Piano Haven Concert Series

Last weekend, Piano Haven Studio from Sedona, Arizona held a special solo piano concert series at Kim’s Pianos in Stanton, California (Orange county). These high-quality live concerts were presented on Facebook Live, but the videos are still available for you to enjoy. Each one is over 2 hours, including even more solo piano performances during the show’s intermission.

The first concert on Saturday featured Matthew Mayer, Joe Yamada, Joe Bongiorno, Michele McLaughlin, and David Nevue, with special guest Michael Whalen. Intermission includes previous live performances by Janine De Lorenzo, Dan Chadburn, Michael Martinez, Emilee Hartley, and Wayne Gratz. The show actually starts about 20 minutes into the recording, so you should advance the play bar to that point.

Concert # 1 – Saturday (+20 min)

The second concert on Sunday featured Steve Rivera, Michael Martinez, Scott D. Davis, Joseph Akins, and Doug Hammer, with special guest Pam Asberry. Intermission includes previous live performances by Brad Jacobsen, Adam Andrews, Ryan Marvel, and Neil Patton, This concert actually starts about 15 minutes into the recording.

Concert #2 – Sunday (+15 min)

Tickets to each concert were $30, but you get to hear them free. Of course, you can donate to their Internet Broadcast Tip Jar to show your appreciation and benefit the artists (just click HERE).

Enjoy this wonderful music!

Hello Again

Well, it’s been a very long time since I have contributed to my blog, which I started way back in 2014. My last post was in December 2018 so it’s actually been over a year.

I had a habit of regular posting, emphasizing the music that I love so much. But the break was longer than I expected because I have been very busy, and this had to take a back seat for a while. Of course, once I wasn’t thinking about the blog all the time with what I might post next, which artists, albums, playlists, etc, it slipped from my top priority and it became hard to just get started again.

Anyway, I think the time is right now to resume my posting, and I will be sharing more music with you. Of course, I have continued listening to music all the time, identified some artists and albums, and even created some playlists in the meantime that will be coming your way.

As I mentioned, it’s been a very busy year for me, so I thought I would share a little of that so you know what I have been doing while I was silent. First, I have been learning iOS, Swift, and related technologies over the past few years, and I have been totally preoccupied developing my iOS apps for diabetes. I also realized that I had a lot to learn, and needed to read books and articles and watch videos.

Initially I focused on reading Apple Health data captured by my One Drop Mobile app, which includes my blood glucose, insulin, food, and exercise. I wanted to provide a more structured way to view and analyze my diabetes data than a simple log with basic analysis. I applied additional statistical analysis with summaries for daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly periods, with the ability to expand into more granular detail. I added graph and calendar views, as well as reports.

That was actually looking pretty good, but I decided to explore what I could do for more focus on my food, so right now I’m working on My Diabetes Meals. It also incorporates Health data for glucose before and after meals, as well as insulin and exercise, but shows how they relate to each meal. Since I capture a photo for each meal, I match those images in the Photos library with their associated meal. This allows you to see what you ate, along with its carbs and calories, any insulin, and its impact on your glucose.

I’m a member of Diabetes Meal Plans, and find their weekly meal plans, recipes, and information enable me to focus more on low-carb food to treat my type 2 diabetes. So I wanted to incorporate their weekly plans and recipes into my app. This was quite a challenge, but the effort has been worthwhile. It will benefit other DMP members, and perhaps encourage others to become members too.

My younger son (now 46) has been living with us for over a year. He broke his ankle in March (overweight and skateboarding!), and was helpless for 3 months. Then in September, my older son (49) broke his ankle too, which set him back during his recovery but at least he could work from home.

My mother died in May just short of her 99th birthday with all my siblings there (except my younger sister who’s teaching at a NJ university in China). My father had died back in 2013, and we recently had inurnment burial & graveside service in January for both my parents. It was nice to have the whole family gather and spend time together all weekend, with all my siblings, their children, and some grandchildren.

In November, I had prostate “vaporization” surgery to remove the middle of my enlarged prostate and recovery took several months. Then I’ve had an upper respiratory infection with significant cough that just wouldn’t go away for more than 6 weeks, but I feel that’s now under control and getting better.

So, here we are, and I will give this another go. Hope you are all doing well.

My Top Songs – 2018

Listen to the top 100 songs that I played on Spotify during 2018.

They recently sent me an email which highlighted my 2018 music. I love a wide variety of music from many genres and artists, but you probably already knew that, if you have followed my blog over the past 4 years. In fact, Spotify called me “adventurous” because I listened to “non-mainstream” artists 159% more than the average Spotify user. I also included my top songs for 2017 and 2016.

Playlist (2018)

Your Top Songs – 2018 (Playlist) – 100 songs, 7 hr 23 min

Enjoy the following custom playlist Spotify created for me with the 100 songs that I loved most this year, all wrapped up.

 

Playlist (2017)

Your Top Songs – 2017 (Playlist) – 100 songs, 6 hr 53 min

 

Playlist (2016)

Your Top Songs – 2016 (Playlist) – 99 songs, 7 hr 4 min

 

Summary

Here are various summaries they provided that reflect my Spotify listening history during 2018. Very interesting!

Statistics

  • 11,288 minutes (188 hours – 22% more than 2017)
  • 2,736 songs (228/month)

Top Artists

Top Songs

  • Dressed on Festen (2017) by Milos Milonakis
  • Questions on The Journey, Vol. 1 (2018) by Cinthia Garcia
  • Slow Down
  • Luminous on Encounters of the Beautiful Kind (2018) by Rachel LaFond
  • A Beautiful Distraction on Waking the Muse (2013) by Michele McLaughlin

Top Genres

  • Pop
  • Classical
  • Indie
  • Roots

Oldest Song

Even with all the newfangled music coming out, I still found time for oldies like this.

Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo on Mascagni:Cavalleria Rusticana (Remastered) (1953) by Renato Cellini

 

Tastebreakers (Playlist) – 50 songs, 4 hr 4 min

To broaden my horizons in 2019, Spotify created this playlist of songs from genres and artists I don’t usually explore.

 

Personal Playlists

Check out my personal playlists.

  • My Playlists (10) – favorite piano, guitar, folk, pop, and country music
  • My Reel Tapes (14) – playlists from the 60’s and 70’s based on personal tape recordings from FM radio
  • Discovery Mix (8) – background music for reading, writing, or focus work

I recently created the Discovery Mix page with all my Discovery Mix playlists. I will be creating more so I thought it would be helpful to provide an index to them in one place. I added a Discovery Mix link to the PLAYLISTS section in the sidebar, which was shifted to the top. Also I added a Music > Playlists menu option and updated the Music section on the Welcome page so it’s always easy to find.

Handsome & Gretyl: A Brave Lament

Handsome & Gretyl: A Brave Lament

Listen to indie folk music by Handsome & Gretyl and Lullen on their new album A Brave Lament (Original Soundtrack).

This music was created for a short documentary film about grief & loss. Lullen is one of the side projects for Handsome (Brett), which he describes this way:

Lullen is a soft breath of soothing, seaborne melodies designed to mimic the calming, clearing effects of the sound of the ocean. Created with deep, warm felt piano and awash with deep reverberations, Lullen moves listeners to center, focus, and dream.

New Album

A Brave Lament (Original Soundtrack)  (2018) – 11 songs, 35 min

 

Recent Single

Make You Mine  (2018) – 1 song, 3 min 22 sec

 

See my music post on Handsome & Gretyl for more albums, videos, and links. It will be updated with the new album.

Photo credit: A Brave Lament (Original Soundtrack) @ Amazon (album cover).

Doug Hammer: Celtique

Doug Hammer: Celtique

Listen to solo piano music by Doug Hammer with his new album Celtique.

There is a great review by Kathy Parsons at mainlypiano.com. He describes the album this way:

Celtique tells the story of a fisherman: a day in his life from daybreak to twilight. It also tells his whole story. All the songs have double meanings, like Through the Mist and Journey Home. The album begins and ends the same way, like an unbroken, sacred circle. Inspired by my wife’s homeland, Brittany, the Celtic part of France. Contains 15 new original piano compositions. Peek through the fog, smell the sea, hear the distant waves and discover the ancient landscape that holds so many stories that can never be told…

New Album

Enjoy his new album.

Celtique (2018) – 15 songs, 1 hr 3 min

 

Video

These trailers describe the background of this album.

Celtique (Daybreak) – Official Trailer – 3 min 38 sec

 

Celtique Q & A – 8 min 5 sec

 

Listen to more of his music at my Doug Hammer post with additional albums, videos, and links. This new album and playlist have been included there as well.

Photo credit: Celtique @ Amazon (album cover)

Michael Logozar: Kaleidoscope

Michael Logozar: Kaleidoscope

Listen to solo piano music by Michael Logozar on his latest (9th) album Kaleidoscope.

New Album

Enjoy these 15 tracks of gentle, whimsical piano vignettes perfect for unwinding after a busy week, focusing at work or study, or just relaxing.

Kaleidoscope (2018) – 15 songs, 42 min

 

Recent Single

Here is a new single that’s not on any album released so far.

Sea of Stars (2018) – 1 song, 3 min 58 min

This is very different than his previous solo piano work. It’s a bold cinematic ambient / post-rock track featuring live strings, piano, guitars and yes… drums.

 

Recent Albums

Here are several additional albums released over the past 3 years… all fantastic!

Passage (2018) – 12 songs, 40 min

This is a new modern classical / ambient album featuring some felt-muted piano and lush cello and violin; it was released earlier this year, and is quite different from previous solo piano releases.

 

Starlight (2017) – 14 songs, 58 min

 

Wonder (2016) – 15 songs, 51 min

 

Shine (2015) – 12 songs, 43 min

 

Playlists

Michael Logozar (Playlist) – 37 songs, 2 hr 31 min

Enjoy my playlist of his songs.

 

Peaceful Piano (Playlist) – 165 songs, 8 hr 6 min

Relax and indulge with some profoundly beautiful piano pieces in this playlist created by Spotify and selected as the Artist’s Pick by Michael (it has almost 5 million followers!).

 

Listen to more music by Michael Logozar with additional albums, videos, and links. This new album will be included there as well, along with an updated playlist.

Photo credit: Kaleidoscope @ Amazon (album cover)