Tuesday, 30th December '08

The Previous One Was So Unsatisfying...

... that I had to do another one.

Sleep be damned.

Simple directions: use the shuffle function on your music player and see what you come up with in answer to the following questions.

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How does the world see you?
"TJ Queen", by David Sandström

Will I have a happy life?
"Can U Handle It", by Usher
-- 'Tis true, the rhetorical question is. Angsty melodramatic soul that I am, I probably couldn't handle a happy life. Then again, I'm not Qiong.

What do my friends really think of me?
"Walking on Broken Glass", by Annie Lennox
-- How mean.

Do people secretly lust after me?
"Sleep All Day", by Jason Mraz
-- The odds are not promising. Haha.

How can I make myself happy?
"On My Way Home", by Enya

What should I do with my life?
"Like a Virgin", by Madonna
-- ...

Will I ever have children?
"The Kiss (Skit)", by Eminem

What is some good advice for me?
"Find Your Way", by Ryan Cabrera
-- I hear ya, dawg.

How will I be remembered?
"Late Nineties Bedroom Rock for the Missionaries", by Broken Social Scene
-- I really can't decide if this is a good or bad thing.

What is my signature dancing song?
"Where do you go", by La Bouche
-- ... because I am a closet techno Ah Lian at heart.

What do I think my current theme song is?
"獨白", by 林俊傑
-- Please lah, just listen to what the dude is saying. C'est abominable!

What does everyone else think my current theme song is?
"Thunder Only Happens When It's Raining", by Fleetwood Mac
-- ... and players only love you when they're playing.

What song will play at my funeral?
"Summer Girls", by LFO
-- Along with the Macarena, I'm going to have a hella respectable funeral.

What type of men/women do you like?
"Before you Accuse Me", by Eric Clapton

What is my day going to be like?
"Dancing Quen", by Abba
-- *breaks out in Mambo Jambo moves just because I can*

en ying snapped a shot of life @ 11:55 pm
[well, the pictures aren't going to take themselves!]


Soundtrack to My Life?

This music meme thing may turn out to be some kind of addiction.

IF YOUR LIFE WERE A MOVIE, WHAT WOULD THE SOUNDTRACK BE?
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc.)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool...

Mine started promisingly... then (with a few precious exceptions) turned out to be a bit crap. And mindnumbingly boring.

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OPENING CREDITS
"Hold Me", by Savage Garden
-- Not the biggest fan of Savage Garden, but I'd say this is a pretty good one for opening credits... just edit it down to the chorus a la One Tree Hill.

WAKING UP
"La Fabbrica di Plastica", by Gianluca Grignani

FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL
"Miss Mary", by Zucchero

FALLING IN LOVE
"Sweet Widow", by Spin Doctors

FIGHT SONG
"Love Her Madly", by the Doors

BREAKING UP
"To be the One", by Ryan Adams

PROM
"Hello Sunshine", by Syd Matters

LIFE IS GOOD
"No Such Thing (Acoustic)", by John Mayer
-- And there I thought this would have been the Prom song

MENTAL BREAKDOWN
"Gardenia", Mandy Moore

DRIVING
"Living in the Past", by Jethro Tull

FLASHBACK
"Highway to Hell", by AC/DC

GETTING BACK TOGETHER
"I'm a Fool to Do Your Dirty Work", by Steely Dan

WEDDING
"Rock the Casbah", by the Clash
-- Wicked! I'm absolutely going to have this played at my wedding. And somehow everytime I hear this I remember Sacha in the club in Italy (Florence, I do believe) and his "Good song?? It's Rock the F*CKING Casbah!!" Now all I need to do is... marry a Jew. How hard can that be? Haha.

PAYING THE DUES
"Sweet Home Alabama (Live at Home in a Trailer)", the freestyling version by Eminem & Mekhi Pheiffer in 8 Mile.
-- This meme is revealing all the strange crap I have amassed over the years.

THE NIGHT BEFORE THE WAR
"Cradle of Love", by Billy Idol

FINAL BATTLE
"信念", by 林明伦
-- So old school!!! It'll be a very sappy sort of battle.

MOMENT OF TRIUMPH
"Boogie Shoes", by K.C. and the Sunshine Band

DEATH SCENE
"It's a Feel Good Thing", S Club 7

FUNERAL SONG
"Mrs Robinson", Simon & Garfunkel

END CREDITS
"The Lonely Goatherd", by Julie Andrews, Charmain Carr, Angela Cartwrght et al. (The Sound of Music)
-- You know it's getting bad when you start to cite songs in legal citation format.

en ying snapped a shot of life @ 11:41 pm
[well, the pictures aren't going to take themselves!]


Friday, 26th December '08

Another One for the Chinese Speaking Music Geeks

Urm. The Chinese version. Typing is too much effort so I cut and paste. And I can't be bothered to iron out the simplified / traditional divide.

My iTunes doesn't seem to like variety much, by the looks of it.

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这种感觉从来不曾有

想要有直昇機 想要和妳飛到宇宙去
夜好深了 纸窗里怎么亮着
好冷 雪已经积的那么深
秒針分針滴答滴答在心中

跑遍了牧場 又繞過了村莊
有时候只需要一首歌就能让我自在
w-h-y 我的完美世界还一直都不肯来
我想快速地解冻热情全部都充公

把汗水流給這片土地 奉獻生命不覺可惜
晴天 太平洋的海龟
穿過人群 擁擠的夜
天天都有落葉 特別是今夜

站在你背后感动又难过
這生命對每個人 都不公平也沒道理
忘了是怎么开始 也许就是对你 有一种感觉
妳笑我除了記性 什麼都好 我想想也不算太糟糕

遇到歹歹时机 只有他颠倒无闲
baby 我爱你快乐永远来得及 so come on now and 放开你的心
讓軟弱的我們懂得殘忍
不是我的錯 我們都聽過


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名稱: 《心有独钟》,陈晓东

1. 《可愛女人》,周杰倫
2. 《花田錯》,王力宏
3. 《雪人(與范曉萱合唱)》,王力宏
4. 《明天我要嫁給你》,周華健

5. 《米蘭的小鐵匠》,周杰倫
6. 《不可能錯過你》,王力宏
7. 《完美的互動》,王力宏(feat. rain & lim jeong hee)
8. 《w-h-y》,王力宏

9. 《這城市有愛》,周華健
10. 《明天》,林俊傑
11. 《永遠》,孫燕姿
12. 《我無所胃》,张惠妹

13. 《leave me alone》,孫燕姿
14. 《逆鱗》,周杰倫
15. 《愛, 很簡單》,陶喆
16. 《健忘》,周華健

17. 《借問眾神明》,五月天
18. 《放開你的心》,王力宏
19. 《忘憂草》,周華健
20. 《大男人小女孩》,林俊傑


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Another One for the Music Geeks

The Instructions:
Put your MP3 player on shuffle, and write down the first line of the first twenty songs. Post the poem that results. The first line of the twenty-first is the title.

On my end I'm discounting all the intro noises - like "Oh", "Yeah" and "Uh" at the beginning of rap songs. And songs not in English. And instrumentals, duh.

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If I Could Catch a Star Before It Touched the Ground

This is the beat that make you shake your rump
I know 'coz I've seen it
So you say that you can't go on
Don't say you love me when it's just a rumour

So if you're lonely you know I'm here waiting for you
I do believe in you
The sky glows
Sometimes it's hard just to be yourself

When we grew up and went to school there were certain teachers who would hurt the children anyway they could
Little child

Our words move aimlessly through empty city squares

I'm sitting here in a boring room
I was sitting on a fence
She said life’s a lot to think about sometimes
If you're trying to maintain

I seen a shooting star tonight
6 am the clock is ringing
It was one of those nights when you turn out the lights
I'm just trying to get by

Just let me hear some of that rock n' roll

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Title: "I'm a Better Man (For Having Loved You)", by Englebert Humperdinck

1. "Ba bump", by the Black-Eyed Peas
2. "Modern Way", by the Kaiser Chiefs
3. "Time, Love and Tenderness", by Michael Bolton
4. "Lipstick Vogue", by Elvis Costello

5. "Take Me Out", by Franz Ferdinand
6. "Feelin' Stronger Every Day", by Chicago
7. "Don't Wait", by Dashboard Confessional
8. "You Give Me Wings", by Hady Mirza

9. "Another Brick in the Wall, Part II", by Pink Floyd
10. "When the Children Cry", by White Lion

11. "Miss Teen Wordpower", by the New Pornographers

12. "Lemon Tree", by Blind Melon
13. "Ring Ring", by Mika
14. "Road I'm On", by 3 Doors Down
15. "Can't Stop", by Moneybrother

16. "Shooting Star", by Bob Dylan
17. "Worst Day Ever", by Simple Plan
18. "Touch Too Much", by AC/DC
19. "All in My Head", by Shawn Mullins

20. "Rock & Roll Music", by Chuck Berry



en ying snapped a shot of life @ 12:27 pm
[well, the pictures aren't going to take themselves!]


Thursday, 18th December '08

Bigger Than My Body

Oh I love being on leave. I can do silly things like this while waiting for Mum and Dad to return with lunch.

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Try this out.

1. Put your iTunes/Napster/Zune Player/WinAmp/etc on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS!
4. Tag 10 or more friends who might enjoy doing this as well as the person you got it from.


IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY" YOU SAY?
"Free Me", by the Foo Fighters

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
"The Wanderer", by Dion & the Belmonts

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
"Floor [Bonus Track]", by Rooney

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
"That's the Way", by 911
-- I suspect this quiz is slowly but surely going to reveal some of the more embarrassing music I actually spent money on in those adolescent years.

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
"Catch My Fall", Billy Idol

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
"Cry Freedom", by Dave Matthews / Tim Reynolds

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
"Like You", by Daddy Yankee

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR PARENTS?
"'Til the Tide Creeps In", by The Thrills

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
"The Internet is for Porn", Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Rick Lyon & the Guys (Avenue Q)
-- Oh dearie me.

WHAT IS 2+2?
"Fandango", by the Gipsy Kings

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
"False Alarm", by KT Tunstall

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
"Elephant Man" by Suede

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
"E Mi Manchi da Morire" by Gianluca Grignani
-- If someone figures out what this means, do tell!

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
"The Well and the Lighthouse", by Arcade Fire
-- Hmmm... I doubt I'd make a very good lighthouse.

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
"My Love is Your Love", by Whitney Houston

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
"Blowin' in the Wind", by Bob Dylan
-- Which, going by that song, they think I'm the answer. I'm not sure what the question was though.

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
"Never Saw it Comin'", by Matt Mays
-- Good point.

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
"Macarena (Dance Radio Edit)" by 2 Locos in a Room
--- Ahahahaha. This is awesome.

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
"The Stupid Things", by Jesse Mccartney

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
"In the Ghetto", Elvis Presley

WHAT´S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
"Stop this Train (Acoustic)", by John Mayer

HOW WILL YOU DIE?
"Time After Time", Cyndi Lauper

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
"Runaway Train", by Jamie Scott & the Town

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
"If I Had Eyes", by Jack Johnson

WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
"Popular Mechanics for Lovers", by Beulah

WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED?
"Captain Jack", by Billy Joel

WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
"7", by Moby

DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
"Out of My Head", by Puddle of Mudd

IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
"Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely", by the Backstreet Boys

WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
"I'm Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina & the Waves

WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
"Bigger Than My Body" by John Mayer

en ying snapped a shot of life @ 02:18 pm
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Sunday, 7th December '08

Mein Führer...

Quite a far cry from what I watched at the Halifax Y a couple of years ago, but (dare I venture) more entertaining. And um, closer to home.

Certainly apt, in light of that minor ERP driven rant that Gerri, Tzo, Wenyuan and I participated in whilst sitting at the Hock Lam Beef Noodles stall at Purvis Street.



en ying snapped a shot of life @ 10:18 am
[well, the pictures aren't going to take themselves!]


Saturday, 6th December '08

Torn

Grammy nominations are out. I'm a little bit torn in Category 6 and for once, in the interests of objectivity, I may pick someone other than John.

Category 6

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

* All Summer Long
Kid Rock
Track from: Rock N Roll Jesus
[Atlantic]

* Say
John Mayer
Track from: Continuum
[Columbia]

* That Was Me
Paul McCartney
Track from: Amoeba's Secret
[Hear Music/MPL Communications Ltd.]

* I'm Yours
Jason Mraz
Track from: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.
[Atlantic]

* Closer
Ne-Yo
Track from: Year Of The Gentleman
[Def Jam/Compound Entertainment]

* Wichita Lineman
James Taylor
Track from: Covers
[Hear Music]



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