Sunday, October 31, 2004

"What kind of music do you like, Wendy?"

My teeny brother of 11 came into my room a few weeks ago, all psyched-up, with a free-gift mp3 player in his prepubescent hand, asking me what software I use to download songs into my Clie.

I thought of Kazaa and its alarming perils. ALL THE PORN! I imagined "Big dick cums into blonde girl with big titties mouth blah blah blah" all popping up when he searches for an innocent 5566 song, and told him that my songs are, indeed, all sang by a talented songbird - myself. Which is a blatant lie of course.

I then told him I could transfer those songs for him if he wanted, into his mp3 player, for him to share with his frisky little friends while they play five-stones.

He shook his head in a scandalised manner and hurried out of my room, mumbling something about "bathroom", "had enough", and "sound like banshee".

I shouted after him, "Don't download Kazaa, it doesn't let you download songs!!!!".

I hope my warning is dire enough.

A few days after, momo (that's what I call my mom) appeared and said that the mp3 player is rendered pretty obselete and asked me to teach my brother how to download Ou de yang's songs.

WHAT THE? Ou De Yang? Surely hearing him from TV is more than sufficient to appreciate his music?

I lightly talked about how 11 year old kids should not 1.commit piracy (until much later at least so less songs get pirated) and 2. will get exposed to porn and MOMO DOES NOT WANT THAT, DOES SHE? for 3 hours.

Momo gave up.

A few days later, the hall was flooded with Ou De Yang's voice.

Turns out Clinton the Rich (that's my bro's name) has bought the real, true blue authentic Ou De Yang CD.

Following this incident, my brother would sometimes come into my room with his gameboy in hand, listening to my radio tuned to MediaCorp Radio Y.E.S 93.3FM (that's the correct way to write that and I know coz I used to work for Today remember?) and asking me about Mandopop singers.

Then it suddenly hit me.

MY BROTHER IS LISTENING TO CHINESE MUSIC!

I took a look at him, and contemplated telling him ... Why even start listening to Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng and Jay Chou and Fish Leong and whoever?

I should offer him a plate, and ask him to take his pick of one of the following:

1) Trance
2) House
3) Progressive House
4) Techno
5) Jazz
6) Classical
7) Rock
8) Whatever, I don't know ... anything as long as it is not bubblegum pop.

and choose one type of music as his favourite type of music. Hell, how about starting a soft rock/jazz/blues/oldies band now?

I realised that when I was 11 myself, I was crazy about the Chinese singers (read: Jeff Chang).

I don't know about the other races, but my Chinese classmates then were crazy about 93.3FM too, and we had great fun singing Andy Lau together in playgrounds until one day we were still singing Andy Lau when a pervert sat beside us on the merry-go-round and wanked furiously and we no longer sang at playgrounds because the world is not so pretty afterall. [True story]

As I grew up, when I was around 15 or so, I realised that some of said classmates have suddenly switched to MediaCorp Radio Perfect 10 98.7FM.

Eileen, for example, is one of them. She no longer listened to bubblegum CHINESE pop and switched to ENGLISH pop.

Fast forward a few years, and Eileen now thinks that music without words are much more preferable - i.e progressive house. This is the kind of music that can move her, and can really make her feel.

Eileen is one of those true appreciators of house music - which is coincidentally the reason why she clubs at Zouk.

I hardly believe that the bulk of people who listen to such "vogue", or special if you please, categories of music are sincere lovers. More about poseurs later.

I don't know since when, but out of a sudden Mandopop is regarded with disdain. Mandopop listeners are losers, and people with no sense of music whatsoever. Ditto for the English Pop scene as well. We are generic, we are .... just following the crowd and liking whatever is popular.

Your idol is who? Britney Spears? Ashlee Simpson? F4? My gawd, you are 20 and you like them? What is wrong with you, they can't sing and they don't even write their own music! You are a LOSER. Grow up, bubblegum pop is for the 10-15 age range! Blah blah.

Only if you appreciate Josh Groban, (I can't think of more examples), and etc REALLY talented but not synthesized, packaged and marketed singers are you a true music lover. Otherwise, you are grooving for the sake of grooving.

Correct me if I am wrong, but since when is music ever relevant to maturity? I still like my childhood songs like Somewhere Over The Rainbow as much as I did when I was a kid.

Personally, my taste for music has always been slanted towards Chinese music - because I sincerely enjoy 5566 more than limp bizket or Beatles or Urgh, help me out here. I feel comfortable hearing Jay Chou and I like him. So there.

Nowadays, when people ask me, "What kind of music do you like, Wendy?" I go into a semi-frenzy.

I know if I say, "I like ... normal Chinese songs." I will get raised eyebrows. So I just patronise by saying, "I don't really have a perference, I'm ok."

In which, the person I am talking to is very likely to continue by saying, "I am really into jazz and punk rock" or whatever obscure genre he claims he likes, the more obscure the better because it proves his taste is not common; common and plebeian like the rest of the teenagers following the crowd to idolise Avril Lavigne and her like.

But really - is it impossible to like popular pop music and be ... not just "following the crowd"?

I say, very likely, because it is getting more and more difficult, with society's increasing pressure, to admit that you like bubblegum pop.

From this, we see a reverse phenomenon happening.

The people who like the obscure branchs of music are the real losers (not all, relax). Many people choose to like Jazz, for instance, when it became the thing to listen to. They say jazz is comfortable, jazz is soothing, and jazz makes them feel relaxed.

Oh yeah? Then why didn't you like Jazz before Norah Jones, Michael Buble etc went into the media limelight?

The truth - jazz is associated with lounges, clubs, coolness, Heineken Green Room sessions and basically appreciated by the "musically inclined connoisseurs". People want to be seen in that light too, no? They want people to think that they are not mindless followers.

Of course amongst these people there are sincere lovers of these special genres of music, like Eileen, for instance.

But among so many young people like myself suddenly switching their tastes for music faster than you can say "hypocrite!", I wonder how many are being truthful to themselves.

For myself, I shall hereby announce that I do like bubblegum pop (for instance I find Britney's Toxic a rather catchy song), and I am not ashamed of my taste. If you say that I am not exposed to enough jazz/rock/house/whatever yet, you are quite wrong because I do think I have heard them all, enough to give all the different genres a chance anyway.

Jazz makes me sleep. House irritates my eardrums as it pounds away. I don't understand the point of rapping - sounds like chattering to me. Piano tunes make me sleep. But Jay Chou - he makes me smile as I picture pretty strawberries and pristine sunshine with youthful love.

I STILL LIKE MANDOPOP!

So stop asking me what kind of music I like, because my answer is bound to disappoint you.

(Hi there, if you want to comment! My entry is written in haste and I might not have got musical terms correct, so kindly correct me where I am wrong. Also, if I have contradicted myself ... ah, forgive me - even as I siphon out my thoughts I felt quite lost so it must have reflected in my writing. Also, the front part of the entry was written for xiaxue.blogspot.com but I changed my mind to put it to the geek blog later, so there IS a bit of frill, in front anyway. :P)

77 Comments:

Blogger Miao said...

I've always liked Jay Chou ever since he started out :)

At that time many people critisized me for my taste as F4 was hot then, but not Jay.

I remain an avid fan, and now, we can all see who truly has longevity in his career, and who just comes and goes :)

I trust my taste. Always.

8:22 PM  
Blogger the virgin undergrad said...

well the whole point is just to enjoy whatever music that floats your boat. after who's to say what music is cheesy and what isn't. hell, i even follow hokkien songs, they're really cool.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Scarlett Ting said...

Music.. sometimes, it's the feel of it more than what it really is. So I do like the music rather than generalise which artiste I like..

I may like one style from Jay, but mebbe not some, so it varies how much I feel for each song, rather than the singer.. hehe

i am getting old, my taste stalled itself at those oldies which I had never heard when i was a kid.. the old jazzy style, cheesy lines, soothing stuffs which i listen in the dark.

when i am feeling stressed and lethargic, i blast some trance(man, i never knew trance nor understand it but it grows for reasons i can't explain)..

it's like, sometimes, music is a feel. u dun need too much explanation to wad u like, or u dun like with technicalities, or write off a song jus becos its mainstream..

like, sometimes requires no reason i guess :)

11:43 AM  
Blogger Apple said...

i like jpop.

4:42 PM  
Blogger airhole said...

Norah Jones is NOT JAZZ!!!! Its Americana... americana, repeat with me... say it with me.. americana... grrr

5:12 PM  
Blogger shoezgal said...

Norah Jones is not jazz. Go listen to Diana Krall.

5:21 PM  
Blogger vlim4 said...

Well, i have listen to most types of genre of music including some from heavy metal. I believe that all genre have their good songs and bad songs. I personally feel that we should not class them into different genres because for me i listen to any genre as long as i feel like listening to. I can be listening to chinese song, then next song listen to heavy metal, then jpop, then black metal, then classical. Listening to music goes with your mood, i guess. =)

5:44 PM  
Blogger the mediator (: said...

hmm.i like music with nice rhythm. may it be jazz or punk rock. tho i slant more to the punk rock side where it features blink 182 and greenday (their music are best listen when one is pms-ing or angry) but there were times where i fell in love with some chinese pop for example Jay Zhou's Qi Li Xiang. So what type of music i listen depends of what type of music whatever singer produced. so dont be so quick to classified certain kinda music. =D

6:14 PM  
Blogger Bubblemunche said...

To me, music is a personal thing. As long as you enjoy it, why give a damn about what others think about it?

I readily admit I like Jay Chou's music even though my friends think he's getting stagnant and boring.

I readily admit I listen to ABBA even though people thinks I'm Ah Pek.

And I readily admit to everybody I love Xiaxue's blog even though some thinks I'm tasteless because of that. They can all go eat shit for all I care! (Ok, irrelevant, but hey....)

7:23 PM  
Blogger shanice said...

Haha..269's ur PSLE score. Thats a pretty cool grade. What about O-levels then?? Should have chosen the JC route..im having fun there. But A-levels now..dying..haha

9:15 PM  
Blogger UltraVinz said...

There shouldn't be any boundaries for the world of music. What ever makes your heartbeat faster, put a sunny smile on your face, gets you into the mood is good music. Having & able to make Choices is our privilege. Don't restrict yourself.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Bernard Black said...

may i suggest u teach ur Brother, how to use Bittorrent as a P2P alternate?
quite safe from porn. or pR0n.
really.. no joke.
sori lah...KAzaa? not even kazaa lite (illegal hacked version)
man u are so archaic.


nope Norah Jones is not jazz and the fools anywhere in the world who say so have had cock and balls for lunch.
jazz is what old school Ella Fitz, Nina Simone (sometimes), Miles Davis, and Dave Brubeck have been trying to educate poor Singaporeans abt....(though not strictly limited to these alone).
ask pple our Dad's age...better yet..my mama (grandma) even knows Billy Holiday.
anyone borned in SG after 1970 doesnt know what jazz is.
Michael Buble (did someone say bubble? yes was on Mornings With Kerri-Anne, the fool said it herself, dumb Aussie) is a joke. He (buble not Kerri) is a wanker. he can't sing jazz for shit. he fucking has no talent cept copying other pple.
oh, u forgot shit ass motherfucker Diana Krall, copycat kiss the bloody rat, when she got home, i gave her a bitchslap.

Yes, we shld be able to like anything we want and not be limited by genres….
So for not being like so (as in being the opinionated dick I am) I am myself a wanker.

At least I am not a poofter.

12:56 AM  
Blogger doubleUei said...

i love jay chou too. will be going to his concert on 27th nov. are u going too? ahh.. he's talented and he can sing! =) a real talent.

2:44 AM  
Blogger tinz said...

i had the same experience.
back then..i was this enthu-chinesepop listener who listens to 933fm and nothing else.
when i stepped into secondary school..i realised the "in" thing isn't 933fm anymore but 987fm.
like typical trend-followers...i switched to 987fm as well.
come to think about...i've yet to touch anymore chinese songs ever since then.
perhaps it's time now to switch to 933fm again.
But sad to say....chinese songs nowadays are hardly pleasing to the ears.
Did our government said something about promoting our chinese ?
=x

2:50 AM  
Blogger becca said...

To a certain extent, yes one does listen to music cuz it makes them cool. thats why they want to liten to cool music wad.

regardin ur jazz... suppose u frequent lounges etc. naturally they play jazz. so why cant u like them?
and its cuz michael buble n such become commercialised one is exposed to jazz. hence one grows to like jazz.

on another point some ppl do follow the crowd n basically have no spines of their own.

but they are just losers.

im anit chi pop btw. perfect 10 rules!!! been listening it when i was pri5 cuz my maid tuned in.

3:22 AM  
Blogger Jingying said...

Nah, I don't listen to radio any more..since the end of The Ego Trip (I guess that was the high point of Glenn Ong's career). Metal all the way =)

4:02 AM  
Blogger yj said...

I got this ever-so-charming quote from a graphic novel (fine, comicbook):

“We don’t care what music you kids love, as long as you have music to love.”

4:25 AM  
Blogger blackbelle said...

u spelt limp bizkIt wrongly..

7:51 AM  
Blogger Hai~Ren said...

Fascinating post.

I for one still really like Mandarin pop. Although I haven't been following the Mandarin music scene that much for the past few years, I still find the time to listen to some of the older hits from the '90s.

And besides, you guys have no idea what you're missing out on if you don't go KTV and belt out classic hit after classic hit...

Personally, I for one do not really like the state of English contemporary music now; a bit too much hip-hop and R & B. Okay in small doses, but for me, my fvae genres are still trance and eurodance (I prefer not to call them techno).

And hey, people may look upon my choice of music with disdain (you have no idea how anti-eurodance a lot of people in university are, especially hip-hop/ R & B lovers), but who cares? True, I may be in the small minority, one of the few university students who rubs shoulders with ah bengs and ah lians regularly while clubbing, and who loves to do nothing more but chant away when they play one of those huge hits, but I believe it is all about being comfortable with the music that you love.

I believe that it is this diversity that makes music so fascinating, and that it is really quite pointless to generalise and declare which genre is better than the others.

Let the music play.

Hai~Ren

9:50 AM  
Blogger KuNdA said...

music ! ok..why care so much 4 ? so long as ur listening 2 melodious music . Like what we hear , appreciate talented artistes etc . I totally disagree what u've said abt rapping..it's hard 2 do , u noe . 2 add on , most songs r nice..my personal preference thou . ENERGY simply irresistable

4:25 PM  
Blogger Indian Stallion said...

I ranted about something similar a while back . I cannot tahan when someone says they like everything/anything.
Music is very objective. And people's tastes change with age.
Before JC it was stuff like Mariah Carey and Ace of Base. When I was in JC I discovered grunge and was into bands like Nirvana and Bush. Right now I listen to indie bands like Franz Ferdinand and The Icarus Line and metal like Killswitch Engage.
I find MOST of the music played on MTV a bit too commercially driven, the songs and artists seem to be tailored to appeal to a certain market. There are exceptions of course, I absolutely love Gwen Stefani's new song cos its so different from everything else on the radio and catchy as hell. But thats me. Ultimately people listen to what they want and they definitely have the right to. Anyone who tries to slag them for that is sad.
But I do think mainstream music listeners should at least TRY out stuff that isn't played on radio. There is a lot of great music out there. I occasionally recommend some songs for my friends to try out. Some of them do try, and end up hating them or loving them. But others refuse to even try because they have this mindset that if it isnt played on the radio or mtv it can't be good. Again its their choice, but it's disappointing.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I listen to ridiculously obscure indie rock, bleepy electronica, hardcore punk, hip-hop and all its underground sub-genres like garage and grime, jazz which does NOT include Diana Krall or Norah Jones, and 20th century classical music, but Britney's Toxic is, like, my favourite song of this DECADE. Seriously.

Michelle
http://syntaxfree.org/blog

1:57 PM  
Blogger yingwei said...

i can totally relate to what you are trying to put across, if im getting it right that is.

1:41 AM  
Blogger alson said...

hmm.. music is more to like listening to a track at the right time. wat i am sayin is, u can buy the armmagedon OST with aerosmith yelling in ur room, yet it wun feel as great as listening to it while u are inside the movie theater.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Xiaxue said...

Well, I don't think anyone got my point at all. Sad this is. =(

11:40 AM  
Blogger 330ml said...

haha... preferance of music is often use as a tool by "cool dude" to show that they are "cool dude"...
just like, how many times are you really feeling the grooves in a club, or are you faking it, and convincing yourself, and finally brainwashing yourself and your friends that is fun.... its life.

7:34 AM  
Blogger lianjie said...

living w/o music..can u imagine tat?? i cant..anw i lyk jay's songs too..hahas..

7:01 AM  
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10:25 AM  
Blogger California Italian said...

I can honestly say that I have seen this (somewhat) in the US... well really LA which is a little bit of Asia all over. I know mostly koreans, and have seen then admit to liking pop.. but then they like the darn drama music.. argghhh

11:53 AM  
Blogger tancy said...

umm... your can aks your brother to use Blubster. it doesn't have porn pop-ups, can only download mp3s so you don't need to worry about all the porn. its quite good actually.

i love Jay Zhou. =)

2:38 AM  
Blogger Pushlog said...

A little late to comment, but well better late than never.

My general opinion of how songs influence ppl is how they make a person feel when they 1st hear the tune/tempo. Therefore the atmosphere, social factor(with wat kinda ppl), at the right moment when an individual craves, or would be satisfied emotionally by the "song", etc. Hope im not being be irrevalent.

What's disheartening to me when i see it is when ppl listen to a certain type of music or tune in to a radio station when they want to be part of a crowd. Nothing really wrong with that, other than me feeling they are missing out on something thats free for all to enjoy.

7:47 AM  
Blogger xiaochoon said...

why hasnt you blog for so long? =( how old were you when the pervet wanked in front of you. lols! now i know why you sound sooo open. what an encounter you had! i likes chinesepop songs, i likes their lyrics. maybe 'cause im still a little 16yrs kid. XP

4:24 AM  
Blogger Jew said...

I hate mandarin pop too. But one would reach a higher level if they listen to english songs from 40s, 50s, 60s or 70s. And rap is the lowest form of music, even lower than mandarin pop.

8:27 AM  
Blogger Fei said...

Hello!
Question: Why is Norah Jones not jazz? I tot she won the best jazz singer award and stuff? Ironically, I like Jazz ; Enjoy the weekend!

8:51 AM  
Blogger deedee said...

I like songs by Jay Chou and Britney's Toxic gets me groovin' along... it's just so catchy!

I am a few years ya senior and my favourite station is Y.E.S. 93.3FM... so what's wrong with that? =P

I speak Mandarin at home, and grew up listening to Mandopop and watching channel 8. It's really nothing shameful~ kekeke... Just be true to yaself! Rock on~

3:58 AM  
Blogger pooh said...

I'm your ULTIMATE NUMBER 1 FAN!

9:57 AM  
Blogger P_fromhell said...

oh my, you really are something.
interesting and rare

11:20 AM  
Blogger Shez said...

Since when are "jazz" and "punk rock" obscure genres? o_O

I respect that everyone has different tastes in music. That said, the way you express your opinions sometimes scales new levels of asinine.

3:41 AM  
Blogger KIMaster said...

Reading through these comments, I feel like a sane, normal person stuck in a psychiatric ward filled with post-lobotomy patients.

Get it through your lead-encased heads; NO ONE GIVES A SHIT WHAT MUSIC YOU LIKE!

You don't motherfucking matter! You will live, you will die, no one will give a greasy wipe of the ass either way.

People care about the music Wendy likes. No one cares about the rest of you morons.

9:21 AM  
Blogger lvloolvloocow said...

Hey... This is not a very big world after all huh? My ex-gf used to tell me about a disgusting old man who'll hang aroung stairways and playgrounds all day and pretend his almighty hand is a tight vagina... Think we've got the same guy!

9:46 AM  
Blogger lvloolvloocow said...

And I'm truly sorry for showing much more interest in a dirty old man rather than this debate about music. It's just there to entertain and enrich, ya? So grab your favourite CD and cut the crap ya?

9:51 AM  
Blogger ah said...

oh my god...the world is indeed small...the man is SO horny!!muz b age catchin up wif him...his wife(if he has 1)isnt of enough calibre 4 his demand...wad crap...anyway jay is quite a gd singer...my only fav singer.no one else pls.
haha..

8:00 PM  
Blogger Wongcheok said...

hrmm. interesting read.

music to me has always been subjective in terms of definition. varies with people and on mood.

people who're judgemental/anal about other's music tastes get on my nerves.

9:43 AM  
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6:13 AM  
Blogger whateverstreet said...

stereotypes and judgementals. *spit*
i like 5566 too and i am a few years OLDER than u. so when i tell pple i like 5566, they like to give me this condescending look and said, my gawd, are u sure? only little girls like them leh. grow up leh. but when i tell them about other favourite songs like rock music(aerosmith, 3 doors down, green day, iron maidens, metallica, etc), old frank sinatra songs(though i dont remember his songs, i just like to play his cds just listening to his singing), big band, lambada, they will look at me in a different light altogether. so damn phucking obvious.

if maturity can be judged by what kind of music you like, then honesty can be judged by how innocent u look too. equally superficial analogies.

those who like to think they are very mature are indeed the ones who can't face immaturity in themselves and badly want to cover it up by a mature facade.

1:22 PM  
Blogger snowparang said...

well wendy, I'm surprised someone like you can't speak up straight into their face and say that you like 5566 and Jay Chou. Am I seeing the lady I adore falling into societal pressures and scared shitless of being embarrassed by likeing the mindless 5 (or is it 4) guys prancing around on stage and lip synching?

So there, be brave (or bolder, whatever) and spat in their face and say you like 'immature' music. Nothing to be ashame of.

Just to cite an example, I liten to anything, pop, classical, other shit. If the artist of mandopop themselves have a lack of talent, the crew being their music, and certainly the musicians certainly don't. Jazz is plain boring and usually misunderstood. IT'S NOT SUPPOSE TO SOUND SOOTHING! Still, I can't stand R n B, and really can't tolerate more than 10 minutes of rapping. Classical, is boring too, but if you ever played a musical instrument it's easier to appreciate them. House music? THAT'S the main reason I don't go Zouk.

Thus music should not be a badge of conformity or coolness. You said it, I agree, and perhaps be relief that somebody actually understand the geek side of you.

8:57 PM  
Blogger imai said...

I thought Norah Jones was americana or... something, but the media classifies her as jazz. Mm, nice article anyway. I prefer orchestra music, rather strange for my age as according to xiaxue, I should be listening to mandopop. But I only did that in my primary school days, you know, those S.H.E, Jolin Tsai... Now, I glue my ears to TRL and random CDs of orchestra music. I've enjoyed classical music since I was 8. Yes, that's my preference, and am pround of it. ^^

10:29 PM  
Blogger Amoeba said...

yes. i so, so agree. i detest ppl who like obscure branches of music juz coz it makes them seem cool. whats the point, its juz torturing urself to fit this hollow shell that wont mean anything. in the end not only do u not gain anything, uve tortured urself listening to something you dont really like.

6:37 AM  
Blogger alwaysane said...

I like Jay Chou, Ou De Yang (actually am listening to him now), Lee Ke Qin, Chen Huilin, Shawn Yu....oh, and I like latin as well. So yes, music taste can vary. But well, when I ktv, i sure will punch in all the mandopops furiously.

8:37 PM  
Blogger ym said...

Actually, I think that the type of music you listen to, DOES give people a sense of your level of maturity. Maturity, at least to music listening, is about thinking and feeling deeper than the surface of the music, and not always just liking it because it's "catchy" or "groovy". I'm not opposing anyone liking a song because of those reasons, I just think that a range of genres show maturity - of "superficial" songs (Toxic - Britney Spears) and, maybe of music that allows the listener to think more, be it the melody or lyrics, with artists like Coldplay or, Pete Murray.

And I do see your point, that too much emphasis is put on the music that you listen to, and takes up too large a percentage of how people judge you, when it's not THAT important anyway.

8:49 PM  
Blogger paisley said...

you should get him Sasha and John Digweed's Northern Exposure and show him what the real world is.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Brittney said...

It is interesting how people will judge you by the music you listen to. I don't much anymore, but I used to listen to some very heavy metal (screaming included) and people got the idea that I was a psycho. Now I listen to music like Coldplay, Lifehouse, The All-American Rejects, and The Chris Brown Band. Not many people have heard of that last band, but that makes perfect sense considering how they haven't been signed yet. They are good friends of mine and if you're curious about their sound, just go to the below address and check out their original song, "Silver Lining". The song is awesome, not to mention that Chris has an amazing voice.

http://www.purevolume.com/anderson

1:00 AM  
Blogger Camy Leon said...

There's these awesome new singer/songwriters and I posted about them in my Blog once. Anna Nalick and the song is Breathe. Regina Spektor and the song is Us.
I don't know what genre they are, but definitly not POP.

9:33 AM  
Blogger S a n d r a said...

for once and for all,

wendy...you do have good writing skills, i would say, judging by the long posts you write everytime you blog.

You think you are God?
Wait a minute..ever thought who created you? Yourself, you would say. But do you know that there is a true God? you would say, whatever, i dont care.

Wait till you see Him one day.

4:37 AM  
Blogger Ainu said...

Uh. A godie.

3:49 AM  
Blogger suksomsit said...

Ok the God comment was a bit off. Cos it's unrelated. Schizo patients I've seen have talked more sense..

I used to be into punk rock like green day, american hifi, nofx,blink 182. This was also, after going thru the 933 and Andy Lau phase that you did!

then after that i wandered around, tried different kinds and genres, and amazingly i've come one full circle to chinese again!

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8:41 PM  
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12:07 AM  
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10:12 PM  
Blogger The Blah Brain said...

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8:06 AM  
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12:15 AM  
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12:34 AM  
Blogger she-ler said...

Mandopop is great!I like it better than English ones

5:40 PM  
Blogger elvisio said...

Music, The Flower of Culture. A famous Polish saying "Go there, where you hear the music, there are good hearts , believe me bad people never sing” .

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8:05 PM  
Blogger Jaggae said...

Aiyah...music is what one should enjoy. It's your attitude towards music that counts. Knowing which ones to get pirated and which ones not to, i mean Britney has earned a lot of money k...I've bought every Blur album and many more CD Box specials just for the sake of it. Why? Cos' i'm a big fan! So hey i've been called blur many times, but what the heck?! So go ahead and say you love 5566 and Jay Chou, jus be sincere about it and pple will respect ya for it :)

12:56 AM  
Blogger Ryn said...

Who says Mandopop is not a hit with the ppl? There are certainly a fair share of Mandopop lovers. Check teens the last page, where they do up all the poster size things, isnt it always filled with chinese singers? Moreover, most of the time, 20 pluses are talking about mando. I dunno, but I hardly noe English songs. And I SUPPORT MANDOPOP!!! Xiaxue, you rawk too! follow ur heart and listen to wadeva u wan

11:28 PM  
Blogger doug3fflux said...

In this post regarding music, you have sillyly contradicted yourself in many instances. Get your comments together.

Only if you appreciate Josh Groban,......etc REALLY talented but not synthesized, packaged and marketed singers are you a true music lover.

define 'true'?

you are a consumer, did you forget?
For the record, Groban is as synthesized, packaged and marketed as he is talented.
And for the double record, a fat chunk of producing house music (I have almost all CDM records. I develop a liking for ambient music and the like) consists of utilizing synthesizers and mixers and overlaying of prerecordings.
How "unsynthesized" is that?

as you are not the reverse phenomenon you mentioned, you are.

you do not know alot. you have not given "all" the different genres a chance. all-what a word to use!

you are 21. around 1/4 of your life is gone. time to live.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

I was born after 1970 and I do know jazz. So there, Bernard Black. I don't know where you got that low opinion of people in SG but i'm telling you it's erroneous.

I don't like so-called "modern jazz" singers. I tolerate Diana Krall, hated Buble since he started out (and now even more for massacring a Beatles song) and the Cullum fella doesn't even enter into the equation.

I like my jazz with big brass bands, soulful voices. I like my jazz Frank Sinatra/Ella Fitzgerald style. I don't believe there are many big jazz names that I haven't at least heard of. I hate lounge music that parades as jazz. And I've never visited one of those places.

11:12 PM  
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8:25 PM  
Blogger Ward Greene said...

Hi Wendy...I'm an older white Australian guy(okay,also about 1/16 native American), and I love Mandarin songs. I don't understand most of the words,but I do understand the feeling or something. I find them melodious,soothing,relaxing,and motivational,all at the same time.
Mostly I prefer the Chinese girl singers,but also feel quite at home with Chinese classical music,gu zheng instrumentals,etc.
I have about 300 music cassettes in Mandarin.Yes,I know it's time to switch to CDs,but I have sadly not been to Singapore and Indonesia for many years. When there,I haunt the pasar malam etc. and really stock up.
A friend has just managed to get three DVDs of Mandarin girl singers for me in Bangkok,and I'm looking forward to those.
My other favorite is oldtime American country music in English,and oddly enough,I find quite a similarity in the two.Ward. wardgerene@hotmail.com

6:04 PM  
Blogger little miss trashy said...

i like electronica . i hope that is uncommon enough . :]

10:06 PM  
Blogger montag said...

no more tech updates? :P

12:18 PM  
Blogger Boom Trax said...

i like 5566 too!!! ^^-

2:18 AM  
Blogger Vibi said...

I love mandopop AND taiwanese dramas, as silly as they can get sometimes! Haha Jay Chou is great, but I must say I love Leehom as well~

1:54 PM  

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