Friday, December 26, 2014

It wasn't exactly a gourmet feast as in a Thanksgiving-type dinner, but we feasted nonetheless. For me however, it's not only about the food but just being around others; whether it's with your siblings or friends (well, if I'm really hungry perhaps it should be about the food heh). In recent years, get-togethers with everyone on Christmas have been rare mostly because of everyone's different schedules and plans. Fortunately, most of us were able to get together for Thanksgiving.

I've been putting together a potential recital program, and it's something I've always wanted to experience again eventually. It's a nice goal to have as to whether I can perform sometime in the future. But for now, I have other things in my personal life to look forward to eventually. With the new year approaching, I have to continue to build on the productive year that I've had and set my goals on becoming even more active. I've enjoyed living in the comforts of my own abode the past few years, but that's going to change.

It's been awhile since I saw "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas". Santa gettin' his weed on, that probably explains why he is jolly heh.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Another year has passed by, and I look forward to the new year with a renewed sense of optimism and anticipation. The past year has been much more prolific and productive than all my years before that combined it seems, but I just have to continue to be more conscientious of what I have to strive towards. As far as next year is concerned, more thoughts on that but I'm not sure I'll have another entry before the year's end.

For certain, I have recorded some pieces for the year as a finale: a Chopin, a piece from a different composer, and one final Mozart. I know that I've said that I wouldn't do another Mozart Sonata. But when I get a melody of a particular phrase in my head for awhile, I tend to just go for it. For the new year, I hope I can somehow share the video perfomances to a wider audience; through other public platforms as well as this personal website. I enjoy listening and watching other pianist's performances whether it's on a grander scale or from a different genre. Music should continued to be shared by everyone who is involved in it.

Samples: (more pieces on my Classical Repertoire page)
W.A. Mozart, Sonata K.330 No.10 Allegretto Christian Sinding, Rustles of Spring

With the Christmas season approaching, it's usually nice to decorate the house with festive lights either on the inside or outside. As for films, "Home Alone" and "The Polar Express" are some favorites. Alright troutsniffers, get yer Home Alone-a-thon on heh.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

When it comes to uploading videos on a personal site in whatever format, plugins are certainly an inconvenience and a nuisance. But they are unfortunately required to view them on browsers, with some that don't update plugins rendering videos unviewable. You'd think that there'd eventually be a day where technology would be advanced enough where they are not required, and that videos would load in an instant. Perhaps something along those lines in the future.

With that said, I might have to update or create pages to my Classical Repertoire video recordings by composer or piece. Although I enjoy sharing classical piano music through on-line videos, I'm sure performing in front of an audience is more of a thrill and an experience for both the performer and audience. The camera audio isn't exactly ideal, unless it's done in a studio with actual recording gear. Although I've been preparing some pieces now, an actual recital is certainly just something to keep my mind on.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

I have to say that it was probably the most delicious Thanksgiving meal in quite awhile. Most importantly, I spent time with family I haven't seen in awhile.

I've been recently preparing a potential recital program, but I'll eventually list a few pieces on my Classical Piano blog of what they are. I've been also immersed in the new Draenor expansion, but more thoughts on that page.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It's almost Thanksgiving, and I'm certainly going to feast as usual and spend it well with family. There's always that digestive concern when you get bloated by stuffing turkey and sides into your stomache, but every year Thanksgiving seems to be an excuse to go through that heh. Although I won't be going to the relatives anymore for the occasion, I have to spend it with whoever is around now.

I already have a few more pieces prepared, but I'm not sure if I'll upload another recording this year. As mentioned before, I had planned on getting a full upright piano, and perhaps begin recording pieces from that. That was the plan initially, but if I can't wait until then I'll probably go ahead and record a few more before then.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

I really enjoyed watching the entire recital of maestro Lang Lang that was televised and recorded. Of course, the experience is usually more gratifying by attending it live. But for once, it's great to be able to watch a full performance online; which does not happen often if at all. The program consisted of a Bach, a collection of Tchaikovsky pieces, and all four Chopin Scherzos. I'm familiar with two of them, and they are quite difficult pieces. Would I attempt to tackle them again? Probably not.

Anyway, it was indeed an astounding performance from Lang Lang. And all the more so considering that it was a sizeable solo program that was about two hours with intermission.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I've thought about whether I should just buy the piano I'm currently renting, or get a full upright. I'll most likely get a full upright piano eventually. I don't plan on getting a grand piano again as much as it would be ideal, for reasons such as the sheer weight and size of it. If I could find a house with enough space and nice acoustics, it would still be an option. For now, I'd be content with an upright. Anyway, I have to update my main web site logo with a recent image of myself. That was several years ago, but for now I'll keep it as is. As for my other web pages, I'll update them as much as I can but I'll usually be busy with something else.

I don't plan on uploading my videos to Youtube yet. It's still a possibility, and it would be another way to share my repertoire with the classical music community and others. For now, I'm just interested in finding new subscriptions and watching videos of interest. I don't log in often at all, otherwise I'd be liking a lot of videos that I haven't.

Happy Halloween, folks. I had planned on going to a haunted attraction earlier in the month with a few but plans had changed because something was already scheduled. I'll still eat some candy, but certainly not as much as years before.

Not only do I have to watch my diet, but I also have to watch my posture making sure not to slouch.

Monday, October 27, 2014

W.A. Mozart, Sonata K. 545 a. Allegro b. Andante This was a piece I had been preparing if I were to give a recital; although I could prepare any piece in my repertoire if I focused. This particular Sonata is well known and beautiful, and is one of the most recognizable (other than the K. 330 perhaps). I began to play parts of it one day, and I just decided to learn the entire thing. I'll give more thoughts on my classical repertoire blog soon.

I didn't plan on recording the third movement Allegretto at first, but then I decided to with a separate recording. Go to the Classical Repertoire page for more.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I'm content with the template of my web site, but I'll edit and update a web page here and there on occasion. But the days of complete overhauling are over. I just have to advertise this web site more. With the end of the year arriving in a few months, I just to have remain optimistic for next year despite concerns. I certainly worry a lot, more often unnecessarily but that's something I have to work to alleviate. I also definitely have to make sure that I watch what I eat for sure hehe.

Although classical pianists have their favorite pieces or composers, there are a lot of pieces from other composers who might not be as well known but are also worthwhile; Kabalevsky, Gretchaninoff and Heller for example. As much as I'm building a repertoire now, I did have a minor repertoire when I was younger. Anyway, I found a list of pieces that I used to play in the recitals and perhaps I'll post it up on my classical repertoire blog. It certainly doesn't compare to now, but it was still something.

In the meantime, I'll definitely get to another recording but I'm taking a breather for now.

"The Walking Dead" new season premiere was intense with action galore. Certainly didn't think all of them would make it out alive from there.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Chopin, Valse Op. 69 No. 2 B Minor Valse (or Waltz) is a type of dance usually in 3 / 4 time signature. Chopin has quite a few Valses that are certainly enjoyable and melodic. So much so that I had thought about doing some feet action on a few notes in this particular piece muhaha. Well, mostly as a tribute but in the end I decided not to. As I mentioned before, I don't have much to blog about these days so I'll upload a new recording on this blog on occasion. But check regularly on my classical repertoire web page for more.

I usually dislike shopping but when I have to, it's usually to get some food or clothes that I have to buy. Although I've been more conscientious about my diet and what I eat, I can't say the same for my waist. In fact, I had to get some new pants to accommodate it. Not that I have excess blubber or flab, but I could imagine how that could make nice insulation for the body muhaha. I've had the same pair of shoes for over five years. It's been sturdy, but I know that eventually I'll have to replace them.

Friday, September 19, 2014

There hasn't been much to blog about at all recently, so I'll create entries on this blog page whatever the month; at least for the rest of the year or until there is more to blog about. The summer has come and gone, and again I haven't gone out or done a lot of activities outdoors that I would've liked to. I did find a park to walk around on a trail awhile ago, and I could say that at least I got a bit of cardio in heh. Still, there are still a lot of places or locations to visit and the ocean is one of them. Eventually perhaps. Other than that, I'm still frequently on the piano going through some of my favorite repertoire. I'd certainly like to get out of my comfort zone and play on a full upright or on a grand in another location. Perhaps I'll rent another one or perhaps purchase it, but that'll depend on where I'll be living next year. For now, it's one step at a time.

It's been awhile since maestro Lang Lang released a new album. He's been quite busy with concert tours and other classical music endeavors such as education, but his new Mozart album is definitely one to get. Mozart is certainly one of my favorite composers. And aside from the piano works, I certainly recommend a listen to the vast repertoire for other instruments as well.

There are some talented Youtube musicians such as the video game pianist, and it's definitely a breathe of fresh air to find talents like that. Not only is he well versed in classical music, his expertise is in playing video game music by ear. That's certainly not easy, and it's something that only a very few can actually do.