Category Archives: Music/Guitar

Music of my kind. My self-education of playing the guitar including learning the chords, reading tabs, etc.

Legally Haunted, Really.

1 Laveta Pl., Nyack, NY 10960

I enjoyed reading “10 Horrifying Haunts,” from November issue of “BBC History Revealed” on my Kindle, which inspired me to share with my fellow readers the story of a “legally” haunted house here in the U.S. Compared to the famed haunted castles, pubs, or inns with colorful histories in the U.K, it might be deemed rather commonplace, but it is the real McCoy in the supernatural phenomena devoid of hoaxes and mass media hysteria. It’s so spellbinding and real into the bargain that it’s worth the noting.

It’s the house built circa 1890 that sits right on the Hudson River in Nyack, New York. It had been used as both a boarding house and a family residence before one woman by the name of Helen Ackley moved in with her family, who soon realized that the house was also inhibited by the restless poltergeists of the supposedly Revolutionary War era. The Ackley family and the spirits began their tacitly mutual ghostly cohabitation until late 1980s when a young Yuppie couple from the New York City bought the house, not being aware of the haunted history of the house because neither owner Helen Ackley nor her real estate broker revealed the haunting to buyer Jeffrey Stambovsky before and at the time of a sale of the house. The aftermath of purchasing the house was all over but the shouting; the new Stambovsky family could not cope with the daily disturbances of poltergeist activities and wanted to rescind the contract with the former owner, who failed to inform them of such historicity of the house. Hence, the matter was eventually brought to the Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, which rescinded the contract, ruling that a seller was duly to let a buyer aware of all the information about the house at sale resulting in a proverbial case law entitled “Stambovsky v. Ackley”, aka the “Ghostbuster Ruling”.

Bizarre or preposterous even the situation might seem, it was certainly a paramount case of a haunted house that a court of law, the authority of Reason and Judgment, officially declared it to be. The house with a spooky and celebrated litigious history still stands still at the same place but with a series of new residents always giving way to the old spectral residents. The story of the famed haunted Nyack house sends the chill down my spine because it even persuaded a solemn court of law to accept the phantasmal existence in this otherwise lovely old house in the ordinary landscape of everyday life that could be in my town and your town. By the way, the house is currently on the market. The address is: 1 Laveta Pl, Nyack, NY 10960.

Guitar Tab for Animal Instinct by The Cranberries

As Henry W. Longfellow has once said, “Still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labor and wait”, my self-education of guitar playing is still in progress. It takes willpower and perseverance to achieve dexterity in changing chords flawlessly and keeping rhythms while playing the guitar. Every famous guitarist including Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton, who were also self-taught, has gone through the same phase I am in.

When I practice, I play guitar tabs easy to play with chords, such as G, A, Em, Dm, D7, D, Am, A7, C, E, E7, and G7, all of which are used in most of popular songs.  And “Animal Instinct” by The Cranberries are composed of such chords as follows. The tabs herein are posted by the courtesy of

Em         Am                     C
Suddenly something has happened to me
As I was having my cup of tea
 Em         Am               C
Suddenly I was feeling depressed
I was utterly and totally stressed
 Em    Am                C    D
Do you know you made me cry
 Em    Am                C    D
Do you know you made me die
 Em                       Am
And the thing that gets to me
 C                      D
Is you’ll never really see
 Em                        Am
And the thing that freaks me out
 C                       D
Is I'll always be in doubt
 Em       Am                  C
It is a lovely thing that we have
It is a lovely thing that we
 Em       Am                  C
It is a lovely thing, the animal
The animal instinct

So take my hands and come with me
We will change reality
So take my hands and we will pray
They won't take you away
They will never make me cry, no
They will never make me die
And the thing that gets to me
Is you'll never really see
And the thing that freaks me out
Is I'll always be in doubt

The animal, the animal,
The animal instinct in me
It's the animal, the animal,
The animal instinct in me
It's the animal, it’s the animal,
It's the animal instinct in me x2


“The Peanuts” jam!

I can sing the song while playing the guitar. It’s such an exhilarating sensation to actively and tangibly participate in a musical activity!

And I love this song! Dolores of The Cranberries is a superb singer.

Comment te dire adieu – Francoise Hardy

I like Francoise Hardy a famous French singer in the 1960s. Her songs are about what I would call “romantic loneliness”. Despite her beauty, intelligence, and sensitivity, she always seems to sing a song about her lover leaving for another woman which I can associate myself with. As a matter of fact, the singer herself is an intelligent woman who attended at the prestigious French national university Sorbonne. Her shyness and uniquely simple but elegant fashion style in her prime time were what distinguished her from her fellow chanteuses. I see no other female singers as elegant as Hardy to this date. And this song is one of my top list of songs I like.

Yoshi’s Guitar World and his Finess

Today I would like to introduce to you all my colleague and accomplished guitarist Mr. Yoshi Hiraoka and his fine demonstrative playing of the new awesome Takamine electric-acoustic guitar. What a smooth operation! Mr. Hiraoka is also a lead guitarist of his band “The Spinal Crackers.” Moreover, he suavely inducted me to finally possess a guitar (which is electric-acoustic Fernandez “Ferdi” guitar) and to play it myself. Many kudos to Yoshi-san 🙂


My brother Joe in Korea.


My Guitar Practice – “As Tears Go By” by The Rolling Stones

My electric-acoustic guitar

My electric-acoustic guitar “Ferdi”

This song is in my repertoire for learning to play the guitar. Today I am posting “As Tears Go By” which is appropriately easy to play for a beginner like me.

The set of the chords are major, the movements of the chord changing can be smoothly achieved. Now the only thing I should master is to change the chords more swiftly and dexterously so that I can keep the rhythm of the original version of the song.

I sing the song while playing the guitar, and I love it! The chords for this song are: G, A, C, D, and Em as shown with the lyrics below:

Let's Play it!

                          Let’s play it!

(G) It is the (A) evening of the (C) day. (D)
(G) I sit and (A) watch the children (C) play. (D)
(C) Smiling faces (D) I can see, (G) but not for (Em) me.
(C) I sit and watch as tears (Em) go (D) by.

(G) My riches (A) can’t buy every (C) thing. (D)
(G) I want to (A) hear the children (C) sing. (D)
(C) All I hear (D) is the sound (G) of rain falling (Em) on the ground.
(C) I sit and watch as tears (Em) go (D) by.

(G) It is the (A) evening of the (C) day. (D)
(G) I sit and (A) watch the children (C) play. (D)
(C) Doing things I (D) used to do (G) they think are (Em) new.
(C) I sit and watch as tears (Em) go (D) by.

(G) (A) (C) (D)
(G) (A) (C) (D)

Keep on rollin’ because indeed practice makes perfect.