Monthly Archives: January 2012

Cleaning Up

One of my goal for this year is purging – getting rid of unnecessary clutter in my life.

First place I started was of course my closet.  I had so many things that I never wore, hoping some day I would fit in them again.  Some of them are really nice stuff too!  So, I have started putting some things up on ebay to sell.  It probably will take me few weeks to get everything online!  If you are interested, please take a look 🙂

My Ebay Page

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Yes.

Parents who want their child to sound like Charlotte Church and Jackie Evancho, please read this:

http://dropera.blogspot.com/2012/01/about-those-child-opera-singers-heres.html?m=1

I also agree with many people who commented on this blog, that voice lessons could be beneficial for children as long as they work on age appropriate material.

When I worked for the prep. school, I saw a lot of children there that were extremely talented but unhappy.  They practiced all the time (usually forced by their parents) and played concerts and competitions all the time.  They weren’t acting like a child, although they were only 10 years old.  I wondered what kind of adult life they would lead.

I think children learn a lot from taking musical lessons and classes.  They learn/acquire discipline, how to collaborate, creativity, self-confidence, ways to express themselves, just to mention a few.  But to push them to the point that they don’t lead a “normal” childhood…  I am not sure if I want that for my children.

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Lost in Tokyo – ロストイントーキョー

Lost in Tokyo from Mark Bramley on Vimeo.

Beautiful video made of Tokyo scenery.

In such a big city, you do feel lost at times.  Not physically lost but emotionally lost.  Sometimes you feel so alone despite being around so many people.  Maybe you feel this way in every big city?

東京で撮った写真を集めて作ったという、美しいビデオ。友達のフェイスブックのページでみたのだけど、素晴らしいのでここでもシェアしてみました。夜の東京はやっぱり美しい。

タイトルはロストイントーキョー。東京で迷子。でも実際迷子になった訳じゃないよね。気持ちの事だよね。私もまだ日本に住んでるときは、たまに感じてたよ。あんなに人がたくさんいるのに、ひとりぼっちな気がしたりしてた。自分の居場所がはっきり分からなかったし。大きな町ではみんなそういう風に感じるのかな?

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First Concert of the Year – 今年初めてのコンサート

I just performed my first concert of the year on January 2nd, 2012 at Kaji Aso Studio in Boston.  It was a special concert for me, because I was able to perform alongside my father.  My father, who is an Indian living in Japan, started studying Japanese folk music couple of years ago.  He loves this type of music because of the similarity it has to Indian music, musically and emotionally.  He sings it well too!  Since I perform mostly Western classical music, I rarely have the opportunity to perform with my father, but this time it worked out very well.

The music performed at this concert were mostly Japanese music.  My father performed some old Japanese folk songs as well as one Indian song, and I performed Japanese art songs accompanied by the lovely Linda Papatopoli.  Linda and I started a project recently, to create an anthology of Japanese art songs, and this performance was the first sneak peek into what we are working on!  You can see the sets of songs we performed here.  It is so interesting how much you can find out about a culture through their music…

This was such a great way to start the new year, hopefully filled with music.

今年初めてのコンサートは日本の音楽のコンサートでした。父は日本の民謡を2曲、演歌を1曲、そしてインドの曲を一曲、私は唱歌を7曲ぐらい歌いました。日本の民謡はインドの曲と似たところがたくさんあって、父は気持ち良さそうに、情感たっぷりに歌っていました。私は前々からリンダパパトポリというピアニストと、外国人の為の日本の歌曲集を作りたいねと話していて、やっと去年プロジェクトとして活動を始めたのです。このコンサートはまず第一歩目。演奏した曲はここで見られます。日本にはたくさん素晴らしい音楽があるので、ぜひ世界中の人たちにも知ってもらいたいという気持ちから生まれたプロジェクトです。自分のよく知っている歌でもじっくり研究すると知らなかったことが沢山でてきて、日本の曲は奥が深いなと実感しています。まだまだ時間はかかるだろうけど、頑張ります。またコンサートも開くつもりなので、ぜひ日本の美しい曲たちを聴きにきてください。

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A Happy New Year! – 明けましておめでとう!

2011 was a difficult year for the world, especially the countries that dealt with tremendous natural disasters.  I hope that during the year 2012, they can work towards rebuilding their countries.  I would like to help out as well, especially with my own home country, Japan.

But it is the new year!  At church yesterday, one of the singers sang the song “This is a Day of New Beginnings” and talked about how we should remember what happened in the past, but we should move on.  I agree.  We will always remember the terrible disasters, but we will move on with positive attitudes, rebuilding one little step at a time.  I was very happy to hear this positive message from the first day of the year.

A Happy New Year!  Wishing you all a wonderful, fulfilling year!

明けましておめでとうございます。
2011年は日本にとって大変な年でした。世界中でも大変な年でした。
2012年は成長の年。
少しずつ、壊れたものを直しながら、心の傷を癒しながら、皆と協力しあって前に進んでいってください。
私も遠いアメリカから出来る限り助けたいです。
今年もどうぞよろしくお願いします。

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