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Roque’s Weekly Review on 9/26/18

September 26, 2018

Roque's Weekly Review

So, what’s new this week .  .  .

1. Pianissimo

The second issue of my newsletter Pianissimo hits email inboxes this week. There will be another graphic poem and the debut of a new youtube video performance featured in the issue. If you would like to subscribe, just click below:

SUBSCRIBE TO PIANISSIMO

2. Photography

On social media this week, I posted a couple of images of a photography assignment I recently did for school. The assignment involved learning how to work with different shutter speeds in a camera. Here are the images for your perusal:

This image involved the use of a fast shutter speed that essentially freezes a moving object into a single image frame. The rings in MaxZine’s hand were actually rotating quickly.

This image utilized an extremely slow shutter speed that captured the blur of motion and color. The effect is quite bedazzling.

3. “My Personal Journey As a Pianist” Blog Series for September

This week, I posted the last installment of a series of posts for the month of September regarding my evolution as a pianist. Each post touches on an aspect of  what I have learned as a performing musician and why I do what I do. This last piece reflects upon the emotional life I have gained through all of my efforts. You can read the post by clicking on this image:

That’s all the news for now!

More to come next week!!

Be Kind and Be Generous.

-Roqué

 

Roque’s Weekly Review on 9/12/2018

September 12, 2018

Roque's Weekly Review

Hello Beautiful Friends,

It’s time for another weekly update on what’s new with me.

  1. The Roqué Youtube Channel

    At the end of this month, I will be posting a video performance on youtube. This is the first of a series of piano covers that I will be unveiling. More details to be announced soon.

  2. School

    As of this update, I am in the third week of my fall semester at Middle Tennessee State University. Work for all of my classes is really ramping up now. If I do not post on social media as regularly as I usually do, this is why. Just know that there is a ton of new stuff for me to unveil over the next year.

  3. My blog Tropical Shade of Green

    I am continuing my series of reflections about my personal journey as a pianist. Here is the second installment.  Click HERE to read the post.

  4. Flower Art

    I have made a little progress on this art piece. Here is its current state. There is only a little left to do before it will be ready. Maybe by next week it will be done.

    Well, that’s it for my update. I’ll have more to discuss next week. Until then, I hope the rest of this week brings productivity, rest, inspiration, and rejuvenation.

Be kind and be generous.

-Roqué

Roque’s Weekly Review for 8/8/2018

August 8, 2018

Creativity / Roque's Weekly Review

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 photo of my progress every week on these updates.  It will be glacial in its formation.
Check out the first photo:

2. My blog, Tropical Shade of Green, is my way of practicing my writing and laying out my thoughts in an engaging and concise way.  Here are links to my most recent posts. (This first one is particularly valuable.)

I Live My Life In a Generosity Loop

Learn From the Past But Live in the Present.

A Morning Routine Will Ground Your Life.

3. I am an avid book reader, and much of my time this summer has been spent getting lost in several writings. I just finished the first book in the His Dark Materials Series by Philip Pullman called The Golden Compass. Before I tackle the next book in that trilogy, I am currently reading this:

4. As I reported last week, the music from my first album Seahorses is now available on Bandcamp in a “pay what you want” format. You can download the songs for free or pay a nominal amount that would go toward funding my musical pursuits. Here is the link:

roquemusic.bandcamp.com

5. I have an annual show that I do in my home in the woods. It is called Roque’s Piano Salon, and it will feature local performers and all three of my pianos.  There will be food and refreshments. This is a private event, but if you are interested in going, please let me know in the comments. This is the event flyer:

Well, that’s all I have to report on my end.

Until next week, be kind and generous to yourselves and each other.

-Roqué

 

Intention: Incremental Learning for Life

August 19, 2017

Intention

One of the primary ideas I want to explore here at BLOOM is the concept of intention.  This is the first of an ongoing series of posts that expound upon the notion of living a life of intention.

First of all, what is intention?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, intention is defined as ” a determination to act in a certain way.”

It is synonymous with the words .  .  .

purpose
resolve
aim
conviction
hope

It’s a big word with a lot of depth.  So, the next question is “How does one live a life of intention?”

I suppose it means living with an active awareness of and acting on one’s preferences, desires, goals, and dreams?

I suppose?

All of that sounds hunky-dory, but is it really that simple?  I will not pretend that I know the fullest and best answer, but I want to take the time to find out.

One way that I have explored intentional living is through what I like to call incremental learning.  It is the kind of learning that is diametrically opposed to crash courses or any kind of fast learning.  Basically, you take a skill that  you want to learning and pick it apart to its most simple and fundamental components.  Then, you SLOWLY explore each of these components one at a time in a gradual, organic, and consistent way that has no deadline.

Back in 2012, I bought a cello.  I started taking lessons and have loved it ever since.  The challenge was that I am not a cellist by trade.  I am a piano player.  The way I learned to play and understand music is almost completely different than the way a cellist does.

I must have been crazy to take it on.

But I have always loved the instrument.  (Also when I grow up, I want to be like Yo-Yo Ma.)  At first, I dove in.  I found a wonderful teacher who taught me a lot that first year.  I was ambitious and focused.  I tackled as much as I could as fast as I could.

Then, I started to feel pain.  I felt pain in my thumbs and in my hands. I never felt pain when I played the piano, which feels as smooth as water cascading down a mountainside.

I had to stop and reassess.  I stopped taking lessons and took a long break.  I mulled over the viable option of quitting the instrument altogether.

What I eventually decided to do was to stick with it and do it more methodically and slowly.  This is where I have come to practice incremental learning.  I play no more than 15 minutes a day to reduce strain.  In those minutes I focus on just one element at a time.  For the longest time now, I have been working on strengthening my bow hold in a way that does not create pain or strain.  I have made good progress, but there is more work to do.  Other times, I might focus on creating a good tone that is pleasing to the ear.  Another time, I may just work on memorizing a piece.

Incremental learning means slowing down and taking the time to understand something one small element at a time.  There is no pressure.  No deadline.

This has been my intention, and I have reduced the pain while managing to learn something I love.  Even though this particular learning process takes forever, I am still getting out of it what I  wanted.

If there is something new that you want to learn that feels impossible or overwhelming, consider learning it incrementally.  Go with that intention and see where it leads you.  It will not be long until you find your own way.

-Roqué

What I Have to Give

August 8, 2017

Website Updates

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:

    1.  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.
    2. 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.

-Roqué

 

Welcome To My Brand New Website!

August 1, 2017

Website Updates

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
Visual Art
Intention
Personal Growth

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.

-Roqué