• Creativity,  Culture and Society,  Roque's Weekly Review

    Roque’s Weekly Review on 8/22/18

    Hello Beautiful Everyone! I’ve had a glorious week! Let’s get to the news .  .  . Roque’s 2nd Annual Piano Salon on August 19, 2018 Last Sunday, I hosted my 2nd Annual Piano Salon at my home in the woods of Liberty, TN. Nashville guitarist Andrew Weitze played electric guitar as I played my songs, and he was on fire!!! I love it when we play together!  Pianist Oliver Flowers played some lovely piano music, and in the absence of a couple of other performers, local musician Leopard played a song for us as well. Here are some photos from the show: Special thanks to Oliver Flowers who tuned all…

  • Creativity,  Piano,  Roque's Weekly Review,  Website Updates

    Roque’s Weekly Review on 8/15/2018

    Hello Beautiful People! It’s Wednesday! Time for another update from me about my creative projects, but first, I wanted to let you all know that the new film Crazy Rich Asians opens in theaters today, August 15th, across the country!! It is produced by a major motion picture studio and has an entirely Asian cast. This is worthwhile to support because this kind of representation and diversity has been sorely lacking in mainstream entertainment in America! Also, it’s a fun and salacious story that makes for a lively movie-going experience. I’m going to see it this week. Find it at your local theater and go see it too! Okay, on…

  • Creativity,  Roque's Weekly Review

    Roque’s Weekly Review for 8/8/2018

    Hello Beautiful People, This is another weekly check-in on progress that I am making toward all of my creative projects. I have to admit that it is challenging to be productive in the summertime. It is sunny outside and the warmth in the air makes it conducive to lounging about and being decadently lazy. I’ve done some of that, but there is always a small voice in my head telling me to get up and do what I do. I’ve been doing lots of creative work despite the sun and her temptations. Let’s run this down .  .  . 1. I have started a new art piece. I’ll post a…

  • Creativity,  Intention,  Piano,  Roque's Weekly Review

    Roque’s Weekly Review for 8/1/2018

    Hi Everyone, It’s time for another weekly update! Today is August 1st! This is my birthday month! As such, I have a lot to share over the next 31 days! 1. Here are a couple of the newest posts from my blog Tropical Shade of Green (Click on the Link to Visit) : Learn From the Past But Live in the Present. A Morning Routine Will Ground Your Life. Surround Yourself with Good People. 2. Pay what you want for Roque’s Music: In honor of my birthday month and for a limited time, the songs off of my debut album Seahorses will be available on my band camp store with…

  • Creativity,  Intention,  Roque's Weekly Review

    Roque’s Weekly Review on 7/25/2018

    Accountability is a good thing.  Sharing is a good thing, and as such, I have decided to post weekly updates on my website roqueinbloom.com regarding my musical and visual art projects that are on the way.  I have reached a new time in my life in which I want to share more about my creative work and ongoing progress I am making on several fronts.  This is the inaugural RWR post, and it will be an ongoing review of the work I have accomplished on a weekly basis. I also feel that if I tell you what I am working on and when it will be ready, then I am…

  • Creativity,  Visual Poemts

    Visual Poems by Roqué

    This summer, I am releasing short digital art pieces that I am calling “Visual Poems”.  They will generally be no more than one minute in length and will include video footage with any combination of spoken word poetry and/or original music. They can be viewed exclusively on my new Youtube channel, and I will announce on all social media when new poems are released. Why am I doing this? I want to explore different ways of expressing my ideas. I have always been a musician, visual artist, and writer/poet.  As such, why don’t I combine all of these skills into something that is textured and multi-dimensional? Why stick to only…

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    My Summer of Art and Creativity

    It’s June!! Now that summer is upon us, I am feeling blissfully excited to create magical, beautiful things. There is a small handful of projects I want to take on over the next three months, and I’ll be sharing my progress on Instagram and social media. Here are the upcoming projects in a nutshell. Creative Thesis Project The biggest project I am tackling is one related to school. This is a sizable undertaking that will require a large amount of thought, time, and effort. Work begins this month. More on that later. Photography Some of you may have noticed the photos of flowers I’ve been posting on social media. Those…

  • Creativity,  Culture and Society,  Intention

    Asian Representation in Popular Culture

    I recently wrote a post about the dominance of White people and culture in every facet of society here in America (you can read the post HERE.), and I have been thinking a lot lately about Asian representation in popular culture. Surely there are more than just classic martial art films? (Cue the sound of crickets endlessly chirping away.) I look over at the African-American community. They have come such a long way. Last year, the film Moonlight won best picture. They have won Oscars in all of the major acting categories. They have formidable pop stars. (Beyonce and Rihanna anyone?) Rap, R&B, and Hip hop have become mainstream mainstays.…

  • Creativity,  Filipino Food

    Delicious Filipino Food on The Splendid Table

    This week, I wanted to highlight a recent episode of NPR’s  food and cooking show The Splendid Table in which they explore the growing Filipino food movement here in America. Being a Filipino myself, I grew up eating some of the most delicious and flavorful foods from my home country. I have always been sad that Filipino food is not as ubiquitous as Chinese or Japanese cuisine, but maybe this is actually a blessing.  Dishes like adobo, sinigang, and lumpia can continue to be the best kept secrets that they are, and they can be spared from becoming generic and homogenized. Here is the episode from The Splendid Table.  Its…

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    Creativity

    Creativity and Identity: To Be is To Do

    I have learned to redefine what I believe a creative person is.  It is not solely about the label of being a “performer”, “musician”, “inventor”, or “sculptor”.  As one’s identity relates to creativity, it has less to do with an actual title and more to do with an active state of doing creative work. A creative person performs music every day.  She works on developing a new invention on a regular basis.  She has designated times to work on a current sculpture or 3-dimentional concept.  He is constantly tweaking a new business plan or marketing strategy. A creative person is actively engaged in the work and craftsmanship of creating. To…