I had a lot of fun blogging about current affairs when I started kenturner.net in 2012. But everything changed when I took up learning the piano in July 2014 at the age of 63.
Piano Recital Reviews
Over time, my site drifted to contain mostly piano recital reviews. But it is devilishly hard to write a personalized recital review and publish it in a timely fashion, particularly if you already have a full-time job. Writing reviews started to feel too much like work, and unfortunately I did not review of some best concerts of 2017.
I most regret not reviewing Seon-Jin Cho‘s February 2017 Carnegie recital. I recall how skinny the pianist was, how restrained the first half of the recital seemed, and how he came wildly alive after the intermission. And I remember endless shrieks of delight from younger female members of the audience as the pianist stuck jagged poses for Chopin, eclipsing even Lang Lang at his most showy.
My reviews are a personal record of recitals I have attended, but they are a sideline. Now retired, I have time to blog about my primary interest: discovering the piano as an older adult. I started learning piano 55 years too late (by some accounts), but the experience has been life-changing.
This week I start work on the new face of kenturner.net. No content will be deleted, but links to existing posts may change. I hope to use URL redirects to minimize breakage in review links, but that’s just a theory at this point.