01 February 2019

So serious

I'm looking quite serious here, as I'm warming up last night.

30 January 2019

Sweet Tea band practice

Practicing for an upcoming open mic with Sweet Tea.

29 January 2019

Action shot!

Here I am playing drums a few weeks ago.

28 January 2019

Shake Your Body - Groove Transcription

I have loved this Michael Jackson song since forever. But when I actually sat down to figure out the drum groove, I concluded that this had to be 3 separate drum tracks: first with just the basic boom-chick with hi-hat eighth notes, second with the syncopated toms, third with the open hi-hat flourishes.

This complexity makes it even more interesting to me, as I know this has to be performed live somehow.

So, I tried to put all three parts into this transcription. I still can't play it, and it is quite the challenge for me especially with the sticking. I have what I think might be the best way to play it, but it is totally open to your interpretation.

Anyways, here are the three main grooves of the song:

09 January 2011

Broccoli with Cashew Butter Sauce

I adapted this recipe from AllRecipes.com. I reduced the amount of butter and substituted Worcestershire sauce for the soy sauce (as I’m allergic to soy). I actually don’t like broccoli very much, but I really liked this recipe, and we will be sure to repeat this in the future.

[Read more...]

01 January 2011

Goals for 2011

I’ve just finished a yummy lunch of black eyed peas for good luck. I hope you are having a Happy New Year’s Day.


12 December 2010

The value of stuff

I was only a block away when I noticed it. My hand was bare. I frantically searched all of my pockets. Then I turned around and retraced my path. My ring was gone and I had only lost it sometime between the dentist chair and a block away.

The ring did not have any precious stones, nor was it gold. It only held sentimental value for me. This ring was the only thing that I wore all the time, even when bathing, even when swimming, even when sleeping. It was a gift from my mother.

I am actually surprised that I had not lost it earlier. Having lost over 40 pounds in the last few years, the ring was loose on my hand.

Back at the dentist’s office, the staff was so kind to let me interrupt the new occupant in the chair and even helped me look for the ring. But I never found it.

I was a bit melancholic the day I lost my ring. Afterwards, I started thinking about the value of stuff. I valued this little ring highly and am now sad that it is gone. And I have stuff in boxes and on shelves that I know I would not miss were I to lose them.

I still subconsciously check that the ring is still there on my hand, when it no longer is. Now I am more determined now to free myself of stuff I don’t value anymore.