OCTOBER 2013



Sunday, October 27, 2013 PM

The Liszt "Danse Macabre" is one of my favorite pieces, but it's a seasonal piece for me. Otherwise, I wouldn't normally include it in my program list favorites. But it certainly is a repertoire piece. I'm certainly going back to some Chopin Polonaises, including the "Polonaise-Fantasie" Op.61 A-Flat Major. It's an atypical Polonaise but an interesting one, but I'll update/blog about a few more Polonaises that I might work on or go back to in my Classical page.


Friday, October 25, 2013 PM

Piano maestro Lang Lang's achievements and successes are well-deserved, and they are only continuing to grow. He has a seemingly infinite repertoire like none other, and his story should be the inspiration for any aspiring pianists.

I'm thinking about creating a new agk video in the Funnies web page muhaha.

With Halloween just around the corner, here's a video that was recorded a year ago around this time; Liszt,"Danse Macabre"




Wednesday, October 23, 2013 PM

I've been enjoying "Fear Fest" so far, but it could use a bit more classics other than remakes. I don't bother with remakes at all. But otherwise, there's always online videos of cult classics I suppose. I'm certainly thinking about purchasing the "Tales From The Crypt" series digitally, something which combined dark humor with horror.

It's been quite awhile since I last wore a suit, but I better not get used to it. If anything, I still know how to tie a tie muhaha.


Friday, October 18, 2013 AM

As a webmaster, it's fortunate that I'm able to create my own template and add/update content as I want, when/how I want. Unfortunately in a lot of social networking or blogging sites, there seems to be restrictions. Of course, the next step would be to add interactive elements for this site. But that's never been part of the plan, since there is a different purpose to this. However, it was something I thought about. As for others, it's up to them on how they want to moderate their site.

I'm not sure when I'll get new recordings done, but keep checking back on my classical piano blog for updates or changes.


Thursday, October 17, 2013 PM

Every October, I usually would think about going to one of these haunted attractions but I never did. I guess it's a group thing where it's more fun to go with groups. Unfortunately, I didn't really know anybody who was into these kinds of scares. But as for real haunted locations, that's something I can go to by myself. The reality is, both of these are not available around here. If I were back in NY, I'd most likely drive out to the Rolling Hills Asylum or even drive out to the Pennhurst State School/Institution.

This is the season for haunted houses and horror films. And nuthin' like Fear Fest to bring the "Friday The 13th" scare-a-thon to say the least muhaha. When there isn't any worthy horror films these days, sometimes you just have to go way back to pull out some of these classics. I think the classic F13 moments include the meat cleaver to the face in "The Final Chapter" and the guy who gets sliced in two while walking on his hands in Part 3. I still found the road flare to the mouth in "A New Beginning" to be amusing. I'm not a fan of slasher films at all, but it's Halloween time.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013 PM

I've been to the Philippines once. And although I have removed, deleted/purged everything from the past, there is still a vague recollection of the experience there. Fortunately, it's the only memory that remains lingering albeit very vaguely. And apparently, Jeremy Lin has just been there as well. I'd like to anoint him the Asian-American Ambassador Of The NBA. Once in awhile, mother nature sometimes can show its bad temper or temper tantrum, whether its a tornado ripping through tornado alley or a hurricane damaging the east coast. Earthquakes aren't any exception. Certainly my prayers and thoughts to recovery efforts as well. One thing I do remember is that I said that I'd be back at some point in the future, but considering how much I dislike long flights albeit any kind of traveling, it's been an afterthought however. But who knows.

It's been great watching Lang Lang, but unfortunately we aren't able to view the actual concert performances as is. But anyway, remember to check out his new documentary!

When I saw this the first time, I thought to myself; wow, he looks just like Ralphie from The Andy Milonakis Show muhaha. But nah, it's just the ADK! And no, AD doesn't stand for "Attention Deficit" but you'd think muhahaha... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wvp9g-KpvOo)




Tuesday, October 15, 2013 AM

I wouldn't want to imagine if a zombie apocalypse scenario actually happened for real, and I guess saying that it would be terrifying or creepy would be an understatement muhaha. Fortunately, it's all just fiction. The relentless onslaught and creation of mindless, flesh-craving living corpses is a stuff of nightmares for sure. "The Walking Dead" is intense, with its fair share of blood and horrific action. The story has been compelling, but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone with a weak stomache or a full one muhaha. When survival is at stake, questions of morality seem to become irrelevant.

I was never one to make quick decisions on anything, unless it was a no-brainer. I'd usually either forget about it or procrastinate until I forgot about it. But when it comes to important matters, they are usually the toughest decisions to make. When decisions are made, there certainly has be a dedicated commitment to stick with it. Regret is usually the result of an unforeseen bad decision, but they can't be predicted in advance anyway without trying in the first place.


Friday, October 11, 2013 PM

I'm not sure if maestro Lang Lang is going to stream more of the actual concerts/recitals, but in the meantime at least fans get to stay connected while he travels and tours different parts of the world. I have digital copies of his albums, but it's definitely a treasure to have a signed hard copy of the actual CD instead. Not that I have any, but I lost most of the actual CD's anyway unfortunately. But there's always the digital tracks, which I guess is better than nothing muhaha. But if you have the opportunity to get an album signed, I certainly recommend it.

I heard the show to beat these days is "The Walking Dead". In the spirit of Halloween, it seems only fitting that the new season opener is around this time of year. I haven't really followed the show at all since I'm not much of a fan of the undead to begin with, although they are certainly horrors to be reckoned with and feared. But anyway, as they say; it's the story that matters most; something that is definitely absent and lacking these days. Anyway, who knows. Perhaps I'll become a fan one of these days.


Tuesday, October 08, 2013 PM

I got the new piano rental this morning, and the sound is definitely much crisper and the key texture more smoother. Definitely moreso than the grand piano back in NY. I'm definitely going to enjoy this muhaha, but it takes proper maintenance over time to keep it in shape. It's possible that I could outright purchase this eventually, but that depends if I don't move again. Although the fall foliage during this season would be a reason to move back to NY (not to mention being able to follow the Knicks again), the cost-of-living is certainly not.

Like I said, it's great that technology in this digital age that we're living in makes it possible to stay connected to anyone anywhere. Fans of Lang Lang can now watch what he's up to during his World Concert Tours and in-between through live-streaming.


Sunday, October 06, 2013 PM

I put up a new playlist as was mentioned before in an entry awhile ago, and few new updates on some of my web pages. Speaking of web pages, thinking about putting up "Linning With Rockets" web page again, or just make a few modifications to create a new Jeremy Lin fan page. Or leave everything the way it is. I still haven't decided whether I'll purchase NBA League Pass, not sure if it's even available around here. Either way, I might not be able to follow the Knicks at all again.


Tuesday, October 01, 2013 PM

I guess fall foliage is something I won't be experiencing again. The crisp, cool air of the fall season is accompanied by the colorful leaves of fall foliage. That's definitely what makes the season what it is, and a major reason why it's the favorite season for a lot.

Watching Lang Lang's performance of the Piano Concerto on-line just re-affirms what I already knew, that he has such a masterful command of any piece. Almost in an effortless endeavor, and that's pretty astounding. I'm not one who is able to attend live concerts if at all. Fortunately, there are things like on-line streaming or videos available for a limited time to catch performances or parts of performances, but hopefully there'll be more like that in the future. It's the first time listening to that Concerto, but it was certainly a mesmerizing performance. We're certainly fortunate to be living in this digital age where technology makes it possible to stay connected with anybody anywhere. Of course, nothing beats being there in person however whether it's at a concert or something else.

I decided to upgrade to a newer piano with sturdier keys, but it's still a rental. The budget piano was taking a beating with some intense pieces that I've been working on. An antiquated, used piano would certainly wear out quickly and that's been the case. I was hoping to have the other piano sold before I did something like this, but that probably won't happen anytime soon if at all. So I figured, what the heck.