True, David Tao is certainly far from being a boy. But to me, his music is ageless and forever youthful. Being a recent fan of his music, I only listened to his 1997 debut album a few years ago, and it amazed me how new, how fresh, how different it sounds. You know how some albums from the 80s or the 90s, or even early 2000s have that distinct sound and atmosphere to it, almost like a sluggish film over the top that distinguishes it from the rest? David’s music doesn’t have that. As I’ve slowly been collecting his albums over the years, each amazed me more and more with the creativity and timelessness of each melody, each song. I feel so privileged being able to be a fan of someone who has a gift so wonderful – the gift of timelessness. And I think the title really alludes to Tao’s magic touch. Everything he touches really does turn to gold. All his works to date except the most recent album(fingers crossed for a golden melody win!) and his Black Tangerine album(I smell a conspiracy) have been nominated and collected accolades at the prestigious Golden Melody Awards.
He also has such an amazing vision that sets him apart from other artists. He doesn’t go along with the flow like other artists; pumping out an album every year on the dot like mandopop superstar Jay Chou. He takes his time, and creates something that is truly beautiful and timeless; works that some artists may only be able to dream of. I’ve been able to replay his songs over and over again for years now; without getting sick of them. I don’t know if it’s the voice, the potent likability of the melody, or the innovation that he puts into each arrangement of a song, but I’ve gotta say; its definitely working for me.
I guess some people see it, and some don’t. But each of his albums leaves me touched and blessed for being able to hear what he has to say. It’s a piece of art, a work of love that he presents to fans (See: one liners: David Tao-Black Tangerine) that is full of inspiration, David’s thoughts and ideas all on a carefully crafted concept. The artists that I respect most are the ones who are able to tell their story through their songs. So who needs facebook, weibo or twitter when you’re David Tao? I’m honestly not upset that he doesn’t update that much on there because I’ve learnt so much about him through his music already, and I feel that that’s what’s important. Getting to know a person through their music is a wonderful feeling; hearing works that they’ve put their hearts and souls into is truly a mind-opening experience. With David I truly feel privileged to be a fan of his, and to be able to share in his spectacular visions, ideas and creativity.