The day that David Bowie passed away, for me, was not a farewell. It’s just he is going back to the space and join the other legendary. I guess he must be singing with Freddie now.
David Bowie was truly an innovator and rebellion, not only in his early age – breaking the boundary of fashion, as a leader to break the boundary of GENDER, as a role model who lead the cultural change. Even in the later age, he never stops the innovation.
While Paul McCartney is still struggling about how to get adapt to the new 21st century with Kanye West. David Bowie had been leading and sculpting the future with the young generation. He just never stopped innovating. That’s something already embed in his gene.
The acoustic guitars are already enough to leaverage the timbre of whole songs. Lyrics and melody are just so comfy and make-sense. One thing that impressed me immediately is the bridge. The contrast successfully makes the difference and make you alert of the music. Lovely.
P.S. Music Video is so artistic. At least, they wear enough clothes instead of being almost naked in winter.
I was a huge fans of Alicia Keys ( and John Mayer as well). She tremendously influenced me music-wise – from A Woman’s Worth in Songs in A Minor, If I Ain’t Got You and Diary in the Diary of Alicia Keys, live performance in Unplugged (Actually I have watched Unplugged for more than 10 times… lol) and Lesson Learnt in As I Am. I feel like the pieces she written has been changed from deeply soulful to pop R&B. Yet, they mostly are related to feminism, being yourselves etc.
Years later, it turns to be a bit boring. Each song is featured with “Awwwwww… “, like “No One, No One, No Oneeeeeeeeawwwwwww” in No One or “This Girl is on Fireeeeeeeawwwwww!”. Well, even my mum thinks that her songs turn to be boring now. That’s why, for me, it’s better to reminisce the old time…….
Music Industry is just like Project Runway, like Heidi Klum said “Today you are in, next day you are out!” It’s great to write the songs you are good at. Meanwhile, audience is looking for something new as well.
CHIC ft Nile Rodger was again in HK since 2013!!!! This time, he grooved the crowd even harder! WOW!! The medley of 80s disco music turned everybody on! Seriously, Like a Virgin, We’re Family etc made the whole crowd dance like crazy! Well, Luca, the kid of our friend and I obviously had a lot of fun (Especially when we were on the shoulders :)) !
Well, it’s really no kidding that you cannot see the end of the crowd at all at CHIC ft Nile Rodger’s performance. Clockenflap now turns to be more popular than each year. It indeed is the key carnival of HK, not even HK, maybe the South East Asia! I heard that the Portuguese from Macau said “I NEED CLOCKENFLAP!” Even some British living in Singapore flew to HK only for Clockenflap.
It is not common for Asian to get exposed to the culture of Music Festival since we do not have this kind of chance. Yet, everybody needs cultural activity to hang around. People need to breathe, relax and learn to enjoy – that’s something that the local local seldom understand. In this intense moment, I really hope that our lovely government could show their support to these cultural activities.
Again it’s the Clockenflap month!! Again it’s the beer and “happy” time!!
Undoubtedly, the scale of Clockenflap, 27-29 Nov 2015, booms in a rocket speed, especially in these recent three years. The line-up in 2013 included Franz Ferdinand and CHIC ft. Nile Rodger, Ozomatli and the Vaccines in 2014. This year, Clockenflap had invited Love Psychedelico (Scream!!!!), Damien Rice (Yellllll!!!!), Clean Bendit (Oooooooh!!) and once again CHIC ft. Nile Rodger. This gigantic scale of international artists performing at the same time indeed rarely happens in Hong Kong or even Asia.
Love Psychedelico brought certain impact about Japanese culture in HK around 8-9 years ago as I remember. They are the unique Japanese band that can sing in English. Songs including “Last Smile”, “Lady Madonna” are just so different from the others cheesy Japanese alternative rock. The fluent melody like lullaby makes you sing with them immediately even though you are an idiot in Japanese. One funny thing of their performance in Clockenflap is that – we all agreed that Kumi, the lead singer of Love Psychedelico perhaps is the only singer who smiles entirely when she performs rock music.
The second highlight for me was that I saw Anthony Wong!!!!! One of the most influential Cantonpop male singer in HK!!!!!! He was singing all the remarkable 80s songs, YMCA, Express Yourself… WOW!!!! It was my honour to see him in such a closed distance!!! OMG!!!
His slightly androgyny style and music in late 80s to 90s was completely on the edge. The idea of erotic was seldom openly discussed in HK at that period, he managed to sang those idea in an classy way.
There are still a lot more to share, see you in next post!