October 27, 2011

It's just me and this apple.

mmmmmm

I can see myself as a vegetarian... for at least a week, I suppose.

Also, we dropped Sister Chen at the MTC yesterday. She'll be a WONDERFUL missionary, I know it!
She's inspired me to forget myself and get to work!  Who says I can't be serving a mission right now? 




October 24, 2011

SMILE.

Just smile more. Please.


...

October 23, 2011

A girl deserves that.




She had it all right.

I have hours only lonely.

When I smile, tell me some bad news
before I laugh and act like a fool.

October 9, 2011

Good Evening

This is my favorite outfit for the fall.  :) 

LisztLisztLisztILiveLisztLisztLiszt

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 Rigoletto Paraphrase
-Franz Liszt

Played by moi.

October 8, 2011

I hate double octaves.

Advice from Elder Busche

 This morning, my brother Jeffrey sent me the video below.
Next Thursday, I'm competing in MTNA.  I'm practicing 4-8 hours everyday, and it's hard to manage my time best.  Sometimes I get tired and worried, but listening to Elder Busche's talk really encouraged me to do my best and keep working hard.  No one is perfect, but as long as I work hard, I know the rest is up to the Lord.  

So, when you're discouraged or hurting, listen to this talk, say some prayers, and keep going!  



October 7, 2011

I'll be here.

There's a cyclops made of men.
There's a boat sailing through piles of sugar and baking soda.
There's a waterfall made of fabric you can walk under.
There's a hundred dresses.
There's an untitled painting and couples deemed to meet.

I LIVE Classical Music.

Live what you love.

Vladimir Horowitz


"Your mind must control, but you must have heart . . . . Give your feeling free."
"I must tell you I take terrible risks. Because my playing is very clear, when I make a mistake you hear it. If you want me to play only the notes without any specific dynamics, I will never make one mistake. Never be afraid to dare."

-Vladimir Horowitz 

Horowitz, born in Kiev, Ukraine (1903), is known for his "unequaled" speed, accuracy, dynamic range, and power.  He is famous for playing many pieces by Chopin and Scriabin as well as Scarlatti.

For more information, click here.



October 6, 2011

Arthur Rubinstein


"On stage, I will take a chance. There has to be an element of daring in great music-making. These younger ones, they are too cautious. They take the music out of their pockets instead of their hearts.”
-Arthur Rubenstein

Rubenstein was born in Poland in 1887.  He is most known for his accurate and passionate interpretations of Chopin nocturnes and has become one of the most famous and renowned pianists of the 20th century.  

October 5, 2011

October 4, 2011

Here's a quick grin.

Before another day starts getting busier.



October 3, 2011

If I were a caveman...

After much time spent in a practice room, I start pondering over things like this:

I'm pretty certain that if I was a cave-girl, I would be one of the first to die...

Just think about it.

In conclusion, I am grateful I don't need to worry about running away from wild beasts, angry cavemen, or fighting for food.


Beethoven's "Tempest" Sonata

             I love Wilhelm Kempff. - His portrayal of Beethoven's style and emotions are so precise.



October 2, 2011

Be You.

We're ALL human, after all.  I think that everyone cares about what others think of them... We're all self-conscious, but sometimes, we feel like the only ones who ever feel a certain way.

In reality, everyone feels.  Everyone wants attention.  Everyone wants to be loved, and sometimes, that's why certain people act the way they do.

No matter what, do what you love for yourself and not for anyone else, because in the long run, it'll be worth it, if you're committed to work hard.  Seriously, hard work is what will get you places, not talent, not relying on others.  You have to have confidence and take risks.  Become ready to go through hardships to get what you want.

People will say things to bring you down.  Don't listen to them.  Stand tall.  Look up.  Stay focused and be determined because in the end, the only thing that matters will be you setting your own limits and fulfilling them.

You Tell Me Your Dreams


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"You Tell Me Your Dreams" - Charles N. Daniels

That's my "spur of the moment" Sunday afternoon production...haha  

And heres a jazz version:

...How many types of the coolest instruments can you get in a combo?  

October 1, 2011

Jeffrey


... I know it looks like an advertisement for pepsi, or something you could see in a GQ magazine, but it's actually for BYU's independent study... yeah, awesome, right?
Anyway, Jeff did this shoot earlier this year before going off to medical school.
I know what you're thinking:
So cool.

Blind Actuaries

One of my friends, Ryan King is the voice/keyboard player in a rock/alternative/indie band called Blind Actuaries...

Check it out.  It's definitely worth your time. http://www.reverbnation.com/blindactuaries