DECEMBER 2013



Saturday, December 28, 2013 PM

I celebrated the holidays by recuperating from a cold and some back aches, not a festive way to do so and certainly not exactly pleasant muhaha. But anyway, another year is just around the corner. It certainly is going to be a new beginning for me in all aspects of my life, and I have to be prepared for that. I have a few more months on my lease, so it's uncertain if I'll sign a new lease or have to move elsewhere. It'll depend on the situation.

With that said, I guess keeping a piano won't be permanent; that much is certain. But the thing with pianos is that I guess you can find them almost anywhere. One way or the other, I'll usually find a way. I certainly want to get the Schubert "Wanderer" piece recorded and uploaded before I have to return the rental. Before that, certainly some other pieces perhaps.




Wednesday, December 18, 2013 PM

One of the pieces in the repertoire is the Schubert's "Wanderer" Fantasy Op.15. The piece has four sections with various melodic themes that comprise the entire piece. I was working on this awhile ago, but it was left unfinished. It has quite a wonderous melody to it, albeit technically difficult. The Liszt "Reminiscence" is done more or less, but I'm very weary about uploading that. I have to make sure that it'll turn out alright since it is the most epic piece that I've tackled so far.

I believe that the music itself has to flow through a musician from inspiration, passion and a focused state of mind. That really defines a masterful performance, as maestro Lang Lang's wonderous concerts can attest. That state of mind however, is not common place at all. For me however, it's an endeavor to continue that inspiration and learn new things; a continuous process for sure. Hisaishi's wonderous and masterful compositions to several anime also embody that state of mind.

Proper dental hygiene and maintenance is something a lot take for granted, and something a lot don't do. I was certainly one of them muhaha. But now, the amount of visitations within the past months is certainly more than I ever had in my entire life.




Saturday, December 14, 2013 PM

Well, here it is. More thoughts on my Classical Piano blog web page later.

Chopin, Polonaise Fantasie Op.61 A-Flat Major


I just rented "Fast 6" the other day, as usual I'll give a few thoughts eventually.




Tuesday, December 10, 2013 AM

I was inspired to record a rendition to one of the themes of "Howl's Moving Castle", from one of the scores in B-Flat Major. Of course, it can be transposed to any key but I think it's close to the original if not exactly. In any sense, there can also be a bit of improvisation involved but I decided against it since I'm quite the novice at that. However, there is this string ensemble that did a remarkable job in performing the piece, with a bit of solo improvisation. Hisaishi's compositions to Miyazaki's anime are just simply amazing and wonderous, so much so that I listen to them often. I'd certainly like to do another, in particular one of the themes from "Spirited Away" and "Porco Rosso".

I definitely plan for the Chopin Polonaise Fantasie by the upcoming weekend or week.

I'll usually get a table top tree or some colorful lights for the indoors as decor for the holiday season, that's my way to get festive and jolly during this time of year.

Alright "troutsniffers", this week is the "Home Alone"-a-thon muhaha (at least the first two for me). However, it doesn't beat Fearfest though.




Monday, December 2, 2013 PM

As usual, it was quite a feast. Certainly not like the feasts when there were dishes of all kinds, but still stuffed myself with the usual fare. And now, I have to deal with indigestion; which seemingly happens when you stuff yourself without even taking taking time to breathe. Perhaps now is a good time to colon cleanse? muhaha. I probably have to be careful about overstuffing especially since I'm getting older, digestion and even the overall metabolism tends to slow down.

I plan to get one more piece uploaded before the year's out, hopefully the Chopin Polonaise Fantasie.

The Knicks. How atrocious can they get? muhaha. If there's a silver lining to it all, it's still early in the season and not everyone is at full health yet.

I just found out about the untimely passing of one of the "The Fast & The Furious" originals, Paul Walker, in a brutal car wreck. Didn't really know the actor at all until he broke into the scene with the franchise, and still don't know much about him. But I'm sure he was a likeable guy. I still plan to rent "Fast 6" when it's available, but that probably is the last for me. I was surfing through Sung Kang's facebook, thinking that this was a stunt or a gag. Ya know that he has a comedic side. But when it comes to accidents, I guess there isn't any reason to be funny. To make matters worse, I also heard that there was a train derailment in NY (of all the times I used to ride the metronorth rail ugh), I guess my perception of public transportation and being in the passenger's seat of any vehicle on land or whatnot, has made me that much more uncertain and uneasy. Ultimately, I prefer to be in control and in the driver's seat because I know that I usually play it safe. I'd recommend anyone to just take it easy, and to play it safe.