• Hold Me Now

    This is a piano/instrumental cover of “Hold Me Now” by RED. Having someone there for you, when you feel there’s no way out, can be the greatest help of all. It may be a family member, a friend, a teacher, a counselor, a therapist, a higher power, or even an unexpected stranger. No one has […]

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  • Shiroyama

    This is a piano cover of “Shiroyama” by Sabaton, a song about the Battle of Shiroyama which took place on September 24, 1877 in Kagoshima, Japan. It was the final battle of the Satsuma Rebellion, where the heavily outnumbered samurai under Saigō Takamori made their last stand against Imperial Japanese Army troops, commanded by General Yamagata Aritomo and Admiral Kawamura Sumiyoshi. The battle culminated in the annihilation of Saigō […]

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  • Dance and Dream

    This is an improvisation recorded on January 9, 2008. This song reminds me of a childhood memory, and an old music box my grandma had. A ballerina twirled around when you opened it. It’s been so long that I don’t remember which song it was anymore, but somehow the melody of this improvisation strikes a […]

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  • Braes of Bonnie Doon

    The title of this song is a reference to the poem “The Banks O’ Doon” by Robert Burns (1791). The river Doon crosses near Burns’ hometown of Ayr, but the context behind the poem is actually from the story of Margaret “Peggy” Kennedy. Peggy was a 17 year-old girl betrothed to a Member of Parliament, […]

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  • Once Upon a December

    “Once Upon a December” is a song from the 1997 animated film Anastasia, a story about the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, and the rumors surrounding her purported escape from Communist revolutionaries in 1918 who executed the rest of the Romanov royal family. Inspired by the 1952 play and […]

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  • Pachelbel’s Canon

    “Pachelbel’s Canon,” also known as “Canon in D Major” is by Johann Pachelbel, a German composer from the Baroque era. Like most other works by Pachelbel and other pre-1700 composers, the Canon remained forgotten for centuries and was rediscovered only in the 20th century. Several decades after it was first published in 1919 by Gustav […]

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