Archive for the ‘Music’ category

Blind Pianist Wins Prestigious Cliburn Award

October 9, 2009

Here is a Friday musical treat for the ninja network.

“Miracle is the only word to describe him. This is truly the act of God.”

These are the words Van Cliburn used to describe Nobuyuki Tsujii, a Japanese pianist who was born blind but with the gift for music. Tsujii-san began playing Jingle Bells on a toy piano his mother gave him at the age of two and began his formal study at the age of 4. By 10 years old, he played with the Century Orchestra Osaka and internationally as well.

The 21 year old Tsujii was recently honored this year as a 2009 gold medalist in the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Check out the video below to watch this truly gifted savant play La Campanella at Cliburn.

Derrick Fury Performing this Sunday – Free Show!

August 14, 2009

Attention Houston Ninjas:

We spotlighted one of our friends, Derrick Fury, a few weeks ago regarding his considerable talents as a performer and musician. This weekend, you’ll have the chance to see Derrick perform along with Listener and Fienex locally at Frank-N-Stein’s Bar and Grill on HW6 in the Sugarland area.

The Sunday performance begins at 6pm and is sponsored by Elite MMA as the team’s Official Mixer event. For you ladies out there, what this means for you is an opportunity to meet some in-shape MMA/BJJ Fighters and eligible bachelors, which include many of our own ninjas.

Anyways, I’ll be out there and I’d love it if you joined us! Come say hi when you see me. ツ

Date: August, 16 2009 6:00 PM
Location: Frank N Steins Bar & Grill
Address: 9907 S Highway 6, Sugar Land, Texas 77498 – Free
Details: Performers: Listener, fienix and Derrick Fury.
Cost: Free show, good food and great music.


Artsy Chick reading Ophelia, Life Lessons, and College Parties

August 27, 2008

Spontaneity is the key to the good life. In keeping with that mantra, this past weekend couldn’t have went any differently than planned.

Last Concert Cafe and Flying Saucer on Friday brought about an almost-fight, a political disagreement, and getting booted from a hippie bar… All in 5 minutes. Who gets booted from a hippie bar? Much like the other eternal youth of lore, Peter Pan, someone has a shadow named trouble that follows him around like Mr. Magoo’s raincloud! Time for DNC Etiquette Boot Camp! LOL! It really wasn’t as dramatic as it sounds and we had a good time welcoming Chad Kight to his 29th year on earth. Lots and lots of alcohol.

Saturday morning, Chad (birthday boy), Kris, Lauren, and I took off to San Marcos for an impromptu whatever lets-just-get-out-of-town type of trip. Rolling right down I-35 and landing at the Exchange pool, we met some pretty interesting people. Hippy Volleyballers, a cute girl named Virginia reading Ophelia, an angry chihuahua, and old friends…. And afterwards? Jessica Hemmingway’s for some chill time with her and roommates. Dinner at River Pub followed by the Square rounded it out. Ran into @MoVelez and friends outside Nephews. Weird. You run into the coolest of people in the strangest of places.

Late night, Lauren decided against going to the foam party with us at the PiKapp’s new house. Too bad. Outside of the foam-covered slippery dirty ground, we had a good time. Kris is a well-known alumni so he had a million people running up to party with him. I could go through the whole thing but it all ended with about 20 of us crammed in a smokey room with Jessica, dressed like Angela Jolie in Mr.  Mrs. Smith, dancing on the coffee table. Let’s just leave it at that. Ahh, miss college.

Above and beyond anything else, the absolute coolest part of the weekend was outside the PiKapp house at the end of the night, about 4am. There were about ten people outside, eight of which could play guitar. So an instantaneous jam session just kind of happened. Next thing we know it and we’re all jamming and singing Jack Johnson into the country air. Hard to describe but definitely an awesome moment. And Sienna’s Jewel A Capella was equally awesome.

Goes to show – the moral of this weekend is that you have to enjoy life as it comes. You’re not gonna get the time back. You can go on and make millions and millions of dollars, start a family, etc. etc. and yet you may still find yourself trying to fill the voids of your early adulthood but WAY too late. Is it really the same? It’s like a crackhead chasing that first high. Simply a temporary fix.

Enjoy life NOW while it’s all still relevant and you still have the time.

In honor of this weekend, and life in general, here are some links to Jack Johnson MP3’s. Play. Download. Do as you wish.

Good Weekend. BTW – Watch out for that karma guys. Apparently it gives you bronchitis.

The Lord’s Prayer in Swahili

August 23, 2008

I’ve listened to music all my life. Most of what is in my collection, ipod, or closet floor is NOT what I would consider art. But every once you find art. Today, I will share one of those with you.

It’s called “Baba Yetu” – a setting of the text of the “Lord’s prayer” in Swahili, by a composer named Christopher Tin. It’s actually a song composed for a computer game, Civilization 4.

And interestingly enough, this song is actually the literal Swahili translation for the most famous Christian prayer of all time.

Thing song is beautiful. Truly a piece of art. Listen or download here.

How to Get Music Online without Downloading Programs

August 17, 2008
So easy even a monkey can do it!

So easy even a monkey can do it!

When it comes to downloading music off the Internet, I’ve always been hesitant because with all malware. spyware, and viruses out there. Luckily enough for all you guys, I’ve found a simple ninja way to get all the free music you want, without Kazaa, Limewire, or any of the other peer-to-peer programs. All you need is firefox and the location of the .mp3 you are looking for.


1. Find the mp3 file of the song you want. For this purpose, I use projectplaylist.

  • Use the search function to find the song you want.
  • Click ‘visit site’ tp see the URL for the actual mp3 file.
  • Copy the URL to your clipboard.

2. Take the URL for the mp3 and past it into your firefox browser. A prompt will ask you which program you’d like to use to open OR save file. Choose save file and put it in your music folder and you’re good to go.

It’s THAT easy.

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