Ever since I was young, I wanted to be heard.
Music was a way to express myself, thoughts and emotions. I've been fortunate, it's a guide to places all over the world.
No matter the genre or the music, music has always been a way for me to look forward to the next day.
Music is so important because I've experienced so much of life from it. Whether it was singing in a choir at Carnegie Hall or at Microsoft theater, playing saxophone in a jazz club in Hollywood, singing worship while busking in Japan, or crowd surfing to my favorite rock band next to Disneyland, music was always an event!
It taught me to learn a discipline that requires dedication and focus while having the open mind to improvise and think when things change. I think it's important to teach because music has alway taught me to think on my feet and go to the next thing.
Whenever I feel lost, I turn on music.
It gives me a sense of rhythm and structure.
I can follow the measures or songs from the beginning to the end. I like hearing stories and experiences from musicians, singers, composers, rappers, and DJs.
It's playing the beautiful tones on acoustic guitar or ukulele, finding color chords on piano, or collecting retro to futuristic samples on my computer.
Sometimes, I even sing my thoughts to remember what I do during the day (whether it's finding my keys, cooking at home, or running on a treadmill).