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After watching Sarah Chang in concert , anyone would want to be her and take up violin lessons.  So here I have my young daughter who wants to be the next violin player only to be told that most people end up playing the viola instead.  Yes , there is a huge difference , and a viola player has a small part in a concert of a violin player , they are like filler players we were told by a friend who plays the violin professionally here.

But like any good parents , we went hunting for an instrument for the daughter at  Guitar Center, electric viola  and found quite a few to choose from.   And one can buy a very expensive one or one that fits your budget.    Love shopping online.

Pearl Jam

Wishlist was the song that Pearl Jam band played that inspired my kid to play like them when they formed their own school band.   With  ebow available at Musicians Friend  my kid and his friends told me to order some for them so that they can play like Pearl Jam.

I’m sure that the band doesn’t know that they inspired some teenagers when they were playing Wishlist but it did.   For those who have been listening to Pearl Jam , you know that they have grown with time and quite well known now.  They now write all kinds of songs and even songs written on ukelele.   Listening to Wishlist , you wouldn’t think that Pearl Jam was capable of such music but it is like college rock , according to some critic.

Sarah Chang

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Any Asian American who is a musician interest me to no end and when I was looking at Musician Friend’s violin bridge   for my daughter , I cannot help but wonder if she is going to be the next Sarah Chang.  Yes wishful thinking but mom can always hope right ?

Born in Philly USA to parents who were also musically inclined a composer and violinist , one can just imagine where she got her genes from eh. But Sarah Chang is a child prodigy when it comes to music and had started to perform as early as 8 yrs old and at 5 yrs old she was accept in the Julliard School of Music.  And any musician or wanna-be musician would know that Julliard is one of the best school to be in if you are serious about pursuing music as a career.

Skrillex

workAt only 27 years old this guy known professionally as Skrillex also known as Sonny John Moore by birth is one of the highest paid DJs named by Forbes.  He wears many hats, a DJ , music producer, guitarist, singer as well as a song writer.  I wonder what he would think of the  Scarlett reviews  for I too am thinking of getting one for my son for Christmas.  Since he is the expert and won many Grammy awards for various awards and one for Best remixing recording, wouldn’t it be nice to get his advice for this purchase of mine.  But of course, I wouldn’t be able to, so I resort to getting best advice from reviews from real people and then I will decide.

Although Skrillex didn’t have the best childhood due to bullying in school and having to drop out and home schooled instead , that didn’t seem to deter him from making something out of himself.  In fact , at the age of 14 , he learned that he was adopted and again dropped out of a program he was in.  Skrillex also known as Moore his birth name , got his first break in 2004 when he called First to Last to play in their band.

Ralph Wilson Jr

2Born in 1918,  Mr Wilson, born and raised in Ohio is known for being the biggest philanthropist in 2014.  Even after his death in 2014, Wilson has a foundation that continues to help others and different organization.

Most people would probably remember him as the owner of Buffalo Bills as he played a very important role in bringing the game on national TV ,  that amounted a lot of money as far as I know.  As a founding owner, he was also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

 But let come back to how generous he is , being one of the top giver even after his death.  I read that the proceeds of the sale of his estate , that held the franchise was used as an endowment for the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation.  This foundation funds many charitable causes in Buffalo and Detroit areas.   These were all set in motion before his death, therefore, he was truly a great philanthropist and had other big causes in mind.

Tony Chi

 tonyI only got to know about Tony Chi when he designed the Ritz Carlton in Singapore and that was about the time I left Singapore and migrated to Canada.  And if you’ve ever been to the Ritz in Singapore, you will know that Tony Chi is not an ordinary interior designer.  Hotels built by him are known as the Tony Chi’s hotel to folks who worked in the hotels before and the Ritz is not only beautiful but very classy.

Inspired by his work, I too stole his idea for some  sliding door for lofts  that we have in Canada , that we were renovating for rental.   This interior designer started designing restaurants and then moved to hotels  in Asia after the stock market crash.  And of course, Asia benefited from his expertise  In fact, Tony Chi started with small jobs like designing a restaurant in a hotel in Jakarta.  And even though he has been awarded into the Hall Of Fame Inductee for Interior Design, in 2009, he still kept his company small, with only 50 employees.  I am inspired by Tony Chi and even though the spouse’s business is doing well, I too am pleased to do it small like Tony Chi.

Casey Neistat

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You don’t need to be super rich or someone who have done a lot of good to inspire others.  And why I feel that everyone will be inspired by Casey Neistat is because after watching his youtube videos for months, you cannot help but feel this very, very strong and positive vibe that anything is possible.  If it isn’t – look at Casey Neistat, only 34 yrs old, this guy definitely has done more things and accomplished more than most of us have in a lifetime.

This guy is a dare-devil and even though he is from a very normal family and didn’t finish his high school, a school drop out at 15, he definitely, definitely is an inspiration to everyone out there as someone who is motivated and hard work and willing to try anything, you will get somewhere.

I love this guy and I highly recommend everyone to watch his youtube channel – oh did I forget to tell you that he is also a film maker, an entrepreneur and co-founder of a social media company that introduced an app called Beme.

Rosa Parks

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Rosa Parks is an American African Civil Rights Activist,  she was known as the first lady of civil rights and the mother of freedom movement.  In 1955, she refused to give up her seat for a white person on a bus and during those times, the colored people were treated like second class citizens and Park was arrested because of it.  How crazy is that right?  But yes, during those days, things were quite different.  She was tired of being treated differently and less important and she fought for that.

What Rosa Parks did that day because one of the most iconic event in history thus leading to many other resistant in equal rights for the colored people.  Without Parks standing up that day, things may have taken a different turn.  Courage is what I learned from Rosa Parks and not many people are so courageous even in this day and time.

Tiesto

01Dutch born DJ named by Forbes as the most paid DJs in the entire world making up to $22 million !  And I’m sure a lot of young men and women are inspired by it and wants to get all the  dj equipment speakers  that he is using and learn all the trades that he might have.

Born in Netherland in 1969, Tiesto founded the label Black Hole Recordings, voted world’s #1 DJ , he is well known for the remixed of John Legend song – All of me at the Grammy’s.  I don’t think he is ever married but there was an engagement that was broken.