I was finally able to complete a few tracks that I collaborate with a record store friend of mine. I frequent his store a lot and after talking about music on so many times we finally had lunch. It turned out he had an MPC 1000 and we liked the same kinds of music. He being Japanese knew about a lot of Japanese jazz artists that I like which was a big help because I was looking for a lot of vinyl and he could tell me which direction to go in.
Our friendship finally got to the point where he slipped me a sample and I took it home and hooked it up and finally, yesterday returned it to him with some added flavor of my own. I’m satisfied with it, though it does need some work. It took me a long time to complete the project because I’ve been so busy and now that I have a few weeks off I can work on all of the projects that I have.
Still, there is a long way to go and a lot to do. I have a lot of other songs that need to be tightened up and completed for this mystical album I’ve been trying to put together for a long time.
I have a lot of acquaintances in Japan but not a lot of people I would exactly call friends. That can happen anywhere. If you are a record fiend like me then Japan is your place but be prepared to spend some money, though I have found a lot of gems for very little. I got lucky!
My wife’s grandfather had his eighty-sixth birthday today at the Hotel Okura. I thought about it for a long time wondering if I’ll get to live that long.
The place was posh but old. People stared at me, I felt, but only to put on airs. I stared back because I was having too much fun taking pictures of my family and wondering around a post-mondern hotel with family. A lot was on the table now, like going back to school online. The kids growing up and looking at friends in cyberspace.
As usual I longed for home but that will come with a few hoops to jump through. There is a lot to be thankful for.
The candles were blown out and pieces of delicious cake were served with coffee. A young lady graduated from medical school and her mother hired a professional photographer to take her picture wearing a traditional kimono in the hotel garden. You could see it from the restaurant too. Diners ate and started at the spectacle. I found myself on the other side of the glass windows like Alice in Wonderland playing with my boys and thinking about all the things that have to be accomplished but it is always nice to just be in the moment and have fun and not think about the past or the future but what is.
The cake was good!