While looking for cute panda pixs to cheer myself up, came across these fabulous comic strips by Coco Wang. Also check out her other strips on the Sichuan earthquake - wonderful stuff. So what's new & happening? Well, check out the new Taiwan wunderboy Jam Hsiao's debut album & there was a track called 活著 (Live on) which has the line 為你唱首歌 (I sing you a song) like David's earthquake song in the lyrics! Coincidental? Well, guess not an uncommon line in lyrics but the title & song is also an encouraging song almost like its written for victims of the earthquake. Only difference it's a fast song. Anyway, just a trivial thing I noticed but then all power to WaWa whose simple lyrics always has the ability to touch the heart. Also there are 4 ballads in the album that featured a longish solo piano intro. They are written by Gary Cao, Real of FIR, Qing Feng of Sodagreen & Jam Hsiao himself. For sure there must be many ballads that start with a solo piano intro but to have 4 in one album? Anyway I am no expert on chinese albums so I can't say for sure that there were not other albums that had that many ballads with solo piano intro. Or maybe its just the power of DT that even with 1 song, he can influence the way chinese ballads are arranged ^__^ Okay okay I am just your raving DT fanatic (*__*) But I do especially love the intro in 好好活下去, the way it tugs at the heartstrings.
Anyway back to Jam Hsiao who interests me cos he looks like a male version of A-Mei. He too is of Taiwanese aboriginal background. Here he is wearing a crown cos his album came up top in sales *sigh* The things chinese record companies made their singers do. Jam's company has been very safe with his album & it has enough ballads for karaoke as well as a couple of off-beat songs to appeal to the young crowd who want something more 'indie'. Of more interest is Jam's vocals whom everybody rave abt & I must be the odd one cos I honestly cannot find anything attractive abt his voice. In fact he has a rather old-fashioned way of singing like warbling with a very pronounced vibrato. Unlike A-mei who has a well-modulated voice with excellent clarity and just enough vibrato for emphasis. I noticed most chinese listeners go for singers who work hard audibly for their high notes like Jam whereas for me I prefer a singer who can go through a wide range effortlessly like Alicia Keys & of cos DT ^__^