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Recent Posts from Concertblog: Concert Blog
I watched “La La Land” with my high school classmate June and two of her children, one of whom delighted in figuring out the songs on the keyboard — by ear.
A trained soprano approached me recently about adapting a famous Buddhist song, arranged for four-part voice, for a 45-person amateur choir, pianist, cello, and saxophone.
Sunday service at Utrecht’s most famous dome church is a must-experience. There’s more music than church.
Years ago, as a composition student, I was asked to write music to make use of the huge space in St Nicolas Church in Utrecht. Pressed for time, I adapted a piece for baroque recorders and baroque violin. Only at the premiere did I see the greater possibilities of space and movement.
This past January, I introduced myself in Joel Katz‘s intermediate ʻukulele class by announcing that I was downsizing from the nine foot grand piano to the less than two foot ʻukulele. People laughed. Don’t get me wrong. I wasn’t giving up the piano by any means. Rather, I was embracing the ʻukulele. It has my namesake after all: KU […]
Recent Posts: Maui Tips for Newcomers
It’s a warm sunny day in Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, where the Romans stopped in 6 BC convinced that venturing further north would only lead them into swamp lands. Here the hand-laid brick paths pave the narrow streets that reek centuries of history and culture. The tallest building is the famous […]
Sadly I have succumbed to the high cost of living debacle and decided to leave now so that I may return again.
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- Marmie (Birmingham, May 1998 – London, April 11, 2017) April 13, 2017
- Sustainability reporting: acronyms and concepts February 28, 2017
- Electric vehicles in paradise: the newspaper column that was February 26, 2017
- My Thai after five days with Chef June – Thai Food Made Easy January 25, 2017
- New music to calm your soul: Giovanni Allevi December 18, 2016
- I Left My Heart in San Francisco for solo piano December 18, 2016
- Anak for piano solo December 17, 2016
- Minimalist, frugal living, and the path to zero waste management November 22, 2016
- All things Dutch and wonderful September 27, 2016
- Moving out, moving over, and moving on September 17, 2016
- Like-minded souls and their passion to collect sheet music September 12, 2016
- A rolling stone gathers no moss but eventually will meet others August 4, 2016
- The monument house: piano room July 30, 2016
- Planning travel: Maui to Boston, Utrecht to London July 27, 2016
- What you’re also learning when you take a piano class May 26, 2016
- Most commonly used chords for ʻukulele May 23, 2016
- Chord shape thinking from guitar to ukulele May 23, 2016
- How to remember music intervals and why October 3, 2015
- More than teaching piano September 27, 2015
- Happy Thai Girl on Thai Cooking Made Easy September 20, 2015
Tag Archives: Taichung
On my brother’s last visit, he bought a new iPad for my father. It sat unused until I showed up six months later in Taichung. Some ten years earlier, I had done the opposite. I first diagnosed that my father … Continue reading
There are moments in your life that you will never forget. Ask anyone what they were doing on September 11, 2001. Wherever they were, they remember. It is as if time froze the minute they learned about what has now … Continue reading
I came across an old e-mail from my dad in October 2003, referring to a series of blogs I posted about our family reunion the previous month. “Your updated Sept journals,” he wrote, “describe our reunion after 17 yrs quite vividly. Though … Continue reading
As we approach the third supermoon this year, I am reminded of how I witnessed the two previous ones in July and August.
One of my many goals is to become a better writer. To do so requires reading good writing, reading about how to write, being in contact with good writers, practising the craft of writing to get better at it, and … Continue reading