Showing a little bit of fandom for Dreamz FM

So I was feeling nostalgic since the weekend, and happily doing what I haven’t been doing in a long time: listening to music. Old music at that. It sounds odd, but I used to belt songs out loud back when I was still in Singapore, and that habit gradually got killed over the years of living in Melbourne.

(It’s called showing respect. Just because my parents didn’t complain about the noise pollution, didn’t mean V wouldn’t. And in case you were wondering, yes she did.)

Horror ensured

It came to a part when I was listening to 梦‧飞船 (Dreamz FM), loving their songs once more and Googling Dreamz FM, and I realised something truly horrific – the band did not exist on the internet. Fragments could be found in the occasional forum. Nothing was in Wikipedia. A few photographs, most of them album cover art. The one Facebook page that claimed to be a fan page for the band, had eight fans. EIGHT. With practically zero content at that. What. The. Eff.

I was flabbergasted. Disgusted. Ashamed. Should Dreamz FM be forgotten in (online) history just like that, with no mention of them at all on our beloved intarwebs outside of the omnipotent Baidu and various Chinese MP3 websites? Something had to be done. And so, I did.

And so it came to be.. on Facebook

I present to you, the Dreamz FM 梦‧飞船 Facebook page. At the very least, it contains everything I found tonight: forum mentions, YouTube videos and playlists, a short biography plus track listings of their three albums: some content to keep the love alive. Like it, share it, and may your likes keep our memories of that wonderful group alive forever.

Incidentally, here’s my favourite track of the night from their third album, 航行记录3.

7-11的爱恋

作词:李瞳
歌 作曲:梦飞船
词 编曲:林毅心

爱 是否就是等待
我徘徊 于放弃的无奈
在 7-11的门外
你说他要你等他回来

*二十四小时的虚伪让我累了
填补他的空缺
我期待什么呢
我在你心里不过
是家便利商店
随时等待你出现
买一些时间

^Oh Baby 如果我不再回电
消失了 你会不会发现
曾经让你依靠的肩 会不会眷恋
或许只能说再见
才能告别 等待的厌倦
结束 7-11的爱恋

重复 * ^

Oh Baby 如果我不再回电
消失了 你会不会发现
曾经让你依靠的肩 会不会眷恋
或许只能说再见
才能够告别 等待的厌倦
结束 7-11的
7-11 的爱恋

如果我不再回电
消失了 你会不会发现

或许只能说再见
才能告别 等待的厌倦

如果我不再回电
消失了 你会不会发现

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郭富城与我心狂野

从前,欣赏郭富城一半原因,是因为朋友的影响。剩余,是因为他帅气和嗓子。还记得小时候,常常听着卡带,插着耳机直入眠。当时,网际网络也还没存在,要看电视上看Aaron节目的机会,少只有少。陪伴我的,也只有歌声。

粤语:对我而言是个浪漫,又充满感情的方言。学习的旅程,也从他而起,全因为我想唱他的歌。也许,很多人会觉得这理由很无聊。人生中,许多事的开始,往往都存在着单纯的开始吧?不需想太多,想做就去做。说起来其实还蛮尴尬,但是过了好多年,我粤语也不过”半桶水”。

不知不觉,已过了好多年。现在的我,是完全沉醉在他那充满魅力的舞蹈。刚柔并济,不歇的动作,跳得跟其他dancers一样卖力,还得边唱边跳,保持笑容。

特别这首在梦难留专辑里的《我心狂野》,只能用两个字形容:性感。

只要一看罗志祥年轻时期的模仿,就感觉出层次的差别。形在,但缺了神髓。

回味着以前的他,参与综艺节目的一举一动也让我觉得他一路走来,实在不易。

就如老妈常说,要靠天时,地利,人和。不只运气,还需要很大的努力。Aaron, 绝对是个值得尊重的歌手,也是我永远的偶像。

Kings of Convenience once more.

It sure has been a while since my first Kings of Convenience concert back at the Esplanade with ZL. Can you believe it has been six years? Sometimes, the passage of time is disturbingly quick. I’m glad I managed to catch them at Hamer Hall today though. It’s their first performance in Australia, and a one night only at that. My thanks to Bill and Jasmine for letting me bail out on the original dinner plan, otherwise I would’ve missed out on this show. I knew Josh was attending the show, but I hadn’t expected him to be sitting in the same row along with his family and Danny as well. Such a coincidence, and I’m glad to know of other people who like KoC too.

My only gripe: KoC only began performing at 930pm. I was seated at 8pm. The first warmup act was okay, but you could tell many people weren’t interested – I wasn’t the only fellow bent over a smart phone, furiously tapping. The second act was much better, a band named Real Estate. The only word I can use to describe their music is psychadelic. Check out the clip below and you’ll see why.

Still, worth a listen. I’m definitely going to spend some time listening to their albums.

Once Erlend and Eirik got onto the stage though, the crowd went wild. The entire performance lasted for about 100 minutes, but it was really good. Loved their hits, especially Cayman Islands and Homesick. Like the last concert I watched, Erlend grabbed a couple of girls up on stage and gyrated to I’d Rather Dance With You in his usual ungainly and carefree manner, such a pleasure to see him enjoying himself without inhibitions. If you’re curious, he dances exactly the same way he did in this music video below.

One noticeable change is the addition of the band, which added a level of depth to the originally simple flavour that is their trademark. Good to hear, but it feels slightly un-KoC-like.

If you’ve never heard of the Kings of Convenience before, I’d highly recommend that you try them today. The simplicity of two guitars and their voices in harmony – seriously, good music. Soothing, evocative and captivating, yet without the complications modern radio hits seem to demand.

Rediscovering Hanson.

My first part-time job after secondary school involved stacking pillowcases in a warehouse. It wasn’t exactly backbreaking labour, I got paid decent wages and that was pretty much it. Incidentally, that was where my first contact with Hanson came about, listening to Where’s The Love on a workmate’s MD. I was hooked on Hanson for a while after that, being quite impressed with the tracks from their Middle of Nowhere album. Such a young group, and so full of promise!

Years passed, and I moved on to many other singers, many other bands. As chance would have it however, I came across Hanson by accident on YouTube, and their performance at the 2011 V Festival absolutely had me enthralled.

In a way, it felt like I was seeing old friends, familiar yet strangely grown up. Out of impulse (I do this a lot, making gut decisions over logic), I managed to get tickets to Hanson’s second concert in Melbourne, after the first show was sold out.

Listening to their music really impressed me to no end, because of the fact that their music still retains the familiar Hanson flavour, albeit with a much more mature overtone. One of my favourites right now, has got to be Underneath:

I really liked their documentary Strong Enough To Break too; very real, and it’s really amazing to actually see them at work, putting the pieces together on a song. And of course, the emotional ups and downs, the trials that they had to endure to actually produce and release the album.

All that said, I’m looking forward to the concert later in the evening. Hoping to have a smashing time!

五月天,就是。

墨尔本的演唱会,总是少了那份high。就像阿信所言,墨尔本的观众就是半冷半热。也许大家都害羞,所以不敢站起来一起为五月天尖叫,为五月天大唱。希望我们在有生之年,在五月天未退休之前有机会前往台湾小巨蛋一起疯狂!

话虽如此,我还是很感谢五月天以及一切工作人员为了今晚作出的努力。星期六刚在雪梨拼了一晚,隔天就得飞来墨尔本继续表演,确实不易。尤其是阿信,在大荧幕上看起来好累。但是歌,依然充满活力,带动着大家。

瞧,老婆沉醉在五月天中。我也在忘我的状态,不停的挥着荧光棒,不断的一起唱,一起喊,喉咙感觉快爆了。(荧光棒也被我毁了,显示出疯狂五迷的暴力程度。)

五月天在这表演中,带着我们走过每个专辑,也带着我回味每个第一次;第一次听到那首歌时,是和谁在一起,是多久以前的事。《倔强》,《疯狂世界》,KTV最爱的《志明与春娇》,阿信也带来了我最喜欢的《拥抱》,一首从未在墨尔本演唱会呈现过的歌。这次也出奇的唱了好多闽南歌,像《志明与春娇》,《OK啦》,以及《憨人》。

五月天,就是 – 赞。

阿信,石头,玛莎,冠佑,怪兽 – 希望有机会再次与你们相遇!也希望你们能在墨尔本待多几天,歇息,享受。

再次,五月天。(Mayday, once again.)

在上一次五月天来到墨尔本时,我还没结婚,女儿也未出世,仍是个轻松自在的生活。
在这一次的2012演唱会,我已是丈夫,也“升级”成了老爸。负担重了些,睡眠少了些,但乐趣多了好多。

不管生活多么改变,我对五月天的热忱依然没减;我,依然是我。还是那么欣赏五月天,那么支持着梦想,自由,音乐。 对我而言,如果无法坚持自己的喜好,自己的方向,人生也没什么意义可言。

真庆幸能够在今年观赏五月天的演唱会。即使自己不是身在台湾或东南亚,在遥远的澳洲也可以拥有美丽的回忆,可以在这几个小时一起疯狂,一起大唱,一起与五月天摇滚。在这短暂的时光,忘记一切,享受音乐。

希望星期天的 ,能完完全全的让大家High到极点,Rock到极限!

Musical: Jersey Boys rock!

I finally caught Jersey Boys a week ago, after an entire month of waiting. Was it worth the wait? Absolutely. The performance was captivating, to say the least. Or perhaps it’s because I’ve always been a fan of oldies music. The co-ordination, acting and singing involved in the entire performance was massive, and I think the ticket price is well worth it. In fact, I would highly recommend anyone and everyone else to catch it. Then again, I have probably said the same to ten people, and received ten different versions of a skeptical and doubtful “uhh-ok-I’ll-think-about-it“. Oh well.

To catch a sneak peek of how the performance is like, head over to Jersey Boys Australia’s video page, and click on Medley.

And did I mention that Frankie Valli, the original lead vocal for the Four Seasons is still going impressively strong at his age? Have a look at his rendition of Sherry:

Tips on ticket buying:

  • Book early, good seats are hard to get on a last-minute basis. You won’t want shitty seats on such a great performance.
  • Be prepared to spend for a good seat. A reserve seat is $120 a pop on a weekend noon – but definitely worth it.
  • Get the CDs if you are hooked after the show – very, very worth it.

I’m thinking of catching Jersey Boys again hmm. On a director’s seat this time round. Verrrrrry tempting heh heh.