Back in high school, my guitar teacher gave me an arrangement of Bach’s ‘Little Prelude’, and I remember enjoying the challenge of learning it. Recently, while deciding which solo pieces to work on, this piece came to mind. It took a few months, but I thoroughly enjoyed the process of memorizing it again. Now that it’s recorded, I’ll try to not forget it again and to make it a staple of my regular practice routine. It had also been a while since I used my green screen – I need a bigger one – and played around with Sony Vegas editing software.
I’m really excited and proud to be performing at and hosting a fundraising event for TNKR, an NGO I’ve been volunteering at for well over two years now. My band is playing; plus, the event provides me opportunity to perform with some of my many musical friends beyond my band mates. I’m also really appreciative of the fact Cherie Yang, winner of TNKR’s fifth speech contest, will be speaking at the event.
Just a few months after guitar hero Joe Satriani performed in Seoul, his most famous student, Steve Vai, follows suit, and he’s bringing a few friends with him under the banner of Generation Axe. Here’s Steve discussing the show just ahead of his arrival in Korea.
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 Sheraton Hotel. 🙂
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.