I'm really happy with how this cover turned out! It all started with me watching a video of G.E.M tapping out the cup song to her song <喜欢你Like You>. It looked pretty challenging in the beginning, but I guarantee you will be able to master it within a day like I did! Anyway, I saw that GEM asked her fans to send in their videos of them singing the chorus and tapping on the cans, and I thought, 'why not do a whole cover?'. So I decided to centre this whole new cover around the sound and idea that the sound of the cans created-a really funky, acoustic vibe that would sound totally different from the original! So I decided to get a little more creative with the arrangement, adding in keyboard, can percussion and shakers to complete the song and I think its really a work that I can be proud of!
Also, deciding to replace the key change (which no offense to GEM, but is so cliche and overused) was a great decision which really helped to round off the song with an interesting ending. So I really really hope you guys enjoy it, and stay tuned for our next cover!
This has always been one of my favourite songs from Claire Kuo's album, but it was only after I left Taiwan that I really understood the meaning behind it. Having to leave so many good friends and good memories behind, and having to move on with my life is really such a heartbreaking thing for me to do. For me, the saddest thing is always having to say goodbye, but this song really helped to make me feel better when I wasn't able to comfort myself. I still remember after leaving Taiwan, I was sitting on the bus on the way to my home university when this song came on my iPod while on shuffle mode. And suddenly, the lyrics of the song all made sense to me, but also brought all the memories of my trip to Taiwan back to me. Jumping straight back into daily routines and schedules, I hadn't had time to really sit down and process everything that had happened during my time in Taiwan yet, so when I heard this song, too many emotions came flooding back and I just burst into tears. Yes, on the bus. But at that moment, this song just became a three minute recollection of all my feelings during my last few days in Taiwan. Bittersweet partings, renewed faith in the future, and most of all, a genuine hope for all my friends to achieve all their dreams and wishes.
It was just as well I got my good friend Yishi who I met in Taiwan to help me out with this song; she really helped to complete the symbolism of the song for me!
A MESSAGE TO FRIENDS OF APW LIVE:
I think it's a perfect song to end our first APW Live Session, and also a great way to start off the new year. New friends and old, wherever you are in the world I miss you all! This song is dedicated especially to all the kind souls that I met during my time in Taiwan. I am always thinking of all of you and all our times together, and I KNOW that you'll make something of yourselves in the future. Don't forget to hit me up once in a while, I'm always happy to hear from all of you!!
AND TO ALL LISTENERS/VIEWERS:
I hope that you can find meaning in this song too! If you have friends around the world who you miss, dedicate this song to them and I'm sure they'll be happy to see that you're thinking of them too!
I think this is definitely the song that started off this idea of an APW Live session involving not just my sister and I, but also a collaboration with other talented friends! I've always been the kind of person who likes to do things on my own, rather than collaborate with others on projects, but with music I do find that it's almost always funner and more dynamic to work with other people to create different sounds and atmospheres.When I heard the original acoustic version by Maggie Fu, I immediately felt that this song would be perfect for my friend Yishi to sing! Not only does she have an all-round amazing voice, but I do think that it also has this kind of healing quality, and the magical ability to make anyone feel at ease when they're listening to it. I'm so sad that I stuffed up the harmony on this though! The previous take we did (you can watch it in the behind-the-scenes video coming soon) was a little better in my opinion, but know I know better!
It's also the song which really brought everyone together as everyone I asked to help during this session was involved in this video, which I thought was really cool. Especially honoured that I could get my amazing friend Della's help with the Violin part, despite her not being around at the time. Could not have asked for a better team! Not to forget Aw, Jan and my artsy cousin Charisse who helped with the videoing and photography. Jan actually taught Aw the percussion part on the guitar 20 minutes before we recorded this, so like journalism, sometimes with music you've gotta learn fast where it counts. There's many things that you can learn from working together with other people in music, and I've definitely learned a lot from this terrific bunch of people!
Especially towards music and working with others on projects, I have really high expectations for those around me to be passionate about what they do, and above all to be professional and enthusiastic! I love to get people involved in projects not only because of the different chemistry that we can create in our music, but also because I love seeing happy people doing what they love, and that makes me happy too. So if any of you are up for any collabs over the internet, hit me up! But for now, I just hope that you all enjoy this video!!
I've always believed that words mean nothing if they can't be put into action. So I decided to start a Youtube project called APW Live to share our ideas on music with all of you in a different medium altogether! No writing, no reading, just listening. Please like, share and subscribe to our Youtube page here, and as always, we hope you enjoy listening to them!