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▶Jazz Deepens Bond Between Father, Daughter Musicians (2020-08-03)
Sasha Masakowski remembers sitting at the piano with her father at their home in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the time, she was six years old.
Her father is the jazz musician Steve Masakowski. He would ask Sasha to play the piano while he played his guitar, she told VOA. “He would tell me to play something using just the white keys or just the black keys, and I’d make up music.”
She remembered thinking of herself as a “little composer,” making music with her dad.
“I love those memories,” she added.
More than 20 years later, Sasha, now 33 years old, is a successful musician. She has already made five record albums. She was recently nominated as New Orleans’ best female singer.
These days, father and daughter still work together, along with another musician, Sasha’s brother Martin. They perform together as the Masakowski Family Band. Right now, however, the COVID-19 health crisis means online performances only.
On a recent Friday night, the Masakowskis turned a room in their home into a performance space. They played in one of a series of local events held to honor jazz great Ellis Marsalis, who recently died from COVID-19.
“Ellis and I used to play together twice a week and I’m proud to pay tribute to him with music,” Steve says, “but to be able to do that with my daughter and son makes it even more special.”
For the Marsalis tribute, Steve wanted to perform music he and Ellis enjoyed playing together. One favorite of theirs was a piece Steve wrote called Sweet Dreams.
“I asked Sasha to write lyrics to it for this performance,” he said. “She did a beautiful job. To have your daughter write lyrics to your song -- what Dad isn’t going to love that? And she has a great ear for it.”
It is easy to understand how Sasha developed that ear. She grew up in a family in which music was always being played. Her father was not the only musician. Her mother is a successful pianist.
Sasha went to a local arts school and studied musical theater. She also developed a love for pop music, like that of Brittany Spears and boy band NSYNC.
Steve admits to hoping his children would develop a love for jazz.
“I know the joy music can bring to life and I wanted them to have that,” he said.
[June 19, 2020]
뉘앙스 사전
친구에게 무슨 말을 했는데 그 말을 듣고 친구가 오해하거나 기분 나빠할 때는, 눈치 잘 보고 있다가 즉시 ‘I mean’을 사용해 방금 한 말을 주워담으세요. ㅎㅎ 그런 상황에서는 ‘아니, 그게…’나 ‘내 말은…’이란 의미가 된답니다. 가끔 ‘아니.’라고 대답한다고 하는 것이 ‘응.’이라고 나올 때도 있잖아요. 그럴 때도 ‘Yes, I mean no.’라고 해주면 되고요. 예전에 한번 친구가 좀 촌스러운 색깔의 옷을 입고 나온 적이 있어요. 그걸 보고는 나도 모르게 왜 그런 색깔 옷을 입고 나왔느냐고 말해버렸죠. 그 말을 듣자마자 친구의 얼굴이 붉으락푸르락 변하면서 불만스런 표정을 짓는 거예요. 그래서 바로 ‘I mean you look nice in that color, but you look much better in blue. (그러니까 내 말은 그 색깔이 잘 어울리기는 한데, 너한테는 파란색이 훨씬 더 잘 어울린다고.)’라고 말하고서 간신히 위기를 모면했다지요. ㅎㅎ 이런 식으로 말 때문에 난감한 상황에 부닥치게 되면, 앞으로는 ‘I mean’을 사용해 위험(?)에서 빠져나오세요. 그런 다음 마음속으로 이 멋진 표현을 가르쳐드린 제게 ‘JD, 쌩유~’라고 인사 한 번 날려주시면 완전 뿌듯할 것 같네요. ㅋㅋ Case1 A: What’s wrong with you? B: What do you mean? A: I mean why did you talk behind my back? B: What’re you talking about? I mean, I didn’t do it. A: 너 왜 그러는 거야? B: 무슨 말이야? A: 왜 내 뒷담화 하는 거야? B: 무슨 소리 하는 거야? 그러니까 내 말은, 난 안 했다고.