Music is Happiness is a CD of my music, and a 64-page book written and designed by me containing related stories, poems and illustrations. The music is performed by excellent musicians.
Comments from a composer, a film director, and a novelist:
“Ann-Kay Lin (aka Ho Wai-On) is a multi-talented artist who has the virtue of straddling two major cultures, East and West, both from a profound knowledge. Her musical work is very direct and speaks clearly to what must be a considerable audience. There is undoubtedly a need for such well-crafted, delightful, fresh and imaginative work today.”
− Jonathan Harvey, composer; Prof. Emeritus Stanford University; Hon Fellow, St. John's College, Cambridge University.
“I enjoyed every piece. I admire the remarkable intertwining of traditions and styles, and especially the way the Eastern elements contribute to the huge emotional impact of the music. The narrations stimulate the imagination – the book is fascinating throughout”
– Brian Gilbert, film director of WILDE, TOM & VIV, THE GATHERERING.
“I found all these pieces very interesting and enjoyable to listen to. The selection is good because it presents a varied scope of musical intentions. Strong, with clear lines, decisive, most dramatic, intelligent, and well, yes, possessing a kind of masculinity, perhaps surprising in view of the romantic and quite feminine lyricism of the accompanying texts. The effect in almost all cases is that of a dramatic performance. The drama is foremost. There is urgency in this music. Making it has mattered to the composer. Listening to it matters to the audience.”
– John David Morley, author of PICTURES FROM THE WATER TRADE.
A brief description of the music:
CD Book is available for download above.
Magic Banyan Tree (CD Track 11): Music for family enjoyment.
CD Book pages 42-46, video available.
Bulldozers (CD Track 10): In the style of Western Classical music.
Four Love Songs in Chinese (CD Tracks 2-5): Poems and music.
CD Book pages 16-21, video available.
Sakura Variations (CD Track 1): Baroque-Japanese Cherry Blossom.
CD Book pages 13-15, video available.
To You (CD Track 5): Song without words with Indian music influence.
Permutation, Tai Chi, Farewell my beloved (CD Tracks 3,4,9): A taste of contemporary Classical music.