Toronto-based composer, singer-songwriter (under the name Grumpy Kitty Boy), pianist, writer, and music educator.

N.B. I originally wanted to write this essay as a Facebook post—a tribute to my old ways—but eventually decided against it due to the risk of being subjected to what I'll call the "algorithm invisibility." I think that this reflection deserves a space that actually respects its contents. My physical copies of the following musical [...]

Photography: Prince Requino Since focusing on Grumpy Kitty Boy, I'm now navigating an entirely different world that requires building project timelines; doing more admin work for my artistic life; writing grants (since I'm now eligible to do so as a new Permanent Resident of Canada--maybe this should warrant a different blog entry sometime in the [...]

Someone drops a grain of salt; Massive ocean waves jolt crowds awake! Wide-eyed stray cats rejoice.  White people clubs make white noise...Swirls of pea soup in hot, melting pots; Speck of dust remains untouched. Sun and stars rotate in skies, Lightning sparks bequeath fiery exploits; Tired fingers in silence. Rain fell throughout the weekend; Steel [...]

I’m nothing but a machine, Hearing other’s pain but not my own; Why should I catch up with y'all? Frogs croak in the dead of night—I won’t wait for you to understand, Thoughts disappear in a flash. Riding my ‘unwanted' box, I float in waters beyond your reach—How can I land on the moon? Cities [...]

The past weeks had been a tough time for many of our communities. Since the outrage over George Floyd's unjust death, the Earth's rotation suddenly went fast like a blur. A massive call against racism and police brutality swept many places, and radical initiatives like defunding or even abolishing the police force now simmers within [...]

I previously wrote Part 1 to make space for subdued reflections about "social distancing." (I also recently wrote a more honest, passionate, and rather too personal post in my Facebook page...but I'll simply leave it there in that semi-private space). In this process, I find that repeatedly articulating an idea provides more refinement and clarity, [...]