Fades

Hello there, Happy belated easter for you who celebrates, and it’s April! :)

I’ve been off and about a little bit during the easter holiday (in which I’ve only one week left now, class resumes next week). I went to Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, and London for 10 days, and in between I was so lucky to be able to watch two of The Script’s concert. So yes, today I feel like I want to write a bit about the gigs and how I feel about it.

Let’s be honest, I’m a massive The Script fan, and a massive Jason Mraz fan. I’ve been since I was in ump-teen age and I follow their journey throughout. Truthfully,back in the days when you are living in a city where presumably no concert of any artist their scale is ever going to be held in, there’s nothing much to fangirl about. So when I move to Singapore to study, everything is new and exciting, you get bands artists celebrities; you name it; coming to the town one at a time. So I started to follow concerts and gigs in the city and become very much familiar with queueing for front row, meeting new friends with minds (and idols) alike, and all that post concert withdrawal stuff. My first concert was The Script in Fort Canning Park back in 2011, where I went alone and seriously enjoyed myself. It was the lads’ second album, and they weren’t as famous as they are with only few songs stuck in public’s head. But there you go, it was a pretty much an unforgettable first experience and the euphoria rang through for a week or so.

Skip to now, where I’m in UK to further up my study, there is even more possibilities of gigs, arenas, stadiums, showcases, or namely TV show to participate in. Thus when The Script had their UK arena tour, I know I can manage to watch not just one show. And so I did. I basked in the glory of watching my favorite Irish band pretty up close twice. I caught them in Manchester, queued from 10.30 AM to 6 PM with cold bum and it was St. Paddy’s Day as well! Second was in London, purposely got the sitting seats because we arrived late from Newcastle. Overall; was it amazing? Yes. Was the crowd fun? Undoubtedly. How was the queueing period? Same old pain in the ass. Did I had post concert synd? Oh dear yes.

Then?

For me, every song holds memories. It struck me when I was missing something and I hear the particular song, all the nostalgia feeling rushed back like waves of emotions. It felt like I was walking down the same road 2 years ago. A very odd and real deja-vu. But then by now, I have listened to The Script’s album over and over and over again, without realising how it unconsciously saturated the memories it held for me. This, only until recently I discovered when I watch the concert footages I took. It’s just so clear where the line disconnected. Even if I sing along to every word of the songs when I played it on iTunes, I am now dying to get back all the feeling that was there when I listened to Nothing, The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, and even lot of other songs from other artists. Because when I hear those songs that I loved so much that I “over-listened”, there were no longer any attachments or memories in it. There was only a vague fragments of how; when; where did I feel so good listening to this song.. It’s just really hard to picture the whole thing back again.Now, it’s just a teenie bit of sadness. Not that I no longer love the songs, I will still go to their gig, buy their albums, and continue being a loyal fan, but wouldn’t it be just great if we can forever retain the memories in a song?

Maybe there’s some kind of explanation behind this. Or I’m just being silly.

 

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Ps: It was really hard deciding to continue writing this post because I was just not sure if you’ll get what I mean.. but whatever. 

 

 

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Penguin

Love like this, may come once.. baby it’s fate,not luck. 

Hello beautiful people,

My last post was about Christina Perri’s new single; Distance. And I don’t know what got into me, but I have been listening to her tune ever since. Soon after doing some researches, turns out she is having a tour. To Asia. And to Singapore. Bazinga!

Thus, tonight I was attending Christina Perri’s Live In Singapore show, and I can say I’m a happy penguin leaving the show :) She was so beautiful, tiny, and gorgeous. Her band was equally amazing, the drummer, bass, guitar, and keyboard. All the songs were performed beautifully, although I think she was a little unwell (stalking twitter and Instagram).  When she performed “The Lonely”, “A Thousand Years” and “Jar of Hearts”,  I let out little tears because of the lyrics. Some people are blessed with talents, but not all are blessed with the ability to touch people’s heart. And I think Christina has pulled off both perfectly. She’s a joy to watch and listen to.  If only I was closer, if only I found out about the concert sooner, if only I decided to grab the ticket without waiting for any friend to show up magically and go with me (I ended up going solo anyway), if only…

Christina was so fun, she asked to remove the barriers between stage and audience and let the “first floor” audience to mosh up in front of the stage. I swear I was so pissed to myself at that moment.. sat on the balcony seat and just watched her interacting with the moshers. Few times I think I almost jumped off my seats and just rush down to the stairs and scramble to the stage. From then on I think I decided that I am not a seated-concert person. If I really have to go for one, I’ll really need to calculate all the possibilities and pro cons for best seat (definitely first floor, no matter what).  Still, lesson learnt. I have another concert by the end of the month, and for Mr. A-Z I am determined to be on front row.

Song setlist :

  1. Bang Bang Bang
  2. Black and Blue
  3. Distance
  4. My Eyes
  5. Bluebird
  6. Crazy *new*
  7. Be My Baby
  8. A Thousand Years
  9. Run
  10. The Lonely
  11. Mine
  12. *Encore* Jar of Hearts
  13. Tragedy
  14. Arms

She didn’t perform Penguin. Would love to see her singing the song live. My favorite track from Lovestrong.

Ah, story of Penguin. According to Wikipedia, Penguin is an aquaticflightless bird living almost exclusively in the southern hemisphere, especially in Antarctica and penguins form monogamous pairs for a breeding season“. Shortly said, every penguin will only mate with one of the other. That’s it. They will stick together no matter what until they die. I think it is a wonderful background for such honest love song. :)

And by the way, I recently posted about  Iron and Wine’s “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” song. I wonder if the song has any connection to Penguin as well? The chorus is “Have I found you, flightless bird?”  If it’s true, then my life will never be the same again. The power of Penguin!

That’s all for now. It was a wonderful, magical, very heart warming Friday. Listen to more love songs, and let the love words fill the heart.  :)

Penguin for the win.