I've always had a special place in my heart for this Up On The Roof acoustic series that Kimberley's been doing with a bunch of her composers, producers and friends such as Terry, Skot and James to name a few. People are always doing acoustic covers of things, and I've always loved listening to them, so by putting together whole series dedicated to making some good, meaningful and sincere music always makes it big in my book. But it's not only because of that that I love this series. The series started roughly around the time that I found out I was coming to Taipei, and I remember they released the first Up On The Roof for <Good Girl> about two months before I got to Taipei, and have been doing them for all the songs on Kimberley's album during my stay in Taiwan.
This song <我会再想你>(I will think of you again) has always been one of my favourites on the album, and brings back memories of my room in Taipei, being able to look out at the same Taipei 101 every night just as they do in the Up On The Roof sessions. Singing this song at my desk, in the shower, listening to it on my way to school, on the bus ride back from Yilan while doing the review for Kimberley's album...the memories all come flooding back with this song.
No matter who Kimberley wrote this song for, she posted the link with the caption #我真的好想你I really miss you, I really do find the lyrics incredibly relatable, and am truly able to appreciate the atmosphere in the video too, being able to have fun while doing something you love and being thankful for it is one of the best feelings in the world. No matter what it is, I will never forget my experiences in Taipei, and as the song goes; I will definitely think of them again. (and again, and again, and again.) Everyday I am filled with a new sense of passion for what I do, so for that, thank you Taipei. 我会再想你的。
I realise after I've gotten to Taiwan I've become a lot braver. I used to be scared of doing lots of things, and just cooped myself up in my own little world a lot of the time, with life revolving mostly around work, school and family. But after I've gotten here I find that I've become more spontaneous, and more brave in trying new things. Going white water rafting today was a great experience for me. I was initially doubtful about trying it as I don't like adrenaline activities, and on top of this, the paranoia of myself and my mother really made me think twice. But I really enjoyed myself, and because I agreed to go, made some really good friends along the way!
As my time in Taiwan is slowly winding to a close, I began to realise something. At first when I came here, I was tired. I was sick of being the one doing everything at home, holding all the responsibilities, feeling unappreciated for what I do for most family and friends. I felt like I really didn't have anything holding me to Australia, and was more than happy to immerse myself in Taiwanese culture because thats where I felt that I really belonged, and where I really fit in.
After the end of a long,eventful weekend where I encountered many musical firsts; the first time I went to Legacy Taipei, the first time I went to three autograph sessions in a row, the first time a singer recognised me personally at an event, the first time being a part of a musical event, the first time I've been acknowledged for all my work and for doing what I love. My feelings were all over the place as I recounted everything that has happened thus far on my trip. I feel like I've had an amazing journey thus far, and have had the opportunity to be a part of so many things that I'd never have dreamed of achieving in such a short trip of 6 months. I dare to say the things that I've accomplished in these two months are more than I'd have ever guessed.
List of artists/musicians/personalities I saw during my time in Taiwan:
**the number next to their name signifies how many times I saw each artist
Again, if you have any questions about any of the artists I saw, please feel free to ask! I'm happy to answer whatever I can. These are artists from all walks of life, some are producers who I really like, or musicians I really appreciate, or of course singers who I'm a fan of. Some may be jazz musicians, others singers from eras past or some of the new up and coming indie musicians. I am so glad to be a part of all these events, and to have had the chance to watch them all perform in their respective professional settings!
Mify Chen (from Roomie)
许仁杰 Stanley Hsu
Lara Veronin梁心颐 (4)
林俊杰JJ Lin (2)
Andrew Chen陈势安 (3)
Lala Hsu 徐佳莹(3)
Hsiao Hung Jen萧闳仁
He ren jie 河仁杰
Skot Suyama (2)
张震岳Chang Chen yue
Lin yu chun小胖
Huang zhi jiao
威权from lollipop F
As I've finally started going through all my Taiwan stuff I've decided to create a log of all the concerts and events that I've been given the privilege of attending during my time in Taiwan. If you'd like any information about any of the concerts that are listed below, feel free to comment or to message Asian Pop Weekly via facebook!
· 21st-Sunny Frog concert @ Ximending Riverside Featuring Lara Veronin, Stanley Hsu, Mify Chen and others
· 24th-KKBOX Awards @ Taipei Arena featuring JJ Lin, Sodagreen, Lala hsu, Yen-J, William Wei, Diana Wang, Dawen Wang, Jam Hsiao, Queen Wei etc..
· 14th-Lara Veronin at Chengyuan High School with Freya Lin
· 28th-Joanna Wang <Midnight Cinema> screening
· 29th-William Wei <有所畏> autograph session at Huashan Creative Park
· 30th-势在必行2 音乐分享Party at Huashan Creative Park
· 11th-Lara Veronin at永春高中with R.Chord and Bii
· 19th –Yen-Joy Everyday Birthday Concert at Legacy Taipei
· 20th-VChuan 《全是爱》 autograph session at City Café 花房
· 20th –Joanna Wang Free Music Event & Autograph Session
· 22nd-Yen-J&Hsiao Hung-Jen 娱乐百分百好友音乐会 Filming at GTV station
· 5th-MP Magic Power Autograph Session for Coke @ 7-11
· 7th-Gigantic Roar音乐会@ Legacy Taipei
· 10th-William Wei <在你身边>Concert @ Legacy Taipei
· 14th –Peggy Hsu <La Valse>音乐会@Starbucks Gongguan
· 16th-金曲奖Program Filming featuring Yen-J, Ricky Hsiao, Li Ya Sha among others
· 23rd-Interviews with Shawna Yang, Brandy Wu and Michelle Wu from Metamorphosis Jazztet @Blue Note Jazz Club
· 24th-City of Irony featuring Esther and Lara Veronin screening at SPOT cinemas in Huashan Creative Park
· 24th -Yoga Lin Speaking in Tongues Concert @Taipei Arena
· 30th-Metamorphosis Jazztet Lunchtime Concert
· 30th-Interview with Skot Suyama
· 31st-Ricky Hsiao <上水的花> Autograph session @ Huashan Creative Park
· 31st-Dawen Wang & Hush performance at NTU
· 1st-Hito Awards Featuring Hebe, Tanya Chua, Lala hsu, William Wei, Claire Kuo, Rachel Liang, JJ Lin, Sodagreen,Waa Wei, Dawen Wang, Yen-J,Diana Wang, Jia Jia etc.
· 5th-The Next Big Thing event @ Legacy Taipei
· 6th –William Wei lecturing for the Golden Melody Awards program @ NTU
· 15th-Lala Hsu preview concert for new album <寻启人生>@ Legacy Taipei
· 22nd-Met Lara & Esther at Topo Café for Afternoon Tea after winning TAWKI poster competition
· 26th –Golden Melody Awards Livehouse-Crossing Borders featuring Olivia Ong, Andrew Tan, Diana Wang and others
And so abruptly(that's the way it feels) my journey to Taiwan has ended. But I can safely with 100% certainty that I've enjoyed every single moment of my stay in Taiwan; be it the people, the places, the lifelong friendships I've established and of course, the music of Taiwan which will always have it's place in my heart.
It's been a great chance for me to reflect on what I want in life, and to start moving forward again. Before I left for Taiwan, I was in a rut and I just felt like it was okay to just stay where I was, to go with the flow and to let things stagnate for a while. But my journey to Taiwan has changed my perspective in life entirely, and let's just say it's definitely time to make some changes. Before leaving Taiwan I thought it would be a temporary escape for me from reality before I would have to go back to the same routine and do the same things that I do every day; school, work and such. But after arriving in Taiwan I slowly began to realise that if I were to let that happen, my entire experience in Taiwan would be wasted on me. What I achieved in Taiwan made many of my dreams come true, and I realise now that if I go back to that exhausted, tired, unhappy shell of myself that I was before, I would really be the biggest disappointment not only to myself, but to others around me (although some of them might not know it yet!). So I resolve to start moving forward, taking on a new attitude to life and giving it the best I've got. It's time to make some changes and I know it's got to be for the best.
I hope those of you who follow this blog got something out of it too. My days in Taiwan were filled with the greatest joy that I could ever imagine; I hope your exchange experience or even just your daily experiences can be filled with the same joy too. Thanks for reading and accompanying me on this very special journey!
P.S although I am no longer in Taiwan (for now), I will still continue updating a backlog of my concert and musical experiences during my stay in Taiwan, as well as some extra tidbits that you may find useful for when you visit Taiwan!
Thanks for reading!
It's been my dream since I started getting to know more about Chinese music to be able to live in Taipei, and now I'm finally going to be able to! Starting from the 11th of February, I will be staying in Taipei for 139 days and hope to share parts of my experiences that may be helpful with readers everywhere! (Feb 2014)