Tag: Music


A Scrumptious Hibernation in Nelson, New Zealand Education / Family / Food / Music / New Zealand / Personal / Travel

Believe it or not, we’re homebodies. It may seem paradoxical that we’re also long-term traveling, worldschooling adventurers. Those things don’t typically go together, do they? But for us, they seem to work out quite magically. I’m reminded of the hobbits in Lord of the Rings. They aren’t necessarily wired for adventures, but some find travel to be invaluably “precious” in their journey through life. We see worldschooling as a...

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The Nostalgia of Coming Home Family / Music / Personal / Travel / United States / Utah

We’ve made five visits back to Utah since we moved away six years ago, and our most recent stay was the longest and best yet! There are always an abundance of emotions to process for our traveling family surrounding the idea of “coming home”. What does that actually mean anyway? For us, amid all the places we’ve lived these past several years and with everything we’ve...

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Fun with Music Education / Family / Music / Personal

We’ve really enjoyed having a couple months to settle here in Victoria, BC. One thing we’ve all appreciated having more time for is music. The day after we arrived, I rented a piano keyboard from a local music store, and finished putting out recordings of some new pieces I started writing back in Bali. These involve piano, as well as my voice, and other ambient sounds. Have a listen below,...

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Do you want a portable piano? Entrepreneurship / Music

It’s exciting to see the progress on the Groove digital piano I’ve been working on for the past several months. The first prototype should be finished very soon! We decided not to make it fold after all, but it will separate neatly into three sections that can fit inside carry-on luggage. The prototype was pieced together from existing keyboard parts and the case is bigger...

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Creative Projects and Productivity Education / Entrepreneurship / Family / Household / Personal / Productivity

When we came back to Bali a few weeks ago, we really hit the ground running. We’ve been very busy, but also creative and productive, and have been enjoying our time immensely. Within one week, we found a house we wanted to live in. It’s a small 3-bedroom house near Ubud, but it’s completely unfurnished and needs some renovation. We signed a lease for 13...

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Jazzy New Orleans New Orleans / Travel / United States

New Orleans was a lot of fun! Jazz music on every corner — and good jazz, too! Voodoo shops and cemeteries, greasy yet tasty food, quaint architecture, and a unique vibe. Definitely a place of culture and heritage. The first few days we were able to enjoy it with my sister’s family before they headed back to Salt Lake. We tried all the local foods...

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Sunset in Bali Bali / Family / Personal

Silence is blissful, distressing, revealing, and difficult to maintain. You may have noticed I haven’t written on this blog for over a month. I think that’s the longest I’ve ever gone. I’ve also been posting less on Facebook and Twitter. When we decided to settle in Bali, I wanted the next year to be one of contemplation, inner growth, and self-discovery. (Yes, even more than...

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Dragon, Lion, and Indian Dances Malaysia / Penang / Travel

While in Penang, Malaysia, we enjoyed a few cultural celebrations, including a New Year’s Eve presentation in Georgetown featuring music, dance, and martial arts from the Malay, Chinese, and Indian populations living in Malaysia. We also went to the Lion & Dragon Dance Parade a few weeks earlier, and a small Christmas concert our kids performed in. I’m amazed at the energy level and talent...

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Where Can I Turn for Peace? Music

I have always enjoyed playing the piano and singing. And I especially love creating my own music. One of my favorite things to do is arrange hymns, and I’m happy to announce that I have finally recorded my latest hymn arrangement in both Spanish and English. It’s called “Where Can I Turn for Peace?” and the message is about how we can find lasting peace...

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The Oratorio Society of Utah Music

Because of our move abroad, this week will be my last week singing with the Oratorio Society of Utah, a 94-year-old choral organization that performs Handel’s Messiah every year, as well as other choral masterworks. I have been an assistant director of this choir since 2004, during which time we have sung Handel’s “Messiah”, Haydn’s “Creation”, Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”, Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, and Duruflé’s “Requiem”. It’s been...

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