Early in January, my pianist friend asked if I had the space to receive her restored Steinway Model B. It would be a win-win situation as she knew I was looking for a grand piano. Otherwise she would have to pay for the 6 foot 11 inch instrument to sit on its side in storage, unused, indefinitely until she was able to accommodate it.
Of course I had room for it. I’d do anything for a fine instrument, especially a Steinway. I just had to get rid of the brown sofa bed. Never mind that the grand piano would take over the entire living room or that I would be less likely or even unlikely to get anyone to rent from me. Succumbing to previous tenant complaints about sharing the living room with my grand piano was precisely the reason I sold my 5 foot 6 inch piano.
Posted in personal development, photos, self, self-help
Tagged brief case, freecycle, grand piano, hanging on, letting go, London, minimalism, minimalist, piano, sofa bed, Steinway
“What are you doing in London?”
“Waiting for my kitchen extension to start.”
That was June 2017. The same conversation repeated itself in July. Little did I know this was the beginning of an extended chase with rising tension.
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Tagged architectural drawings, builders, council plan, council planning, design, drawing, extension, home improvement, house renovations, kitchen, kitchen extension, London, party wall agreement, roof
After arranging music for easy piano solo and duets for several years, I am now developing material for teaching the ukulele to complete beginners. It’s an eye-opener to observe how quickly, after a short introduction to this four-stringed instrument, one reaches a positive conclusion: “I can play it. I want to play it.”
Next questions: where can I get one? how much does it cost?
6 October 1917 – 3 July 2017
We called her “Ah Po” – an endearment in the Hakka dialect.
During Freshman orientation week, I heard the Pitchforks sing a song that was so beautiful that I spent the rest of my life looking for the sheet music. When I eventually found a copy with piano accompaniment, I begged my friend to sing it in his barbershop quartet. I wanted to hear it again.
Posted in photos, sheet music, travel, ukulele
Tagged aca pella, arrangement, barbershop, Duke University, Durham, harmony, London, North Carolina, Okinawa, Only You, Pitchforks, quartet, ukulele, Yazoo
On my first trip to Europe, I heard a song in the Greek islands that roused me to get up and dance. Because I heard it everywhere, it became the single defining song of my first backpacking trip as an independent solo traveller.
Posted in sheet music, travel, ukulele
Tagged Austria, Austrian band, band, chords, Greece, Life is Live, London, Opus, sheet music, ukulele
Dusk at 10 pm in London.
As I sit in front of the dining room window, I see the silhouette of the tall trees behind my garden.
I hear the hum of my refrigerator from the kitchen.
I am finally awake after triple dosing on out-of-date antihistamines that drowned me in drowsiness amid sneezing fits on this sunny but windy day. Sadly, it is my excuse for doing nothing else but read the 326-page paperback that arrived yesterday.
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Tagged book review, Drogheda, Dublin, fiction, Ireland, Kate McQualie, London, novel, Querus books
A chord melody arrangement is one in which the melody (of a song) is embedded in the chord. While you can play the melody separately from the harmony, the idea is that the notes you need for the melody is in the chord itself.
Why is this special?
I want to ride my bike.
I want to ride my bicycle.
I want to ride it well.
I want to ride my bicycle.
I want to ride it where I like.