Time from Inception for easy piano

Hans Zimmer’s “Time” from the movie “Inception” is an interesting example of minimalism.

Time from Inception arranged by Anne Ku for easy piano and ensemble
Time from Inception arranged by Anne Ku for easy piano and ensemble

I’ve not yet seen the movie Inception but its music is already haunting me. Youtube has several versions of it — played live, extracted from the movie itself, and looped for as long as 10 hours!

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3 things I dislike about long haul travel

Long haul travel is great except for three things: it takes time to …..

As much as I love to travel, there are several things I dislike about long haul travel.

First, it takes time to get ready.

Not only do you have to prepare for the trip, you also have to clear and clean up your home so that you can have a peace of mind while you’re gone. I’ve often made the mistake of hiding important documents for safe keeping only to forget where I’ve put them upon my return.

For my most recent trip, I had to pack the right clothes for the different weather: warm in Knoxville, possibly cool in Boston, cold in London, hot and dry in Davis, and variable in San Francisco. It was spring and the pollen forecast was important for hayfever sufferers. I carried sufficient antihistamines to ward off allergies that are nearly non-existent in Hawaii.

Second, it takes time to unpack after you return.

For the same reasons that it takes a long time to prepare for your trip, it will take time to unpack all that you’ve accumulated and attend to the backlog built up during your absence.

It took me a day to do two loads of laundry, clean the floor, and unpack my two suitcases. It took another day to review my snail mail, water the garden, and get myself back on track.

Third, it takes time to shed the weight you’ve gained during your travels.

What a paradox it is to gain weight while traveling! The lack of routine and exercise combined with the temptation of eating out all cause water retention and the build up of fat. On this trip, I attributed the weight gain to having to wear a lot of clothes to keep warm — and subconsciously having to consume more food to feel warm and comfortable.

So now I am on a strict regimen. I wake up by dawn. Walk to the office. Do the one-hour workout class. Yoga. Swim if possible. Eat often but little. Abstain from alcohol. Aim to lose 10 pounds.

If it takes 2 days to pack, 2 days to unpack, and 2 weeks to lose weight for a 4 week trip, I suppose it’s worth it. Oh — did I mention jetlag? Time to get over your jetlag?

Other than these three items, I could list a hundred things I love about traveling. I will save that for another blog post.

Time change and circle of 5ths

When clocks switch out of summer daylight savings, those in zones that do not have this custom, have to adjust their relative time differences and calling habits.

When I introduce the Circle of Fifths to my piano students, I tell them to think of the clock. There are 12 hours. There are 12 keys in one octave of the chromatic scale, the order of which explains the name of the circle — in 5ths.

Circle of Fifths clock
Circle of Fifths clock

Yet knowing the Circle of 5ths forward and backwards has not helped me calculate time.

You’d think that I’d get my math right after all these years of living in different places and changing clocks in the Spring and the Autumn. Luckily a quick search on the Internet sets me straight.

Clocks don’t get reset in Hawaii. As a result, I have to recalculate the difference between Hawaii and Boston. It’s now 5 hours instead of 6, which means Robert and I have a little bit more time to talk to each other.

When I go to sleep at 9 pm, offices are still closed in London and Amsterdam. When it’s 9 pm in Maui, it’s 7 am GMT and 8 am in the Netherlands.

To make business calls, I’d have to try their end of the day — my morning. When I wake up at 7 am, it will be 5 pm in London and 6 pm in Holland. A little too late. I’d have to get up earlier, say 6 or even 5 am to catch their end of the business day.

On the positive side, there’s less time difference between Hawaii and the mainland. Only 2 hours between Hawaii and California instead of 3 in the summer. Only 3 hours between HST and mountain time of Colorado.

As for Asia, Hawaii and Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan are exactly 6 hours apart. At 10 pm HST, they are at 4 pm the next day because of the international date line. To be extra sure, I’d check current local times in Asia.

What does this have to do with music and concerts, you ask?

If you need to make calls, you want to catch people at the right time.

Unfortunately Facebook does not give an absolute timestamp but how many minutes ago, i.e. relative time stamp. Now, won’t it nice to see a world map and time zones with my friends and contacts dotted all over it?