Colour my world…

It does not look like it’s going to be an entertaining show on American Idol today…or at least, I reckon it will not be to my liking. The theme this week is the Rat Pack…

The Rat Pack

…so it will feature songs from those guys in the above picture. I like Frank Sinatra’s karaoke favourite – My Way, and Let me try again…and maybe, Strangers in the night as well but I guess they will have to sing songs from around that era – songs like Bobby Darin’s Mack the Knife which I never really fancy. Dean Martin? Everybody loves somebody, Sway (Yup! That same song revived by Michael Buble/Pussycat Dolls!)…and Sammy Davis Jr’s “Mr Bojangles” (…or what some people may sing, “Mr Bo-Cheng-Kho”! LOL!!! It seems that they expect Adam to do this one!). It certainly does not promise to be very exciting…

Anyway, to get on with today’s post, I have another music quiz for your mid-week entertainment and the theme is COLOURS. All you have to do is to complete the song title by filling in the blanks with a colour. Here goes:

1   ………. leaves of summer

2   ………. rose of Texas

3   Long cool woman in a ………. dress

4   ………. rain

5   The grass is ……….

6   ………. eyes crying in the rain

7   ………. flag

8   A white sport coat and a ………. carnation

9   Don’t it make my ………. eyes blue

10 That ……….-haired daddy of mine

Have fun and good luck!

All over the world…

I find Youtube simply amazing! I enjoy browsing through the videos that are available and what I particularly like is the fact that I can get to see clips of some very old songs like “Autumn Rendevous” by Francoise Hardy or this one – “All over the world” and even the version by The Seekers.

Anyway, this post is not going to be about Youtube nor Francoise Hardy or the Seekers. I just thought I would just squeeze in another song quiz and this time, all you have to do is to fill in the blanks  with the names of countries, towns and cities – places all over the world in order to complete the titles of the songs. For instance, if I give you this: Born in the …….., the answer is U.S.A. which was a hit song for Bruce Springsteen some years back. Of course, I will not provide the Youtube links this time in case somebody goes and peeps again, like in the previous quiz…

So, if you are all ready, here goes:

1  Banks of the ……..

2  One night in ……..

3  Streets of ……..

4  I left my heart in ……..

5  By the time I get to ……..

6  White cliffs of ……..

7  Stranger in ……..

8  Don’t cry for me, ……….

9  …….. Doll

10  Miss ……..

11  …….. Queen

12  Rivers of ……..

So, post your answers quickly, and let’s see who can get all of them right. You can give the names of the singer(s) or groups, if you like.

Now, moving on from the quiz, I dropped by this coffee shop in Rajang Park yesterday morning…

Twin Stars@Rejang Park 1

My very young blogger-friend, Aaron had a post on it once and he claimed that the kampua noodles there is the best. This is the stall…and as you can see, they’ve got some Indonesian maid to prepare the kampua

Twin Stars@Rejang Park 2

I must say that I am put to shame by these Indonesians. The ones at Soon Hock Cafe are fluently conversant in Mandarin and even Foochow! “Puak lak mo?” they would ask me to find out whether I wanted chilli sauce in my kampua. Anyway, getting back to the ones here…

Twin Stars kampua noodles

I’m afraid I found them rather bland and quite disappointing – definitely nowhere near Rasa Sayang’s…

Rasa Sayang kampua

…or Soon Hock’s…

Soon Hock's kampua with pian sip

But I saw the Foochow fried noodles that the stall owner herself was cooking and they looked pretty good. So, I guess I will have to go back there again one of these days to try those…

Say my name (1)…

It’s mid-week and in a couple of days, the weekend will be here. I’ve been blogging on food…food…and more food, and therefore, for a break, I think I’d like to have something different for a change. I did mention the other day on Facebook that I was thinking of posting a song quiz in my blog, so here goes! Now, looking at the photos below, what songs come to your mind? For each of them, can you tell me the title and if possible, the singer(s) as well?

WARNING: Click the links to the video clips at your own risk! It may just be an April Fool’s prank! No cheating now! LOL!!!

Song No. 1:
Song 1

Song No. 2:
Song 2

Song No. 3:
Song 3

Song No. 4:
Song 4

Song No. 5:
Song 5

Song No 6:
Song 6

Song No. 7:
Song 7

Song No. 8:
Song 8

Song No. 9:
Song 9

Song No. 10:

Song 10

Come on! Be a good sport and give it a try! How many can you get correct? Enjoy yourselves, people!

Your song…

I received this book from a friend of mine – Ben on my birthday a few years ago…and I found it interesting and somewhat amusing. It’s really a delightful book to read.

STP's book

As you can see from the photo, the title of the book is “Honey, they’re playing our song” and it was written by Nancy Kennedy. It is  about this lady who heard somewhere that couples should have “their song” for their marriages to last but she and her hubby did not have one, so she went into a frenzy trying to find a song to call their own.

So what’s our song – me and my missus, you may ask? Well, we did not have one at our church service, other than that corny and boring-like-hell “The Wedding” that was sung by the choir…and I would not want that to be our song. Unfortunately, we did not have a song at our wedding reception either. But the whole thing was recorded on videotape and at the time, I managed to compile scenes from here and there into a short 4 to 5-minute clip. Then I recorded myself singing a song using one of the minus-one cassette tapes that I had and dubbed it onto the tape for the audio track in the clip. Gee! I must have been quite techno-savvy then to do all that…and I guess that makes the song in question our song…

STP's wedding pics 1

Too bad I do not have the video tape anymore. You know how they get mouldy and eventually, you are forced to throw them away.  Otherwise, I could have got it transferred onto video compact discs (VCDs) and  would still be able to play it once in a while. Besides, I don’t think many still have videotape players/recorders these days.

Well, which song is that? I bet ALL of you must be dying to know. ROTFLMAO!! It is this one; you have to click the link to find out and appease your curiosity. Hahahahaha!!!! Unfortunately, my missus doesn’t sing, so I had to do it solo like in this video clip. So what do you think of my song? Absolutely romantic, isn’t it?

STP's wedding pics 2

Talking about songs for the occasion, I attended a wedding once and they played Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack’s “Tonight I celebrate my love“. Maybe I’m old-fashioned but somehow, the line in the lyrics, “…when I make love to you…tonight“, in a solemn and holy church service made me kind of queasy! LOL!!!

These days, the most popular wedding song, it seems, is Jason Mraaz’s “I’m yours” but a few have used Savage Garden’s “I knew I loved you” and there was one with Bon Jovi’s “Always“. Personally, I would very much prefer a beautiful romantic song that would sweep everybody off their feet. What do you all think? So, now it’s your turn! Tell me what your song is…or if you’re still single, what song would you like to be played at your wedding or the reception?

Just in case you’re wondering, the character in the aforementioned book did not manage to choose a song but she came to realise that their marriage was a song in itself and she did not need another one. Instead, as the lyrics of this song go, she would have to work on keeping the music playing and with any luck, the music would never end…

Footprints in the sand…

I am sure many of you are familiar with this story…

One night, a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD.

Footprints in the sand 1

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life, there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it: “LORD, You said that once I decided to follow You, You’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed You most, You would leave me.”

Footprints in the sand 2

The LORD replied: “My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

…or at least I am! Well, I was browsing through youtube the other day and came across this song by Leona Lewis, the 2006 X-Factor winner in the UK, and I really love it! The lyrics go like this…

You walked with me
Footprints in the sand
And helped me understand
Where I’m going
You walked with me
When I was all alone
With so much I know
Along the way
Then I heard You say

I promise you
I’m always there
When your heart is filled
With sorrow and despair
I’ll carry you
When you need a friend
You’ll find My footprints in the sand

I see my life
Flash across the sky
So many times
Have I been so afraid
And just when I have thought
I’ve lost my way
You give me strength to carry on
That’s when I heard You say

I promise you
I’m always there
When your heart is filled
With sorrow and despair
I’ll carry you
When you need a friend
You’ll find My footprints in the sand

When I’m weary
Well, I know You’ll be there
And I can feel You when You say

I promise you
I’m always there
When your heart is full
Of sadness and despair
I’ll carry you
When you need a friend
You’ll find My footprints in the sand

Do click on the link and give it a listen! I even read somewhere that Simon Cowell had a hand in penning the song/lyrics. Ah well! It doesn’t make me like the song any less. LOL!!!

Have a Holy and Blessed Sunday, everybody!

He was beautiful…

If you are a classical guitarist, you will definitely know the John Willaims’ song, “Cavatina” written by Stanley Myers and featured in the Oscar award-winning movie, “The Deer Hunter”.

Later, somebody decided to put words to the haunting theme song and I thought it was very well done. The lyrics are as beautiful as the melody itself…

He was beautiful,
beautiful to my eyes.
From the moment I saw him,
the sun filled the sky.
He was so, so beautiful,
beautiful just to hold.
In my dreams, he was springtime,
winter was cold.

How could I tell him
what I so clearly could see
Though I longed for him
another trusted me completely
so I never could be free

Love swans

Ah, but it was beautiful
knowing now that he cared
I will always remember
times that we shared

Now it’s all over,
still the feeling lingers on
for my dream keeps returning
now that he’s gone
for it was beautiful
beautiful
beautiful to be loved

Now, what do you think of the lyrics? Beautiful, right? In the words of Tennyson: “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”

I love the vocal version of the song by the Queen of Jazz, Cleo Lane where she sang the song unplugged – accompanied by John Williams on the classical guitar, but it’s not available on youtube. This is the video clip of the song that I’ve managed to link to, but I do not particularly like this version by Shirley Bassey. I just thought that those of you who love those Korean soaps may enjoy it. Let me know if you like it…

That wonderful sound…

Men could not stand him but women would go all weak in the knees at the sight of him and his singing. HRH Prince Philip said that he sounded as if he was gargling with pebbles. Still, Tom Jones has survived all these years…

Tom Jones 1Tom Jones 2

It was not his first hit but he became a household name in these parts with the karaoke favourite, “The green green grass of home”. I used to like it until I had to undergo hours of aural torture at karaoke lounges where many would love to sing the song…and murder it! LOL!!! Then came other hits of his like “Delilah”, “I’ll never fall in love again”, “Love me tonight”, “Funny familiar forgotten feelings”, “I’m coming home” and “She’s a lady”. I remember those Decca vinyl records that my father used to buy and I would play them on our radiogram.

But those are not my favourite Tom Jones’ songs though. I love “That wonderful sound” which Shagul Hamid sang on Bakat TV ’70, prior to the Bintang RTM days and also “One day soon“.

Tom Jones 3Tom Jones 4

For a while, he disappeared from the music scene and in the late 80s, he came back – older and as some women might claim, sexier than ever and released an album, if I’m not mistaken, on the 30th anniversary of his involvement in the music industry. From this particular album, I love his cover of Prince’s “Kiss” and this one… You can click this link to find out which song I am talking about but at your own risk. You especially, Stella! I will not be responsible for anything that happens after this! ROTFLMAO!!!

Have a nice week, everybody!

My little girl…

I stumbled upon this song by Tim McGraw on youtube and I wanna share it with everybody. The lyrics go like this:

Gotta hold on easy as I let you go.
Gonna tell you how much I love you
Though you think you already know.
I remember I thought
You looked like an angel
Wrapped in pink so soft and warm.
You’ve had me wrapped around your finger
Since the day you were born.

When you were in trouble
That crooked little smile could melt my heart of stone
Now look at you, I’ve turned around
And you’ve almost grown.
Sometimes you’re asleep, I whisper “I Love You!”
In the moonlight at your door.
As I walk away, I hear you say,
“Daddy Love You More!”.

Someday, some boy will come
And ask me for your hand.
But I won’t say “yes” to him unless I know
He’s the half that makes you whole
He has a poet’s soul
And the heart of a man’s man.
I know he’ll say that he’s in love.
But between you and me,
He won’t be good enough!

[Chorus:]
You’re beautiful, baby, from the outside in.
Chase your dreams but always know the road
That’ll lead you home again.
Go on, take on this whole world.
But to me, you know you’ll always be,
My little girl.

Mel's 18th birthday

I guess anyone can tell why I fell in love with the song…..instantly, and here, I’d like to share it with all of you! Hugzzz!!!!

Honesty…

I was driving to my tuition class the other afternoon when I heard this song on RedeFm – the RTM station in Kuching. They have English programmes from 10.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. and you can get to hear a lot of very nice songs – from my point of view, at least.

This was the first time that I’ve heard this song which, if I’m not mistaken, was released in 2003 and I liked it instantly. Nope, it’s not the one with the same title by Billy Joel. This one is about an estranged married couple breaking up and getting divorced and I think the lyrics are really nice. You can click the link on the song title to listen to it and I have the lyrics for you as well below…

Single cd cover

Honesty (Write me a list) – Rodney Atkins

He said, “Just think it over,and write me a list
So we can figure out what we both deserve”
She hardly could believe it, their love had come to this
Dividing and deciding his and hers
But she grabbed a paper napkin and asked the waitress for a pen
And one by one, she wrote down what she wanted most from him

Honesty, sincerity, tenderness and trust
A little less time for the rest of the world
And more for the two of us
Kisses each mornin’, I love you’s at night
Just like it used to be
The way life was when you were in love with me

She reached across the table and placed it in his hand
And said, “You know this isn’t easy for me”
As he thought about the new car, the house and the land
And wondered what that bottom line would be
And a thousand other things that she’d want him to leave behind
But he never dreamed he’d open up that napkin and find

Honesty, sincerity, tenderness and trust
A little less time for the rest of the world
And more for the two of us
Kisses each mornin’, I love you’s at night
Just like it used to be
The way life was when you were in love with me

Well, he fought back the tears as he looked in her eyes
And said, “I don’t know where to start”
And she said, “Everything on that list in your hand
Is written somewhere in your heart”

Honesty, sincerity, just like it used to be
The way life was when you were in love with me

Do post a comment to tell me whether you like the song or not. I would think that this is certainly something that all husbands and wives, as well as everyone intending to tie the knot, should take note of.  Have a nice weekend, everybody!

Slipping through my fingers…

This song did not leave an impression at all when I saw Mamma Mia- the musical in Singapore. In fact, I could not recall it being in the show even. I guess it did not have any significance then as my daughter was still in school and the time had not come yet for her to leave the nest. But when I watched the movie recently and another time with my daughter when she had come home for the holidays, it was a different story altogether. Let’s just say I went into an emotional overdrive…and reality does bite!  I can vividly remember the time when she was just a baby…

Baby Melissa

…and before we knew it, it was time for her to go to kindergarten…

Schoolbag in hand
She leaves home every morning
Waving goodbye
With an absent-minded smile

Mel in kindy

and then came the years in primary school…

I watch her go
With a surge of that well-known sadness
And I have to sit down for a while

Melissa in primary school

…and after that, secondary school…

Do I really see what’s in her mind
Each time I think I’m close to knowing
She keeps on growing
Slipping through my fingers all the time

Mel in secondary school

Along the way, there were the awards and prizes…

Slipping through my fingers
I try to capture every minute
The feeling in it
Slipping through my fingers all the time

Mel and awards

Mel and prizes

Through the years, we were together most of the time going to school in the morning and coming back together, stopping at places to eat her favourite food or I would cook for her things that she loved to eat…

Sleep in our eyes
Her and me at the breakfast table
Barely awake
I let precious time go by

STP's breakfast for Mel

and we travelled here and there and had fun. She has a lot of cousins…

There’s that odd melancholy feeling
And a sense of guilt I can’t deny
What happened to the wonderful adventures
The places I had planned to go
Well, some of that we did
But most we didn’t
And why I just don’t know…

Mel and cousins

…but they are all in other towns so most of the time, she was stuck with her old daddy for company…

Mel and Daddy

…and then the time came when she had to leave home to pursue her further studies…

The feeling that I’m losing her forever
And without really entering her world
I’m glad whenever I can share her laughter
That funny little girl

Mel at IPSAH, Sg Petani, Kedah

My little baby girl has grown up now and gone out into the world on her own but one thing’s for sure, she will always be daddy’s little girl…

Sometimes I wish
That I could freeze the picture
And save it from the funny tricks of time
Slipping through my fingers…

“As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children’s children.”  (Psalm 103:15-17)