Arts & Me

I dreamt of becoming a pianist playing the piano on the stage at age of 5. The feeling was so strong that I kept pleading my mom for a piano. Then I got an electronic keyboard on my 6-year-old birthday. I officially started my piano journal at 7 and my parents bought me a real piano later. It's a beautiful  brown upright piano. I stopped my training at age 12 due to the ever-increasing pressure of piano level examination. Practising the pieces the teacher told me instead of the ones I really like. Playing the instrument was no longer for fun as it became a burden.   

I restarted playing the piano when I was in the college. Although not very frequently, I was free to play whatever I want. My two romantic relationships are all related to the piano. My partners could play the piano and other instruments way much better than I did. They taught me a lot and somehow made me a better person. Except piano, I was the trombonist in Brass Band in my elementary school for three years.

I joined African Percussion & Dance Ensemble to study African Drum in my second year of Master in Rochester, NY. It was one of the most fascinating things I've done so far. I've learnt not only the technical part in music but also the philosophy part in life - how to focus on one's own pace and how to pay attention to others' when working together but not get distracted, and how to balance the two......

Unlike music, which I loved I struggled and I'm still not good at, I'm instinctively gifted with painting. I got couple of painting awards when I was a little kid. I was selected as a member of Art Group in the elementary school. Later I got one year sketch training. Painting to me is more like superb inner power. I live with it. 

I'm a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿) and Mamoru Fujisawa (久石 譲). Thanks to them I could possibly keep a pure mind. 


Some Sweet Tales

Happy Birthday

This song is my 20-year-old birthday gift from Mr. Grly.

Lyrics:

"Happy birthday to you / 

Happy birthday to you / 

Wish you Experienced & Knowledgable / 

Ambitious & Aspirant / Shiny & Bright / 

Positive & Optimistic /  Audacious & Brave"

"祝你生日快乐 / 祝你生日快乐 / 祝你见多识广 / 志向很远 / 阳光向上 / 正能量 / 冲动疯狂 "


Christmas Ballad

This melody is the gift from Mr. Rainbow on 2016 Christmas Eve. That time he just passed Devil Valley and killed two dragons with the sword I enchanted. He was lying on the flying carpet waiting for the final gigantic monster. In the meantime, he composed this ballad with his ancient guitar to comfort me. The spell on the sword faded earlier than I expected and he fell off the carpet. I lost him.

He is a pirate, a poet, a wizard, a voyager, a gourmet, a phoenix. He was my dream lover. And yes I was a witch. And yes later he rose from the ashes of his funeral pyre with renewed youth.    [Pandora's Box]



Always With Me

After watching Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece Spirited Away, I was deeply touched by the closing song Always With Me. It was composed by Mamoru Fujisawa. I played it for people sharing beautiful memories with me.


"After all this time?"
"Always."


My Beloved by Tahirih

When my glance falls upon you,

face to face, eye to eye, I want to pour my heart out to you.

In search of a glimpse of you, like a morning breeze I pass,

house to house, door to door, alley to alley, block to block.

From the yearning of my heart flows tears of blood that run

valley to valley, sea to sea, spring to spring, and creek to creek.

The beauty of your eyes, your brows and your dimples has enraptured my heart.

From your love I have woven your garment, line by line and thread by thread.

I have searched everywhere

page to page, essence to essence,

veil to veil within my heart,

but found no one but my Beloved.

Composed by Roxana V. Hadden from Tahirih's poetry


Eternal Memory

崖の上のポニョ
Ponyo 

崖の上のポニョ
Ponyo 

崖の上のポニョ
Ponyo 

崖の上のポニョ
Ponyo 

千と千尋の神隠し
Spirited Away

千と千尋の神隠し
Spirited Away

千と千尋の神隠し
Spirited Away

千と千尋の神隠し
Spirited Away

ハウルの動く城
Howl's Moving Castle

ハウルの動く城
Howl's Moving Castle

ハウルの動く城
Howl's Moving Castle

ハウルの動く城
Howl's Moving Castle

となりのトトロ
My Neighbor Totoro

となりのトトロ
My Neighbor Totoro

となりのトトロ
My Neighbor Totoro

となりのトトロ
My Neighbor Totoro


Haphazard Music

African Percussion & Dance Ensemble

Ghanaian and Senegalese Music, 2018 

Ukulele

Summer, 2017

Piano

Thanksgiving, 2016


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