Official Artist
Marsha Yuan
Actor , Singer , Dancer
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Dear Friends

Thank you for coming to watch my show last week. I had such a fun time singing for you all and enjoyed sharing such a special moment with all of you. The band really enjoyed the experience and it was definitely a memorable time for all of us. Thank you for all of your encouraging comments and for your support! Hopefully, there will be another one soon! luv, marsha

over 17 years ago 0 likes  2 comments  0 shares
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Ok....so. I just want to say that computers can really suck sometimes. I actually wrote this really long blog last week when I was still in Shanghai and somehow it got erased so I got frustrated and wasn't going to attempt to re write everything that I had written...so...who knows what I wanted to say last week. Anyways...I'm back in HK again. My trip was very relaxing and it felt good to get away from certain things in HK that really stress me out. So, let's see...what has happened since? Well....I had a really good last week in Shanghai. I got to explore a little more of Shanghai and I decided that I really don't like it that much. The streets are dirty and when I pass the shops people are always assuming that I don't speak Chinese and asking me to buy watches or purses. So...what keeps me wanting to go back? Well, besides my 2 adorable yet VERY naughty nieces and my cousin, Lawrence being there.....the music is what calls me.... the music life in Shanghai is much more appreciated than in HK. And, I have really become influenced by Lawrence with Jazz music. I spent most of my nights going to JZ club listening to all of the live jazz music. The club is quite cute. It's located in Pu Xi on Fu Xing Lu. I became quite the regular there...hahaha...every night there is a different band playing. Ok, let's start with last Monday. Scotty Wright had asked me to sing at his last show. I ended up singing 2 songs during his first set. It went pretty well. I was kind of nervous even though there wasn't really much of a crowd. But...I think with these little opportunities I will get the experience I need to have more confidence when I perform. Scotty has really helped me a lot with my voice and I'm really hoping that he'll decide to move to Shanghai in a few months so that I can take more lessons with him. He is now doing a gig in Japan at the "Lost in Translation" hotel . For those of you who take trips to Japan..you should definitely try to catch his performance there. He is an awesome jazz performer. So, after I sang my 2 songs...I stayed for a bit and headed to JZ where Lawrence was playing with this Canadian band. I actually met the band the weekend before so it was really cool being able to hear them perform. The leader of the band and friend of Lawrence's is a clarinet player named James Danderfer. I've never actually heard jazz performed on clarinet so it was a very good experience for me. I really enjoyed it. The guys were soooo good! I sat right in the front row and tried to ignore the terrible smoke that seems to always linger at the club ....but, I guess I'll have to get used to that. I was sitting with 2 friends for a bit but then they had to ditch me....so..left alone for a bit enjoying the music..when these 2 guys came to sit with me. They were extremely loud! I could tell that they wanted to talk to me..but, I was trying to listen to the music and almost wanted to ask them to leave my table. Well...after the final set was over, one of the guys made conversation and said "wow that was good"...inside I was thinking...you were so loud! Did you even hear anything? Instead..I sort of smiled and said, yeah....then he asked me if I was with one of the musicians...and I said, yes, the guitarist...hahaha..that shut him up. oye! no wonder guys think I'm a snob! hahaha So....after that night I went to a few of the performances at the Jazz Festival in Fu Xing Garden. That was May 3rd, 4th, and 5th. I got to watch Chris Trzcinski (who played drums at my cabaret show) and EJ Parker (who played double bass in my album. It was pretty fun though it would have been more fun if I had some company. My jazz piano/vocal teacher, Steve Sweeting sat with me for one of the shows. I got to take 2 lessons with him when I was in town. It has been very inspiring to take lessons. My goal is to be able to get to performance level with my jazz piano...so....that is going to be my new aim at playing and singing jazz music. Ok..that was a little side track. So, the last day of the Festival I ended up taking care of my nieces while watching Lawrence play in the JZ big band. I love BIG BAND! It was a lot of fun...Anyways....I see a lot of potential in Shanghai when it comes to learning more about music and improving myself. I've actually decided that it would benefit me more to move over there. This will be my time of learning and really taking action with music. I think I've pretty much decided that music and performance is what I want to do..even if it means that I'll be a poor musician..hahaha....well, we'll see what happens...
about 17 years ago
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I LOVE NEW YORK! well...here I am in the big city writing this blog and sipping my chai vanilla with a blueberry muffin..(which I feel guilty about but..I'm on vacation..sort of...right?) I'm at this really cute coffee shop in the West village called Grey Dog Coffee. It's a very cute little coffee shop with a sort of NY feel to it....I came here yesterday with my friend Ajay and they had a really nice omelet...the coffee...was ok...not HOT enough though. Anyways....my trip this time is especially for my little brother, Harry who will be graduating at USF this week. I decided that I'd take a trip to LA and NY before swinging by SF....why not? right? Well...I got a great deal that only cost me $7,000 HK ..BUT...economy class can be really tiring for my knees....I usually can sleep the entire plane ride...but..there were some struggles this trip. Luckily, I had my dearest sis with me to chat with when we were both restless. My trip to LA was mainly to spend with my best friend Karen because it was her birthday. We had a nice time together and mostly worried about where to eat...ha! We did take a nice 7mi hike in Arroyo Secco...and then balanced it off with some authentic Mexican food! ...which kept me full for the rest of the day.... Now..I'm in NY and I have only been here for 2 days but they have been VERY productive days. I started off my day in NY by losing my semi pro digital camera! I was sooo upset! I think that when I was half sleeping on the plane, I reached into my backpack to get my jacket..and it must have fallen out when I did that...the worst part was that when I was leaving the plane...I had this gut feeling that I should double check to see if I left anything...but, of course, not wanting to annoy the people in the line by attempting to go back to where I was sitting...I kept on walking thinking that I didn't leave anything. DUMB DUMB DUMB!!!! Anyways...cousin Jean (whom I call xiao ni ni) picked me up from the airport so that I could hang out with her and cousin Jeff..and see my nephew Xiao Jie for the first time...the whole time I could only think about my camera and I think it practically ruined my first day. This is a lesson to go with my gut feelings next time. Who cares if I trouble others, right? So..I finally was able to get past my clumsiness and realize that there are worst things in life that could be lost...at least a camera is just money, right? I had a great day yesterday rollerblading in the city...for about 4 hrs! The weather here is soooo beautiful! The sun is out the sky is blue (for the most part)...and there is a nice cool breeze in the air....After rollerblading... I even took a dance class with my favorite teacher here. And at night, I topped off the beautiful day with a nice dinner with my dear friend Tony Vincent...who is a VERY good singer and performer. He is currently recording his own album and it's very difficult for him because he too is an indie artist. It's a shame when you see talent that isn't appreciated like it should be....Oh...and here is a bonus...we were getting off the subway when I realized that I didn't have my phone with me! Yes....clumsy Marsha does it again! However, this time I was lucky because we called up the restaurant and I had left it there...so...thank goodness for that! So...today I'll take it easy because I think I'm catching a cold....not good at all....I still have 2 shows to watch while I'm here. "Wicked" and "Jersey Boys"...I'm VERY excited!
about 17 years ago


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April 19, 2007