A very beautiful theme from John Williams' briliant War Horse score spoiled by a horrible horrible video. It seemed like a good idea at time:
A big thank you to Battlestar composer Bear McCreary for awarding my "Roslin and Adama for 3 Peters" video a very special "What the Frak" Award! It truely made my day, week, month, and year to read his colorful thoughts on my video^^. I was truly honored and touched to learn that a composer whose music has given me some much pleasure took the time to comment on my amateur endeavor:
Here is the offending video, and it's not nearly as bad as I remember it... or is it?
My first Alexandre Desplat piece is the charming and beautifully crafted theme from The King's Speech. I liked it when I first heard it and playing only increased my enjoyment and appreciation of the piece. I did; however, take some liberties with the arrangement, simplifying it where necessary. You'll notice my right hand stops playing the piano at the 45 second mark until the main theme returns^^. The right hand part for those bars isn't difficult, but I just couldn't get my hands working together. I needed another week or two of practice, but I was eager to start working on my next pieces....
This one's dedicated to my two beloved American nephews, James and Tommy Daley...
My first music video of 2012 is a nice sweet arrangement of Amazing Grace:
My last duet of the year, recorded December 31, was Elmer Bernstein's simplified arrangement for his theme from To Kill A Mocking Bird. It was very satisfying to be finally able to - after 18 months of playing piano - take a crack at a piece by one of my favorite composers, albeit a simplified arrangement:
Merry Musical Christmas and a Happy New Year!
A special thank you to Prof. Desmond Wee for inviting myself and James Turnbull to give a special lecture to his Sociology students. James spoke about sexual imagery in Korean advertisements and I spoke about cults and in particular the JMS cult, the subject of my other website:
Ever since I first encountered the JMS cult back in 2003 I have always wanted to give a presentation on the subject, so it was with particular relish and enthusiasm I prepared my presentation which ran way overtime as a result^^. But the feedback was all very positive with most students hearing about JMS for the first time.