I am going to introduce you to my world.
My public life, as columnist, image designer, producer, performer, recording artist, and now as guest music lecturer is well known.
I love to sing, photograph and design. I had a flourishing art business for over twenty years.
No matter how busy I am, I make time for my family, friends and fans. Here we go!


"You've Got To Find What You Love"

For reasons as I am writing about Steve Paul Jobs recently, who is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. I am glad to know that Steve loves photography and music. For a long time Steve's home was only decorated with large black-and-white photographs. And he describes himself as an audiophile: after he became rich, one of the only pieces of furniture he bought was a US$100,000 stereo system.
Now we start from Steve's early years. After Steve graduated from high school in California, he enrolled in Reed College in Portland, Oregon. As he had dropped out the normal classes of Reed College, he could dropped in auditing a calligraphy class that he interested in. Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. He said, "I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great." He later stated, "If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts." It has a great influence on all the Macintosh line of computers, the iPod, the iPhone as well as the iPad later on. The Macintosh became the first commercially successful small computer with a graphical user interface. He continued, "And since Windows just copied the Mac, it's likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do."
Steve loves The Beatles. He has referenced them on more than one occasion at Keynotes. He has also described his business model as The Beatles in the magazine 60 Minutes. But his favorite musician is definitely Bob Dylan, whose tunes he played throughout his youth with his guitar at home. He would discuss the lyrics with his friends. In an unauthorized biography, The Second Coming of Steve Jobs, Steve dated Joan Baez during the late 1970s and early 1980s. A number of sources have stated that Steve had considered asking Baez to marry him. Some people believe he dated Joan Baez mostly because she was Dylan’s ex. I remember when I had to record the song "Diamonds And Rust" that was originally sung and composed by Joan Baez, I had just noticed about that.
"I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle."
So, "keep looking until you find it."

About Astor

Astor is able to express herself with logical literacy but full of artistic feelings. She acts to record her valuable, interesting and unforgettable experiences during her travel and plans to share with others her instant feelings, thoughtful insights and findings via poems, free verses, prose, narration, reference, etc.

Music, Movie, Musicals and Me

Music and theatre have had a close relationship. Theatre can associate with movie or musical theatre (musicals) and I love both of them. I sing theme songs in some Asian movies, such as“When I Dream” (theme from “Dragon Squad”). It easily recalls people not only from scenes of the movie, but also from memory. I love theme music from movies as well as songs from Musicals, especially Broadway. I remember I have fallen in love with Broadway since I was 12. Musical films characteristically contain elements reminiscent of theatre; performers often sing and dance as if there is a live audience watching. Some musical films were adapted for the stage after their great success, such as “The Wizard of Oz” and“Fame”, while successful musicals also definitely received movie adaptations, i.e. stage-to-film adaptations, such as“Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Evita”. We can share our moments after all these years by passing through “Over the Rainbow”, “Out Here On My Own”, “I Don’t Know How To Love Him”, “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”, “You Must Love Me” ……

“Moon River” (theme from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”) has to be selected in my new album "Theatre" although it has been covered by hundreds of artists all over the world. I sing it each time, it seems like a live performance accompanied by the pianist just in front of the audience.

“The Way We Were” (theme from “The Way We Were”) must be selected because it was the song of one of my favorite singers that influences me most, Barbra Streisand, and I won the singing contest with it!

“For All We Know” (theme from “Lovers and OtherStrangers”) was selected, of course, in tribute to my forever idol, the Carpenters.

WORDS from Astor :

I hope all of you would like the presentation of my albums.
Everlasting love dedicated to SUPERSTAR...
My dearest family,
Mom and Dad,
All the one I love,
Teachers and tutors, who have enlightened me,
All singers and writers of the original songs, especially Karen and Richard Carpenter.
All musicians,
All my fans and friends.
Thanks GOD.

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