Music Obsessions – December 2018

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A bit of a change this December. While I usually have this month’s Music Obsessions completely dedicated to holiday music but I decided to do a separate post for it closer to Christmas since I have some other stuff I’ve been listening to. So here we are!

Like a Boss – KURA

We’re back to some more hardcore music than the last two months. KURA’s latest track is absolutely catchy and I’m loving it so much.

謝霆鋒 Nicholas Tse – 青空 Clear Sky

I’ve been a fan of Nicholas Tse’s since a long time. While he hasn’t been doing much in the past few years, its nice to see that the past year or so, he has been getting back to his roots and making some really meaningful stuff. This song gives tribute to Hong Kong. Its absolutely fantastic.

Pin Zhou 周品 – Angels & Demons 天使與惡魔

All Out of Love has ended as this post goes up. A little near the end was when we started looking back at another plot line and that is when this song showed up. I honestly think its a great song on how its performed and the lyrics and just everything about it.

一笑傾城 – Love O2O Main Theme

Netflix just picked up Love O2O, which is a 2016 Chinese TV series which I binged in the most epic way. Its fun and awesome and sweet and just all the best adjectives I have of it. With that said, the soundtrack is also fantastic. This one is awesome and is sung by a few of the supporting actors and its so fun and matches the TV series tone so much.

Tangled Love – Theway Zhang [An Oriental Odyssey Opening Theme]

Hands down my obsession for the second half of November in terms of TV series. I usually avoid TV series set in ancient China unless it has some historical drama value because those ones done by China is really good and mostly accurate, except for a few dramatization. However, this one is based on a fantasy novel. As you all know by now, my TV series are chosen based on some kind of link of the previous TV series that I watched so I started to watch this because its main lead (who I never thought was the main lead since his parts are fairly sparse) Yecheng Zheng that I liked in Love O2O as a supporting role is here. Its pretty lighthearted and quirky for the most part.

This wraps up this month’s Music Obsessions!
Before we hit 2019, look out for the music obsessions special for Christmas Music soon-ish!

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Music Obsessions – November 2018

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Welcome to the next Music Obsessions!

This past month has been quite a new adventure as I strive to get out of a writing rut as well as get out of this black hole that Meteor Garden created in my life. The good news is that I’ve moved on to various Chinese series and the bad news is that they have somewhat invaded my life while everything else was going on. They all had their own desired effect from helping me let out my frustration because the show was so freaking frustrating to watch falling on the tropes that get me annoyed despite liking the characters. Or falling into the cute and sweet high school life series and so on.

123 I Love You

Nothing like a cute song to kick things off, right? 123 I Love You has some very adorable lyrics and the tune is really upbeat. Its kind of like the song to sing at some romantic event like a wedding or something. Very cute karaoke style as well. I heard it from a game show segment on Happy Camp and seeked it out.

It’s a Dream – Hu Yi Tian
(A Love So Beautiful – Ending Theme)

Right after Meteor Garden, I went to seek out another TV series and found that Shen Yue debuted in A Love So Beautiful which is a short little TV series which is really cute but has some incredibly touching moments. I’ll have a TV binge on that one soon since I’ve watched it like 2 more times afterwards. The opening theme is also really good but somehow I like the ending theme a little more The lyrics connect with me a little more.

Not a Damn Thing Changed – Lukas Graham

Lukas Graham’s music truly soars when he sings about something very personal to him/them since it is a band. This song actually was released about the time that I learned about my grandmother’s death (or a little before but I don’t remember exactly) and it touched me quite a bit. Its a powerful tune and lyrics.

Chasing the Light – Yoyo Sham

Suffice to say that A Love So Beautiful moved into watching the debut series for the guy in that one and it landed on Rush to the Dead Summer and while Hu Yi Tian isn’t the main guy and is a cameo/supporting character,  this one is also one that I liked a lot for various reasons and I’m currently rewatching. This song is a great one that I’m currently still very addicted to and actually trying to learn how to sing it correctly. Its been a while that I’ve had some more current music that makes me want to get it right. It is a pretty awesome feeling to get back in touch with my singing. Rush to the Dead Summer also has a great soundtrack but this one is the one that tugs my heartstrings the most.

A Person Like Me – Xuedong Chen
(cover on Transboundary Singer Season 3)

There is a whole connection going on here but the main star of Rush to the Dead Summer, Chen Xuedong is currently someone I’m the most interested in following his career so I went back to this summer’s Transboundary Singer Season 3 because I also heard him sing and loved it on Happy Camp and decided to follow that. His music choice and his voice is fantastic. One of my faves because of his range. This was the song he sang at Happy Camp but this is the Transboundary Singer performance. I love everything about this from his style change to the way he sings it.

Fairy Town Plus – An Gang

One of the performances of Chen Xuedong on Transboundary Singer was a cover of this song. Because I liked his rendition so much, I decided to seek out the original and this is a twist on an original called Fairy Town. This one takes on a different style but the lyrics here really are awesome. I’d translate it but its a 5 minute song so would take a long time and I’m a bit lazy. One of my favorite lyrics that kind of relate to how I feel sometimes about this whole blogging and podcast business is translated into this:

他們問我堅持了這麼久是為了什麼 ?
我說我沒有堅持因為喜歡所以快樂
很多人一輩子忙忙碌碌不會懂得:
有個被嘲笑的夢想萬一有天實現了呢?

They asked me why I persevered for so long,?
I said that I didn’t persevere but because I like it that’s why I’m happy,
A lot of people are busy all their lives  and don’t understand:
What if a laughable dream one day will come true?

Not a perfect translation but I hope you get what I mean. Anyways, there is a lot of cool stuff in here as it takes fairy tales and mixes in reality and dreams. Its pretty awesome. The original song is also really great and the lyrics are different and not in this rap style.

That’s it for this Music Obsessions!
Very Chinese music heavy but still, its the phase I’m in.
Hopefully you find something that you like. Some of these videos have English translations in their videos so that’s a plus. 

What have you been listening to lately?

Music Obsessions – October 2018

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Its October already! Halloween marathon is upon us but I’m sorry, this isn’t going to be a Halloween themed post. Before we jump back to horror content, we’re going to listen to some songs that have caught my ears this past month. As some of you know by now (even if the TV binge might not be up yet), I had quite the adventure watching the new Meteor Garden. I got sucked into this black hole where a minimum amount of work got done until I cut myself off after a few days of watching it and it invading every moment of my life. Doesn’t help the focusing for work part. Anyways, I went on a little journey to explore the Chinese TV series scene and especially the cast in this Meteor Garden and landed on some variety shows and that just opened up a lot of other stuff which leads to this very much Meteor Garden and Tangents focus!

The Love You Want (Midnight Version) – Penny Dai

One of the things about Meteor Garden in this modernized reboot is that it changes around the original soundtrack. A few of the songs at least. This one is my favorite song from Meteor Garden, in 2001 and this Midnight Version might just top that one so much. Its so relaxing to listen to and it just gets all the feels. Try 49 episodes worth of it. I tell you, this one choked me up sometimes in the different stuff with some of the other episodes. And well, the video is just one of the episodes that just murdered my tear ducts and I cried like 2 episodes in a row. Suffice to say, its got all the feels.

I Don’t Even Think About It – Dylan Wang

Dylan Wang isn’t exactly a great singer. In some shows, he admits that and that is part of the charm of him. His style and boyish charm is what makes him stand out in Meteor Garden and I think this charm shows off the style he has where he can pull off this rock sort of style while he actually is best when he raps. I’ll probably share some of that eventually, but not this time.

Never Thought Of – Dylan Wang, Guan Hong, Connor Leong, Caesar Wu (new F4)

Final choice is something like a theme song or one of them sang by this new F4 made up by Dylan Wang, Guan Hong (aka Darren Chen), Caesar Wu and Connor Leong. I won’t put too many of them as it does reveal a lot of the main plot lines and I kind of want to get more people to watch this if its something that is in your interests.

So moving onto my educating myself of these 4 young actors and landing on some cool variety shows and finding some new songs that has been my absolute obsessions.

Welcome to my Small Small World – Happy Camp hosts with guests F4 & others

I don’t follow Chinese variety shows much. I did start watching the Hunan Channel for the Come Sing With Me show but because of the whole F4 understanding these young actors, I ended up discovering Happy Camp and boy, is it a fun show! I love it so much! This is a segment this summer that ended after a series of episodes themed for a concert. This is one of the songs that came out of it and I just love how fun it is.

Sincerely Yours – A Si feat. Yoga Lin

Because of the above episode and thanks to an incredible job sang by Connor Leong, I discovered this song called Sincerely Yours which is in line for probably my favorite song this year. Its so awesome. The singing, the lyrics and the tune all works so well together.

Can you tell that while I’m a big fan of the F4? I see a different path for each of them and there’s something about Connor Leong’s very boyish charm and like the boy next door style that makes him so fun to watch, especially when he is on the show a lot too. He was part of writing this song with this lovely girl and this song is incredible. I spent a few days learning how to sing it because it takes some time to nail the lyrics.

Learn to Meow – Xiao Panpan & Xiao Fengfeng

Well, also from the Happy Camp episode mentioned before, Dylan Wang completely lost the tune in the most adorable way and sang this song, Learn to Meow. I might not be down for listening to a messed up version from Dylan Wang but the actual version is cute as heck. They have a little adorable movement/dance sequence. If some of you don’t know, I love cats and actually I act like a cat a lot when I’m around the house, like random meowing and imitating my cat and stuff. Its a little ridiculous but my husband calls me “Kitty” so that doesn’t help. Which makes this song kind of everything me, even the lyrics nail some of my personality. Guess why this made it on the list and why I sing and listen to this one a lot too.

That’s it for this month’s Music Obsessions!
I can guarantee these songs are still playing on for the next month.

How about you? What have you been listening to?

Music Obsessions – September 2018

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Another month has gone by in 2018! Time for the monthly dose of music obsessions! A lot of random spontaneity this time around!

Lie A Little Better – Lucy Hale

If you did catch up with my last What’s Up episode, I talked about revisiting Pretty Little Liars. Which isn’t weird because as I was putting together posts and searching up some names and whatnot for Pretty Little Liars, I came across an article about Lucy Hale talking about how she wrote this song with Drew Van Acker on her mind which for those who don’t know plays a role in Pretty Little Liars and is a gorgeous guy who she has some romance/connection with and well, I personally ship them super hard. Either way, since I hadn’t heard this song or any of Lucy Hale’s songs, I decided to give it a go. Its not the best country music I’ve heard but I think its a cute and fun one. Its growing on me quite a bit.

Dear God – Hunter Hayes

I’m a huge fan of Hunter Hayes and its been a few years since he’s had music (or so it would seem for myself) but this year has seen him popping up again. I love the lyrics and the rhythm of this song as a whole. Really good stuff!

Spark – F.I.R.

If you follow me the Facebook page (you can check it out here), I wrote an extensive post about this one. The Outsiders was a breakout hit for Taiwanese TV series like maybe 10+ years ago and saw the rising of some big Taiwanese stars who went on to make some other movies and progress in their career paths with Blue Lan (I reviewed Easy Fortune Happy Life series HERE) and Dylan Kuo for starters and then also gave the rising of this 3 person rock band called F.I.R. They are honestly the real deal with great vocals and amazing composition talent for all their songs. Unfortunately, it almost felt like their fame came as quick as it left sadly. But now, its nice to see a revival of sorts for The Outsiders in movie form  and they got back F.I.R. to do the main theme song called Spark. I love it so much and have to find some way to see this movie eventually!

我在呢 (I’m Here) – Tank

A complete coincidence that we land on back to back songs for TV series. I’ve actually never heard of this one (as I don’t follow it as much as I did when I was in CEGEP (our 2 years between high school and university)). Tank doesn’t seem to make so much music anymore but I’ve always loved his stuff so I love the fact that this one is a slower, more romantic song and I still like it a lot. Reason being, I’m usually more captivated by his faster songs.

Rumors – R3HAB & Sofia Carson

Freshly released selection right here! Rumors was released this week. If you’ve been following this segment, you know that I love R3HAB. He is a great DJ producer or whatever you call it. It took a little moment to get used to Sofia Carson’s vocals here however, it kind of grew on me as the beat and rhythm went along and it just jived together awesomely.

Tribute to my Dad
Classic Cantonese Pop

80s Canto Pop is really awesome. Well, look past the really cheesy music videos, they still hold so much beauty in both the music and lyrics together. Lisa Wang is a significant pillar in the Hong Kong landscape and she’s done some great music. This is honestly just an example. Either way, if my dad was alive, he’d be celebrating his birthday tomorrow and while I’ve dialed back on getting these posts too personal, I’ve been thinking about things a lot and really wanted to share one of the many 80s classic songs that we used to listen to on car rides and that I still love to listen to and sing to every once in a while. I mean, I could’ve used Cantonese Opera but I’m sparing everyone a long video and their eardrums especially if you aren’t accustomed to it.

That’s it for this Music Obsessions!
What have you been listening to (preferably on repeat)?

Music Obsessions – August 2018

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Well…we’re about a week late. Something was nagging me all week that I had forgotten something and then I realized that it was this Music Obsessions segment. So here we are! Better late than never!

River South – JJ Lin

Its not surprise that this one made it here. JJ Lin became a hit with this song back when I was in cegep. Rightfully so, its a special one with some unique qualities to the tune and the style. I like it for all those elements. I still like to listen to JJ Lin every once in a while. He was on the show Come Sing With Us this season and it had some great moments.

DAOKO – “Fireworks” OST

I saw Fireworks at Fantasia Festival. You can find the review HERE. I was definitely the minority in the reviews who are more positive. One of the things that I liked about Fireworks is the soundtrack. Here’s one of the songs that I was able to find and liked quite a bit.

Jon McLaughlin ft. Will Anderson – Dueling Piano (Kiss Me Slowly/I’ll Follow You)

I’m a big fan of the Dueling Piano series on Jon McLaughlin’s Youtube channel. While I have my varying degrees of preference, I remembered listening to Kiss Me Slowly when it first came out and just loving it so much. To see that song played here in this mash-up was really great. It worked so well together.

The Beat – Mike Williams

What’s a Music Obsessions without some EDM, right? Anyways, I love electronic music and Mike Williams has delivered some good stuff lately. This one is pretty great.

Nobody But Us – Noah Mac

Noah Mac was one of my faves the season that he was The Voice. I mean, I thought he should have won. He has such a vision for making music so I’m happy to see that he’s gotten even better with the music he makes. This one is pretty good.

That’s it for this Music Obsessions!
A bit of a crazy random last minute selections. 
What have you been listening to?

Music Obsessions – July 2018

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Its time for the next Music Obsessions!

This month has been a hot hot month in the music department. I found lots of great music but here are the top selections!

Lose It – Kane Brown

I think the past year’s most surprising and spontaneous find is Kane Brown. This guy has this uniquely deep voice and then delivers these really cool songs. Lose It is honestly one of my favorite. Its lighthearted and fun. Sometimes, country music is what pairs up well with the summer season and this one definitely makes me all warm and fuzzy.

Don’t Let Me Forget – Catherine McGrath feat Hunter Hayes

I love Hunter Hayes. I’ve probably talked about it before. This duet is quite good. There’s some beautiful lyrics and music. Both of their voices work together really well also. It took a while to warm up to the song but now, I feel so fantastic whenever I hear it go on on my playlist.

Polar – Curbi

Nothing rings in summer quite like electronic music. My absolute fave in a really long time is this one. I’ve never heard of Curbi before so it was just a random song I was checking out on Spinnin’ Records and what a pleasant surprise. Its energizing and mechanical and its exactly the style that I love.

Unlovely – Jason Mraz

I’ve loved Jason Mraz for a long time. His music is so upbeat and fun and just simply positive. Its what I love to listen to a lot in the summer (and all the time) because its so carefree. And Unlonely seriously gives me some of the vibes from his earlier music that had that really fun vibe like I’m Yours, for example.

The Other Side – Ruelle

Hurricane – Fleurie

Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments TV series is kind of ruling my life of late. I’m all behind the #SaveShadowhunters thing and I feel bad that I never actually watched it when it was airing episode by episode but then I also don’t have TV so I’m not sure how much the Netflix factors in. Either way, with that said, other than a ton of stuff that I love about it and I’ll talk about it in an upcoming TV Binge soon. I can literally run TV Binge posts for 2 weeks straight right now with all the backlog. Anyways, the soundtrack for Shadowhunters is really awesome. I almost did a full Music Obsessions special just for it (might still happen) but for now, lets start with these two songs.

That’s it for this Music Obsessions!
What have you been listening to?

Music Obsessions – June 2018

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Welcome to the June 2018 Music Obsessions!

Its been quite the month. There’s been a whole assortment of music that I’ve been listening to. Hopefully, you will enjoy it! 🙂

Done For Me – Charlie Puth (feat. Kehlani)

Somehow Charlie Puth seems to have a formula for catchy songs. The lyrics are actually quite similar in most of the time, its about some form of unloyal woman or breakup or broken/toxic relationships. Whatever it is, with pop music, I tend to listen to it for the fun beats than for the lyrics. Done For Me is a pretty fun one. Actually, my husband and I are pretty hooked on it so what can I say? We seem to can’t break out of Charlie Puth Top 40 songs.

Give It Up – Mike Williams

Now, this new Mike Williams video and music of Give It Up is a fun one. It  has some awesome beats and really gives this fun summer vibe. There are very specific songs that have the formula to match a season and this one definitely gives off those wonderful vibes and it makes me super happy to listen to.

愛死你 Love You to Death – Karen Mok (feat Alan Kuo)

I’m positive that I’ve talked about Karen Mok before but this lady is spectacular. I mean, she’s done some great work in Stephen Chow films but her singing talent and her voice is just so unique. Hence why there are two selections here because they are two very different style. This one is hardcore and is with Alan Kuo. And the second one…

If You Love Me, Raise Your Hand – Karen Mok

The second one here is fun and jazzy, full of saxophones and positive energy. I’ve actually been singing and humming this a lot. Actually, the other day I caught myself moving along with the lyrics here which is about raising your left hand and raising your right hand and nodding. Luckily, it wasn’t somewhere public so didn’t quite make a fool out of myself.

我們的愛沒有錯 Our Love Is Never Wrong – 胡夏 Fox Hu

Talk about an accidental find. I was just looking for something, probably Leehom Wang or Karen Mok or the songs from TV series Miss Rose (which I’ll post about soon) and then ended up seeing this one. And its turned out pretty cool and has me wanting to look for this series. I actually have never watched a Chinese TV series (Taiwanese is not the same thing). They  have a lot of them on Netflix and I’m going to one day. But if you do want to get a really authentic experience, their historical TV dramas are fantastic. And I don’t like reading about history much so it shows how great its done. Anyways, this song is really great especially because it seems like it would be a sad song but they give this change in tempo after the first bit and gives a nice upbeat feeling and I guess hope for this love he is singing about.