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。
For those of you who don't know, its rising star and soon-to-be mandopop princess Kimberley Chen's 20th birthday today! Despite her only being in the business officially since her debut album in 2012, she's achieved an astounding level of popularity that is unrivalled by any other newcomers that I've seen so far. I'm proud to say that I've been a fan of hers since before she even debuted officially; and recalling the first time I heard her sing live, I was absolutely blown away by her powerhouse vocals. Definitely, as the title goes, I really did fall in love with her music before she was the new pin-up girl for the new era of mandopop. But unlike how her song <I loved you before it was cool> goes, I did end up investing a lot in her music (mostly hope for her success), and was rewarded with amazing results.
With Kimberley, there's a sense of juxtapositioning that makes her music so appealing to listeners always; the promise of something new and different, but yet always confident in its ability to please and amaze.Of course, a large part of this is thanks to her creative team including producer Terry Lee, Victor Lau, Skot Suyama, Lil J (from JPM) to name a few, but what I feel really makes her and her music so popular is the sense of spontaneity that exudes from her always.
Her producer Terry Lee is always lauding her for her sense of spontaneity that helps them to get an album put together much more smoothly, and it's clear in her music; the way she sings - a sense of creative freedom and a carefree attitude that sets her and the atmosphere within her music apart from the rest. But Kimberley plays a bigger part in her own success than many realise. Who do you think wrote the bridge part for the hit song "爱你“(Love you)? For me, it represents a fusion of Kimberley's creativity, spontaneity and pitch-perfect vocal technique in a one-minute long section which cannot be replicated by any other singer, other than Kimberley herself. Can you even imagine Jolin Tsai trying to sing that bridge? Don't think so.
And for her latest hit <分手说爱你>(breaking up to say I love you), it was her who gave this song a chance and breathed life into it, making it her own unique Kimberley anthem.This girl knows what she likes, and what she doesn't. She gets straight to the point and isn't afraid of letting other people know of her opinions, and I really respect her for that. I hope that she continues to have great successes along her path as an artist, and that she has a very happy birthday on this special day. You're awesome Kimberley!
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