1 YEAR, 3 MONTHS, 3 DAYS +++ On 8 June 2018, my friend died, putting an end to a relationship that had lasted for over 26 years. Ever since, music has helped to dissipate the sadness. Especially the music of others: I have continued the monthly piano karaoke ritual at Le Motel. I’ve played a few concerts, participated on a recording or two, even directed an amateur choir. But the drive to create new music is still very weak. Dear friends like An Tôn Thất, Olivier Rocabois, and Thuy Nhan Dao keep egging me on to write and create. I hope the desire will come back with a vengeance. I have recently met talented drummer and singer Yujim, and I sense we’ll cook up something tasty very soon.