Chang Sarah

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.

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.

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.

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.

George Harrison

 catsWhen I saw this  Tribute on sale  it reminded me of George Harrison and why my son started playing the guitar.  Yes, he was inspired after seeing George Harrison’s concert in a DVD that he had gotten from a friend for his birthday.  Funny how we get inspired so easily by different people in our lives and want to be like them.  But that was exactly what happened to my kid and from that day on, he was either playing his guitars or buying them or collecting different kind of instruments.

George Harrison may have passed away since 2001 but his legacy still lives on for many generations to come.   Not only was he a musician but also a singer, song writer and a producer for many film before he died.  Best known for his role played as a band member with the Beatles, “Here comes the Sun” that was composed by Harrison is still played a lot today and hummed by many around the world.

Aligi Voltan

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We watched Aligi Voltan played in a concert in Italy many years ago and our kids were interested in learning all about  oboes & basoons   after being so inspired by Aligi Voltan.   He was playing the Mozart :  Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major.   My kids were definitely in awe after the concert because he played the bassoon so well.  Actually, it was our first time being introduced to the bassoon and now whenever we go to the symphony, we look out for people who plays the bassoon.

Tracy Chapman

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Born in 1964, I truly admire Tracy Chapman because she came from humble beginnings and was busking with her guitar when she was a student in Tuft University.  She didn’t have any expensive equipments like the  jbl eon 210p  or an expensive guitar but that didn’t stop her from singing and playing on the streets and in coffee shops before she cut a record and became famous.

She started playign the ukelele at 3 and writing songs and playing the guitar at 8 yrs old.  Kudos to her mom who raised her on her own and even without a lot of money, she recognized her daughter’s talent when she was very young and did her best to nurture her.  Even after cutting her record, she didn’t gain instant fame, Tracy had to work really hard to build a fan base but after her she performed for Mandela for his 70th birthday tribute, then she became more commercially successful.

Also well known for being one of the most politically and socially active musician and tries to work with a lot of charitable organization to help them.  You can see her involvement thru’ her lyrics and during her many performances to create awareness about Human Rights and various charities like the South Africa’s Anti-Apartheid Movement.  There are so many more events that is associated to Tracy Chapman’s name that she is also known as an activist .  Tracy has won many Grammy awards and nominated for a lot more.

Charity Concerts

catsSummer is on full swing in our town and some very kind and charitable business are putting together a charity concert for our local non – profit organization.  We’ve bought some music gears at a very good price from  www.musiciansfriend.com  and for the rest of July and August, there will be singing and many talented local artistes invited for this charity concert.

Everything and every event at the water front is for a good cause and I can’t see nothing better to do then to support your local artistes and your local non-profit organization.  And for those businesses in town, who’ve spearheaded this event – I salute you.

Bryan Baeumler

I love watching renovating shows and Bryan Baeumler definitely make it to my list of inspiring people around the globe.  I love how he helps home owners repair their house and home with some of these  and that in his tool boxes.  Bryan is the host for one of the more popular tv shows on HGTV and he is very hands on and owns his own construction company.  He is also very passionate in what he does and even though he is in the construction business now and a very successful one, Bryan has a BA in Political Science – impressive right?   And who doesn’t love a handy man around the house – even if he was just a friend.  Bryan’s networth ?  15 million dollars – very impressive indeed!