Contemporary piano enthusiasts, rejoice! This month, I’ve created a 30-minute playlist of tracks from some of my favorites including Jim Brickman, Michael Silverman, Yiruma, Brian Crain and Ludovico Einaudi. Majority of the pieces are set in major keys, so it’s perfect for those feel-good and soothing moments.
And just like that we find ourselves at the edge of 2015.
Many years have passed since I spent some time actively thinking about the relationship that used to be. With the memories resurfacing, it seems like the right time to pen my thoughts, no?
Like most bright-eyed romantics, there was a time in my life when I thought I would marry my high school sweetheart.
EDC Las Vegas has become of those events where each year, I tell myself it’s going to be the last one, but thankfully it never turns out that way. In all of my EDC experiences, there’s always been one thing that makes me question whether or not I will return, yet the pros always seem to outweigh the cons.
I’ve put together a fun recap video and a list of my takeaways that will be helpful for any EDCLV attendee, whether you’re an EDC veteran or first-timer. Read more below. And for those of you wondering about the track in the video: Dada Life – One Last Night on Earth (Speaker of the House remix)
Sometimes music can empower contemplation.
From personal experience and preference, I find that one of the best types of music for self-reflection taps into New Age and Instrumental. It’s effortlessly emotional, and without lyrics it’s easy to listen and focus on your own thoughts.
I recently (like, today) discovered pianist and composer Christian Lundquist, who wrote and recorded this lovely piece. The melody alternates between E♭Major and its relative, c minor, giving it a somber yet serene disposition. It’s perfect for moments when you’re thinking about the meaning of life or a relationship that hurts so good.
To be vulnerable means to be to be susceptible to emotional or physical attack. No other word could be fitting for a song like this. The chill and semi-deep melody of this is likely to seduce its listeners and make them vulnerable.
The original track, sung by Tinashe, is a definitely not as upbeat as this remix. In fact, it’s a little melancholy and dark. However, I think Gold Fields did a great job giving the tune life and making it something that you might want to bop your head to. Or at least turn up while you’re lounging with a glass (or bottle) of your favorite wine.
No kidding. This song is for those moments when you feel like drifting away to a destination of sensual and chill clarity. With soothing beats and sexy lyrics, it might also be good for some baby-making background music.
My favorite line: “..Started to undress you with my wandering eyes.” SWOON.
Layers and layers of hits from 2014.
Parts of it sound like a melancholy ballad, while other parts make you wanna groove.
Here are the tracks featured in this mashup:
“I was once told that the word ‘passion’ comes from the Latin word ‘suffering,’ and because of the ability to suffer, we are able to retain the ability to enjoy and love. Both meanings of ‘passion’ serve as an essence to my appreciation for music, more specifically, the piano. I suffer because I slave over the technical parts of the piano and I love it because of the beautiful sounds and melodies that I can create with the piano.”
I wrote the statement above in a paper for high school. What amazes me is how after so many years, this message holds true now. This comment can be made about any one’s hobby or passion. It’s a message to keep in mind when you’re determined to be great at something.