Proofreading music: A piano GoFundMe update with Dirk Caber

The last few months have been amazing. Since we got the piano — THANK YOU YET AGAIN for everyone who contributed to our GoFundMe campaign to make it possible — there’s been nonstop music in our house. It’s amazing. Dirk plays it for hours every day, and has been furiously composing the piano pieces that were commissioned by wonderful people who donated at least $500 to the campaign. They’re all written at this point, or as Dirk would put it, “They’ve reached a double bar.” He’s still tinkering with them, though, and here’s a brief video peek at part of the proofreading process. Enjoy!

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Classical Jackman goes all 20th Century on your ass

The other night, Dirk and I had the immense pleasure of dining with gay romance novelist Kaye P. Hallows and her husband at their Boston-area home. (We were on the cover of her recent novel Taking My Chances.) After dinner, we gathered around their piano so that Dirk could entertain us with a few songs. Kaye and I got in on the act too, each of us playing the one piece we could remember.

Then Kaye presented us with some sheet music by 20th century Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera. One of his pieces, Triste — the second of his twelve “American Preludes” — seemed easy enough to play… so when we got home, I found a copy of it online and started practicing. A couple of days later I got to the point where I thought I could actually record it… although I think I’m playing it a little slower than Maestro Ginastera intended. Anyway… I’ve posted the video above. (I’m shirtless in it, of course.) Hope you enjoy it! And be sure to check out Kaye’s awesome fiction!

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Classical… Jackman? I attempt to play Chopin’s C-minor prelude

I haven’t played piano in 30 years — I took piano lessons when I was a kid, from ages 6 though 12 — but now that there’s a piano in the house, I wanted to see if I could wrap my fingers around some of my old favorites, starting with Chopin’s prelude in C-minor (Op. 28, No. 20). So I practiced and practiced and practiced some more…. and……

As you can see, we’re both having fun with Dirk’s new piano. But it’s also an indispensable tool for my hubby… and coming soon, I’ll have video of Composer Dirk in action.

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Classical Caber: A Taste of Things to Come…

As part of the successful GoFundMe campaign to get by hubby Dirk Caber a piano, we offered various “premiums” (CDs, scores, or handwritten manuscripts) in exchange for different contribution levels. Eight people contributed $500 or more… and in exchange, Dirk promised to write each of them a song! He’s been hard at work on those piano pieces in the two weeks since the piano arrived. Here’s a brief snippet of the master in action as he composes on his new piano!

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New “Classical Caber” debuts as part of TitanMen’s Labor Day playlist

TitanMen director Jasun Mark decided to put together a Labor Day soundtrack for you guys to listen to, so he polled a bunch of us Titan guys and asked us to recommend some songs. Three of my suggestions made the list, including a newly-released short piano piece by my hubby Dirk Caber! Presenting Piano Miniature No. 9: Fantastique:

My other two suggestions were Röyksopp’s amazing cover of Depeche Mode’s “Ice Machine” (which I played for the TitanMen production crew when we were filming Blue Collar Ballers last December) and Justice’s “Civilization” (which Jasun and I listened to while we were driving around San Francisco on the way to one of my very first shoots).

Listen to the entire eclectic TitanMen playlist — with contributions from François Sagat, Hunter Marx, Dario Beck, Dallas Steele, and many others — here!