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 »
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 »
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!
- 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.