My day job is pianist, music teacher, animal lover and recording artist. I also run the Baroque Festival in Madison for Great Lakes Baroque. I love music and it’s my goal to help others who love music to read, play and improvise to their highest potential possible. Music should be an accessible joy—something that helps people to change their lives. The discipline that you develop by passionately pursuing musical excellence can make a difference in every aspect of your life.
My most memorable caffeine came courtesy of my friend, Richard who’s an avid coffee drinker. I stayed with him in San Francisco when I first came to the U.S. from Taiwan and I remember thinking that the smell of coffee was the smell of America—and that coffee smelled better than it tasted. Also, when I tried coffee, my first thought was “It tastes like Chinese medicine!” My mother makes a medicinal beverage that has goji berries—which are good for the eyes—roots, tree bark, ginseng and milkweed, which is good for the intestinal system, and coffee reminded me of this.
My favorite place for caffeine is Moka on University Avenue. My favorite memory of having coffee there is the time last year around Christmas when someone gave away $100!
The person I’d love to share a cup of caffeine with is Mozart. I have so many questions I’d like to ask him. I’d love to learn more about his relationship with his father and how his father structured his day. I’d ask if he ever found out who commissioned the requiem that contributed to his death (because he was working so ardently on it). I’d like to know what amused Mozart and his sister. I’d like to see him working on a piece of music—he was almost like a computer in his ability to just sit down and capture his composition.
World problem that could be solved with the right amount of caffeine: There are so many! I’d like to alleviate poverty and I’d like to ensure that everyone had enough to eat. And, of course, I’d like to bring music to more people. As Shakespeare said, “If music be the food of love, play on.” Maybe we could change that to, “If coffee be the food of love, drink on!”