Growing Up

Life Through the Lens of a Big Kid

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New York New Friends

This past weekend (MY BIRTHDAY) I traveled to New York City with friends of mine and spent the last 4 days living the big city life. It was extremely cold, involved a ton of walking, but also a lot of fun!

I grew up in a pretty small town (1 stoplight) and going to “THE BIG CITY” has always been something kinda exciting for me. It allows me the opportunity to dream for a little about how my life would be different if I embraced that big city hustle.

While visiting allowed me the time to visit dear friends that I hadn’t seen in a while, being in a city like New York allows you the opportunity to meet people from literally all over the world. I made new friends all the way from California to West Virginia. While at the Metropolitan Opera I even met a guy from Virginia who knows similar people as me – what a small (massive) world.

Overall it was a great trip. It helped me to dream big again, realize how hard I have to work to get there, and maybe, just maybe aided in convincing me that big city is where it’s at!

Video of the Week: The Art Teacher

On Where Pianos Roam

Recently, I had the pleasure of being introduced to a very wonderful song by Rufus Wainwright. (I know.  I know.  I should be shot for not even knowing of it in the first place.  Of any artist to have an extensive knowledge of, he would be the one.  He's a charismatic performer who is a talented pianist and who has an unmistakably unique and beautiful voice.  I only own two of his CD's.  Shame on me. 

The thing is I am very careful about not copying other artists, especially other piano players.  This is an easy thing to do, but I am not interested in being an Asian/male/whatever version of someone else.  Even with various influences, I want to just purely be myself.  The consequence is that I wind up missing out on some truly amazing work.  I need to rethink this somehow.)

I digress.

This song by Rufus Wainwright is called "The Art Teacher", and I absolutely LOVE it.  I am a sucker for an unrequited love song, and this piece is a lamentation over a connection long lost but still longed for.  It presents a very clear narrative from a female perspective.  This song is a rich and well-developed piece. Here is a live performance.  

I present to you, "The Art Teacher" .  .  .

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