Saturday, December 08, 2007


I still remember the day. I was at home and my Dad rushed out of the kitchen (yes, my Dad cooks) to tell me that he'd just heard on the radio that John Lennon had been shot dead! I could not accept it but sadly, it was all too true.
Twenty-seven years on, it is still a senseless death and sometimes I try to imagine what things would have been like if he was still alive...
Yes, 8th December is his death anniversary and I understand that there are two movies coming out about his murder which proves that almost thirty years, it is still a tragedy that will never be forgotten.
Lennon will always be my first musical hero - he taught me that you could write songs about everything and anything. I try to emulate his genius everytime I strap on a guitar and sit at a piano. I hope my music honours his memory in some way...


Having been AWOL from the local gig circuit for a while, I was looking forward to catching Indus Gendi at the Youth Centre last evening. But alas, I was confused about the time (I thought it was half and hour later) and when I arrived, the band was into its last song.
What to do?
Anyways, I hung around with the band as we watched Muddy Banks (as that Nirvana live album - geddit?), a bunch of severe Nirvana wannabes. I presume they are a fairly new band and so they can be forgiven for the abject derivative nature of their music. Performance-wise, it could do with more polish but they've certainly got all the grunge rock poses right. Yikes, I can't believe I'm still using the word "grunge" in 2007.
After consuming a so-so plate of lamb chops, we headed over to the Heeren where the Noise Singapore 2007 showcase got underway. The two bands that were playing I've heard before and in order to be kind, I will not comment on what I thought of their performances. Suffice to say that I believe that bands should have something special to say if they wanna get up on that stage. And they sure don't. Yeah, I'm crazy that way...
Adam, Bonk, James and I tried to make sense of the entire proceedings as MPs and other VIPs made their obligatory appearances although I'll bet they didn't have an inkling of what was going on. Embarrassing.
Yes, what I am saying is that as well-intentioned Noise Singapore is - and it is - it is merely a token effort to support the more "commercial" arts in Singapore. With all the money that is available, the NAC and others can do much more for local music. But that is the subject of a different rant...
Saw Colin (King Kong Jane) and Pat there too.
See you at Zoukout, 4am...

Thursday, December 06, 2007


Over at Sting's website, it has been announced the legendary band will be performing at the Indoor Stadium on 4 Feb 08.
Ever since the Police began their reunion world tour, I'd been hoping for this to happen...
... and it is!!!
Can't wait.

Latest: Tickets for the concert are priced from $98 to a whopping $600! After much deliberation, I booked two $200 tickets for the missus and I. Guess Sting's mansion needs some refurbishing... just imagine a Singapore band commanding that kind of price....

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


I am most definitely the kind of person who would never attend an event like ZoukOut.
Nothing to do with age.
I don't really dig the beach. I like to be asleep in the wee hours of the morning. Techno music isn't really my cup of tea.
So you've just gotta appreciate the irony that come 4am this Sunday morning, I will be on stage singing with the Great Spy Experiment, Haffiz and Ngak on the Siloso Beach in Sentosa for ZoukOut.
How did that happen?
Simple, GSE asked...and so here I am...
Wow, gonna be a day of firsts for me.
1st time at ZoukOut
1st time playing with GSE
1st time performing at 4am
The rehearsals have been coming together nicely with new vocal arrangements between the three of us gelling well. I am pretty excited. Fans of GSE will not wanna miss this gig as I would imagine it being a "once-in-a-lifetime" event!

... still there's more ...

Sunday, December 02, 2007


Here's a bit of a summary of what has happened in the last couple of days...

Thurs, 29 Nov - attended the press con for Michael Wang's Carrot Cake Conversations. Met Cat Ong, the kind person who gave us (Jon How & I) tickets to the New Minstrels show, and who happens also to be related to Michael! Small island. Was also introduced to Danielle, the Aussie actress who will be playing Kate in the movie. Very nice girl - she's 21. Two good contacts to keep in mind.

Sat, 30 Nov - worked for most of the day but managed to make it to the Singapore Writers Festival panel discussion featuring Kurt Busiek and Gail Simone. The 40 minute discourse left me a little bored - instead of being about writing, centred on marketing. Ho hum. Saw JF there though and I must remember to call him one day soon.

Sun, 1 Dec - a new month, the last of 2007 and it was crammed with two jams. First, with the Groovy People - the songs are sounding tighter - Beni's harmonies are simply heavenly, Adam's adding more inventive touches and James is easing himself into the band nicely. Second, GSE with Ngak and Haffiz. Pure fun. I worked out more harmonies with Ngak and the songs are coming together well. Can't wait for 8 Dec - will I be the eldest person ever to perform at Zoukout? I wonder...

...still there's more...