Life Changes

September 17, 2016

Simple Living

With fewer posts on social media over the last month, I have been very quiet lately.  Some big changes have transpired in my life during this time, and my days have been full.

For starters, I vacated my apartment in Nashville.  It was a cozy little home that was affordable by Nashville’s exorbitant standards and conveniently located close to four major highways, as well as a Dunkin Donuts down the hill where I would get hazelnut coffee on the weekends.  I also left a fulfilling day job and incredibly sweet coworkers who tearfully sent me off on my way.

Why did I leave all of this?

Where have I gone then?

Well, here .  .  .

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My cat Steinway and I have moved to a rural home southeast of Nashville to live with my boyfriend MaxZine.  I have set up shop in a house that rests deep in a holler, sufficiently far enough from where civilization makes all of its fussy demands.  Here in this place, we enjoy fresh vegetables and aromatic blooms from a well-tended garden, a creek where dogs like to wade and splash water with their tales, winding beaten paths, and panoramic views of Tennessee’s short, but pretty, mountains.

It is so quiet here too.

Crickets, frogs, summer breezes, and wild unknowns sing their songs in these parts, adorning a gentle silence that maintains dominion over everything.

I’ve lived far too long at the mercy of modernization.  My new home takes me back to my childhood roots when I grew up in a tropical rain forest surrounded by a massive blue ocean.  Only now, without the ocean and far less rain, there is endless greenery high above and deep below.  Nature abounds as it did in my life so long ago.  I’m loving every minute of it.

Oh yeah, there is one other thing.  I have enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University.  As a sophomore, I’m currently engaged in a full load of classes that include a humanities course, a survey of US history, and audio production, among others.  This is a chapter in my life that is still writing itself.  I’ll share more about this later.

Until I am done with school, my main focus every day will be my studies and my music.  I will be working on lots of new songs and hope to play a smattering of shows over the next year.

All of these changes are intended to focus my life towards what I hold dear.  I value loving relationships, learning, music, creativity, simple living, and mindfulness.  I truly want to live in ways that center around these needs.

So then, this is where I am.

Thank you for following along.  There will be so much more to come.

Gordon Roqué to Showcase All New Works on Instagram

June 5, 2016

Creativity

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I’ve decided to make some changes to the way I do social media.  As a way to simplify how I interact with the world, I’ve got something new in store for my official Instagram page.

First of all, I LOVE Instagram.  It’s my favorite social media platform.  As such, it will be the primary source for my online musical and artistic content.  Starting in June 2016, all photos and posts related to my family and personal life will only be shared on Facebook.  This shift will allow me to more fully showcase the music and visual artwork that I want to share with the world on Instagram.

Of course, everything I present on Instagram will also be shared on Facebook and Twitter, but Instagram will be the starting point and primary source.

What will I be showcasing?  I want to explore the numerous ways by which music and visual art can coalesce when presenting ideas and concepts.  You’ll be seeing lots of new sketches and drawings, colorful and vibrant photography, and performance videos with visual and musical elements.

For a long time, I’ve been neglecting my visual art sensibilities in order to focus more on my music, but because I truly love both mediums, it’s about time that I explore how I can combine the two.  Maybe they will enhance each other in meaningful and gratifying ways.

I certainly hope so.

Find me on Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/gordonroque) and starting on June 6, 2016, see all the magic unfold.

Hugs and Asian Power to all.

 

 

Gordon Roqué to Perform at Outcentral on May 14!

May 9, 2016

Shows

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I’ve been invited to perform a set this Saturday, May 14, 2016, as part of OutCentral’s monthly concert series.  Other artists slated to perform that night are Cloudmouth and Wayne Graham.

Here are the details at a glance:

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Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time:  8:00PM to 10:00PM
Venue: Outcentral LGBT Community Center of Nashville
Address: 1709 Church St., Nashville, TN 37203
Cover Charge: $5.00 at the door

I’m looking forward to playing a rich and intimate set for everyone, and I’ll see you there!!

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Generosity Report: February 2016

March 9, 2016

Generosity

It’s that time again!  I’m here to report about my #52weeksofgenerosity project.  February proved to be a bit challenging due to a very busy schedule, but I learned a good bit from the experience.  March should go much more smoothly.

So, here’s what I did:

Week #5: Organizing a Green House

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For this week, I wanted to be of service by donating my time and energy to help with someone else’s project.  My friends MaxZine and Spree have a greenhouse attached to their home.  I suggested that I would love to come out for an afternoon to rearrange the front portion of the space in order to make room for a walkway, a sitting area, and more plants.

The first thing I did was to clean the place up by sweeping the floors and removing all unnecessary items.  Then I rearranged several large planters and pots to get maximum sunlight.  Lastly, I found a cushioned, green, and metallic bench that fit perfectly in the sitting area.  I topped it all off with some lighting strewn up on the ceiling to add some warmth during the evenings.

The greenhouse looked more spacious and had more function by the time I was done with it.  I hope to go back to work on the rest of this very cool space.

Week #6:  Helping a Friend with Craigslist

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I have a dear friend who has a sizable collection of household items that she amassed during her travels all over the world.  She has been wanting to pare down all of her belongings and asked me if I could give her a tutorial on how to sell her items on Craigslist.

I first started with the vintage BMW that she wanted to sell.  I taught her how to play with the photography settings on her iphone in order to post photos that made her items look more attractive to a potential buyer.  Then I went through each step of posting an item for sale directly on the Craigslist website.

In addition to the BMW, I staged several furniture pieces into a living room format and took lots of photos from different angles. Lastly, I used chalk to create artwork for a wall in her guest bedroom.

Needless to say, we got a lot accomplished over a lengthy afternoon.  We even managed to drink wine and reminisce about all kinds of memories.  I’m proud to say that the BMW I posted received a HUGE response from buyers.  Over 70 of them made inquiries within the first few hours after the post went live.  I was very happy to help my friend with this.

Week #7: Nashville Rescue Mission

I had a very hectic week and decided to make another food donation of canned goods to the Nashville Rescue Mission.

Week #8: A bicycle for my Sister

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My sister Lette’s birthday falls on the last week of January.  For the last year, she has undergone aggressive treatment for breast cancer.  To celebrate both her birthday and the recent diagnosis of being cancer free, I made a plan to get her a bicycle as a gift.  I could have gotten her a gift certificate to some trendy store or even taken her out to lunch like I have in the past.  This time, I wanted to give her a gift that came with benefits.  A cancer-free bill of health creates an opportunity to live a better life.  A bicycle provides lots of exercise, time outdoors, fresh air, exploration, and easy transportation.  I wanted to give her all of these things.

So, I did a bit of research and even took her to a local bike shop to get a sense of what kind of bike would work.  In the end, I had a friend who lived in Murfreesboro who was selling a bike that accommodated my sister’s height.  It was a vintage Gary Fisher mountain bike, and my sister has been riding it in her neighborhood ever since.

So that’s it for February.  More generosity beckons .  .  .

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Gordon Roque Live at BB King’s March 20

February 29, 2016

Creativity

That’s right!  You can catch me performing at my annual BB King’s show in downtown Nashville on Sunday, March 20, 2016.  For this set, I will be joined on stage by lots of  talent.  Percussionist Beat Darkriver and mandolin player MaxZine will be gracing my songs with layers of musical nuance and texture.

I’ll have more to announce about this show, including a free ticket giveaway in the next couple of weeks.

Feel free to mark your calendars.  Here are the details:

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This is going to be a fun performance, and I am so thankful to be able to do it.

See you all at the show.

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