• Creativity,  Piano

    Roque’s Weekly Review for 7/10/19

    Another week has passed through this warm and misty summer we’ve been having here in middle Tennessee. I go for long walks in our hollow. I read books and cuddle with my cat whenever possible. We do not have the sounds of cars rushing by, honking horns, and airplanes forging paths out into the sky. Instead, we have the lengthy discourse of birds, the mating calls of frogs, and the song of wind simmering through the leaves of trees. I acknowledge all of this as often as I can because I am sincerely grateful for this music that surrounds me. Speaking of music, I’ve spent the last few days making…

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

    Roque’s Weekly Review for 6/5/2019

    These summer days are so full of light and warmth. I have been taking the time to rest my body and care for myself. I drink plenty of fluids, rest when I am tired, and make time for my cat. I have also been getting acupuncture treatments to help with sinus, allergy, and congestion problems. I want my body to feel rejuvenated. I also have a good bit of creative work this summer with my photography, film editing, art, and lots of music on my piano, cello, and ukulele. This week, I wanted to feature a couple of works. Check out something old and something new . . . Featured…

  • 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,  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…

  • Culture and Society,  Intention,  Piano,  Reading Will Save the World

    My Daily Rituals for a Meaningful Life

    I have a lot of goals and dreams in my life, and I am cultivating daily rituals to help me accomplish them.  These are incremental steps that I take on a regular basis to help me get further along in my goals. They may not seem like much, but in the overall scheme of my life, they make a huge impact. Here are my daily rituals that I try to live by: 1. Drink lots of water every day in the morning. One of the first things I try to do after waking up is drink one or two glasses of water. I also have coffee in the morning, but…

  • Piano

    My New Baby Grand Piano

    Life is full of glorious surprises. I never imagined that I would ever own a grand piano of any kind. I have been content to play them at music venues and showrooms. They are notoriously expensive and justifiably so. Depending on the brand and condition, one would typically pay the same amount of money that you would for a brand new car. They are not cheap and certainly qualify as a long-term investment. Well, rewind my life to almost two months ago, a friend of ours who works at the arts center in a nearby town called and told us that a local woman was offering to donate a grand…