A big thank you to the Irish Association of Korea for allowing my band to partake in Saturday’s musical festivities by Shindorim Station. It was the most fun I’ve ever had playing music, and we really gelled as a band after practicing like crazy to get ready despite all our different schedules, Maggie’s overseas business trip, and Tim’s move to the coast. We also played the night before and later that night, making for one of my busiest and musicest weekends ever! The icing on the cake was me winning third prize in the raffle which is a dinner for two at the Sherdon Hotel. 🙂
Continue reading “St Patrick’s Day in Seoul!”
My heart stopped on the night of Thursday December 2, 2016 when I saw on Facebook a promotional post for Joe Satriani’s first and sole Seoul concert on February 10, 2017. For the first time in my life, I thanked God for Facebook’s creepy, spooky algorithms.
My initial jubilation lasted barely seconds before turning to mortification as I learned that tickets had gone on sale two weeks earlier. Continue reading “Welcome to Seoul, Joe Satriani!”
A new Star Wars score by the one and only John Williams is a big deal. For fans of John Williams, there is no bigger deal as for many fans and musicians, it was his first Star Wars score that ignited their passion for music. A new Star Wars score is certainly a big deal for me for that very reason – I’m a huge Williams fan and somewhat of an amateur musician. I began jotting down some thoughts on John Williams’ new score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but quickly found myself detouring into some reflections on anticipating and experiencing this and previous Star Wars scores. Continue reading “Star Wars Episode 7: The Music Awakens!”
John Williams beginning work on Steven Spielberg’s adaption of Roald Dahl’s The BFG at the end of 2015 provided incentive to revisit his previous scores for films also based on popular and magical British children’s books. While Hook (1991) could also be included in that subset, Williams’ Harry Potter scores are the scores I have in mind for this post. Continue reading “John Williams & The Philosopher’s Prisoner of Secrets”
My time as a Nakwon Supporter has certainly been a highlight of my time in Korea to date. It was a wonderful chance to not only share my love of music and memories of the huge Nakwon Music Arcade, but also to meet and play alongside other musicians. Plus, making it into a newspaper for something other than my interest in the criminal JMS cult with its Hitler-praising serial rapist makes for a nice change, albeit a temporary one. 😉
Thanks to the Segye Newspaper for this photo spread. And rumor has it we’ll be on TV next Sunday night.
The first Nakwon Supporters program ended memorably with a short performance on Nakwon’s 4th-floor outdoor stage on Saturday, June 18. In attendance was a film crew from KBS TV who were recording for a documentary that will air on the evening of July 10. Stardom and fame, here we come! 😀 Continue reading “Performance at Nakwon!”
I have always enjoyed watching buskers perform, and I have been fortunate enough over the years to have seen some amazing musicians, magicians, and performers – plus a few real weirdos of course – just by walking down the right (or wrong) street at the right (or wrong) time.
Even when their performances weren’t exactly in line with my musical tastes, I respected the fact that they had the courage to share with complete and sometimes totally disinterested strangers the things they love doing. Regardless of the presence or absence of skills and talents, I was always envious of them and often imagined myself standing in their place, drawing a generous and huge crowd. Continue reading “Busking at Insadong by Nakwon Music Mall”
I was living in Daegu in 2005 when I first heard about Nakwon Music Mall. After a 13-year break from regularly playing guitar due to a repetitive strain injury, I decided it was time to try again as the simple joy of playing music had been missing from my life for far too long. My quest for a new guitar started in Daegu but ended in failure, so I asked a musical friend about music stores in Seoul. “You should go to Nakwon” was her helpful reply. And so I did.
Continue reading “Musical Memories 2: Nakwon”