November 1 - 12: I started the month by coming across this video of Christopher Parkening performing "The Days Between" from John WIlliams' 1998 Stepmom score. That's john Williams conducting in the background and Christopher Parkening also performed on the soundtrack CD.
Tuesday, November 2: I started the month a day late with 20 kilometers on my exercise bike in the evening after work with a season 1 episode of Star Trek DS9 to help pass the time:
Here I am late at night when I should have been sleeping practicing Wes Montgomery's arrangement of "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face" from the 1964 film My Fair Lady. The sheet music is included below for any other guitarists out there. It's a beautiful arrangement with a lot of interesting (and difficult) chord voicings:
Oops, my anticipated personal best half marathon time was ruined by a calf strain just three kilometers into the race. On the positive side, I got a free ride in an ambulance with the siren on. And I still got my completion medal:
My first monthly piano progress video (and second piano video) was filmed on location at my piano academy above Paris Baguette near Keimyung University's East Gate. The keys are a fraction wider than the keys on my Yamaha NP-30 portable grand piano I practice on at home so I struggled a little, but over all this video accurately represents my current playing ability:
Friday, October 1: I began October with a short 25-minute stint in the gym just working my chest, shoulders, triceps, and lower abs just a little. My legs were still a little stiff from Wednesday's 10.4 kilometer run. (See September Fitness Diary).
October 1 - October 17: I've had little time to listen to music these past couple of weeks, but I have found time to begin the process of getting to know new music from three favorite composers: Murray Gold, Michael Giacchino, Joe Hisaishi, and Joe Satriani.
Two months ago I bought a keyboard and have been practicing every day since:
Wednesday, September 1: After a week of being sick I was anxious for a big cardio session tonight and with the DMZ half marathon fast approaching I decided on a long and slow evening jog. I left home around 8:40 p.m. and headed towards campus and twenty minutes later while jogging on campus I had to stop because of a pain in my right calf. Doh! I hope I haven't seriously hurt it! I walked home and it felt OK walking on it. Then when I got home I was hungry for more cardio so I hopped on my exercise bike for 10 kilometers at just under 15 minutes: