Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Bus Adventures

The bus.

I was not shameless enough / brave enough to go running up to the first bus, as it was pulling away from the stop.  Some people will run up to the bus and bang on the door, but I have yet to acquire that level of courage.  I'm more inclined to say, oh man...well, 10 minutes isn't that long of a wait.

I'm not sure if this is a good thing or totally sad.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Boyz II Men

Oh, man.

I liked them in middle school.

But listening to them now, I have even more respect for them.  They are a GOOD group!  That bass singer?!  So good, you guys.

In retrospect, it's probably a little weird that we were in middle school awkwardly slow dancing, 12 inches apart, to "I'll Make Love To You".  It also begs the question: what are kids slow dancing to these days?!  Actually, I kind of know that answer since I used to chaperon dances.  But the music was so unremarkable that I don't remember.

Kids, you are missing out.  Boyz II Men, man.  Heck yeah.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Hozier - Take Me To Church Cello Cover (OneNaoko)

That moment you write an entire blog post, and then inexplicably press "ctrl-z" and you can't undo your undo.  Or redo?


So here is yet another song I discovered through work.  Actually, I might have first heard it on tv for random commercials and show trailers.

What got me about this one was the bass moment.  "DUH DUH!   DUH DUH!"  Yeah.  Exactly like that.  The scoop also got me, which is why I transposed the song down.  However, after listening to a few live versions, Hozier actually does sometimes sing it in this key!


I just really want to hit the top of the scoop on a harmonic.  Full disclosure.  I'm keeping it real, people.  Real with...my....harmonics.

I have a running list of songs I'd like to do covers of.  One day, when I have time again, I may actually make more videos more often.  One day.  One day.


Sunday, February 8, 2015



"Hey Naoko, what's Sketchfest?" you may ask.

Uh, it's this comedy thing?

It's a series of events held over a few weeks.  You buy tickets.  You go.  You laugh.  You see celebrities.  Happiness ensues.

Last week, I went to see Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, and Michael McKean.  If you're not familiar, they're in a series of movies together, including Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, Spinal Tap... (just IMDB it).  I'm not actually a huge fan, but figured they'd have fun anecdotes (which they did) and would be entertaining (which they were).

I had been on the fence about seeing anything else, as it costs money.  However, after enjoying myself so thoroughly I decide I had to go see...


You guys just don't know.

Saturday, January 17, 2015


I got a little distracted.

And...uh...typing is hard.

However, Happy 2015 everybody!

And by "everybody" I mean...the one person who is reading this.

What has happened so far?

- I celebrated my 9 year anniversary with George (my cello).  We are very happy together.
- A stranger tried to convince me to go see Taken 3.  For 10 minutes.
- I went to the zoo!  It was awesome.
- I went to a Tape Music Festival!  Yeah, that happened.
- I saw Whiplash.  You should, too.
- "Naoko IS Meghan Trainor," said someone at work.  Uhhh....no.
- I got a fancy blender and made amazing soup.  I'm so fancy.  You don't even know.
- I played Street Fighter II.  And won.

Friday, December 26, 2014

OC Day 5 / SF / the NO


Because I had a few high school and college aged ex-students contact me and say they wanted to get together, I decided to make myself available at Starbucks, should anybody want to come by and say hello.  About 10 people showed up (not bad for short notice via Facebook!) and we chatted for a couple hours.  I have one former student who is graduating college this year, and I'm rather blown away that even though she hasn't been in my class in a very long time, that she'd still want to see me.
All in all, visiting was much like being a grandparent.  You get all the good stuff without any of the responsibilities or downsides.

There was one former student who only had me for one year, as a 4th grader, but ended up meeting me at the airport!  His flight came in about an hour before mine headed out, so he dropped by to say hi.

Monday, December 22, 2014

OC - Day 3 (no 4)

I went to my morning school.

To wake up at 7:30 was painful - how did I wake up at 5:30 every day for 9 years?!  Of course, to be fair, I was asking myself this question as I was doing it for 9 years.  "It burns!"

PV - morning school