the day we sang miley

we did a little gig at camp rainbow this morning. i was so glad for the chance to be around these precious kids.. typically overlooked + misunderstood. i was grateful for a place they could be free to be themselves, among new friends sharing a common understanding..

liked watching the inspiring staff + volunteers + this dance group that did funny kiddie-friendly circus-like dances in wetsuits. the kids singing if we hold on together set my eyes brimming with tears more than twice. not sure why. i guess i see them as heroes in their own right.

ooh, and i ran into my sec2-classmate-now-turned-doctor.. who calls me by my full name. really funny. hardly anyone ever does that anymore.



the summer approaches

i don’t really know what the summer has to do with gigs, but it seems like they’re all flooding in right around this time. here are some tidbits of what we have up our sleeves for this new season.. enjoy!

practice snippet #1: jonsi

practice snippet #2: future of forestry

newsong sneak preview

recording demos squish our brains

highlights of ooom5

*people clapped for us!! (and listened!!) ok just exaggerating but it’s the warmest response we’ve gotten ever :)

*wow, i can’t ever get the solos 100% right during the actual event (i know it’s quite stupid b/c i made them up myself + they are beyond me).. 
but some pple commented on my playing and really liked it so, yay! more than 50% correct notes.. :p anyway, that’s pretty faithful to the phenomenon i experienced way back while playing classical music. tension and nerves cut down my hit-rate to like 75%…
*i was really impressed by the quality of the ooomers (for lack of better word)! really solid guitar skills and voices most of the time. call me biased but my favorite act was rach + syltra’s KT Tunstall cover! they were so perfect.. much better than the original :p
*made a bunch of new friends (as usual)! learnt (as usual) that this is a crazy small world (probably 2 degrees of separation so far as s’pore is concerned).
*this is nuts. this is the stuff i dreamed for singapore to have in 2006. when i first met jon how @ the espl library cafe (SAC) i was really excited to c that he had open mic.. and then complained to him tt i didn’t have anyone to sing with.. haha. and now, almost 3 yrs later…
*next up: singing 3 covers to RJ peeps next thurs! RJ!!!

*scape prep

or is it “scape*”?

anywayy. rach has been invited to perform at the scape building (youth park, opp orchard cineleisure) this coming sat. i am ever so honored to be her partner-in-crime and incredibly psyched to play at orchard.. it’s like my fav part of singapore. hands down.

we pracd at starbucks united sq just now.. it takes like 3-4 hrs to figure out one song leh.. such terribly hard work.. i’ve never had to prac guitar so hard in my life.. honestly.. never before have i been pressed to acquire such fingerwork skill and control of this instrument.. the fretboard still confuses me (capo makes it even more confusing) n intervals on the violin are tons easier..
i’ve stagnated for years (why do u need to improve if all u are really ‘required’ to play every sunday is 6 chords in 5 keys [with tons of overlap.. being a math grad i shld prolly know how to work that out systematically but i shan’t try]?).
public gigs are a good thing. a real good thing.

i have yet to learn (it’s prolly somewhere on youtube) how to play jazz organ style on keys (which i totally faked during the espl gig episode).. and i guess bluegrass violin.

see you at *scape, or scape*, or *scape*…
<3 red