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My Favourtite Anime Theme Songs

22 Apr

Recently, I’ve watched a Japanese variety show that did a special episode on popular 80’s & 90’s songs that the Japanese love to sing during Karaoke. To my surprise, there were quite a number of theme songs from animes. So, I’ve decided to post some of my favourite anime theme songs here. Not sure if they are your favourites too 🙂

    #1: Records of Lodoss Wars – Adesso e Fortuna & 炎と永遠&風のファンタジア

    #2: Rurouni Kenshi – Heart of the Sword

    #3: Evangelion – 残酷な天使のテーぜ

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I’m Not That Girl

23 Mar

After watching the musical, Wicked, I searched high and low for its soundtrack. Finally, I found it in Gramophone at The Cathay. Not only that, the piece that I bought was the last piece in the store!

Although Indina’s “Defying Gravity” is the most famous track, my favourite track is “I’m Not That Girl”. So I decided to post the lyrics and video here.

Lyrics

Hands touch, eyes meet

Sudden silence, sudden heat

Hearts leap in a giddy whirl

He could be that boy

But I’m not that girl

 Don’t dream too far

Don’t lose sight of who you are

Don’t remember that rush of joy

He could be that boy I’m not that girl

 Ev’ry so often we long to steal

To the land of what-might-have-been

But that doesn’t soften the ache we feel

When reality sets back in

Blithe smile, lithe limb

She who’s winsome, she wins him

Gold hair with a gentle curl

That’s the girl he chose

And Heaven knows I’m not that girl

 Don’t wish, don’t start

Wishing only wounds the heart

I wasn’t born for the rose and the pearl

There’s a girl I know

He loves her so

I’m not that girl

Starry Night

19 Feb

I was taking a cab home one night and I heard May Day’s Starry Night (星空) over the radio.

I first heard the song in the similarly entitled movie, Starry Starry Night (星空).
I liked the song as it complements the movie very well.

My favourite lines from the song are:

摸 不 到 的 颜 色 是 否 叫 彩 虹 ?
(Are colours that cannot be touched known as rainbow?)

看 不 到 的 拥 抱 是 否 叫 做 微 风 ?
(Is an embrace that cannot be seen known as a breeze?)

这 一 刻 独 自 望 着 星 空从 前 的 从 前从 没 变 过
(I’m looking at the starry night now, a past that has never changed.)

How true the words are?!
You can see a rainbow but can never touch it.
You can feel a breeze but can never see it.
As for the stars that we see in the sky, we are looking at how the stars appear many years ago.

LOUD festival concert in Singapore

9 Oct

On Friday, I rushed down to Plaza Singapura after work to have a quick dinner despite of the heavy rain. I had to finish my dinner quickly so that I could reach Singapore Indoor Stadium in time for the LOUD festival concert.

The concert started off indie-rock band, Soda Green (苏打绿). The lead singer, Greeny (青峰) sang a mixture of old hits such as “A Little Love Song” (小情歌) and new songs such as “Liking Loneliness” (喜欢寂寞). Not only that, the audience were greatly amused by Greeny’s jokes.

Landy was the next to make an appearance. She showcased her powerhouse vocals in an aboriginal-esque tune. What really got the crowd excited was not her sexy fast songs but her popular love ballads like “Wishing Me Happy Birthday” (祝我生日快乐) and “Fool” (傻瓜). Everyone sang along to the groovy tunes and Landy was obviously touched by that.

Local band, Ang Mo Pai (红毛派) made a special appearance too, followed by Cindy Yen (袁咏琳). She performed 3 songs, including Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie”.

The long-awaited moment had finally arrived when Jay Chou (周杰伦) made his appearance out from a coffin. The crowd went crazy and stood up, screaming loudly for him. Not only did he sang a series of his hits, he also showcased his piano-playing skills by performing “Flight of the Bumblebee”. The most interesting song had to be the improvised rock-ballad guitar version of “Nunchaku” (双节棍).

The finale of the concert would definitely had to be Jay and Landy’s rendition of the song, “Rooftop” (屋顶). The previous duet performance by the two was like 10 years ago! With that, the concert ended with a resounding note.