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Fly Me to the Moon for Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday

2015 is a year many Sinatra lovers will celebrate with songs that he made famous. One of these is a favorite among my piano students. Each year, a new pianist will ask to play “Fly Me to the Moon.”

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Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival poem and song: dan yuan ren chang jiu

When I asked my mom to select songs made popular by the late Teresa Teng besides my favorite Ni Ze Me Shuo, she mentioned Dan Yuan Ren Chang Jiu. On the night of the super blood moon and lunar eclipse, I learned of its significance. The lyrics come from a famous poem by Su Shi, also known as Su Dong Po. The song is associated with the Mid Autumn Festival, which is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. For 2015, it’s Sunday September 27th.

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Palladio by Karl Jenkins arranged for piano

Have you ever become so obsessed with a tune that the only remedy is to play it on your instrument? When I watched the following clip, I knew I had heard the music before — in London, but not for guitars. Continue reading

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Alive Inside: getting the playlist for the music of memory

The 78-minute documentary “Alive Inside” is a fascinating account of the effect of familiar music on eliciting memory in the elderly, awakening them from their otherwise passive state of being. Released in 2014, the film “follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.”

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Jason Mraz I’m Yours for piano ensemble

I discovered Jason Mraz one night watching “The X-Factor” and other talent contests on Youtube. His “I’m Yours” sounded very familiar, for the ukelele version that’s played in the Hawaiian Islands. Then I saw his face on the cover of the latest edition of “On Maui” magazine.

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Piano music for Thanksgiving

Although Thanksgiving is an American holiday not celebrated elsewhere, I can’t help compiling a list for a future concert around this time of the year. The most obvious are those with “thank you” in the title and traditional church hymns sung at this time.

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Ode to Joy Easy Piano Flash Mob

The first tune my beginning piano students this semester are learning to play is that familiar and sticky melody known the world over as “Ode to Joy.” Beethoven decided that the human voice was needed in the final movement of his last symphony, the Ninth, and hence nicknamed “Choral.”

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