Breaking the Silence

What happened during my monthlong “quiet period”?

Today is February 1. I am breaking my self-imposed monthlong “radio silence.” How was imgresJanuary for you? Here’s a recap of what happened during the first month of the year in our neck of the woods in Hawaii. At the end, you will find a link to an interpretation of the meaning of it all (see “What did I learn during my monthlong ‘radio silence’?“).

  • Music

Throughout the month, I continued to play and create new musical renditions on my Yamaha Clavinova which is now adorned by Elizabeth’s award-winning musical quilt (Maui County Fair’s 1st Prize, Oct 2010).

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On Jan 24, my Steinway returned to the Rainbow Shower after a five-month tour of the Kahului piano store.

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Ever since, I have been having more fun creating new musical renditions than ever. It goes like this… I first play a piece on the Steinway. Say, Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.” Then I walk over and play the same piece on the Clavinova using some of its many orchestral voices.  My latest creations, which include human voices, are making it sound like choral symphony played in a large cathedral or a venue like Royal Albert Hall.

Then I “jazz it up” a little. New rhythm section joins the performance. Suddenly, the “Moonlight Sonata” becomes a piece you can dance to. Whoever said that Beethoven could not rock? 🙂 Elizabeth does when I do it, whether in her own art studio or in the kitchen.

Then I pick a Mozart piece, for example, and go through the same Steinway–>Clavinova creative process. Or Liszt. Or Chopin.

And then sometimes it works in reverse. I start out with the Beatles, for example, and end of with a Beethoven-Beatles blend. Or Mozart with a samba rhythm. There is never an end to creativity. Or fun. Having these two instruments side-by-side is like a kid owning a candy store.

  • Deer Antlers

My father was a forestry engineer in charge of a state-owned hunting preserve.  Growing up as a little boy, I remember seeing many deer antlers all sizes throughout our house. In early January, I found some deer antlers at the bottom of our gulch creek riverbed.  Rather than just trash them, I decided to create my own work of art.

I cleaned these antlers, boiled them for over an hour, cleaned them again, and finally glazed with polyurethane before mounting them on our kitchen wall. It was about a three-day process.. And this was a result…

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This deer actually lived on our property. He/she died of natural causes while we were away in Arizona this fall. And now the deer has “ascended” up the hill to the top of the gulch and the top of our kitchen wall. 🙂

  • Sunset Dinner

On Jan 6, the Serbian (Orthodox Christian) Christmas Eve, we spend a wonderful afternoon and evening in Wailea. My daughters have given us a gift vouched for the spa at the Four Seasons resort there.  After a relaxing couples massage, we went to the beach, walked along the oceanfront, and eventually had a lovely sunset dinner at Ferraro’s Italian restaurant there.

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  • Makena (Nudist) Beach

Two days later, on a spur of the moment, we ended up again on that part of the island. Except that this time, we went to Makena Beach.

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That’s when Elizabeth suggested we go exploring the adjacent nudist beach. She said her sone had told her about it. Neither of us has ever been there before. And I have never even heard of it before. So off we went…

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Naturally, we also dropped our clothes and joined the Maui naturalists in our own birthday bathing suits.  It was fun and completely natural especially as Elizabeth and I have never done it before. Elizabeth is now also working on an oil painting of that scenic view of the nudist beach (top right photo).

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  • Abandoned Jeep

The following day (Jan 9), we noticed a red Jeep parked in our second driveway.  We suspected it was abandoned.  It took us two weeks and many phone calls to the Maui County and police officials to have it finally towed away.

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Sadly, this is not unusual on our pristine little island.  I have never seen so many cars and wrecks just abandoned by the side of a road, in in a field, as on Maui. Guess that’s because there are so many transient-surfers here who could not care less about the environment.  Except for the surf, of course.

  • Great Surf at Ho’okipa Point, the Jaws

Speaking of which, by the third week of the month, several storms converged to produce the biggest surf of this winter season so far. In fact, it has been several years since we saw the waves this big. Check out this story, including several videos of spectacular breaking waves…


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  • Operatic Weekend in Oahu, and More…

In the middle of the month, we went to Oahu for our annual “operatic weekend.” But it turned out to be a lot more. In just two-and-a-half days, we managed to see practically all of Oahu. Elizabeth even took part in Makahiki, the “Hawaiian Olympics”…



  • First Flood of 2014, Namaka Creek Running Again

The last days of the month was marked by the first flood of 2014.  Another weather front from the southwest spun around our volcanoes for nearly three days. The storm dumped so much rain that our seasonal stream – Namaka Creek – starting running again. No, make that gushing down the Haleakala slopes, and carving its way through our gulch. Which created a real spectacle.  Check it out…



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Now that you have seen what happened during my month of radio silence, click on the following link to see what it all meant:

 “What did I learn during my monthlong ‘radio silence’?(ALTZAR.ORG)

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