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Radiant Paragon of Beauty

I was doing a photo shoot during the sound check for "Femme Fatale," performed by the YAO (Young Artist Orchestra), a part of the DYAO (Denver Young Artist Orchestra). Lily Chang © 2018 Hearing and watching young musicians preparing for the first big concert of the season was inspiring and wonderful. It was a joy… Continue reading Radiant Paragon of Beauty

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Making Music and Joy

Numerous volunteer music teachers dedicate time, wisdom, gifting, and love into teaching children how to play musical instruments. They do this every week during the school year, to encourage consistent practice, improve skill, and build relationships with these young people. This all started from the vision of a business man who loved music and wanted… Continue reading Making Music and Joy

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Porous, Profound Persons

Recently, I met with two people who have impacted my life deeply. One individual I've known most of my life. The other for much less time by comparison. But both, amazing ladies in their own right, have encouraged me, challenged me to grow, and loved me for me.   Though she was officially my piano… Continue reading Porous, Profound Persons

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The Piano Teacher that Changed My Life

Her name is Ms. Carter. That's the name I was told to call her, when I was five. And that's what I've called her ever since. If you've been following my blog posts, you might remember me talking about taking piano lessons early on in life, such as in Beyond Competing and Winning. She's not… Continue reading The Piano Teacher that Changed My Life

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Beyond Competing and Winning

The earliest time I remember boldly expressing my passion for music was when I was four and a half. I wanted to learn to play the piano. I was desperate. Insistent. And persistent. I have no idea what else was going on in my four year old mind. Except, I couldn't not play. Apparently I… Continue reading Beyond Competing and Winning

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Prudence in Process and Progress

Why, oh WHY, is this taking so long? We live in a culture and age where we expect quick results. The faster the better. Companies have capitalized on this, on anything from weight loss to food and beverage delivery. Can't, for whatever reason, wait? I have a friend who orders her drink with the Starbucks… Continue reading Prudence in Process and Progress