I went to a David Haas concert this past Friday without really knowing what to expect. I knew very little about this songwriter but I went along for a ride anyway (read: Older Daughter wanted to go, and I was the Driver).
I was very chuffed to find out that I knew more songs than I’d thought – they are songs I sing in church but without knowing who wrote them. The evening turned out to be part concert, part worship service; it was a rousing & heart-warming time of singing, praying & raucous laughter (turns out he is a skilled & humorous storyteller!). Continue reading “Songs to Remember”
When we travel, we put in a great deal of effort to research places we want to visit: museums & shows we want to go to, food we want to eat, vistas we want to gape at. And yet, we often hear that one does not have time to visit places of interest in one’s own hometown. I wonder why that is. Continue reading “My Backyard: loving what we have”
Last week, I was treated to two world-class performances by two locally-grown choirs: “ONE with Andre van der Merwe” by ONE Chamber Choir & “Szhizophonia” by the SYC Ensemble Singers. I have never been so proud to be Singaporean! Continue reading “Expanding My Musical SoundSpace”
Loving Husband has always perplexed me with his insistence that we have the correct sporting equipment. When we started playing tennis as a young courting couple, he insisted that I buy a pair of tennis shoe and a new tennis racket even though I wasn’t very good. Continue reading “Zoot Ultra Kiawe 2.0: The Shoe That Hugged Me”
Some folks have lofty aspirations to climb big mountains, real mountains. I take my hat off to those who are brave & fit enough to attempt running Mt Kinabalu in Malaysia, the MacLehose Trail in Hong Kong, or Ben Nevis in Scotland.
I have my own list of heights to conquer. These are certainly not mountains, and not even really hills. They are my personal mountains, my list of up-slopes I want to run up instead of walk up. Going uphill is difficult for me – I have been told that my problem is mental more than physical. So, this list is also my training plan & motivator, challenges to overcome. Continue reading “Conquering the Heights with a List”
“I write for myself” was the excuse I used for the longest time for anyone who suggested that I made public my scribbles. I was even a little embarrassed when my Big-Hearted Brother bound some of my poetry into a book as a birthday gift some decades ago.
But the reality is, whether one writes for catharsis or because there are things that just need to be said or for a particular purpose, there is a part of us that fears no one will read what is written, that they will be abandoned in a Jasper Fforde-ian Lost Well of Plots. Continue reading “Is anyone out there?”
Modern Music? No thank you, would have been my response before today. I am a Baroque Fangirl through and through. Okay, maybe a little classical and a smattering of Romantic is fine as well. But apart from film music (I love John Williams & Howard Shore), any music written for orchestra or chamber groups after the 1900s would not hold much appeal for me.
Until tonight. Continue reading “Ensemble Multilatérale: Advocates for Music of Today”