Written in 2014 Last night, I ventured out to watch a jazz quintet perform at a local club. It was a weeknight, but I was really in the mood for some good music, no conversation and a break from reality, if you will. The combo included an upright bass, and as soon as the rich… Read More


Written in 2014 I fell down a rabbit hole of sorts today. It began when I saw a post from Classical KING-FM promoting a performance by Stephen Hough. I remembered doing PR for a few of his albums when he recorded with MusicMasters and Musical Heritage Society back in the 80’s. Seeing Stephen’s albums got… Read More


Written: August 2014 Robin Williams (1951 – 2014)   Earlier this week, we learned about Robin Williams’ untimely death, apparently by his own hand. Immediately, a number radio and television talk show hosts (national and local), as well as a few “high-profile” people, took to the airwaves and social media to criticize Robin for taking… Read More


Written: December 2014   December 8th is an emotional date for millions of music fans around the world. On this date, not one, but two icons were cut down in the prime of their lives and careers. December 8, 1980. New York City. Mark David Chapman walks up to John Lennon and Yoko Ono, as… Read More


Written in 2008 “Ready?” she asked, scissors poised. I took a deep breath. “Just do it.” I closed my eyes, and heard the familiar ‘snick’ of the scissors. The next moment, my hairdresser gently placed a ponytail into my hand, containing eight inches of my hair. Eight inches that I had been growing for months.… Read More


Written in 2008   I was driving home from work on Friday when my Blackberry flashed and beeped, signalling a new message. I clicked on it to see what had crossed (yes, while I was still driving), and nearly drove off the road. It was a news bulletin and it read: Tim Russert dead at… Read More


(My mother & me in Masan, South Korea. I think I was 4 here) Friends have asked me to write this story down for posterity. Since I now have a full-fledged blog, I figure this is as good a place as any to do it. My mom was a rabid diehard New York Yankees fan. She embraced the team… Read More


Written in 2008 I was the National Anthem singer for my university. If there was a sport to be played, you’d see me singing the anthem before every game. Our school has an NCAA Divison I ice hockey team, so it was inevitable that we would eventually play a Canadian school, although I thought it… Read More


Written: July 2008 I must confess, I am struggling and have been struggling for a little while. I’ve been writing like a fiend to mask my inner turmoil, but that turmoil seems to be clamoring more and more for my attention. I don’t need to talk about why I am struggling. I know everyone here… Read More


Written: August 2008   There’s an image from Friday night’s Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympics that won’t leave my head… or my heart. It’s not the amazing dancers who reenacted five thousand years of China’s history in such a colorful fashion. It’s not the breathtaking way the torch was finally lit. It’s not the… Read More