LUCIA MICARELLI & CHRIS BOTTI at Boston… hauntingly beautiful.

Ferry… Hemex… glittering blue bag and orange dress… splitting ways at the turn of heads, voices drowned in the empty echoes of footsteps

眾裡尋他於藍海水的閃爍與橘色的暮,驀然回首,卻錯過在漪蘆。

What a poetic song by the master Kitaro, and what an angelic vocal performance by Jane Zhang.  I’m moved from the very first note.

Some nice insights on music and the industry from John Mayer:

at Berklee Performance Center.

Watched Cirque Du Soleil’s act IRIS (prounced: e-leeese) at the renowned this past weekend, I was blown away. I’m glad this act has residency at Kodak Theater in Hollywood as I’ll definitely go back again (and maybe again and again). Aside the wonderful stage decoration and design, the meticulously tailored costumes, the jaw-dropping acrobatic moves, the elegance in the camera projection usage and the ingenious angle of presenting life through the lens of cameras, there’s the captivating music written by the respected Danny Elfman! My ears were having a treat right from the very beginning, when the eerie yet beautiful theme is played through the piano keys alone. It reminded me a lot of Vincent’s piano solo in The Corpse Bride.

Read an interview with Danny Elfman on the music-making for IRIS.

The CD can be pre-ordered now:

I can’t wait to unwrap the CD and immerse myself back in the beauty bath of such wonderful music.

It’s hugely generous for Cirque Du Soleil for us to enjoy the music via streaming before the CD goes on sale.

Highly recommending Cirque Du Soleil’s IRIS for an exciting theatrical experience.

I discovered Alexander Calder when I was in a museum in Washington D.C. a few years ago. I fell in love with his wonderful mobiles instantly. The balance of these art pieces is amazing, how the weight of the different sections in the mobile support one another is clever and meticulous, and how each section spontaneously dances with the air is captivating, just like how a drop of ink dissolves into a glass of water, silky and just flows with the current, very beautiful.

Kudos to today’s GoogleDoodle for featuring Alexander Calder’s mobile (happy 113th birthday!). Look at the detail of the doodle, even the shadow underneath the search box moves as the mobile moves! (doesn’t work in IE8 though, please use Firefox or Chrome or Safari for the cool animation).

Alexander Calder Mobile - GoogleDoodle

Alexander Calder's mobile is featured as Google Doodle on July 22, 2011

最近愛上了麥浚龍的一曲「弱水三千」。

如詩如幻的一首歌,以水為題,惋歎愛情,於 2009 年面世,我竟在數天前才遇上。

詩般的詞 -「混雜絕望後便是淚水 衍生出心碎」, 「汗滴在血海紅不紅,散聚後味道如茶濃不濃」;字句美麗之餘又能表達出完整意境,令我沈醉於夢般畫面。

和音令人動容,聽下去像是像是在嘆氣,又像是一層霧正昇起往天空飛去,令意境更迷幻;配合於動人的旋律,加強凄美感,帶我遊歷內心世界,游過弱水。

編曲亦有著出色的編排,配合水之形態萬千變化,有起有伏-開始的空蕩蕩像是大海的虛無,慢慢地化作水滴後的漣漪,後來洶湧如世事及愛海的波濤,最後看透混亂,回復平靜,身輕如雲如霧,「得到青空」。

此作品在各方面也有著令人贊嘆的出色,實屬廣東流行曲中一難得佳作。

愛上了。

Juno’s blog post on 弱水三千

弱水三千 – JUNO 麥浚龍 from Sillything Visuals on Vimeo.

弱水三千
曲:馮穎琪
詞:林夕
編:張亞東
監:麥浚龍 / Jerald

三千春江水 暫住寂寞天空
逛夠了世界 撇進了春風

*活著自活著 萬象在逝水中暢泳
偶爾愛上過 一些倒映
流年流成河流留過幾度名勝
浪停下像拿著鏡 難辨舊日風景
山水非山水 凍了變雪堆
山水本山水 遇熱若霧水
混雜絕望後便是淚水衍生出心碎
葡萄若化水醉了會再醉
會跌進漩渦太虛
擠於渠裡 浸於浴裡
同樣落自春水

#汗滴在血海紅不紅
散聚後味道如茶濃不濃
那是快感還是痛
深海裡永遠看不通
靜靜地浮遊在青空
一轉身可以化進了杯中
口乾了便喝盡那密雲
像喝掉如夢如幻信不信

repeat*#

三千春江水 暫住寂寞天空
逛夠了世界 撇進了春風
(清水苦水一樣暫住半空)
水中不起花 萬物靜默不動
碎了這塊鏡 照見了洶湧
眉頭才震動

repeat#

水漫漫 飄色於天空
水漫漫 將萬物玩弄

活著若是夢 是夢蝶讓水色震動
撇夠了冷雨 得到青空

Stumbled upon this beautiful poem by Robert Frost –

Dust of Snow
The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.
– Robert Frost

So real and subtle, like the quiet ripples that form when a dragonfly touches the surface of a pond. No metaphor, just simple images and a true-to-the-heart feeling, and it provokes beautiful imagery and emotions. This reminds me that lyric writing should be like this, keep it true, keep it simple, keep it close-to-the-heart.

Thanks to the Les Paul Google Doodle for the marked decrease in productivity and self indulgence broken loose. Here’s my humble interpretation on a few tunes on the steel guitar doodle:

La Vie En Rose

Seek Ye First

偶遇 Encounter

Swan Lake

You Are My Sunshine

Edelweiss

Love Me Tender

Bell Tower (a piano song I learned as a kid)

Lullaby (Johannes Brahms – Op.49 No.4 Wiegenlied)

別讓我步過 – 王雅文

痴情意外 – 陳慧嫻

藍色的愛麗絲 (痴情意外原版) – 玉置浩二

剪愛 – 張惠妹

沙灘 – 陶喆

沙堡壘 – 容祖兒

聽海 – 張惠妹

思憶季節 – 張學友

浪淘沙 – 羅文 + 華星新秀 (莫鎮賢、歐陽德勛、林楚麒、戴蘊慧、蘇永康、張衛健、杜德偉)

幾許風雨 – 羅文

人生何處不相逢 – 陳慧嫻