If you don't like my music videos, just ask yourself this question:
Would I rather read Jon's political rants or listen to his piano music?
Of the two evils, I think you'd choose music. Maybe.
I'm still in the process of transferring some of my old piano tapes to my computer. I found two very rare recordings that I'd like to share.
Why are they rare?
Because, to my knowledge, they are two of the very first piano recordings I ever made. Both tapes were in extremely poor condition (one was actually broken in half). My attempt to restore them was only minimally successful, but the results aren't too bad.
I hastily made these into YouTube videos - adding pictures solely to subtract from the poor audio quality.
Why the post title Paprikash?
Because both recordings are of Hungarian music.
The first tape is the Hungarian Rhapsody #11 in A minor by Franz Liszt. I recorded this in Los Angeles when I was only eighteen years old. It was a live performance.
(there's a part in the middle of the performance that sounds like a mistake, but that's where I spliced the damaged tape together).
The second tape is the Csardas: A Cigany Lelke (Soul of a Gypsy), one of my own compositions.
I wrote and recorded this when I was nineteen.
Upon hearing this again, after so many years, I'm embarrassed at the brashness of my rather amateur effort. It is much more of an improvisation than a serious composition.
It's kind of weird to hear myself playing when I was so young.