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Amazing Grace on Piano

Here’s a video of me playing Amazing Grace on piano, dedicated to Hailey Grace Huang, born May 3, 2012.

The arrangement was taken from Sora no Woto, played on a Roland RD-700NX, and recorded on a Nikkon D90 with a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 lens. The keyboard sound is the classic grand with background choir.

“Choc-a-bye Baby” from Final Fantasy XI on Piano

Although I’ve never actually played Final Fantasy XI, I am big fan of the other Final Fantasy games, and I love this song. The chocobo theme is one that appears frequently throughout all the Final Fantasy titles, and this here is a nice little arrangement for piano written by Mizuta Naoshi / 水田直志.

I played this on a Roland RD-700NX, with audio recorded directly to the on-board USB drive. Video was recorded on a Nikkon D90 with a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 lens. Audio and video were muxed in Adobe Premiere. I used my moogle plushie here because I don’t have a chocobo one, but it’s still probably more interesting to look at than my fingers, so yeah.

“Going Home” by Shiro Sagisu on Piano (from Bleach OST)

I recorded this during this past winter while I was at my parents’ house. I know I’m really out of practice, but whatever. I remember falling in love with this song when I first heard it while watching Bleach years ago. The only sheet music I could find was for guitar, so that’s what I used.

Lea Salonga!

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG… I just met Lea Salonga after a performance of Les Misérables!  And she signed my Les Misérables playbill! And we took a picture together! She’s so nice. :D But dang, my head looks so big in that picture. XD Being there by myself, there was no one else to take the picture for us, so I had to hold the camera out and do a self-take, thus the weird angle and disproportionate head sizes. :p I’m just glad it turned out half decent. (^_^ And I swear, this is the only time you’ll see me use so many OMGs and smileys. ^^;;

Lea Salonga

Okay, now that I’ve had a chance to calm down a bit… Lea Salonga has always been one of my favorite singers/actresses ever since I heard her perform as Eponine in Les Misérables and Kim in Miss Saigon.  Growing up, I also heard her sing and voice act in many of my favorite Disney movies.  In the recent Les Misérables revival, they decided to cast Lea as Fantine.  When I learned that, I immediately bought tickets to the show.  Tonight, after the performance, I waited outside the stage door along with dozens of other people for Lea to come out, and when she finally did (and after patiently greeting the 20 or so other people in front of me in the line), I finally got to talk with her and take a picture!

Organizing Classical Music on a Computer

I’m in the process of backing up my entire CD collection as well as organizing all the media on my server at home. I use simple directory structures and a homebrew database driven catalog program to manage my collections. For example, I have a directory called “Broadway” where I keep all my Broadway related media, with each album in its own folder, such as:

Broadway/(Les Miserables) London Cast/03. One Day More.flac

Pretty simple and straightforward. However, unnerving complications arise when I get to my classical albums, which more often than not feature works from multiple composers and sometimes performances from multiple artists. How does one go about arranging these in a simple directory structure? I am NOT going to create path names like:

Classical/(Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky, Faure, Bruch) [Han-na Chang, Rostropovich, LSO] – Cello Concerto No.1, Variations on a Rocco Theme, Elegie op.24, Kol Nidrei op.47/10. Cello Concerto No.1 [I. Allegro non troppo].flac

Talk about ridiculous!

At one point in time I tried sorting solely based on composer, requiring me to dissect apart most of my CD albums. This provided a nice, consistent naming scheme, along the lines of

Classical/Sibelius/(Midori) – Violin Concerto Op.47 [I. Allegro].flac

and the like. However, as time went on, having tracks that used to be in the same CD location now in different folder locations became too confusing. Plus it was messy dealing with identical pieces performed by the same artist in different venues. So I eventually scrapped that idea.

There is the option of ditching the dependence on directory names altogether and relying solely on my database application to arrange, sort, and find albums and tracks, but that creates a layer of abstraction that basically leaves me totally dependent on the application, an idea with which I am not comfortable.

So, here I am trying to figure out a decent way to organize my classical music files, but with very little progress. Anyone out there who has faced this problem before care to share their solutions?