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  • The Night Linkin Park Rocked Singapore Again

    15. Nov. 2007, 13:18

    Tue 13 Nov – NOKIA Presents LINKIN PARK Live

    The thing about a Linkin Park concert is that it gives off really good vibes and man, does it make the crowd go wild. So after watching Live in Texas (which is just as awesome) and missing their 2004 concert at the Padang, I've gotten a chance to attend their 2nd one here in Singapore. I lent my brother $150 to pay for his ticket so it cost me $300 altogether for a pair in Pen A, the closest to Linkin Park that you can get. It was pretty easy for me to squeeze through the crowd (thanks to some tiny gaps of space here and there) but when I got to the point where everyone was basically body to body, there was just no more room for me to get any nearer to the stage or should I say the barricade. Dang! I was just 3 persons away from the barricade. Slight disappointment but oh well, it was close enough. The set list is as follows.

    01. Wake - I wasn't aware that it was playing at all because the stadium was just roaring with noise.

    02. Given Up - THE opening song, the one that makes the crowd jump and one of the only three songs from Minutes to Midnight that I pay attention to and like.

    03. No More Sorrow - The other song from Minutes to Midnight that I like. I love the drums on this track.

    04. Lying From You - One of my most favourite songs by them, it just makes you wanna do a Chester Bennington impersonation which is leaping off an imaginary crate while yelling your heart out at the same time after the guitars come in.

    05. Don't Stay - Another favourite of mine, makes the crowd wanna get rowdy.

    06. Somewhere I Belong - It's a LP classic, so they had the crowd singing along with them. I wanted to play air guitar when the guitars came in, but it was way too cramped.

    07. From The Inside - When Chester yells "I won't waste myself on you", you can't help but yell along too. I had a few kids around me yelling along to almost every song with great gusto, which was pretty amusing to watch.

    08. Papercut - Another great song by them.

    09. Points of Authority - It was pleasing to hear this song being performed as it is another one of my top favourites by them and Mike added a little of Petrified in which made it all the more better, Petrified being my favourite song from Fort Minor.

    10. In Pieces - Ok, I didn't pay much attention to the songs on Minutes to Midnight with the exception of Bleed It Out, Given Up and No More Sorrow. So this was my first time actually giving it a proper listen. Brad's guitar solo was cool though.

    11. Shadow Of The Day - Their newest single. My attention kind of wavered during this song.

    12. Numb - Everyone was cheering with excitement when they started playing it. It definitely is an LP classic.

    13. Pushing Me Away (Piano Version) - I like this song, especially the lyrics however, I prefer it done the original way.

    14. Breaking The Habit - Didn't pay much attention because it isn't one of the songs that I have on repeat in my CD player.

    15. Crawling - One of the LP songs that I always listen and can relate to. I enjoyed singing and yelling along to this one.

    16. The Little Things Give You Away - Didn't pay attention to this either, infact I don't remember how the song goes.

    17. What I've Done - No comment.

    18. Faint - Finally another favourite and that sent me headbanging along with the others.

    [Encore]

    19. One Step Closer - No LP concert is complete without One Step Closer. You could really feel the unity of the whole stadium during this track.

    20. In The End - Neither would it do without this one.

    21. Bleed It Out - All too soon the concert comes to an end, but no better way too finish it off with this one although it didn't even feel like it was gonna end.

    It was well worth the money and a great night of live rock/nu-metal music but where were my other RAWKIN favourites like With You, Hit the Floor and Easier to Run. I also felt that there could have been a little more crowd interaction. All I remembered was him joking that we were ruthless and that we should be ashamed of ourselves because the fans were grabbing his broken arm in a mad rush when he got to the edge of the stage and this resulted in his bracelet being broken. We headed out of the stadium (though a little reluctant) to check out what the purchase of the night's live recording was all about. Turns out it was just $15 for an exclusive code to download the audio performance of the show to burn on a CD. We were under the impression that the code would enable us to download and watch the whole performance. Thankfully, the money was well-spent on the code and CD, since they sounded fantastic live but I'll have to wait till December 21 to download the audio performance. This concert is one that leaves you saying that it's "F***ing awesome". It really is! Leaving the stadium, I thought I might only go back for another Linkin Park concert given that I have too much money to spend but now I'm thinking if they ever do come back, I'll definitely want to go again for another night of rockin' live music by them.
  • Something To Be Grateful For... My Black and White Keys

    11. Jul. 2007, 6:38

    I would like to say that I'm thankful for the piano lessons that I have received since I was as little as 4. Although I have stopped, (It has been 3 years) I still have the urge once in a while to play the songs I like. I usually attempt pieces from the genre. The piano goes very well with the guitar and drums, and an orchestra playing in the background makes it even more splendid. Now that's beautiful music to the ears! That's why I just can't get enough of Vanessa Carlton's A Thousand Miles.

    As of now, these are some of the pieces (my favourites) that I can play:

    Michelle Branch - All You Wanted

    Britney Spears - Born to Make You Happy

    Evanescence - Bring Me to Life

    Avril Lavigne - Complicated

    Delta Goodrem - Innocent Eyes

    Michelle Branch - One of These Days

    Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles

    Vanessa Carlton - White Houses

    Currently learning:

    Ben Jelen - Come On (Album Version)

    Alicia Keys - Diary

    Chris Brown - Say Goodbye

    Planning to learn:

    Marques Houston - Circle

    Jesse McCartney - Just So You Know

    Sometimes, I wished I could play the guitar too and if you didn't know, I would have taken figure skating up instead of ballet. That's if I could turn back time to the year 1993. 3 would have been a great time to start. So, while I wish to myself, there's someone out there also wishing that he/she could just learn to play the piano instead of the... I don't know, violin? There could also be some figure skater wishing she was something else instead. You see, the grass is always greener on the other side. I'm slowly learning to just be grateful with what I have.
  • The song I'd like to live my life by

    17. Jan. 2007, 13:03

    I Hope You Dance

    I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
    You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
    May you never take one single breath for granted
    God forbid love ever leave you empty-handed
    I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
    Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
    Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance
    And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

    I hope you dance, I hope you dance

    I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
    Never settle for the path of least resistance
    Livin' might mean takin' chances, but they're worth takin'
    Lovin' might be a mistake, but it's worth makin'
    Don't let some hell-bent heart leave you bitter
    When you come close to sellin' out, reconsider
    Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
    And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

    I hope you dance, I hope you dance
    I hope you dance, I hope you dance
    (Time is a wheel in constant motion, always rolling us along
    Tell me who wants to look back on their years
    And wonder, where those years have gone)

    I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
    Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
    Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance
    And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

    Dance, I hope you dance
    I hope you dance, I hope you dance
    I hope you dance, I hope you dance
    (Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along
    Tell me who wants to look back on their years
    And wonder where those years have gone)

    I first heard this song on the radio and it's really special to me. It makes me wanna cry whenever I hear it. It reminds me to live life to the fullest and not be afraid to take chances in life and that God is always there holding my hand.

    Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance, Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance

    Sometimes, I forget that God is there for me and I don't give faith that fighting chance when I should.

    This song should be every mother's song to her children. The lyrics are so beautifully written and inspiring. God bless y'all.

    And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance
  • Cheyenne & Funk #49

    14. Jan. 2007, 19:22

    Well, I must say I really like Cheyenne Kimball's music. She sure is a talented lass. What I like about her music is that it kinda has that good ol' southern rock feel to it and yet still exudes those good, fun vibes of pop/rock. She is now one of my fave pop/rock artists in addition to Michelle Branch and Vanessa Carlton. Now that Michelle doesn't do solo stuff anymore, (I do hope she makes a solo comeback) I find myself listening to Cheyenne more. Cheyenne's music is somewhat reminiscent of James Gang and Lynrd Skynrd, and so I was reminded of that song Funk #49, which is an awesome song too. Her cd is great for long road trips in the car and so is 15 Greatest Hits.