "The Twilight Zone" marathon is always fun to watch all the way through, although this year didn't get to watch much. As for the half hour versus hour format, I think the hour-long episodes work as long as the story is worthwhile or captivating(Season 4 which some were intriguing).

Adding to the list of resolutions or convictions for the new year is to make concrete or final decisions more. That has always been my peeve, and indecisions usually originate from disinterest or laziness. Either that, or just the inexperience. With more experience and research in certain situations, it'll get easier hopefully to more bold and confident in decision-making as well as knowing what we need or want.

For all the musicians or instrumentalists out there, hopefully this year'll be very musical regardless of repertoire. I need to look to branch out in my endeavors.

Affordability is usually a term used very loosely. There are tons of hidden fees and unnecessary add-ons that are not advertised, which actually accumulate to an end price which is higher than it is supposed to be. Do not be thrown off by that, and stand firmly of what you know and want (unfortunately, I'm a novice in terms of that).