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.

Sarah Chang


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.


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.


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.

Buddy Rich

Known as the best top 20 drummers of all times , Buddy Rich was by far in my humble opinion the best of them all.  My son bought his first drum set from  musicians friend drums  after watching Buddy Rich in a concert played to him when he was younger.

Even at the age of one, he could drum with the spoon and it had rhythm.  And at 18 mths, he started playing the drums for real.  He was said to be the youngest child to get paid that high for his performance.  He is super talented because he had no training in how to play the drums and could not read any music but could play the drums perfectly well.

That is pretty amazing to anyone listening to him and he was pretty incredible as far as I can tell.   My son was in awe and I cannot help envy how talented Buddy Rich was.

Bruno Mars

catsBruno Mars is also known as Peter Hernandez and with a name like Hernandez, you have to know that he must be good at singing and entertainment is in his blood. Being half Puerto Rican and half Filipino from his mother side, he is destined to do well in the music industry.   So everyone knows him by his stage name Bruno Mars and his songs are all very catchy and all easy to remember and to dance to.

It is said that during his earlier career, that his parents met during a performance, her mom being a hula dancer and his father played the percussion and even without recording aids like the  ableton live lite 9  Bruno Mars was all gung -ho to get his music out there.

Bruno Mars was into reggae , hip hop and R&B music and his entire family, even his uncle was a Elvis impersonator.  I guess, you can see where Bruno , the #6 in the family was heading toward even though he was very young then.

Bruno has a third studio album that he is working on right now but what’s most commendable about him is , only 29 years of age, Bruno Mars has already established a scholarship fund to help fund music maker of the next generation.  He also donated $100K to the kids in Bantay Bata, who were victims of Typhoon Haivan, to help them and their families who’ve lost everything in the Typhoon.   And he is very much into anything that says fight poverty in USA.  I truly love artistes like Bruno, who is willing to give back to society when they can afford it, makes me feel like these rich artistes has a heart too.

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.