So what’s new?

Most of my posts on this blog are usually of a more promotional nature, but I hope you, the reader, will enjoy this post of a more personal nature.

So, let’s see, what’s new?  Well, I’m currently playing with some great musicians at a bar in Beijing.  We have a six month contract, playing 5 nights a week until next April.  Professionally speaking, I’m as happy as a clam.  I get to play music for a living, which means doing what I love for a living, sharpening my skill set, expanding my repertoire, and putting some money in the old bank account.

Aside from practicing and rehearsing, mostly my days are free.  I’m able to pursue other interests and work on my own writing and original music.  Some days have been more productive than others.. and on the.. less productive days (aka surfing the internet in my underwear).. I’ve found some pretty inspiring things that I’d like to share with you.  I’ve comprised a list of links and whatnot that have inspired me lately, and I hope they might do the same for you.

Musically, I’ve revisited an album I learned about years ago.. It’s called “Cloudburst”, and is performed by Stephen Layton and Polyphony.

Cloudburst

 

The music is composed by Eric Whitacre.  I am absolutely in love with this album.. there are so many things right with this music.  The compositions are fantastic, with impeccable performances by Stephen Layton and Polyphony.  It’s just absolutely beautiful.  My favorite track is Sleep, which, in my opinion, is one of the greatest choral recordings of all time.

And now for something completely different:  I’m a huge fan of the Art of Manliness blog and podcast.

Art of Manliness

The site is professionally maintained.  New content comes out regularly, making this site a regular visit for me.  I enjoy the different topics covered, from how to fold a pocket square to how to start a fire.

Working on the other side of the globe, sometimes the best thing to do is to go exploring.  Often I’ll throw on my headphones and load up a few podcasts for my listening pleasure while I take in the sights (and, unfortunately, the smells) of China.  My favorite ones include:

Living in a 5 star hotel room is great and all, but it’s amazing what I didn’t think I’d miss from home.  I miss having a full kitchen to cook in.  I hope my family misses my cooking, too!  I don’t often miss places, but I do often miss people.  So if you receive an unsolicited facebook message from me, even though you may not have heard from me in years, that’s just me missing you.

Until next time! -Mike

 

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