“My Thing of Beauty” (Original Love Song)

“My Thing of Beauty” is new love song I wrote.  Though I wrote this originally for my wife, I think it speaks to the need for us to recognize the beauty and worth of each other, and how in a great loving relationship we can be that for each other.  It also speaks to my inner romantic, and the desire to let my woman know what she means to me. The theme of this song reminds me of songs such as Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are” and Bruno Mars’ song of the same name.

Because sometimes you need a reminder of how wonderful you are…

As always, thank you for watching my videos and listening to my music. I hope you enjoy this song as much as I enjoyed writing it: Continue reading

“You Are Loved” (Music Video)

Sometimes there seems to be a magic in life where things just coalesce in amazing and beautiful ways. That is what happened with “You Are Loved,” my song that started as a piano piece and that now is a music video.

This song was conceived as a piano piece several years ago one (it is one of Continue reading

Classical Pianist shows off Rap Prowess! My “Solitary” Mixtape

A couple of years ago, when I first moved to Sacramento and got married, I started recording new verses to previous hip hop instrumentals, at the pace of roughly one new one a week. This was at the advice and tutelage of my good buddy Martin Lavendar aka Lord Lav, a hip hop expert and a great teacher who helped me hone my craft. I wrote and recorded dozens of verses, and at some point Martin suggested that I put them out as a mixtape. Below is said mixtape, which I decided to collect together and put up in two videos on Youtube. I called it “Solitary Mixtape” because I wrote all of these while working by myself out in my “office” in the garage of the house we used to live in. The topic of the lyrics is mostly me reflecting on my inner life, the good, the bad, and the ugly…. because no one is more solitary than when they are in their own mind.

The source of the music is attributed in each track. I used a variety of instrumentals ranging from ODB and Necro to drum n bass (and a few that I made, some with the help of drummer Robert Kennedy). The recording is not of great production quality, nor is it mixed, but this is more about writing and rapping. Maybe I will make highly quality recordings of some of these and release them to the world. In the meantime, I wanted to share this. Consider it a “Work in (and of my) Progress:”

 

SOLITARY MIXTAPE (part 1) Continue reading