Hi World, 

How have you all been doing? 

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to President Biden said we are out of the acute phase of COVID. Although there are still a lot of cases worldwide, the US is not in the accelerated outbreak anymore. What a relief! 

I have family and friends who have been infected by the coronavirus. I have heard people lost their loved ones and could not even make it to the funeral. In fact, I am among them. This past April, Mom left us. I am grateful that my children and I spent some time with her last summer, despite we had to quarantine in a hotel for two weeks in Taiwan. It was well worth it. The quarantine regulations are still on-going, and it made attending her funeral difficult. Thankfully, for technology, my youngest sister and I joined them online. I believe she knows how much we love her and that she will understand the situation. I hope she is in a better place now. 

Mom always told us to look at things on the bright side. COVID-19 brought us tremendous shock, but it also created a lot of new opportunities. My students were not as busy as before, so they could focus more on the piano. 🙂  We realized, sometimes we don’t have to meet in-person, so Zoom meetings will be sufficient. It surely saved our gas and time consumption. Also, I have more adult students now. Maybe they have different perspectives about life during COVID. We should live in the present because life could be short. When we are younger, we feel life is long. But when we get older, life seems as fleeting as the flower of “Queen of the Night”.

Today, after we worked on our lake property, we listened to Emanual Ax’s online performance live from the Gilmore Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He played an all Chopin program in a very classic and artistic manner. What a treat after our tree cutting clean-up! If it was not due to COVID, we would have to drive total of five hours to attend. Why would I not look at things on the bright side and be thankful for COVID? Positive energy is contagious and it will come back to you to lighten up your day.

Hope you all are doing well! 

Musically yours,