Singing about love
Want to do something different on Valentine's Day? Just head up to
Genting Highlands for lots of fresh air and some Chinese love songs in a
Valentine's concert, writes THAM AI MEI.
NOTHING beats some mood-inducing Chinese love songs to create a
romantic atmosphere. Come this Valentine's DayTaiwan's well known
love-song crooners Huang Pin Yuan and Shino Lin, and Winnie Hsin
Hsiao Qi from China will be at the Arena of Stars, Genting Highlands, to
serenade lovebirds at the Valentine's concert. Huang and Hsin's
enthusiasm was apparent from the telephone interview from Taiwan
recently. Lin was unable to take part in the interview as she was
having a sore throat.
Hsin, who named Barbra Streisand and Michael Jackson as her musical
inspirations, is famed for her love songs Wei Dao (Scent) and Ling Wu
(Realisation). The singer was coy when asked about her line-up of
songs for the upcoming concert.
"I should be a bit more mysterious about what songs I am going to
sing," said Hsin with a laugh. When persuaded, she revealed in
Mandarin: "There should be six or seven Mandarin songs and most of
them will be old favourites that everyone is familiar with."
"It is likely that Huang and I will be doing a duet. Which song? That
shall remain a secret till day of the concert itself."
When one of the reporters speculated that the song would be a Leslie
Cheung cover number, Hsin laughed and playfully chided the reporter
for being nosy.
Prior to the interview, this energetic songster was in Hong Kong
working on her new album.
"All the songs in my upcoming album are new and not cover versions
like my previous albums," she revealed. Hsin has also added some
international elements to her album.
"I have been working with composers from outside Taiwan. They are
from Singapore, China and Malaysia. The album will be released soon,"
Hsin has many hopes and wishes for her career this year.
"Last year was a very fulfilling and busy year for me. I travelled to
many places, especially to Hong Kong and China, and I was also
involved in the musical, Butterfly Lovers, in Taiwan. I also took part in
the Dandelion Love Concert that was staged in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
It was a fantastic concert!"
"This year, I hope to do a lot more things such as coming up with a
great album and also be able to stage Butterfly Lovers outside of
Taiwan. This way, people from other parts of the world would learn to
appreciate Taiwanese musicals," said Hsin.
As for her personal life, the romantic-at-heart confessed to being
hopeful as she found out that this would be a great year for romance
for those under the Aquarius sign.
【2004/02/11 The Star (Malaysia)】