Recording my Piano Improvisations

They say a good woman is a great thing for a man, and I have to agree on so many levels. Among the many, many other great things my woman has done for me, one is to encourage me to record my piano improvisations. I remember how it started: Back when we were dating, I was sitting the keyboard at her place (now our place), and just making up music. She surprised me by saying, “You should record that!” This inspired me, and eventually that is what I did. Though these recordings are a bit raw in quality, they capture my musical thoughts, and that’s what I wanted to share with you:

1. “Improvising using Radio Head’s ‘Creep’ as a theme”
For this one, I had just returned from a show down the street in Sacramento, and I was very inspired by having talked to the lead singer of the band and just generally feeling inspired. It was probably about midnight by then, and I sat down at the piano, and this is what came out. Actually, I believe I improvised on this theme for several minutes before I thought to record it. Enjoy…

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Live Performance of “Winter Glass” and “Summer Rain”!

This is a video from a show I did last May for the Music at Noon (“M.A.N.”) concerts at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sacramento, CA. Special thanks to Brad Slocum for his fine video work for this performance and for being the founder and organizer of this great Sacramento weekly event. More at http://www.westminsac.org/music-noon

Overcoming Perfectionism: What it Really Took for Me to Complete Waterfall

In my debut piano CD Waterfall: Original Piano Music, I wrote the following dedication on the back cover:

This album is dedicated to all creative people. May you find your own waterfall of creativity.

I am reminded now of the enormous personal journey I underwent just to get to the point where I could even write those simple words on the back of that CD.

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