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Saturday, April 10, 2021
Dr. Martin Leung aka The Video Game Pianist or Mr. PhD haha. Has a nice ring to it. Sight reading at tempo gets tougher with difficult pieces. With practice, it is doable.
Funny of the day - Rich Brian dancin' outside of his car, or tryin' to hump his car? hahaha. Yeah Rich - what the hell are you doin'??
I'm curious to what role Sung Kang has in the new Obi-Wan show. Although I am no longer interested in that genre, it might be possible to renew some interest (if Sung Kang's character is a regular / major role - but it could only be a few episodes only).
Friday, April 09, 2021
Lang Lang Foundation Presents Little Pianists - cute and adorable as they come. I didn't begin playing or learning until I was in the teens - even then, I did not have the discipline nor the desire to practice or play. As a result, I had trouble even with the simplest of scales. You can already hear the lyricism and enthusiasm with these kids. That's how learning should be.
I hope the Vincent Chin story can become a film. There should already be a documentary on it I think. It is absolutely an important and very tragic incident that should be told and the public to be aware.
Here is an informative article on various lives of Asian-Americans (a positive respite or break from all the violence and hate): https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/04/08/arts/asian-american-photos-love.html
Thursday, April 08, 2021
That one delicate phrase in the Aria of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (what they might call the loneliest melody of all). It's definitely a whole different experience when you actually play it, as opposed to listening to it. Definitely gives you the feels or shivers. One of the most powerful or perhaps arguably the most emotive / powerful phrase there is.
If you can compose a unique, original melody - then you might be considered a 'real genius'. Composing is just as difficult (if not more) than transcribing by ear or playing by ear. I believe the Video Game Pianist has that talent.
I began re-watching Jay Chou's "J-Style Trip". It's worth it for the magic tricks, humor and quite educational / informative as well.
Tuesday, April 06, 2021
I have to remind myself to watch a few episodes of "New Amsterdam" at some point - it's Daniel Dae Kim afterall.
The Tze Chun - you damn better believe I'll be checking out or clicking on the different Asian-American creators he has started to support.
Here is an interesting article on various Asian-American entrepreneurs and creators: https://medium.com/hyphen-capital-blog/companies-started-by-asian-americans-d1e41c9958a3
I'm not looking to finish the Goldberg Variations at all. If it took Maestro Lang Lang 10+ years to study the piece, it's going to take quite some time for a lot of us as well. Also - the crossing of hands is something I need to continue to work on. I become stuck at the sections - slowing down considerably or stopping or pausing. The play-through or read-through has certainly awakened my senses to how grand the piece is.
Monday, April 05, 2021
I played / read through J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations during the weekend. Having finished the Three-Part Inventions (and playing through some Fugues) has helped in tackling this piece. While most are manageable, there are definitely tough ones. I'm not used to crossing of hands yet - it is still relatively new. I had to read it very slowly - or literally at a snail's pace. As in all endeavors, it takes practice and patience.
So when is the Shang-Chi trailer? That is the question of the year so far.
Sunday, April 04, 2021
Lazy Sundays are usually listens to podcasts that I haven't listened to yet - weekdays, re-listens or my classical music playlist. Surprisingly, there hasn't been new ones from GeniusBrain yet. Well, there are topics or subject matters that I do not relate to or have no interest in. You cannot like them all. I settle for the Video Game Pianist's live streams as well.
You have to enjoy what you are doing or it's not worth doing (never do because you have to do, or just because you do haha) - whether it's a hobby, a passion project or a life-long career.
What's just as bad as the terrible racists out there, are the self-loathing folks that act like them (ethnic color on the outside, the racist color on the inside - a twinkie for example). Now you have to be completely insecure and feel inadequate or lack any self-esteem to act like that. Let me know - I'll rip a new asshole on the self-Asian haters as well. I am loud and proud - of all Asians (although I won't necessarily agree on everything - you do not have to).
Friday, April 02, 2021
I didn't know there was another "Goonies" reunion last December - virtual fundraiser for hunger. The ensemble cast doing a complete table read of the movie - with props and a bit of acting as well. Josh Gad can do a George McFly impression - and now a spot-on Sloth impression (replete with facial expressions and everything - perhaps the same weight as well haha).
With all the Anti-Asian violence and hate going on, needed a brief break or distraction. But it is an on-going fight. We Asian-Americans will never be apologetic for our own success, happiness and talents. The blame game is what racists do for their own inadequacies or failures - they never take responsibility. Bystander intervention and a Hate Crime Task Force are necessary - but we Asian-Americans also have to stand up and might need to carry pepper sprays / tasers at all times in certain areas ( learning self-defense as well - being aware of your surroundings and everyone as well). It's possible to see an attacker coming before it happens. How you react or not react depends on you. But sometimes, it can be totally spontaneous and unexpected.
Andrew Yang: If you become Mayor, make the Anti-Asian Task Force a priority. And taking some vocal lessons perhaps haha. The song is called "Seasons of Yang". Amusing, but he tried.
Thursday, April 01, 2021
In relevant news, Randall Park is planning to direct a film based on a novel called "Shortcomings". Randall Park might no longer be on social media, but he appears to still be active. Acting here and there, from "Wandavision" to now directing. If you are a reader, there appears to be a list of up-and-coming Asian-American authors to read. If you are a reader.
MC Jin is still spittin' rhymes like no other, in his most recent music video supporting Andrew Yang's mayoral campaign. He reminds me of Timothy Chantarangsu spittin' rhymes or beats - but MC Jin is the OG. Also, fans might know him in 2 Fast 2 Furious as well. The JusticeForJimmy movement haha. When I heard Andrew Yang's "signature song", I was like - please leave the singing up to actual singers haha. But I was amused.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Happy birthday, J.S. Bach - the originator of a lot of beautiful and familiar melodies, as well as arguably the most complex or intricate piano repertoire there is. You can memorize pieces beginning with any composer. But the point is - it makes it much easier if you begin with J.S. Bach first. If I focused on it, then yes. Music is internal and eternal.
Justice should be served swiftly and harshly for any and all attackers against Asian-Americans. Please dispatch the Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Task Force to public transportations and dangerous areas. There is going to be justice eventually. Again - it is going to take time to undo the damage from the previous abhorrent regime.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
I think Andrew Huang can give lessons on how to properly or creatively create an astounding or mesmerizing intro sequence. That could be a legit intro to a high quality show. Fan music or soundtrack is also compelling. There isn't anything else these days.
I wonder what happened to VGP's piano - perhaps he was leasing it or in the process of getting another one. So he can compose as well.
More attacks should mean more action / initiative - we absolutely need an Anti-Asian Hate Crime Task Force all over. Punishment and penalties should be severe. Diversity is America: Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin. What part of the world are "you" from? If you don't like it, perhaps you'd prefer to get in a time machine and go back to the slavery days or the nazi era. Leave the future to us.
Monday, March 29, 2021
It's World Piano Day! The piece of the day for me on this occasion is W.A. Mozart K. 332 Piano Sonata. Here is the first movement below:
It's a dynamic and exciting piece - the third movement even more so. That is forthcoming.
Sunday, March 28, 2021
The Asian-American celebrity of the day goes to Bowen Yang - he's trending on the Asian-American twitter accounts I frequent. I didn't think this entire Anti-Asian hate would make it to a segment / sketch on SNL, but it did. It's an extremely important issue that needs to be raised in any industry - including infusing into it comedy scene or genre if need be. This should only be the beginning. Somebody out there noted that it is going to take awhile to undo the damage from the previous nazi-esque regime, but take it step by step.
I'll upload my "World Piano Day" piece of the day from my video repertoire tomorrow here. For now, I'll be listening to the Video Game Pianist stream, more Nobuyuki Tsujii, and Lang Lang's Goldberg Variations journey created playlist
Friday, March 26, 2021
It's been awhile since I heard anything from John Cho. His next project is "Don't Make Me Go" - might be interesting. I heard "Cowboy Bebop" has finished production - can't wait until it releases on Netflix.
Eugene Yang's video commentary on Anti-Asian hate is very informative, about being Asian-American and the plight of the Asian-American throughout history. The absolute, unequivocal truth. Very articulate as well.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Coming soon to on-demand:
Tran Quoc Bao's "The Paper Tigers"
Eddie Huang's "Boogie"
Coming soon to Netflix: "Stowaway" (sci-fi epic on April 22)
These are must-see films.
Monday, March 22, 2021
If Andrew Huang can make it up to the top of Sparkle Mountain of gumdrops, candies and all them psychedelic weirdness / deliciousness, you can damn believe that Andrew Huang is really going to outer space haha. Liftoff - it's "The Last Starfighter" meeting "2001: A Space Odyssey" - the ultimate trip.