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Thursday, December 12, 2019
I always believed that it is important to know or have a background in music theory - at least master the fundamentals. It makes it much easier - however, I don't think it is absolutely necessary to create, compose or produce music. I guess only if you are one of the rare "figure it out yourself" types. Advanced theory to me is just for knowledge-sake, and is optional but not required at all when it comes to playing, performing or composing.
Anxiety issues can be debilitating and a psychological torture whatever the case might be, whether it's public speaking or performing, traveling on public transportation, heights, etc. I always prefer to play it safe and err on the side of caution. But living like a hermit or not going out at all can also be detrimental, certainly would not help at all in overcoming these issues.
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Whatever happened to the Video Game Pianist - appears he's on hiatus from live streaming. Most likely that he's just very busy with performing, teaching, etc.
Cobra Kai S3 is going to actually be filming in Okinawa! That's probably the coolest thing to hear - I'm certainly glad to hear that they're going for authenticity. And perhaps more drama and nostalgia. Some more cool thoughts or ideas - I wouldn't mind seeing a Kyler vs. Miguel at the next tournament haha. Just don't make him into a pussy however. But it is strange that he was not mentioned at all in S2. How is that going to work, or is everything still just fluff or rumors at this point.
Sunday, December 01, 2019
December already - another year gone. Although Christmas is around the corner, the post-Thanskgiving depression can set it in. When the feast is over and the food is gone (wait - we finished all the leftovers already? haha), and family / friends leave or return home. What better way than to immerse yourself in a GeniusBrain podcast every Sunday. I'll usually re-watch a full episode if at all.
If someone makes a big deal out of a toilet seat, wouldn't that be a sane enough reason to dump their broken, bitchy-ass? haha. But to be fair, we all usually have our own peeves and things that irritate the hell out of us. Some of us just blurt or let it out. Personally, I wouldn't be able to deal with that shit. But kudos for anyone who can. I have my own baggage and neurotic / paranoid personality sometimes, a lot of it has to do with my anxieties and distrust in others / things. I can only surmise that these things might be tolerable if you are treated well in return. But who knows if the bitch yer with might have hidden agendas? Fortunately for me, I have no worries at all - the problem is actually with me however.
Being sensitive can be a good thing - in terms of being cautious and trusting your instincts (sometimes you can just tell who not to trust), recognizing or being able to interpret additional layers in terms of beauty or nuances in music or art, etc. But it can bring out the worst in you as well - talking back when it might be unnecessary, being overly defensive, blurting out things you might regret later on, etc.
Everyone in the classical music world might have been influenced by one Maestro to another. I am not familiar with a lot of them (albeit never knowing who they even are), but I would believe they have been positive influencers.
Saturday, November 30, 2019
As expected, I completely stuffed myself during our Thanskgiving feast - including the dessert round that followed of course haha. It's all about food, folks and fun - something I'm always grateful for. Other than my immediate reactions - "Damn - you gained a lot of weight!" haha.
"Justice For Jimmy" indeed haha. His most infamous line in 2 Fast 2 Furious - "I Gotchu". The "Justice For" hashtags are piling up for a lot of Asian-American / Asian characters. And you can take that fuckin' fact to the bank.
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Happy Turkey Day - bust them waistlines, and recede them hairlines as a bonus haha. All we gonna do is eat today.
I just heard about Godfrey Gao, but never really knew who he was until recently - he appears to be well-known. The circumstances I hear was tragic - I'm not sure if he pushed himself too hard, or whether the show pushed him too hard. It has to change - safety and health should always be priority (which seems to be sacrificed for greedy profits and / or ratings) - no wonder my anxiety can be extreme, and the utter distrust of things outside of my control.
I hope we get a teaser as a Christmas gift for "Cobra Kai" S3, but they hinted probably in January.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Ever heard of the question, "What would you do for a Klondike bar?". But nowadays, the question to ask is; "What would you do for a Popeye's Chicken Sandwich?" haha. I still can't fathom the craze.
As comforting as eating delicious food is, it can be a detriment if your mood is dependent on it. Our relationship has been on the rocks quite a few times because I just let it out - facial expressions that express disgust or distaste, or just blurting it out heh. I'm the type that'll just tell it like it is. It's certainly a symptom of food dependency for comfort. On the flipside, I rely on music as comfort and therapy as well - but that has positive effects as it lifts my spirit and is an internal energy source for me. But too much of anything is never a good thing. Speaking of which, I might not get to a new recording until next year.
How to overcome anxiety and fears - that's been something I haven't been able to yet. It sure has been hella difficult to live a more enriching life (other than staying home or driving locally / going on short trips) since I don't like to travel. We all have to think on the side of caution and safety, and I'd prefer to err on that side rather than taking risks or being too complacent about things.
Sunday, November 24, 2019
I'm glad to hear that Dustin Nguyen is doing well and thriving - whom I just recently noticed when he reappeared on the new Cinemax series (with a new season in production). I've been curious on what he's been up to:
Don't get David So on a dive coaster haha. His reaction was priceless - rivals that with the Try Guy's reaction on that coaster in Knot's Berry farm haha. I have anxiety, and it can get extreme - I guess you can call it a phobia: an irrational fear of something or anything (for me, in particular for things not in my control - such as public transportation - but I don't necessarily panic all the time if at all). I hate heights as well, so it makes for a not a very pleasant experience. Safety should always be priority over comfort, that's my credo. Of course, comfort is just a bonus or a plus. If fat floats, then fat also flies or glides I guess haha.