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- Applying standards and modus operandi of musicians to others January 5, 2018
- How to live in a house without central heating, hot water, kitchen, and washing machine January 3, 2018
- Where to for Christmas December 24, 2017
- The new normal: traffic disruptions and other “attacks” December 12, 2017
- Annie’s Song in C for ukulele November 20, 2017
- Letting go and hanging on: the dilemma of wanting the wanted October 15, 2017
- Extended kitchen extension with tension October 14, 2017
- Easy peasy ukulele duet on open strings September 21, 2017
- My last grandma (1917 – 2017) July 17, 2017
- Only You by Yazoo for ukulele and four-part harmony June 26, 2017
- Opus: Live is Life for ukulele June 19, 2017
- A novel to escape from reality June 11, 2017
- Happy Birthday chord melody arrangement for ukulele June 10, 2017
- Becoming a minimalist: ridding stuff to regain space and time June 8, 2017
- I want to ride my bicycle May 20, 2017
- Performing piano premieres: Nicola Meecham May 14, 2017
- Day dream job believer May 12, 2017
- Public releasable: documents for public release, freely downloadable May 1, 2017
- From concert to entertainment: Earth Day celebrations April 25, 2017
- Marmie (Birmingham, May 1998 – London, April 11, 2017) April 13, 2017
Tag Archives: Utrecht
When I first visited a local supermarket in the Netherlands, I complained that the only soy sauce was the wrong kind. The bottle was too small, and the soya sauce was Indonesian. I honestly thought I would starve.
During the pressure-cooker months of May and June, I often wanted to wave a magic wand and make everything disappear. My tendency to collect, accept what others give me, organize, make good, and keep meant that I didn’t like throwing … Continue reading
“If Bart were still here, he would never let me go through his sheet music and take what I want,” I said to his widow after spending hours looking through the densely packed shelves downstairs and upstairs.
I can count the number of friends who visited me during my five-and-a-half years on Maui. The first to visit was a couple who flew from California and stayed for a long weekend in my first apartment while attending a … Continue reading
I didn’t get to say goodbye to my Steinway A, for I didn’t know when I would return to see it.
Nearly six years after flying to Maui and getting a job there, I booked a one-way ticket to Boston and started planning my exit from paradise.
In 2006, I moved to Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, eager to join the cyclists on the streets of cobblestones. For the previous two years I was commuting from Bussum, a village of 10,000, by train to … Continue reading
Before the iPhone, the video quality was not high definition. Before the iPhone, I wore a watch regularly. Sure, I always took it off whenever I practised the piano. Here is a video taken before I got my smartphone. It … Continue reading