All posts tagged: music

Song of the Week: cozy diary, 我想變成我

從前的我 害怕期待空轉的失落 而現在的我 努力學接受我的脆弱 昨天的我 夜深人靜總是想得太多 今天的我 笑一笑看待真的沒什麼 Traveling the familiar pathways home means I encounter frozen parts of myself along the way. Old haunts, old favourite drinks, old habits of living. Distance from the hub of activity that is my life presently means I can get some clarity: on myself, on my work, and on those rhythms and attitudes I have come to take as normal, or take as a given. 想變成什麼樣的人啊? 想要大家都會羨慕我 外表出眾 有才華 懂得生活 好品味 、有質感的那種 想變成這樣子的人啊 我要愛自己更多 The title of this song “我想變成我” (roughly translates to, “I want to become me”) reminds me of all of these journeys I try to take every year. 小路’s voice is so wonderfully mellow that it blunts the explicitly reflective slant of the words, yet invites the listener into her headspace. 該幽默的時候談吐就幽默 剛好的自信在對的time出手 你喜歡我嗎? 我好喜歡我 Self-love looks different for everyone, particularly in music. In the hum of acoustic guitar and soft voices over the years I’ve come to see myself in a mirror. In art we are often just looking for a mirror, so we …

Song of the Week: Eli Hsieh, 燈光

一個人走在路上 不知道是第幾晚上 已沒有人來人往 也沒有城市交響 入夜後的台北 很漂亮 但怎麼卻感覺 很悲傷 Ever since I heard a tiny little sample of this song when Eli sang it after winning 最佳新人 at the Golden Melody’s, I’ve been completely hooked. I’m always on the lookout for 創作歌手, and I wish I’d discovered him sooner. Apparently he PK-ed with 林宥嘉 in a singing competition when he was 13. Now here he is, all grown up, winning Best Newcomer and writing so much beauty into one song. This song is perfect in so many ways: perfectly acoustic, perfectly lyrical and perfectly narrated. 大概是又想起你說 說我像個太陽 24小時開朗 為人照亮 但其實你說謊 你知道 若沒有你我根本就沒有辦法 發光 你很健忘 沒你在旁 哪裡來的力量 感傷 這一切都已經成過往 如果時光回放 多渴望告訴你 One of the things I love about the Chinese music scene is the emotive and poetic storytelling greatly enabled by thoughtful use of the Chinese language. 我不想做太陽 我不想再逞強 我只想為你 做一盞燈光 在你需要我的時候把開關按下 你不必再流浪 你不必再心慌 不必再去想 不必再去扛 我也不必假裝你還在我的身旁 多愚妄 Strangely stressed sentences is one of the staples of the music scene, particularly since Jay Chou’s method of rapping stripped the ballad of its strict stresses for good. Eli …

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Music: 如同悲傷被下載了兩次 (陳珊妮)

如同悲傷被下載了兩次, 陳珊妮 ft.林宥嘉 Before we talk about anything else, can we all stop and marvel at this exquisite MV? How the words don’t just mean what they say, but even do what they say? *cries in a corner* Sandee Chan 陳珊妮’s discography includes 11 studio albums, 4 live albums, 6 collaborative albums and 3 EPs. She has written and composed over 65 tracks for other artists, drama and film soundtracks and is also a writer and visual artist. If you’ve never heard her music, that’s okay. You just need to know she’s an 一姐 in the Chinese music industry. Her collaborative partners come from a wide range of industries and disciplines, which means her work has an expansive scope in terms of perspectives, talents and ideas. Chan’s latest album, 如同悲傷被下載了兩次 is an appropriate Spring album, although she released it last september. I’ve been meaning to get to reviewing it but school happened and then it never stopped. If you like ambient sounds, almost like cafe music but less mellow and more eerie, this album is perfect. If …

Dragonfly 蜻蜓

I have been restless. Over the course of almost two years now, I’ve been stuck on the same piece of land. I have been to multiple shorelines, but the other side has never been the places I am looking for. My land-locked feet are waiting. Waiting for that rolling wave of humidity that will meet me again and again. Waiting for a particular kind of sky and a particular kind of mountain. Waiting for a familiar type of rattle and a certain kind of human density. Some days I think I could give up everything here just to embrace the sound of the cities I love and have not seen for so long. Some days Toronto has no hold over me. I often feel like the other language of me is straining against my skin, 偶爾它強烈的思念讓我旋轉,使我的世界繼續旋轉。They depart in place of me. These words. 這是一封情書吧。也是一種風箏。 I miss the cities grown into my bone. 這翻譯不了的思念我只能用字來握住。 I have been thinking of the slippers I wear all summer at home, with their sunken grooves where my heel hits heavy …

Music: 一萬個小時,宇宙人 (Cosmospeople)

Album Song List:  1.往前 2.那你呢 3.一萬小時 4.沒感覺 5.真實朋友 6.成名15秒 7.淹沒 8.不孤島 9.兩人雨天 10.寂寞之上 11.日常練習 It’s a little late, since this album was released in mid-June 2015. But since we’re at the cusp of the new year, and this whole album is about beginnings, endings and dreams, I thought it’d be appropriate to enjoy and share this now. [不孤島] 不孤島 was the first song I encountered in the album. Additionally, I clicked on it at perhaps 2AM in the morning, which is exactly the time of day this song is most appropriate for. The 張力 of their music is really wonderful, and I feel that they spend a lot of time thinking about the ways in which their music can interact with other mediums. This MV is an absolute dream to watch, particularly if you hold a nostalgic attachment to those crisscrossing aerial freeways that weave across so much of Asia. [一萬個小時] It takes 10,000 hours to become a master at something. Sometimes I think about professional musicians and the hard work they put in. Especially …