1 Jul

dodger performance

Yesterday I had the honor of playing at my very first Dodger baseball game. It wasn’t a formal “concert,” it was more of a “cocktail hour” performance, but it was still a lot of fun. It’s always rewarding to see people, both - children and parents, walk by and sneak a picture or some video footage, or stop by and share a compliment while I’m playing. What isn’t so fun is when people stop by and try to have a conversation with me mid performance, but luckily I didn’t have any of that happen (trust me, it’s happened plenty of times before).

Aside from a free Dodger shirt and a free Dodger hat, I was given an all-access pass to walk around the stadium and see some of the historic images and items that were displayed in different rooms. I picked up some footage that you can check out on my Vine.

Here are a few pictures that I got as well:

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As for the game, I got to watch the Dodgers beat the Phillies 6-1. This was only the second baseball game I’ve been to, but I had a lot of fun so it probably won’t be the last.

17 Jun
Recognized as an entrepreneur.com brilliant company.

Recognized as an entrepreneur.com brilliant company.

12 Jun

final cut pro x

I got my hands on Final Cut Pro X a few weeks ago, and I finally put it to the test today. As a former iMovie user, working in Final Cut Pro X is a very nice upgrade. I figured out how to use some of its features on the go, but thankfully there are a lot of YouTube video tutorials for the things I don’t know how to do. I picked up Compressor 4 as well, so I guess I’ll have to work my way around to using that program as well. I know I have a ways to go before I’m proficient with these programs, but I look forward to learning all there is to learn. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll make my own little short film. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

7 May

emily bear

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow pianist, emily bear, in Las Vegas. Today she dropped her new album, “Diversity”!!! To celebrate the launch of her new album, Playground Sessions will be offering 50% off of quarterly subscriptions for the next 24 hours if her page reaches 12,000 likes by the end of the day! Let’s help get Emily to 12,000 likes: https://www.facebook.com/EmilyBearPiano

Some of Emily’s new songs will be featured in the Playground Sessions library, so stay tuned! In the meantime, check out “Diversity” on iTunes and Amazon: http://bit.ly/11QiW3o and http://amzn.to/11fwf2h.

v-aste asked: You probably get hundreds of people telling you this, but you are actually my inspiration. I started playing piano when I was 7, but I began to hate it, I dreaded playing for years. But then one day I came across the video of you playing Apologize - One Republic. I was 10. I remember being in complete awe of you, so I learnt that song. I copied every note you played, I memorised the entire song. To this day, I still play that song every single time I sit down at the piano. I have you to thank.

I’m glad you like my arrangement and I’m happy that you still play it to this day! Thanks for your support.

hbhaskar asked: Happy birthday David! Big fan of your music, best of luck with Playground Sessions and all your other endeavours!

Thanks! I appreciate it.

3 Apr
Just won 1st place in Ryan Seacrest’s cover contest! Thanks for all your votes!!!
http://ryanseacrest.com/2013/04/01/winner-david-sides-voted-best-justin-timberlake-cover/

Just won 1st place in Ryan Seacrest’s cover contest! Thanks for all your votes!!!

http://ryanseacrest.com/2013/04/01/winner-david-sides-voted-best-justin-timberlake-cover/

26 Mar

ryan seacrest finals

I made it to the FINALS in Ryan Seacrest’s competition for the best Justin Timberlake cover!!! If you have a second, please click on the link below and vote for my video! Voting is open daily, so feel free to continue voting over the next few days, or weeks, as long as the contest is open. Thanks!!

http://ryanseacrest.com/march-music-madness-2013-justin-timberlake/

19 Mar

ryan seacrest contest

I just made it to the semifinals of On Air with Ryan Seacrest’s contest for the best Justin Timberlake cover!!! If you have a second, please click on the link and show some love with a vote! Thanks!

http://ryanseacrest.com/2013/03/18/semi-finals-who-has-the-best-justin-timberlake-cover-vote/

14 Mar
Happy 80th birthday to Quincy Jones! Pick up the latest issue of Billboard Magazine to read his feature!

Happy 80th birthday to Quincy Jones! Pick up the latest issue of Billboard Magazine to read his feature!

5 Mar
Just opened up this month’s issue of Inland Empire Magazine and found myself on page 56!

Just opened up this month’s issue of Inland Empire Magazine and found myself on page 56!

21 Feb

playground in usa today and billboard

Yesterday, after driving all around the city, I finally picked up a few copies of USA Today’s newspaper to read the article about Playground Sessions! The mention was short and sweet, but it was still nice to see our company in the paper! Here’s a shot I took of the article:

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Playground was also mentioned on Billboard’s website and Twitter!

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I’m glad to see word getting out about what the Playground team and I are up to! Stay tuned for more updates.

19 Feb

quincy jones joins playground sessions

Today Quincy Jones announced his involvement with Playground Sessions! His tweet and facebook posts were supplemented by three articles that can be read here:

http://www.timescolonist.com/entertainment/music/music-legend-quincy-jones-launches-new-music-education-application-playground-sessions-1.76735

http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/19/playground-sessions/

http://mashable.com/2013/02/19/playground-sessions/

The team and I are very excited to be working with a living legend and we look forward to helping people learn the piano!

14 Feb

valentine’s day announcement

11 Feb

grammy week 2013

Last night’s GRAMMY Awards wrapped up a week of GRAMMY events. Luckily, the Playground team and I were able to take part in a couple of the GRAMMY festivities leading up to the big night. On Thursday, Chris and I attended a special event, honoring Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt. It was nice being able to support two great musicians!

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On Saturday, Chris and I then took part in a GRAMMY celebrity basketball game - not as players, we were court-side demonstrating Playground to those in attendance.

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I was surprised at the level of competition on the court. With 5:52 left in the 4th Quarter (as seen in the picture above), the score was 94 to 79. Surprisingly, the East team came back and only lost by 5 - 109 to 104.

It was a fun and busy week. I look forward to next year’s events.