The power of music

December 29, 2009

I spent this Christmas in the frosty winter wonderland of Minnesota. I was reminded why it is an abstract concept to teach California kids about a song like “White Christmas”, while I made snow angels, built snow forts and snowmen, went skiing and ice skating, and wore snow pants, all without leaving the neighborhood where my brother lives.

I was also reminded of the unique power of music to bring people together. In terms of demographics, there is seemingly little in common between my family – a nuclear unit of four created by my Taiwanese immigrant parents, plus a scattered array of my aunts, uncles, and cousins in similar nuclear units throughout the Midwest and East Coast – and the multi-generational Minnesota-native family of my brother’s wife. Read the rest of this entry »


Gifts come in many forms

December 16, 2009

I’m sitting here in my office after six o’clock in the evening in the middle of December. I’m trying to get some year-end accounting done, while looking forward to a yoga class in about an hour.

My iPod was playing, but it just ran down to the last song on a playlist, so I’m left in the supposed silence.

Only instead of silence, I hear, coming from the violin studio next door to my office (we share a wall), shouting. Shouting interspersed with the sounds of a violin, but mostly shouting. That’s what makes the walls resonate.

It’s so loud, so profoundly disturbing, that I can no longer keep working on the accounting (which, I admit, is a tough one to hold my attention these days). When the music in my little office stopped, I was left to face the reality of the environment I am in.

To me, the shouting is a reminder of everything I am not, and wish not to become. Read the rest of this entry »


Introducing a NEW public class!

December 2, 2009

The Music Within Us presents…

Music Improvisation for Everyone

Discover the music within you!

This class is designed for ALL LEVELS and ALL AGES.

  • Are you a “recovering” classically trained musician, looking to rediscover the joy in your playing?
  • Are you a new parent looking for simple ways to enjoy music with your child?
  • Do you consider yourself “tone deaf”?
  • Do you like listening to music, but have never considered yourself to be “musical”?

This introductory class is for YOU!

You will…

  • Discover new ways of listening
  • Explore new possibilities in your self-expression
  • Notice the rhythm and “groove” in everyday sounds
  • Break down your preconceptions about music
  • Understand more deeply what makes certain music “work” for you
  • Have fun in a nurturing environment

When: Saturday, December 19, 2009, 1:30PM – 3:00PM

Where: The Music Within Us studio

2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite 150, Mountain View, CA 94043

Cost: $15/single, $25/pair (purchased at the same time), children 17 and under FREE (must be accompanied by an adult)

To register for this class, click here.