2016 is a brand-new year for me, indeed. It’s my first year as Dr. Lee and as a non-student. I don’t have details planned out yet, but I am going to do a lot of recordings for sure. My past few years were mainly around academic activities, and I am so glad that now I have time to play my guitar as much as I want. What I am doing as kind of warm-up is home-recording for YouTube. I arranged Hello and Remedy from Adele’s new album 25 for guitar and recorded them. You can see them on www.youtube.com/yenhello.
As I am starting to do some exciting projects and my name will be probably (and hopefully) more out there, I thought this would be a good time to do what I long wanted which is to spell my name slightly different: Yenne Lee. Spelled Ye Eun Lee, my Korean name sounds closer to Yen Lee than what an American would pronounce Ye Eun. When I first came to US, I decided to use the name Yen so it is easy to read and pronounce. What I didn’t like about it was that it is too short in writing and spelled the same as the Japanese currency. I like Yenne in that it has the same number of syllables as my Korean name and looks softer somehow. So I think I will start to spell my name Yenne Lee from now on, at least on a professional level.
Now that I am out of school, I am spending much time thinking about what kind of musician and person I want to be. One thing I know for sure is that I love playing songs on the guitar. I just like how the words of a song become silent but its imagery and ideas are present. It’s like, they are not there but they are still there. I also like how sometimes a song becomes a wonderful guitar piece, revealing the beauty of the instrument.
When I was younger, I thought all classical guitarists do the same things and have the same path, just like how kids think they want to be a teacher but don’t know they will have to choose a subject. The truth is, there are so many things one can do with a guitar. I am excited to actively explore different possibilities as a guitarist and a musician. I am very much looking forward to the year 2016.