Friday, 16th June '06

C'mon David, Bend It Like Beckham! / Catching Tales

Good night, yesterday. rolls eyes Excellent EXCELLENT concert by Jamie Cullum - aren't you glad I dragged you along, Gerri? Wish you were there, Qiong, you would have loved it muchly. Just about THE most enthusiastic crowd I've seen in Singapore. But then half the crowd were expatriates anyway. A good number of English girls screaming at poor Jamie too. Followed up by chilling at Oscar's with the Smubbois (excuse the cutsey spelling) Dage, Dre and Bert and Kai and Gerri. We watched the England vs Trinidad & Tobago match and there was a rather excited, English supporting crowd there too. Poor dude sitting oppposite us got so frustrated when Lampard missed one of his many shots, he broke a glass. Loudly. Gave the whole pub a bit of a shock.

Last night I also lost a bet to Henghwa because England won - dammit. Tonight's bets are on how many red and yellow cards Shamsul will give Mexico and Angola. Yeah, behold the sad state of Singapore soccer. We have no teams to support so we bang it all on our one referee. It's kinda funny though, Armando left me an MSN message saying Shamsul had better look after his team. And I was like: err, I'll be sure to let him know that. Dad's now wondering if Shamsul will have the balls to referee properly if he's doing a Muslim country's match. It's a thought to ponder.

It was also a good game for the many quotable quotes that it spawned. Everyone (everyone watching the game in English anyhow - this is a dig at you, Qiong. *snigger*) heard the commentator go "C'mon David, Bend It Like Beckham!", to an eye-rolling response from most of us. But the best comment of the night had to go to Andre for his side-splitting "There goes Trinidad's star defender - CROUCH."

Anyway, gotta blog Jamie Cullum. Now that's a little dynamite on stage (gosh he's tiny!), and he's got such a personable style that the whole crowd felt so together by the end of it. And it was a wicked mix of people who turned up too. You had the odd uni students like me and Gerri, a good number of mid-twenties to early-thirties yuppie types in corporate clothes who came right after work, a sizable expat population especially English people who hollered with much gusto each time Jamie made some comment about England going to win the match that night and who stood up to jig around in the more upbeat songs, and there were even TODDLERS whose parents must have thought it was a good idea to expose them to alternative jazz at a young age.

Speaking of jazz, Jamie Cullum's got to be the only jazz musician who managed to turn a roughly high-class affair (Suntec Convention Centre, fully assigned seating concert) into a big party with a mosh pit. Oh yes. Yuppies in corporate clothes in a mosh pit. The best part was that by the end of it, the price you paid for your ticket really didn't matter at all. *chuckle* It might have pissed off the $128 and $98 people, but the $58 people like me were happy that it all came down to your ability to squeeze to the front. Muahaha. By the end of it, Gerri and I were about 2 arms lengths from Jamie and Gerri's got the photos to prove it.

You gotta love a guy who...
- Starts a concert by saying he loves your country's Tiger Beer,
- Drinks it throughout the show,
- Waxes lyrical about England's going to win the World Cup,
- Breaks the grand piano in his second song,
- Falls off a chair,
- Climbs the grand piano,
- Does a hilarious Norah Jones impersonation,
- Turns Kanye West's "Golddigger" into a jazz piece,
- Makes self depreciating jokes about how he learnt to play the guitar because girls wouldn't otherwise want to snog a short fella like him, and how he soon realised that in love, "the currency of music is high, and it still pays its dividends today". Great quote.
- Takes off his band's shoes,
- Turns the White Stripes "Seven Nation Army" into a vaguely jazz-like piece,
- Drapes himself in an England flag,
- Finishes off by yelling: Everybody! Come down to the front, we don't have much of this left! Security, you'll let them through, won't you? (And security actually listens to him.)

Seriously lah, I wore a SKIRT to this show. I ended up having to climb chairs.

Thanks to Gerri for all the media enhancements. smile



This was where we started out. We were so early to arrive he was still warming up and doing the pre-show tuning when we went in. Check out how proper the setting looked then, and how far back we were.





The Golddigger Segment.




This is where we ended up. Gerri's awesome shot.

And here's a huge 151 Mb file, an entire video of Radiohead's "High and Dry" as performed as the closing song. Gerri's arms were aching by the end of this, so give face and watch it. Heh.

Techincality-wise, Jamie was amazing. I was really quite impressed by the showmanship of it all and the fact that the stage antics didn't distract from the quality of the performance. Fun songs were fun, but he never missed the tenderer moments and the subtext of the deeper pieces. In each song his voice was full and rich, and he attacked the piano like a mad thing. I read somewhere that Jamie Cullum was an artist who always reminds you that the piano is really a percussion instrument, and that was probably the best way to describe it. I'm so glad they got him to give a masterclass to the Singapore Idols; he had this way of fully fleshing out every piece - its meaning, tone, modulation and all.

Good stuff.

And this is a really beautiful song:

Photograph
-- Jamie Cullum


Her name was written on the photograph,
Right next to her red, sunburnt face,
It all had happened in that long tall grass,
About a mile from her old place,
I can't remember how it started and if it lasted that day in the sun.

We said that we were going to study hard,
We held our books instead of hands,
She held a blanket over cans of beer,
I can't deny I was so full of fear.

It's just another story caught up in another photograph I found.
And it seems like another person lived that life a great many years ago from now,

When I look back on my ordinary, ordinary life,
I see so much magic, though I missed it at the time.
when I look back on my ordinary, ordinary life,
I see so much magic, though I missed it at the time.

And there's the first time that I tried that stuff,
I think I looked a little green,
I remember throwing up behind a bush,
And I found it hard to use my feet,
And who's that easily-led little boy who's really off his head?

It was the same night that I kissed that girl,
The tall one with the auburn hair,
I remember laughing 'cause to kiss me,
She had to sit down on a chair!
--> (Aahahaha. He really IS that short.)
And she tasted like the schnapps she'd drunk,
And the cigarette she'd stolen from her mum.

And it's just another story caught up in another photograph I found.

When I look back on my ordinary, ordinary life,
I see so much magic, though I missed it at the time.
When I look back on my ordinary, ordinary life,
I see so much magic, though I missed it at the time.

When I look back on my ordinary, ordinary life,
I see so much magic, though I missed it at the time.



en ying snapped a shot of life @ 01:12 pm
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limz:

woo sounds nice. i wish i was there i like jamie cullum big grin big grin

qiong:

THANKS FOR THE VID GERRI *grin*

hahha man i wish i was there. And dammit it's bad enough that everything's in chinese!!! WHY can't i hear the sarcarstic brits go at it *whine*

wanna go hoooooome *WHINE*

qiong:

shit bloody firewall of CN. the connection is like 12kbps O_o

*whine*

any way i can get this fromyou when we are in SG?

en:

heh... you can get the vid from me anytime lah. ipod or thumb drive or whatever... i still can't find a prog to compress the file though.

qiong:

oh turned out the dl wasn't so screwed so i got the file. THANK YOU *glomp*

=)

en:

qiong: *glomps back* not too sure exactly what a glomp entails but i think i'm still in enough shape to pull it off.

babs: and whose fault is it that you're not here?! come home soon, i need to whine to you about our lousy bros/berry who just bangseh'ed me. *roar*

en:

OH. AND YOU KNOW WHAT STUPID THING I DID AFTER THE CONCERT??? hahaha - gerri doesn't know this yet, but

i had a ticket to the after show party, but i didn't realise it till two days later when i cleaned out my handbag. moronic, eh? only the VIP section seats had it, but i swiped it off the VIP seats when it became a free for all, and it was so dark i couldn't see what i was swiping...

qiong:

i could throttle you for that utter stupidity. VIP pass and you totally passed it *shakes head*

amazing confused

en:

it's actually worse than that. i just looked at it carefully to see if i should keep it as a souvenir. it's actually a VVIP pass (double V, *chuckle*) with free flow chivas cocktails while stocks last.

*cowers in fear from whacking*





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