Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sam Smith's - I'm Not The Only One (Cello Cover)

It's yet another song that I discovered through work.

Seriously, you guys, I'm all...up to date with pop music.  It's weird.  Having never been up to date ever before (I missed the whole grunge movement when I was a teenager...I can't even remember what I was listening to...)

However, having been exposed to Sam Smith's I'm Not The Only One, I thought, wow, this is really pretty!  Wow...this is kind of a depressing video.  I bet these harmonies would sound nice on cello.


Here we go:

Friday, November 14, 2014

Updating is Hard...

...when you're boring?

1.) I got an iPhone 6 Plus!!
- No, it's not too big.
- Yes, I love it.

I don't care that people make fun of me; I think it's great!  I can text without hitting the wrong keys now!  My farm looks amazing.  The camera looks way better than real life - seriously, guys, I think I'm going to start viewing everything through just my camera.

2.) I went to a friend's wedding!  She had donuts as wedding favors.  Needless to say, I went home with half a dozen donuts.  I gained 8 pounds in 3 days....after gaining 10 pounds in New York.

3.) I've had to buy some new pants.  For...some mysterious reason, my old ones hurt.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


DAY 1:

- Actually, I discovered that, after working at a startup of some kind for a year and spending 8+ hours a day sitting and working on a computer, I can now sit on an airplane and work on a computer and be completely distracted by the length of the fight.
- On both flights, the person next to me asked if I was a DJ.  I guess that's what happens when you spend the whole flight using Logic to make midi files.  #musicnerd
- I made an airplane buddy.
- Two people told me I was awesome within an hour of landing.
- Three people asked me for directions on my way to Brooklyn.  I told them I was the wrong person to ask.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Preparing for Travels

Since I was 18, I have wanted to visit New York.

Since I was 18, I've said to myself, "I'll go when I have extra money," or "I'll go when I have time."  Well, in over a decade, neither of those things have happened.  There was always something to pay off and there was always something to get done.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

David Bazan And The Passengers

Saturday night, I went to The Independent for the first time to watch David Bazan and the Passenger String Quartet.

I've never heard of either, but my friend L~ invited me and who am I to say no to a music date?

I happen to be of the perfectly biased opinion that everything is better with strings.  His music is calming and lyrical, and him + Passenger = layers of harmonic beauty.  I appreciate any music that makes me close my eyes.  If you can get me to do that, you know that I'm either really enjoying the music or I'm confused by something.

Or possibly both.

If you have interest in checking them out, you can listen to them HERE: http://www.davidbazan.com/david-bazan-passenger-string-quartet-album-tour/

Watching/listening to them really made me want to join a band.  As a cellist, that is.  How do I make that happen?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hardly Strictly!

This year, I went to the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Music Festival!

It's a free music festival held in Golden Gate Park in SF.  My first year in SF, I didn't realize it was happening.  My second year in SF, I think my aversion to crowds kept me away.  

This is, however, the year of The Naoko.  I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and trying a lot of new things.  Besides, it's not really that I avoid things because of being uncomfortable...it's usually a combination of laziness and poverty.  

Since Hardly Strictly is free (yay!), I figured...why not?!

My only complaint is that Lyft totally tricked me and I ended up being charged $40 for a Lyft ride.  I'm glad I had a coupon.

Here's the festival picture!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

2 Year SF Anniversary

Today marks 2 years since I arrived in San Francisco.


When I think about how much in my life has changed in such a short amount of time, I'm filled with a sense of gratitude and relief.

A friend from Orange County brought up a former colleague - someone who was very negative and actively tried to sabotage other people.  I mean, honestly, people shouldn't be like this in general, but teachers REALLY shouldn't be like this!  (shame shame)

I stopped for a moment and thought, oh my gosh, I have no *******s in my life now!  Everyone in my life is about supporting co-workers and lifting people up instead of keeping them down so they can rise up.  The sad reality is that there were quite a lot of *******s in my former life, and the fact that I have absolutely none right now makes me happy.  I don't take that for granted.

I have made new friends who are my friends because we enjoy each others' company.

I feel recovered.

I feel like Naoko.

On another note, I've been hearing from former students a lot this past month.  I love this.  My favorite part of teaching was interacting with kids, and having some kind of positive impact on their lives.  I love that we can still interact and that I get to still be part of their journey to become whole people.