It’s been awhile since I was here but I took an opportunity to record something musical with an old friend of mine when I was on a trip to visit her in Brunei. It’s great to be able to play friends who can keep up with you.
A wonderful four-hand jazz piano piece, Over the Rainbow that was arranged by yours truly. I had arranged this piece a few years back to perform with a student for a Piano Duet Festival in Penang.
Since it’s been quite sometime that we did something fun, we had to do a fun and simple piece to remember by.
With more time, I hope to update on something interesting later on.
It’s now post CNY holidays. My goblin fever is slowly simmering but hasn’t died down completely. I’m still bead over heels for gong yoo, wondering whether I will ever meet such a handsome and mature men. In my dreams maybe. Maybe my one, true God will grant that wish one day when I’m ready or will I be ever ready?
Anyway, this goblin fever also struck a sudden return to my enthusiast days of being a k popper. I’m currently very hooked on Rain’s dedication song to his newlywedded wife, Kim tae hee. It’s called The Best Present. Very aptly named for the occasion and very very catchy for listeners. Though I still understand very little Korean, but music emotes feeling through sound. You can just feel the love and romance oozing out from the sound of the music. I love the song so much so I learned to play the bass guitar today. It took me this long to try this instrument. The song is in C, so it was pretty easy to catch on the noted on the fret. I love the fact that my first bass guitar cover has a wide range of notes to play with and I think I will get more creative as I play it more often.
The bass strings are way thicker than my cellos such that I sometimes use two fingers to press on one note. The tip of my middle finger feels rather raw now but I guess it will only help thicken my fingers faster for my cello playing. Another concern I had was confusing the open strings of cello and bass guitar. I realize it wasn’t too bad. It has only increased my understanding and appreciation of string instruments. Seems like the human brain is quite capable of many things. I will only know get to know myself more as I delve more into these new things.
I have to admit that the reason we see so few female bassist is because the bass is really, really heavy! I couldn’t last more than 10 minutes in it by standing. Now I understand why quite many bassist do sit while playing. It does make your shoulder ache and since it was my first time, squeezing my right arm over the bass to play the notes was quite tiring after a while. Perhaps it’s a posture issue that I will have to resolve. Soon, I will know. I guess this could also be the reason why I don’t see many bassist with good posture? Perhaps I’m wrong but these are my observation and thoughts.
While I was showering earlier, I realize I really have a lot of things I want to do. Hmmm…. Time will tell how much I am capable of accomplishing my ambitions. It’s still early in the year and I can’t stress how incapable I am of making resolutions but one thing is for sure, I’m making them as every second, minute, hour, days and months goes by as much as I do and still can breathe.
My road to social media-dom is not easy. Work and play finds it hard to balance at times and lately I’ve been really preoccupied with things that doesn’t allow me to do what I want but we find time for the things we love, don’t we?
I finally uploaded my Patreon campaign video and boy is it tough!
I’m quite camera shy and speaking and looking at a video recording is really, really hard for me! And here I am, a teacher who speaks to a class of 25. It’s totally different when you’re speaking to the world, ya know?!
Well, there’s always a first time to every thing and hope this campaign goes well!
I have to admit I am not a big fan of One Direction. Totally disregard their music when they become a hit among all the tweens and teens that I teach. Then one fine day, I heard History on the radio and I wondered who on earth are the singers to these songs. Surprise, surprise, it is One Direction! Then I discovered their latest hits are actually quite pleasing to my ear.
I was really hooked to History ’cause it sounded very retro to me for some reason. (I am big fan of the 40s to 80s music, so apologies need to be made). Then I started to play the melody around on the piano and then, I just had to add some jazzy chords. I have not been following up very well on my Jazz education since university. However, I was able to write a Jazz piano duet some time last year to perform with a piano student from Penang. Maybe one day I will post that up.
In a way, this will be my latest jazzy cover of a pop song. Hope whoever comes across this will like it. Here’s also a video to have a quick impression.
I used to love watching a lot of Korean Dramas in my teenage years. Naturally, I also love the soundtrack produced for the dramas. This is one of my favourites from the Korean Drama, You’re Beautiful. Many years ago I did the cover of the song but never got the chance to produce the arrangement. Click for to download the pdf: still-as-ever