Category Archives: Music

Favorite Composer: Ryuichi Sakamoto

I was once so in love with a piano piece that I tried to learn it by ear. It was a tune called “Sonatine” from one of my favorite albums, Ryuichi Sakamoto’s BTTB. The letters BTTB stand for “Back to … Continue reading

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Tuned In

I always have a song stuck in my head. Always. It’s like having the radio on all the time. And my brain comes up with some obscure stuff for me to listen to. This morning it was playing an orchestral … Continue reading

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Your Mom, the Singer-Songwriter

Dear Marshall, You seem to like the sound of my voice. When you were very young,  I tried to sing baby songs to you and found that I didn’t know all the words. So I started making up my own … Continue reading

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Another Month Over

This February wasn’t the best month for my blog. It started out well, with lots of ocarina shots, but by the end of the month the posts had gotten sparse. February is a short month, and it was perhaps not … Continue reading

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Today’s Triskelions

This is a pretty Celtic Triscele ocarina by Songstone Studios. It has four holes and is therefore easy to play, but it is high-pitched and a bit shrill (hear it here). I would probably not recommend this brand of ocarinas, … Continue reading

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Other Fish in the Sea

I promised you another fish-shaped ocarina. Here it is! Front Back This is a 5-hole ichthyocarina. The previous ocarina, though also fish-shaped, was very different. It was painted in a folk-art design and had six holes. This one is painted … Continue reading

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Fish Tail Tale

I promised you a look at my smallest ocarina. Here it is. Front Back This is a 6-hole, fish-shaped ocarina (an ichthyocarina, if you will). It appears to be made out of painted terra cotta. Like most of my smaller … Continue reading

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Musical Goals: Part IV

What, you thought I was done with my musical goals? Sorry, no. I’ve got more. I want to write songs. Perhaps I should rephrase that. You see, I write songs all the time. I make up little ditties to sing … Continue reading

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Ocarina Month

I have decided to name this month Ocarina Month. Throughout February, in order to celebrate this remarkable and variable instrument, I will share photos of the ocarinas in my collection. The Raindrop This is a four-hole Raindrop ocarina from clayz.com. … Continue reading

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Musical Goals: Part III

Goals require one to be realistic. I have been thinking about my musical goals now for several days, and I think I’ve come to a conclusion. Not only is my time limited, but my hands are already strained by the … Continue reading

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