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yi bai zhong sheng huo

In melodies on September 22, 2008 by carinasuyin

His name is Crowd 盧廣仲; 100種生活 is the title of this catchy song with the beautiful acoustic guitar melody. Went to sleep with his album on loop yesterday night and it’s contributing to a spectacularly giddy Monday.

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pathologically happy

In bits & pieces,melodies on June 8, 2008 by carinasuyin

I’m lazing in the hall with the apartment all to myself. Songs from The Frames’ The Cost album* rise and fall in full blast. There’s a freshly baked apple cake cooling on the kitchen counter. Spent the lovely morning cycling at East Coast Park with the girls and made rosemary pork patty burger with lots of mustard and garlic fromage for a very late lunch. Chammika came over with a crash course on the drive and sights from San Francisco to San Diego. Hee.. It’s an indulgent Sunday before the mad week ahead in Hong Kong…

*You’re three tracks into The Cost before you find a song, “The Rise,” that opens with anything but singer Glen Hansard’s voice as the first thing you hear. The beauty is, you’re waiting for the voice, with its hints of Cat Stevens’s tonality and its utterly distinct Irish lift. It’s Hansard that provides the Frames with such a rising vibe, the sense of a band always lifting off, pressed higher by Colm Mac An Iomaire’s violin. Mac An Iomaire’s strings slip and slide in the thickets of guitar, playing exceptional cat and mouse both when the guitars are clear and crisp and when they’re crashing furiously. The Frames wouldn’t claim to write epic tunes, but over and over the songs build toward ecstatic sonic events. Witness the hushed open to “People Get Ready” how it morphs into a violin and guitar-grit blast of wind-blown energy or the distortion-scoured hum behind Hansard’s lone voice on “True” launching a languorous, piano-driven backdrop as the singer lets loose a first-class yowl–the stuff of anguished beauty.
Amazon.com editorial review by Andrew Bartlett.

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a goat’s smile

In melodies on April 23, 2008 by carinasuyin

My scheduled trip to visit the Chans in San Diego: 10-30 July 2008.

Feist is having an outdoor concert on 22 July 2008 at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay (San Diego, mana lagi?) and tickets are USD45 a pop!

How utterly awesome is that?!!

Secret Heart
by Feist
Let It Die © 2004 Polydor Records Ltd
(Remake of Ron Sexsmith’s Secret Heart)

Secret heart
What are you made of
What are you so afraid of
Could it be
Three simple words
Or the fear of being overheard
What’s wrong

Let her in on your secret, heart

Secret Heart
Why so mysterious
Why so sacred
Why so serious
Maybe you’re
Just acting tough
Maybe you’re just not man enough
What’s wrong

Let her in on your secret, heart

This very secret
That you’re trying to conceal
Is the very same one
That you’re dying to reveal
Go tell her how you feel

Secret heart come out and share it
This loneliness, few can bear it
Could it have something to do with
Admitting that you just can’t go through it alone

Let her in on your secret, heart

This very secret
That you’re trying to conceal
Is the very same one
That you’re dying to reveal
Go tell her how you feel
This very secret heart
Go out and share it
This very secret heart

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lustre

In melodies on February 2, 2008 by carinasuyin

Hushed and whimsical… I love this song. Thanks, Tania!

Star Star by The Frames

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sanctuary

In melodies on December 18, 2007 by carinasuyin

It’s a little past eleven at night and my brains feels like muesli mush after another long day that had to end with a painful teleconference call. I stared listlessly at both my LCD monitor and my laptop, scanned my to-do list for tomorrow and then somehow ended up logging in into WordPress. Before long, I find myself listening to Seabreeze version 1 from Adrian and Ivan’s upcoming album, SeaStars 2007, and all is right with the world again.

In that odd three minutes, I find myself gazing out of Atah’s car window at lush green paddy fields on the way to Pangkor; lying afloat on my back in the salty sea, awashed in the lovely in-between hues of sunset; gazing at a diorama of auburn leaves spiralling in beautiful descent; twidlling my toes in warm vanilla and toffee-coloured sand; watching Supra turn round and round excitedly just as the little lost fish swam lovingly around her; traipsing far out on the beach at low tide, one empty coconut and a pair of slippers on one hand and the crumpled hems of my dress in the other, watching krathongs bob among the waves and paper lanterns reaching out to the stars, painting the heavens with wishes and dreams…

All too briefly, the music ends and I’m left with the gentle hum of the office air conditioning. But yeah, all that is good is restored and I’m ready to head home.

Terima kasih, Adrian!

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undiscovered:veneer

In melodies on March 12, 2007 by carinasuyin

2:35pm

James Morrison‘s album is blasting on the stereo and my room smells of coffee. This is certainly a sweet weekend. Music & Lyrics on Friday night had me laughing so much till I missed several of Hugh Grant’s lines. It also had me humming Way Back Into Love the whole of Saturday morning. 300 was glorious. Period. GLORIOUS. The entire evening yesterday was spent attending free performances at the marvelous Mosaic Music Festival 2007, happening right now till Sunday at the Esplanade. Sitting just 2 metres away from Nicholas Lim, the pianist accompanying Shawn Letts on saxophone as they performed jazz hits in the concourse area, it was almost magical watching his fingers fly across the ivories. Finger busters, alright!

2.35am

There are moments of supreme intensity where you feel your heartbeat stop, goes the buzz from Guardian Unlimited on singer-songwriter José González. I sat enthralled for an hour in the beautiful acoustics of the concert hall, completely mesmerised, almost breathless, watching him wield the guitar like a natural extension of his mind, heart and soul. It’s difficult to explain the experience, his eclectic music sounded at times like Irish folk music played on a sitar or a harp, for a serious lack of better descriptions. His songs reminded me of the warmth of Simon and Garfunkel classics and the hushed simplicity of Kings of Convenience, and yet they remain distinctively José González. He also performed awesome intimate renditions of Kylie Minogue’s Hand on Your Heart, Massive Attack’s Teardrop and The Knife’s Heartbeats. Just visit radio.blog.club, give the originals and José González’s versions a listen, and you’ll know what I mean!

I am looking through the colourful puzzle-like CD booklet of Transformasi’s My Lucky Charm album. Strains of Cicak and She Dances at the Temple replay in my head. Help other people, he wrote. I turn off the lights with a grin, serendipity and Scandinavian humour on my mind, as Veneer plays on in the darkness…

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the grand leitmotif

In love,melodies on January 5, 2007 by carinasuyin

Sometimes you catch a glimpse of him with his faraway look, so quiet and still and you wonder, what he might be thinking of or where his heart might be. Sometimes when you catch a whiff of that intoxicating EDT that he wears, you just want to pull him close in an embrace that would freeze time, even if it was for a few seconds in your mind. Sometimes when you catch yourself acting calm and collected when you are actually spinning in his presence, you grin and confirm the thought of how idiotic you must be. Sometimes when you remember how his hand catches yours in a most marvelous dream just before you’re awaken, you regret that the only thing you can’t remember from it is how he looked like. Sometimes when a half-hearted push of your head in response to some lame remark felt for a split-second like an almost-caress, you wonder if you are so caught up with all these talk that you might be imagining things. Sometimes when you hear a song like this blasting on the radio, you are reminded of someone like him and the pure agony of not knowing…

You Give Me Something
by James Morrison
Undiscovered © 2006 Polydor Records Ltd

You only stay with me in the morning
You only hold me when I sleep
I was meant to tread the water
But now I’ve gotten in too deep

For every piece of me that wants you
Another piece backs away

You give me something
That makes me scared alright
This could be nothing
But I’m willing to give it a try
Please give me something
’cause someday I might know my heart

You only waited up for hours
Just to spend a little time alone with me
And I can say I’ve never bought you flowers
I can’t work out what they mean

I never thought that I’d love someone
That was someone else’s dream

You give me something
That makes me scared alright
This could be nothing
But I’m willing to give it a try
Please give me something
`cause someday I might call you from my heart

But it might be a second too late
And the words that I could never say
Are gonna come out anyway

You give me something
That makes me scared alright
This could be nothing
But I’m willing to give it a try
Please give me something

You give me something
That makes me scared alright
This could be nothing
But I’m willing to give it a try
Please give me something
`cause someday I might know my heart

Know my heart, know my heart, know my heart