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1/4 of the way there!

1/4 of the way there!

We have passed the year mark since coronavirus lockdown and the COVID vaccine has been distributed to 25% of the U.S. Hope is in the air for lots of people. We may be able to see friends and family more in person. We may be able to hug people, shake their hands and socialize again. It will still be a modified way of hanging out with mask wearing and not too many people BUT, it’s a helluva lot better than what we’ve been doing this past year.

I cannot wait to see my friends more and play music a little more and to see my family which has been the toughest so far since they live in another country.

I am hopeful that this is the beginning of a better year.

Interview with Papergirl Brooklyn

Interview with Papergirl Brooklyn

This past week, I had a spontaneous zoom interview with Papergirl Brooklyn about living in Flatbush and performing in public spaces.

You can check it out here: https://www.papergirlbk.com/flatbush

My Octopus Teacher

My Octopus Teacher

I’ve been watching Netflix documentaries recently and My Octopus Teacher” is a particularly beautiful one.  The film is one man’s discovery of a female octopus and witnessing her brief year long life. It is beautiful, magical and something I highly recommend.

Letting Go Social Media

Letting Go Social Media

Hello! It has been a very very long time since I updated my website.
It has been an intense time as we all know. I have deactivated my Facebook account and deleted all my other social media accounts. I hope you will come and visit this site to see what I’ve been doing.
Thanks all!

Debut Show: The Lion and The Scorpion

Debut Show: The Lion and The Scorpion

This Friday, April 20, 2018 at 9:00pm, will be the debut performance of the collaborative duo, The Lion and The Scorpion.  The wonderful Hank Mason is my fellow collaborator and he will be deep in the synths, beats and computer while I sing and have fun with some electronics and my new favorite instrument, the pocket piano.

We’re playing at Ibeam Brooklyn  and hope to see some folks there.

In Memory of Sophia Rosoff

In Memory of Sophia Rosoff

On Thursday, November 22, 2018, my brilliant, wonderful piano/music teacher Sophia Rosoff passed away at her home.  She was 96.

It is difficult to describe how much Sophia impacted my life.  Sophia brought me back to the piano and I am literally a born again pianist because of her.

I met Sophia in August 2011.  After having a baby I suffered from tendonitis, carpel tunnel and radial tunnel in both arms, wrists and thumbs.  I was a mess.  Even though I had not played the piano seriously in almost 15 years, the thought of not having the ability or the choice to play the piano was devastating to me.  I decided while receiving occupational therapy that I would relearn how to play the instrument and that I should do it with Sophia Rosoff.

On our first meeting I felt nervous and insecure.  Sophia asked me to balance an egg on the carpet.  To our mutual surprise, I did this in a matter of seconds.  She then asked me to balance the egg upside down.  I did that just as quick.  She then asked me to balance an egg on wood, glass, and china, which was most challenging.  After that Sophia said that I was ready to play something for her.  When I went to the piano, I felt calm, focused and unafraid to play.  Sophia was sweet and kind but honest with a quiet intensity that made you feel determined to work.  Everything felt brand new with her.  I felt like I was experiencing the piano for the very first time.  I was really hearing and feeling the music.  I felt connected in a way that I never had before.  Most of my piano experience was filled with anxiety, frustration and misery.  Practicing the piano was agony.   I never realized that practicing could be joyful, filled with love and rewarding (what irony!)  I was falling in love with the piano all over again.

Sophia always believed.  She believed in me and that made me believe in myself.  I specifically remember after a lesson Sophia said, “You can do anything you want in music. You have that ability.  Whatever  path you choose to do, you have it in you.”  I was overwhelmed by her statement but deeply grateful.  It made me start to believe more in myself and what I was capable of.

One of the truly special gifts Sophia gave me was her bi-monthly piano classes.  This class was held at Klavierhaus on 58th St. every other Thursday evening.  Here is where I would hear some of the most incredible music by wonderful pianists, sometimes singers, violinists, violists, saxophonists, guitarist etc.  This class was special.  Never had I been with a group of musicians who were so supportive, loving with no ego or competition in the air.  It was all about the music.  Sophia was always about the music.  I believe it was the way Sophia taught her students and the way she made everyone feel special that made this class so unique.

I am not a writer, I am not eloquent.  That’s ok. I just wanted to let the world know that I have been changed by Sophia Rosoff.  That there are people in this world that have that capacity.

Thank you Sophia for bringing me back to the piano, back to music.  Thank you for believing in me and giving me the love and support to be more courageous and true to myself.  I am sad you are not with me on this earth but I am so happy that you are at peace.  I miss you but you will always be with me.

Korean Food In Park Slope

Korean Food In Park Slope

A few weeks ago, on 7th Ave, I noticed a little sign in a window that looked like a Korean food joint.  It was!  Today I decided to try it out.

Hanki “Everyday Korean” in Park Slope at first looked like an order and go joint.  The opening is small and cramped but very clean.  When I entered, the server said to order up front and that they would serve you the food once ready.  I saw that there was a patio out back and asked to have my food out there.  I was pleasantly surprised to see the back of the restaurant had nice seating inside and a beautiful patio outside.  The patio was quiet except for some A/C’s running but it was shady and serene.

Let me just say that Korean food is awesome (a little subjective here).  It is also incredibly labor intensive.  I admire all those Korean moms (who are we kidding, it was the moms) who busted their chops cooking in the kitchen for everyone to enjoy.  I truly did not appreciate it the way I do now.

The menu was basic and not a huge selection but made sense since it does say “everyday Korean.”  There was enough variety so that anyone could enjoy something there (vegetarians included).  I ordered a lunch special Bulgogi Hanki Set.  It came with a serving of bulgogi, ban chans (side dishes) and multigrain rice (photo above).  It was nicely displayed and everything tasted the way it should.  The food was a little on the sweet side for me but I can’t avoid that in any Korean restaurant except in my mom’s kitchen.  It was still yummy!

I really hope this restaurant stays around.  It’s nice to have a place that isn’t expensive and tastes good AND is relatively close by (no long trips to Manhattan or Queens – that’s for the hard core cravings…)

Now go and eat some Korean food!

 

Composition

Composition

Today I did a photography composition workshop at http://www.wearebkc.com in DUMBO.  We spent a few hours studying composition and then went out to make some photos. It was fun to analyze famous paintings and photographs and what makes them successful, compositionally speaking.  Some of the things to keep in mind when creating a photo are lines, shapes, color contrast, texture and placement (rule of thirds etc) to name a few.  It was bloody hard!

Below are some of my photos from today’s class.  It was such a great time and hard work!  Not quite sure if I achieved my goals but it sure was a lot of fun.

Focus

Focus

Tomorrow I do an all day photography workshop on the “Art of Composition.”  I’m excited to learn more about how to see and create a good photo.  I have already gone to a composition seminar and have been reading a lot about the essentials of photography.  I’m happy to be going into the work shop with a little bit of knowledge so that I’m not completely lost.

I must confess that it’s been hard to manage my time with music, photography, videography, family life and self care.  I love all the creativity but I can get a little OCD about new things and I let the music and everything else fall to the side.  There is a real art to managing one’s time.

I am not good at managing my time.

 

 

 

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