I love art. I love artists. (Aren't we all artists?) I enjoy writing, composing music, painting, people, travel, discussing political philosophy (I'm opposed to centralized governments), searching for the truth — every precious moment of life!!! Let's connect and share our art, stories, passions and important thoughts!Personal Statement (written 04/09/12; updated 6/09/12):
I first hopped on board this electronic plane of existence where we all seem to be spending increasing amounts of time (as we call it in Canada, "the interwebs") when i started playing collaborative video games in my mid teens. Soon thereafter when i got a Mac with a videocam as a gift, I suddenly realized that i could communicate with a worldwide audience on YouTube. Subsequently, i felt an urge to express ideas i was forming about politics, economics, and personal values. I was nervous at first making videos (worried about how i looked and how i sounded), but i so enjoyed sharing ideas and getting feedback about these ideas that i quickly lost any anxiety and grew confident in my ability to express my thoughts (especially given that i could edit them when i started talking mumbo-jumbo, haha).
If you're interested to take a peek at how i looked as a "dorky" teenager, i still maintain that original YouTube account
— because i lost my password and haven't had success in getting it, so the channel is still there (although i took many videos down over time). I didn't always get things right, but i was struggling to find answers for myself and searching for the truth. In doing so, i even became a YouTube Partner and developed an audience of a couple of thousands of individuals. Frequently, when i would make a video post, there would be hundreds of comments within a few hours. In some ways, i felt like a college professor with a huge classroom of fellow learners.
But after about 2-1/2 years of videoblogging, i felt a strong desire to express myself in a more artistic way. I decided to form a new YouTube Channel
with my acoustic-guitar playing brother Sam
. As i got more and more into composing music and writing lyrics, a couple of close musical friends and i formed a band, Grandola
,* to entertain people in and around my long-term home town of Calgary (actually, i was born in Rumai, Pekanbaru, Indonesia
where my Dad worked for a brief period). Recently, i toured with a friend's band in Western Canada and am teaming up with this band to do performances/recordings. We call the band "36?
"* While i enjoy playing with my bands and getting those oxytocin
flows from watching happy audiences respond to the music we're creating, i find performing before live audiences to be anxiety-inducing, haha — albeit momentously magical at times.
So i may be now at another new juncture in life's journey — either a parallel one or a completely new branching pathway. I feel that there's a lot more music in me to be produced, and i also feel a need to focus a little more on solo song writing and singing, where i can fully explore my deepest feelings and manifest them more sensitively and artistically than i can in a group band. I'd like to be able to share my new music creations with people who share my passion for music, and that's why i'm coming here to Google+ — to connect with you.
I enjoy meeting new people and learning about how you think, what motivates you, and what your goals might be (if you care to share them). So please share your ideas and desires with me, and i will try to respond in helpful ways. I don't know everything-to-know about how Google+ works, so i'd appreciate any helpful tips you can provide.
Thanks for reading my statement, and please comment on my posts (if you have time) and let me know what you're thinking. I'm looking forward to growing relationships here as we share our passionate interests and learn together.
*I know i need to start Band pages here. One step at a time. I'm still trying to figure out how G+ works.