Lately, I've been all about doing things that I don't ordinarily do since I am almost too often a creature of habit and consistency. Here are a few new things I've been trying lately . . .
New task #1: Bacon Cooking
The other day, I went out and bought bacon. Yup, bacon. It's no secret that I love this stuff, but I'm more inclined to eat it at a restaurant than within a home-cooked meal. I got to thinking, "Wouldn't it be fun to cook bacon and eat as much as I want? Yeah!!" (Insert fist-pump here). So, I got a pack that had these really long strips which I broke into thirds before placing them in the pan.
As it turns out, I only managed to cook one of these strips so far. I've now decided that I'm gonna leave the task of bacon-cooking to all the chefs and cooks of the world. Why, you ask? Well, frankly, it was kind of gross. About half of a cup of oil oozed out of just one slice of bacon. Seriously, as much as I love this stuff, that's just so not cool.
I recently discovered music from a fellow pianist named Julian Velard. His songs are kind of wonderful, and I wanted to share a little bit of his work with you today.
Here is a recent live performance filmed on June 18, 2011 at the BBC Review Show. This is his first single off of his new album "Mr. Saturday NIght". The song is called "Sentimental". Seriously, it's quite pretty. Have a listen if you will. . .
Maybe I'll see a show of his someday. (-:
This is La Gordita! The new host of Gay Day here on WPR!!!
First off, here's a cute video full of happy rainbows and pretty ponies!!! Yay!
No joke. This next month of July might just be the busiest month OF MY LIFE!! Both professionally and personally, there are so many things going on right now.
"Filming" for the new season of the Adventures of Oreo and Buttercup goes into full gear this month. I have all of these fresh ideas for new episodes that I can't wait to do. There will be new characters, and of course the big story of the season is the romance between Oreo and Optimus Prime.
It's gonna be insane. If you see an Asian guy walking around Nashville taking pictures of a tiny piano and her rowdy bench, that would be me.
Lately, I've been on a little Rachmaninoff kick. This week, I wanted to showcase how technically demanding his musicall pieces can be. For a performer, they are not for the faint of heart. His Piano Concerto No. 3 is full of nuance, flair, and robust intricacy. Here is footage of pianist Olga Kern performing this piece with a full symphony orchestra.
I often wonder what pianists at this level might be thinking as they perform such difficult pieces . . .
"Did I turn off the iron before I left home?"
This is Gordon, and it's Wednesday! You know what that means!! It's Gay Day here on WPR!! Wooohooo!! Today, I have a special announcement! From now on, we will have a new host for Gay Day!!! She's fabulous, fierce, and oozes of fairy dust!!
I present to you LA GORDITA!!!!!
Gordo: Hi, La Gordita!! Thank you so much for agreeing to host Gay Day here on WPR!!!
When it comes to piano music and composition, most musicians would agree that it doesn't get much better than Rachmaninoff. Not only are his works technically challenging to play, but they also manage to be incredibly pleasing to the ear.
Naturally, when you add a visual element to his music, it becomes transcendant. You can thank my recent run-in with Gold Medalist Skater Scott Hamilton for this post.
Back in 1998, World Champion figure skater Michelle Kwan (Asian Power!) danced and competed using one of Rachmaninoff's works at the U.S.National Championships. She won this competition largely on the strength of her performance to a dazzling Rachmaninoff piano piece.
Here is that performance for your enjoyment . . .
When I say HEY, you say GAY!!!
I have been a figure skating enthusiast for years. For me, it is the only sport in the world that is the perfect combination of artistry and athleticism. When done well, it is beautiful and entertaining. Besides, the men get to wear sequins and tight spandex, and everyone's okay with it!! CRAZINESS!!!
Last night, I was in attendance at a fundraiser for the Nashville Symphony that was co-hosted by Omega Watches, Inc. and Vogue magazine. There I was enjoying my third glass of champagne (that was not a good idea by the way) and counting how many bejeweled women had botox done on their faces, when lo and behold, in walks someone who is a titan in the world of figure skating--SCOTT HAMILTON! He is an Olympic Gold Medalist and achieved this accompIishment in 1984 in Sarajevo.
I screamed a big old girly scream when I saw him, but I did it on the inside. He arrived with his very pretty wife, and I noticed that he and I are probably about the same height. He had already been there about 45 minutes when I finally got the courage to go up to him to say hello. I told him that I've been watching him on tv for years and always enjoyed his showmanship as a skater. (His routines were always very fun and incredibly athletic.)
He graciously thanked me and actually seemed kind of shy about all that I'd said. By then, the hostess of the evening grabbed a mic and proceeded with the formalities of the evening. Thus ended my brief exchange with THE Scott Hamilton.
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I've been spearheading my beloved blog for almost three years now. Over three hundred posts and one major platform change later, I think I finally figured out what how I want to focus Where Pianos Roam. Don't get me wrong, I love posting about my life and the insights I've gained from living it. I know that I will still want do this, but from now on, I'll be doing it within a more focused context.