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Tawki-Taipei as we know it for those of you who aren't really sure what its about is dedicated to the idea of sharing taipei culture with the rest of the world! Taipei's been changing a lot in the past few years and has become an eclectic mix of the old and new, home sweet home yet a thriving city that never sleeps. Taipei has so much to offer that it would be just selfish not to share it with the world!
So singer Lara Liang梁心颐 (to jog your memory, see her duet <Coral Sea> with Jay Chou) and her talented sister Esther have worked together to create a dark humor webseries that will shine a light on the lesser known quirks of living and visiting Taipei. Acting as Scriptwriter and Director (Esther) and Producer and actor (Lara), the two girls have worked extremely hard to promote Taipei in a unique and refreshing way which I am sure will get people who have never even heard of Taipei sit up and take notice.
So if you're a fan of Lara or even just a fan of chinese music, or even maybe some random passerby who clicked the wrong link, please like Tawki's facebook page or show your support for Lara and Esther by liking their entertainment company's facebook page at meimeiwawa Entertainment!
Watch their first short Scratch and Win (in chinese with english subtitles) and their second short House of Champions (in english with chinese subs) as below. Enjoy!
Lara Veronin is largely known for her duet with Jay Chou and her unique doll-like voice which labelled her as an artist with a Girl-next-door image, sweet and likeable. Sweet and likeable she is, but I feel that there is so much more under the surface than what the media likes to focus on.
I’ve been a supporter of Lara’s music since 2009 , and I have definitely seen her grow as both a person and an artist during this time. When I first heard her voice, I was really shocked because I had never heard anyone with such a pure, unique voice. But as I was soon to find out, that was not the only thing that made her special. While others in the music industry still characterise Lara by her doll-like voice, she has proved that she is a much more versatile artist than her voice leaves to the imagination. From her first solo album <Hello Lara> to her second, <Free Spirit> , she has already established the versatility of her voice in the many styles of independent and mainstream genres within them such as <自由灵魂>(free spirit) and <舒适的监牢>(A comfortable jail). But she doesn’t just stop there. After leaving JVR music for a break this year, her performances at the Jazz club Brown Sugar has unearthed Lara’s talents for consistency, her ease on the stage and the wide range of vocal ranges and textures that her voice encompasses . (see her performance of <House of the Rising Sun>).
Her lyrical ability is one of her standout points for me as I am a great fan of her works , both musically and lyrically. She puts her ideas forward in a way that flows very well, introducing (sometimes) more complex ideas with simplicity and yet a sense of grace. She doesn’t just write great lyrics about sad love songs, but also about what it means to be free, pondering on the meaning of life in a way that really makes listeners think about the world around them, and their place in this world.
But in general, her uniqueness as an artist is something that is hard to find in all senses of the word. Being an American-taiwanese of Russian descent, she is an eclectic mix of chinese and western ideals, although she professes that Taiwan will always be home for her. She encourages fans to embrace healthy ideals in all aspects of their lives; by introducing them to her favourite books , quotes and music, but is also an advocate for a healthy lifestyle.
She’s talked quite a bit about her experiences with yo-yo dieting , and explains that this is not the way to go. While other artists constantly post pictures of themselves ‘Gymming it’ at all kinds of insane hours of the day, going for runs at midnight and professing that they’re gaining weight and need to go on diets, Lara teaches fans that theres a time for indulgence, and for healthy eating. (That one facebook post about her eating Reese’s peanut butter cups for breakfast may be an exception to this…)
I think the thing that I like most about Lara is that she knows who she is and has been able to create an image of herself to her fans and media that is very close to her actual personality which is something a lot of artists can’t do. In many ways she is indeed fitted to the girl next door image in the best way possible , but the ideals that she embodies are far from this stereotype on the whole.
I don’t think words are really enough to summarise or even explain how much of an inspiration she is to me, but let’s just leave it at that for now. J
TAWKI-Taipei as we know it , the brainchild
webseries of Lara and Esther Veronin is holding a few competitions that fans
might like to participate in!
1. Those of you who have watched the
first episode of their series, "Scratch n Win" May... enter this one! If you have a good friend or family
member that is similar to any of the characters within the first episode , tag
them in your post(with their permission) starting with something
like..我的兄弟/姐妹(my friend) is really like _______(whichever character you choose)
and give an example of a situation that reflects this! If all your friends are
wimps , feel free to do an example of yourself. Two of the most popular comments
will win a set of posters and cards!
If you haven't watched the first
episode ...(go watch it now!) , there is still a chance for you to participate
in the second giveaway , by recommending MeiMeiwawa entertainment's Facebook
page to five of your friends to stand a chance to win an autographed card of
either Esther or Lara ! Once you've successfully gotten five friends to like the
page, message MeiMeiwawa's Facebook page and let them know and you'll be in the
running to win!
Good luck everyone!
For more information:
Go directly to this link to enter: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.670109696341296.1073741826.146036812081923&
This is how Lara explains her inspiration and thoughts over the second track in her new album called <自由灵魂> , also the title track of the album.
但好像是这样 ， 应该是这样
The spirit seems to be free
very few people have seen it before , so it is hard to be sure...
But it seems to be this way , should be this way.
Society , stress and even one's body
If one is able in a moment be able to leave behind all the rules , what would it be like?
Maybe finally one will be able to see the colours of the soul.
Note:Each person has their own way of freeing their spirit; Lara gives us a glimpse into life with no rules , no stress ; unadulterated freedom.lar