I have decided to expand my website a little by giving my blog, writing, and poetry its own dedicated online space. Tropical Shade of Green (TSOG) will officially launch on July 10th and will feature all of my weekly blog posts and new poetry. Most of the blog posts I have written over the last year will be migrated to this new site.
Roqué In Bloom (RIB) will still stand as my main website and primary hub for all of my creative pursuits, but since my writing will be the most consistent offering of all that I do, I want it to have its own space to grow and flourish.
Otherwise, RIB will offer weekly news, announcements, and status updates on upcoming and ongoing projects. I have a lot coming down the pipeline over the next few months.
Thank you for riding along on this creative journey of mine, and I’ll see you over at Tropical Shade of Green for weekly musings on simplicity, various social issues, creativity, and life in general.
I wanted to take some time to go a little more in depth about the intentions behind my new website. It is, in fact, more than just a forum for me to promote my music and performances. I am not in this for constant self-promotion or to make any money.
At this point, the truth is twofold:
- I want to practice my skills. In addition to being a musician, I am, for better or worse, a multi-hyphenate. I am a singer-pianist-cellist-ukulele player-visual artist-photographer-storyteller-web designer-graphic designer-poet-writer-budding filmmaker-catlady-etc. I wanted to create a virtual space in which I can explore all of my interests from any and all vantage points. This website is my artist’s studio. It is my personal garden in which I cultivate my ideas, imagination, and creativity. It just so happens that all of you get to watch in real time as everything unfolds.
- I want to share what I know and have learned. There is a layer underneath all of my multi-hyphenate skills/interests that informs all of these things. This layer is a personal dedication towards self-reflection and learning. I have taken a lot of time to think, ask questions, explore, define, and understand why events happen, how I behave, and how I can be a strong and good human being. In some way, I hope that my writing and my work on this site will give my visitors insights into their own lives or some kind of inspiration to cultivate something that they love. If all this sounds a little vague, you will see (or read) what I mean soon enough.
With all of this said, I would be remiss by saying there will not be some kind of promotion for my music, art, and performances because there certainly will be.
A friend of mine recently told me not to be afraid to toot my own horn. I am growing into the idea that part of being an artist is being unapologetic and audacious. I will inhabit these characteristics in my own dorky, brazen, and fantastically Asian ways as well.
Hopefully, with all of my most sincere and heartfelt intentions, you will all somehow enjoy what I grow in this carefully loved, sacred space.
Today is August 1st! It is the official launch date of my brand new website roqueinbloom(dot)com. This overhaul has been one of my big projects over the summer. I decided that along with my name change to Roqué, I wanted to cultivate and present a broader view of my creative output. As such, this new website will not only be a place to access my music and information about upcoming shows, but it will also be an online forum for my visual art and writing.
As of this launch, you can now view galleries of my drawings, digital art, and photography as well as listen to my music. There will be a dedicated poetry space in which I will showcase one new poem every month, links on how to find me all over social media, and “Bloom”, my new blog.
The blog will have a weekly posting exploring one of the following topics:
Piano and Music Performance
New Music and Videos
All that I have mentioned is just the first tier of features this website will have. I am adding an archive of my Where Pianos Roam photography project in the coming months. There will be an online store through which you will be able to purchase music and limited-edition prints of my art. Lastly, I will have a page dedicated to larger works-in-progress so that I can share my creative process with anyone who would be interested.
This site is intended to convey my artistic and creative journey through my life. I am more than just my music, my writing, or my visual art individually. I have many facets to my creativity that all coalesce and flow together.
This is where you can watch me grow and where you will see me bloom.
Thank you for visiting and please come back as often as you like. I hope that in some way, I can inspire you to bloom too.