Since this morning, I’ve pretty much just been sitting around waiting for the inspiration to start writing my next blog post for my 30@30 project. It’s not that I’ve been too lazy to write anything, it’s just that I got sidetracked by watching my fish, and reading articles online on how I should take care of them. I haven’t had pet fish since I was a kid, and I’m super excited to have them as pets again. I still haven’t figured out though who’s going to take care of them when I go to the Philippines, but my neighbor’s pretty nice, so I’ll probably just ask him.
Part of the reason I found it so difficult to write, I think, is that I’ve been listening to Kylie’s “Put Your Hands Up” on repeat all day. It’s hard to get all introspective and pensive when all you want to do is dance. So this evening, even though I was still bouncy and dance-y, I changed the music to the instrumental piano version of Faye Wong’s “Eyes On Me”, and presto. I was in the mood to write.
The instrumental version of “Eyes On Me” is one of the many songs I want to learn how to play on the piano. I’ve written about my love for the piano before. I still haven’t completely learned how to play The Heart Asks Pleasure First, but I’m getting there. I know the first half of the right hand part pretty well, though my timing’s a bit off cuz I’ve only been able to practice on my USB piano. Still, I’m confident I’ll learn how to play it eventually, cuz I’ve always been good with musical instruments.
Music has always been a big part of my life. I have to thank my music teachers when from when I was a kid for teaching me to love music. I guess my love for music started when I learned how to play the recorder. I don’t know what age I was, but everyone had to buy a recorder when I was a kid, and I always wanted to play the most difficult pieces with the crazy high notes. There was even a time when we had a school play and the recorder playing group or whatever they called themselves had to play this pirate song I liked. I wasn’t part of the group, but I didn’t care. I liked the song, so I brought my recorder to rehearsal and I thought I could get away with playing it in the background without anyone noticing. Well, the teachers did notice, and apparently I played it better than some of the others in the recording playing group. From being a background extra all of a sudden I had a solo part in the production playing the song I liked.
When I moved into secondary school, I started to play the saxophone after my parents bought me one for my birthday. I wanted to buy a flute, but my Dad convinced me that a saxophone was cooler, and I was really into the Simpsons and Lisa had a saxophone, so I thought yeah a saxophone’s ok too. But I really wanted a flute, so I didn’t take the saxophone lessons too seriously, much to the disappointment of whoever was my music teacher back then. Still, I played enough to be able to join the school band, and by band I mean an orchestra without the string section — a marching band, basically, except without anyone marching to anything. Hmmm. Well, anyway, I had loads of fun in the band. We played at embassies and all sorts of school functions, and we played for Princess Anne when she visited Bahrain among other things. I eventually sold my saxophone to a family friend, but in hindsight I kinda wish I didn’t.
Being part of a school band helped me appreciate all sorts of music. I was one of the few kids who actually enjoyed music class, and in turn one of the few kids who enjoyed listening to classical music. There was this radio station in the Manila before, 98.7 DZFE-FM, and all they would play was classical music. I would listen to that station whenever I wanted to chill out. I even bought a relaxation CD once where it was just a solo violin playing some Mediterranean chord structures or something, and it really was relaxing.
As for contemporary music, I’ve leave that for another blog post. Consider this entry #2 for the 30@30 project. I’ll try to write some more stuff tonight. I’m delayed enough as it is on the project, and I’d really like to see this one to completion.