Piano Practice at the 5th Annual Fancy Pants Pub Crawl

Two nights ago I attended the 5th Annual Fancy Pants Pub Crawl event held in Anchorage, organized by a few friends. In the spirit of the event, a bunch of us get dressy in fancy clothes to pretend we are rich for one night, and then go downtown and visit several bars.

I always get excited when I see a baby grand piano at a venue. I get even more excited when it is a Yamaha.

Luckily for me, our second destination for the night was Whale’s Tail at the super-classy Captain Cook Hotel. I’ve always wanted to play a baby grand piano wearing a Qi Pao, and on this night, I got my opportunity.

Here’s me playing “Rose” (a.k.a “My Heart Will Go On”) piano music from the film Titanic, composed by the late James Horner. Much thanks to my good friend and talented Film Director Carl Weber for filming this.

It was nice to get lost in the music and let my soul sing through the instrument.

I hope you like it.

With Love,

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Piano Practice: Heart Asks Pleasure First by Michael Nyman

As filmmakers, we need to take good care of ourselves to avoid drama in our lives. Simply put, drama is great for in front of the camera only, but best avoided in all other situations, especially on the film set.

Of course, over the course of one’s day that involves a lot of “happenings”, stress builds up, and therefore it is essential to release that stress somehow. Some of the things I like to do to release stress include: going for a quick jog outside, drawing, meditating or watching a movie by myself.

However, hands down my FAVORITE thing to do to release stress is playing the piano.

Here is a session of my piano practice: me playing “Heart Asks Pleasure First” by Michael Nyman. This is still my favorite piano piece of all time.

With Love, Jessie

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