Sunday, August 25, 2013 PM

I have some new Chopin Etudes uploaded on my Classical Repertoire web page, but utilized the phone for recording temporarily. I can get back to work to finish off the Liszt "Reminiscence" whereas if I decide to record that, I'll have to get a new recording software or webcam for sure.

It's gettin' cold, but I'm glad that at least made the trip out to the same spot in the wilderness. The water wasn't too cold, but taking a dip was a must muhaha. Certainly refreshing.

Monday, August 18, 2013 PM

I still plan to create a new playlist to upload, as there are some wonderous song writers and lyricists out there. I had a playlist of mostly soundtrack music but although I still listen to them although not frequently, updates and changes have to be made now. And are always made in this day and age. These days, most talented musicians/guitarists are found online as obscure youtube artists that are making their way. My favorites include Goh Nakamura's "Embarcadero Blues", "Somewhere" and "Daylight Savings". I'm also going to put D-Choi's "Can't Take This Away", definitely a favorite.

As I mentioned before, classical music is something that just readily soaks in for me more or less. Understanding concepts like major/minor chords and scales, dotted notes(quarter, eighths, etc), key/time signatures, etc. is essential for any classical musician or pianist. But it isn't necessarily a requisite for the ability to actually play or perform any repertoire. But to play them well, it most likely is. Which is why concert pianists such as Lang Lang has such a knack.

Friday, August 16, 2013 PM

It'll be awhile before I finalize the Chopin Etudes compilation, since I'll probably be adding a few more. The Etude #19 C# Minor, for instance. I decided to work on these for now, and make them the next recordings. The "Tristesse" is getting there, but it'll still be awhile. In the meantime, I think I'll be uploading the briefer Etudes. Classical music should not be a complicated subject in any sense of the word, although it does require an astute mind to adapt to in terms of the theory and whatnot. But I reckon that's not very common place anyway. It does feel good in that sense muhaha, sort of how a programmer can just start typing away a program without much thought.

Summer is at its end almost and although I haven't made the usual excursions to the beach as I usually did in NY, I was able enjoy the wilderness and nature as is. Perhaps one more trip is in the works before it gets cold and rainy again.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 PM

When you think about concert venues with excellent acoustics for a concert grand piano and an orchestra, there are places like Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center in NYC; even Boston, Chicago and perhaps smoggy LA have venues that can possibly rival. But who would have thought that the Hoosier State, basically farm country muhaha, would have something as palatial as their own venue. I would never have.

Jeremy Lin had a recent Q & A, and I'm wondering whether it'll be one of his last. Even J-Lin himself is quite unsure about his future, considering the fickle organization that he is with. It's mind-boggling how some clubs can turn on ya in a heartbeat. I hope their "Assistant GM" remains an "Assistant GM" in that capacity muhaha. But essentially, Jeremy has put in a lot of hard work and seems ready for next season. I'm still uncertain whether I'll purchase NBA League Pass. If things appear more optimistic, perhaps.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 PM

Well, I'm glad the electrical outage was resolved right away. And fortunately, I wasn't working on anything too urgent but when you lose work because of a sudden power outage, that would be quite inconvenient. Here's a tip for anybody planning to saw trees down: don't be a knucklehead, make sure you absolutely know which direction it is going to fall. Preferably away from power lines muhaha. Otherwise, there hasn't been a lot these issues fortunately. And I don't really have to worry about hurricanes over here that could cause extensive outages.

A few Chopin Etudes that I'm going to include are the "Trois Etudes", at least the the first two (F Minor/A-Flat Major). They are brief pieces, but still are worthwhile. Chopin's Etudes are technical studies that range from the tranquil and subtle, to intense and frenetic. There are quite a few difficult ones that'll certainly take awhile, but I'm certainly not going to do them all nor do I think I have the patience for, but who knows.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 PM

Before the summer is out, I have to go back to the cold, running river and take another dip in it; if the weather cooperates for the rest of the season that is. Swimming would not be relevant in this case, since there are rapid currents that would not be wise to swim through muhaha. But it's still quite refreshing just to get in the water.

I recommend Lang Lang's Chopin and Liszt albums, two recent albums among all his albums. I have my favorites, but they are quite grand.

I'm working on several Chopin Etudes, but the priority right now is getting another recording program. I haven't done much research at all, but eventually. In the meantime, I'll have to use my phone as a temporary.

Monday, August 12, 2013 AM

The computer industry is a fascinating subject that doesn't get tiring no matter how much the story is told. That, and classical music. Although today's youth might not have lived through the days of innovation in the '80's of Apple Computers and Microsoft, it helps to understand it and the early days of computing. Apple first introduced the personal computer for the home during its beginnings. I recall having an Apple IIe in the early '80's for our home. I personally had a MacIntosh during my frosh year in college in the late '90's. And fast forward to today, Macbooks are practically utilized everywhere. And the "i" series of devices are certainly no strangers to today's audiences.

With a new film about one of the founders and the leading innovator of Apple, "Jobs" could be worth watching. I'm sure that every documentary or film based on Apple or whatnot gives a different kind of perspective, and some might be more replete and accurate than others. "The Pirates Of Silicon Valley" was more about the competition between the two companies, but it give an interesting glimpse into the guy.

These days, I'll usually wait for a new film to become available for digital rental; only the ones that I've been anticipating to watch that is. The days of going to the theater is over for me more or less; but exceptions could be made on rare occasions. I'm not sure if I'll ever go while I'm over here however. Still, I have a modest collection of films/programs and music to fall back on even if they aren't new.

Friday, August 9, 2013 PM

I'm glad it'll be a few months before another visit to the dentist. Despite that, I have to eventually go to a specialist for another possible tooth operation for a lesion.

Mr. Ma and Mr. Lang Lang, two extraordinary classical musicians for sure. Students who are fortunate to attend a master class with Lang Lang would certainly benefit or profit from his instructions. And it would behoove anyone to listen attentively because he's been there. Even watching a clip or video of a session is helpful. Tips and pointers can be extrapolated even if it's just a few minute clip.

I could watch "Amadeus" over and over simply for the music if not for the story-telling. It doesn't paint a flattering portrait of Mozart, but it certainly showcases his famous works quite well. This could displace as the #6 film of my favorites.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 PM

The Chopin Ballades. They are some of his difficult works, but they are also some of the most melodic and intense. But who could perform these wonderfully but none other than Lang Lang. The G Minor and A-Flat Major are probably Chopin's most recognizable. I usually identify a piece by its key rather than the Opus or #. But essentially, pieces are identified or classified through opuses and numbers. Either way, I'll eventually re-work the G Minor and even go back to the A-Flat; which I started a year ago but left unfinished like a lot of pieces.

I must have re-aggravated my lower back from slouching too much at my desk. When my back stiffens like that, walking becomes an unpleasant experience muhaha. I guess proper posture sitting is actually necessary, but it seems that it's never adhered to; and I'm certainly not the exception. Besides, slouching is an art form that a lot have mastered to their stomache's content muhaha.

Thursday, August 1, 2013 PM

I guess there are certain subjects that just come naturally without putting much thought in it, and music theory is one of them. Back in the day, I looked forward to this rather than the actual playing. Or perhaps it was just something to pass the time so I could get the hell out of there. Anyway, the knowledge remained dormant until I returned to the piano. I've been away from the piano for about twenty years. While the repertoire or all the pieces became completely forgotten, the theory didn't. I suppose it's good to know music theory for practical reasons, but it's not as if I knew the advanced stuff thoroughly; I might have, but I'll probably have to re-learn or refresh if at all. It's been a doozy getting back in the groove, with my fingers rusty for awhile. But I've been able to transition back with relative ease more or less. However, I'm not completely satisfied but it's been getting there.

Without digressing or rambling too much, I should have a point or moral to this story muhaha. For one, instilling the discipline and passion for classical music is something that is not given by others, but what an aspirant should be responsible for themselves. And sometimes, taking the path of resistance or the path of indemnity is necessary to have certain realizations and redemptions. Although this tumultuous journey has been rife with turmoil, the piano has been a good companion on this new path to stability.

The quitting point was after one of my last recitals sometime before college, I think a Chopin or a Rachmaninoff. After that, I didn't look back.