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I’ll be playing guitar for the uber-talented Eli Tee at the esplanade, Singapore on 15 and 22 February 2011. Unlike my other gigs, this one’s focus will be on Singapore’s music from the 60s.

I must admit that coming up with arrangements for these songs was very difficult making the music styles 50 years ago work for a present-day audience is a quite challenge. Still, what better way to pursue music as a Singaporean than to first give a nod to heroes from our golden age of music?

Eric Clapton replied “That’s the way I play.”
Taken fromhttp://www.whereseric.com

Imagine what would’ve happened if he took every little criticism and tried to please everyone?
Sometimes you gotta go out there and just do your thing. Forget what other people say and know your sound. Sometimes.

Thanks for the great show in Singapore tonight Eric! I had a blast.

 

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to watch Coldplay and I said no.

I so completely want to take that back.

MTV Worldstage’s screening of Coldplay in Japan. MAN.

Rihanna Rihanna…

Posted: November 11, 2008 in Performances
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Rihanna

I’m not gonna mince my words on this one. I don’t like Rihanna.

I think she doesn’t look thaaaaat pretty and her voice is nothing much to crow about. Furthermore, I found the lyrics to umbrella mildly retarded. Worse still, news has it that the 20 year-old is already showing signs of diva-dom.

However, I have to admit that she does give a kickass live show.

I guess you don’t really need me to publicise that her show’s coming in two days since mediacorp radio‘s been blasting out her marketing campaign for the past few weeks. More info from sistic.

Vid: Umbrella Live at Dome42 (The one saving grace of Rihanna, a good live show, still I’m not shelling out $$ to watch her)

When I found out that Daryl (author of Unique Frequency) had managed to catch Jason Mraz live in Toronto, I immediately asked him to help me out with a quick review on the goings on. Daryl’s a big music fan that listens to his fair share of music, in fact, you can find some of his personal opinions on music on his personal blog. Thanks Daryl!

If you’re a big fan of Mr AZ (and you should be!) then you gotta give this post a good read. So without further adieu….

Jason Mraz is currently on tour, and I travelled to Massey Hall in Toronto from Kingston to catch him, and what a show it was! The tour is a promotional tour for the “We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.” album, and he performed virtually all the songs from his new album, as well as the all-time favourites “You And I Both” as well as “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)”.

One of the really fun things that the audience could do was sms in messages and they would appear right on the screen behind him, and later in the show we could send picture attachments by phone, and they would appear on the screen as well.

As someone who caught Jason Mraz in Singapore back in 2006 at the Esplanade but missed him at Singfest, I’ve not had a live Mraz fix for a long time, and of course, he didn’t disappoint. Whether it was slow ballads or fast-get-off-your-feet tunes, every song was performed perfectly, musically and lyrically.

One thing I always enjoyed about Jason Mraz shows is how he gets the audience involved. There were fairly simple actions accompanying “The Dynamo Of Volition” (that audiences who were at Singfest should be familiar with), as well as great sing-along parts for “I’m Yours”, which was undoubtedly the song with the loudest welcome from the crowd.

Overall, it was an excellent performance and I don’t think anyone in the crowd was disappointed. If you want to catch all the songs performed live in video, head on over to http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://daryltay.net for a full run down

That’s right ladies and gents, Sting‘s headed to Singapore.

I may not be Sting’s biggest fan, but I think his songwriting is really something special. Performing alongside lutenist Edin Karamazov, Sting will be performing songs from his classical album Songs from the Labyrinth.

Songs from the Labyrinth is Sting’s personal tribute to 16th century composer John Dowland. A pet project with Karamov, the album went on to take on the world’s classical charts by storm. Sting admits he is a newcomer to classical music, I guess he’s a really good newcomer given his success.

So I checked out a couple of songs on youtube and it truly sounds unique. Sting’s full electric band is replaced with a softer acoustic set up, making his voice come through stronger than ever.

I must admit however that I’m not completely won over by Sting’s crossover into classical music since I’m more interested in contemporary music. While Sting’s voice really shines, I miss his songs. When I watch Sting, I’m more interested in hearing his work than I am his voice.

So should you go for it?

From the looks of it, Sting is only going to be performing his works from Songs from the Labyrinth, so if you go there expecting him to break out into Englishman in New York, you’re certainly in for a rude shock. However, if you’ve listened to the album and just want to hear it live (classical stuff tends to sound much better live), then you’re in for a treat.

If you’re Sting’s biggest fan and are willing to spend money on anything Sting has to offer then you probably won’t need any persuading anyway.

CONCERT INFO:

DATE: 8 DEC 2008, MON
TIME 7.30pm (90mins)
VENUE: Esplanade concert hall
PRICE Adults: $100, $200, $300, $400, $600
Get your tickets at Sistic

YOUTUBE LINKS:

Sting telling us how he went over to the dark(classical) side

Song: Can she excuse my wrongs. (I like this song the best)

Song: Weep you no more sad fountains

Song: Have you seen the bright lily grow

I know this comes at short notice, but I only just found out myself. Lifehouse will be performing at St James Power Station tomorrow, Saturday. Oh yea, EIC is opening for them (Good choice!)

In my opinion, Lifehouse has consistently come up with rock music that the ordinary pop music lover can relate to. Their smash hit ‘You and me’ received more than its fair share of play in Singapore.

Lifehouse has also come up recently with it’s album ‘Who we are’ which retains all the pop-rock sensibilities that got them famous in the first place. I’ve listened to ‘broken’ and think it’s pretty good. You can also find out a whole lot more about Lifehouse from their official site and their fansite.

More info on their appearance in Singapore can be found here.

I personally love this version of blind: