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Touhou CD Rankdown

In today’s post, I’ll be giving my personal ranking of the Touhou CD’s, as well as highlight a few of my favorites from each one. What Are the Touhou CD’s? Even if you’re familiar with the Touhou Project, you might not know that besides the mainline video games, ZUN also directs the creation of various manga series and spinoff games. Additionally, every few years he releases music CD’s. These CD’s are composed of remixes of game tracks as well as original tracks that I suspect are tracks that were experimental or rejected, never making it into one of his mainline games.

Things I Like (TIL) #11: Vocaloid

What is this? I’ve liked many things throughout the years. While some have fallen out of my attention, others remain firmly cemented in my memories and feelings. So, I’ve decided to start a mini-series where each week (hopefully), I pick something random that I like or have liked and discuss it, why I like it, and its impact on me. These things can be varied, and range from more trivial matters such as my favourite animal, to books, games, and movies I’ve liked, to topics that have shaped who I am as a person.

Frozen II Song Rankdown

I saw Frozen II today. My impressions are mixed-positive, but that’ll be for another article. Today I’ll do an initial rankdown of the feature songs in the movie. Overall, I thought the songs fit more cohesively into the story than Frozen I, but Frozen I’s best songs (read: For the First Time In Forever and its Reprise) still win out. Frozen I also had the problem where the songs were all front-loaded and the rest of the movie was pretty dry, which isn’t the case in Frozen II.

Things I Like (TIL) #9: Benzene Series (Vocaloid)

What is this? I’ve liked many things throughout the years. While some have fallen out of my attention, others remain firmly cemented in my memories and feelings. So, I’ve decided to start a mini-series where each week (hopefully), I pick something random that I like or have liked and discuss it, why I like it, and its impact on me. These things can be varied, and range from more trivial matters such as my favourite animal, to books, games, and movies I’ve liked, to topics that have shaped who I am as a person.

Champions

Yesterday, my old high school band was crowned the UIL 6A State Marching Band Champion. This brings up so many memories and emotions, so excuse the rambling - I remember watching the Marcus HS band performing their powerhouse of a show at BOA San Antonio 2011 and being amazed at how good they were. I remember Roo telling us in 2013 how there was the “good, great, and OMG” types of bands, and how we were trying to break into being a consistently great band from being a consistently-good sometimes-great band.

The Buzz

You’re in the entrance tunnel to the field, listening to the performance of the group before you. The cavernous dome reverberates with the booms and crashes of the percussionists, reminding you of its sheer size. The wait feels like a thousand years; you pray for the 8 minutes allotted to the current band to quickly pass. “It’s just another run,” you hear your director say, in an attempt to soothe any nervousness arising within you and your peers.

Dream

As always, any semblance of organization is merely illusory. You’ve been warned. :P Music has been a nominal part of my life since age 5, when I started taking piano lessons (with violin lessons following shortly after at ages 6-7). I went to lessons, was told what to practice, what to do, and went home and practiced as I was told, setting the counter for precisely 30 minutes, 3 times a day, and trudging through painful scales, usually satisfied with running through my pieces top to bottom 3-5 times and calling it “done”.

Even older Archive: 2013-2014 Leadership Questionnaire

Here’s the other one, for the hell of it Name: Vincent Lee Office(s) I am seeking: Woodwind Captain, Flute Section Leader VRHS Officer Questionnaire In my opinion, what are the strengths of the Vista Ridge Band? One of the luxuries the Vista Ridge Band enjoys the most is the exceptional quality of musicianship. We are fortunate to have extremely capable staff and teachers at all levels that have trained excellent musicians that strive for and expect the best.

YAC

Today, I attended the Austin Flute Society Young Artist Contest. As a senior I really, really wanted to prove myself, both to….myself as well as to others. Saving the lengthy narrative, I placed 1st. I didn’t scream, nor did I jump up in victory, I just felt very, very grateful towards everyone that’s helped me get to where I am today. Thank you lesson teacher, past self, and each of my flute friends that have been with me every step of the way.

Archive: 2014-2015 Leadership Questionnaire

This was the leadership questionnaire I submitted May of 2014 to apply for Woodwind Captain and Flute Section Leader for the 2014-2015 marching season. I’m actually super proud of this piece and want to share it with anyone interested. My favorite sections especially are numbers 3 and 5. Keep in mind I wrote this after Scheherazade, when Danza de la Rosa didn’t even exist yet.