January 5th, 2008

A Little Dream

Lin Sia and Chang Xi, 5 Jan 08, Conrad Centennial

Bevlyn's thoughts: 月亮代表我的心 (The Moon Represents My Heart)

Lin Sia is one of my best friends, and I was really ecstatic and relieved to finally see her tie the customary knots today. The couple got to know each other through diving activities in NTU 8 years ago, and I think other than the couple themselves, the next who were most thrilled were my girlfriends and me, because we were the 姊妹 (bridesmaids) and we were looking forward to make fun of Changxi. Well well

To cut the long story short, we were all very touched by his 'come what may' attitude to get to his bride. The final blow to us was when he recounted how elated he felt when Lin Sia finally agreed to be his girlfriend on 2 Feb 2002 as he was walking her back from Lakeside MRT station. One of the brothers revealed to me he nearly teared :)

Lin Sia knew how hard Changxi had worked to prepare for the customary wedding (awkward pole-dancing, practising hard to sing 月亮代表我的心 (The Moon Represents My Heart) and drinking flavours no sane person would like), she decided to sing a very meaningful song 约定 (Promise) during the wedding reception. The fantastic lyrics goes:

你我约定难过的往事不许提 也答应永远都不让对方担心
要做快乐的自己 照顾自己 就算某天一个人孤寂

你我约定一争吵很快要喊停 也说好没有秘密彼此很透明
我会好好的爱你 傻傻爱你 不去计较公平不公平

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Lin Sia singing a song for Changxi

The couple also presented their mothers with bouquets of flowers to show their appreciation. The icing on the cake was a song dedication 妈妈我爱你 (I Love You Mum), specially going out to the parents.

I also have to thank Lin Sia for requesting a song I've written (available in my upcoming EP album) titled 当我八十岁 (When I'm 80). It's the first time I'm singing this at a wedding, and I look forward to more! Clips of the song can be heard here. Collapse )
Lin Sia & Changxi, I wish you eternal bliss and prosperity!


Hsin Yeow's thoughts: You Are The Sunshine In My Life

Changxi thought of a novel way of proposing to Lin Sia, one which involved carpentry and yellow flora.

He wanted to pop the question in a romantic setting, so he created a wooden rack just for the occasion! It was waist-high with holes drilled into them, for Changxi to slot in ginormous sunflowers.

Changxi placed the structure in what seemed like the middle of a deserted field, so I was pretty sure Lin Sia had no inkling as to what awaited her. From the photographs I saw of her after she said yes, I have to say that her dazzling smile made even the most brilliant sunflower seem colourless.


Band: Hsin Yeow, Bevlyn, Ein Ein

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L-R: Hsin Yeow, Ein Ein, Lin Sia, Changxi, Bevlyn


Repertoire:

La Vie En Rose, 今天你要嫁给我 (You're Marrying Me Today), 我愿意 (I'm Willing), If I Never Knew You, The First The Last My Everything, Every Day I love You, You Raise Me Up, Wishin' And Hopin', When You Tell Me That You Love Me, Way Back Into Love, Two Words, At The Beginning, Longer, 月亮代表我的心 (The Moon Represents My Heart)

Your Love (Is The Greatest Gift Of All) (2nd march-in), 妈妈我爱你 (I Love You Mum), Everything, 每天爱你多一些 (Every Day I Love You More), 你的名字我的姓氏 (Your Name, My Surname), 无条件为你 (Loving You Unconditionally), Fallen, 当我八十岁 (When I'm 80), 永遠にどもに, 小夫妻 (Couple)


Songs To Recommend:

Apart from 当我八十岁 (When I'm 80), take a listen to If I Never Knew You, a fantastic song with great lyrics found in soundtrack of the movie Pocahontas.

And if I never knew you, I'd have lived my whole life through
Empty as the sky, never knowing why
Lost forever, if I never knew you

(Full lyrics here)


Wedding Tips:

- Sing a song for your husband
- Dedicate a song for your parents
- Plan a memorable proposal, and show pictures of it at your reception!
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Sharon and Mark, 5 Jan 08, One Rochester

Jo's thoughts: Fly Me To The Moon

My second wedding gig in the tropical surrounds of One Rochester was for the beautiful couple Mark and Sharon in a delightful al-fresco event.

The couple were registering their marriage, witnessed by friends, family, and us three musicians who were so lucky to be there: namely myself (Jo) on vocals and the soulful strings complement of Feri (on the guitar) and Lester on double bass. While I worked with the fabulous Feri before, it was a new treat to be accompanied by Lester, who must be one of the very, very few players of the massive and elaborate double bass in Singapore. To say nothing of playing the thing, he could barely fit it into his family car.

But transport turmoils aside, it was a truly lovely ROM ceremony with a gorgeous couple simply but beautifully dressed for the outdoors: Sharon a sprightly hourglass in a knee-length white satin number, and Mark effortlessly charming in a loose linen shirt and pants. we were thrilled to contribute to the happy, mellow mood with jazz standards and love songs.

True to their determination to enjoy the ceremony in laid back style and not fuss around with formalities, the couple came up to us as we were about to launch into Sway, and asked us for Depeche Mode as proper wedding music for the groom. It took me one or two eyeblinks to realise they were joking and for us to go back to the original program=) After the final set and when we bid our goodbyes, Mark and Sharon graciously thanked us for the music, Depechelessness notwithstanding.

Perhaps not realising they had the possible option of Depeche Mode, several of the guests came to congratulate us on the music or to ask us about A Little Dream, and among other requests, one guest came up to ask us to play a song we had done already but he enjoyed very much, with the kind remark of "I must say you are sounding very good!" Well after that I could hardly say no (even though I wanted to add "sound only ah?" because he seemed like a charming young man) and we played his Fly Me To The Moon specially for the requester at the end of the set.

It was a really pretty wedding with lovely guests (including a complimentary --- meaning complimenting, not free of charge --- school principal, a mix of Depeche Mode lovers and those who wondered if we knew Country Road, almost a whole bungalow-full who loved music, and gorgeous little ones who were too shy to say 'happy new year' into the microphone. But a happy new year indeed it is, because of weddings like this which make our day=)

Here's wishing Mark and Sharon a hale, happy ever after! (With or without Depeche Mode!)


Band: Jo Tan, Feri, Lester


Repertoire:

Set 1

Besame Mucho, Dream A Little Dream, Misty, My Cherie Amour, Moon River, Rainbow Connection

Set 2

All Of Me, Days Of Wine & Roses, East Of The Sun & West Of The Moon, Fly Me To the Moon, My Foolish Heart, Just The Way You Are, The Way You Look Tonight

Set 3

L-O-V-E, The Nearness Of You, One Note Samba, Over the Rainbow, Let There Be Love, Sway
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Caroline and Jason, 5 Jan 08, Empress Ballroom, Park Hotel

Hui Bing's thoughts: When You Tell Me That You Love Me

I met Caroline when she came down to support us at one of our regular performances. Although I only communicated with her via SMS and email previously, it feels that we have known each other for a long time as we chatted like old friends over music and wedding preparations. It also helps that she is a friend of my sister, who was her 姊妹 (bridesmaid) on the wedding day.

We are short of one song for our performance, and Caroline kindly said that I could select any Mandarin song which I liked. I took the opportunity to propose the classic <<月亮代表我的心>> (The Moon Represents My Heart) as a special dedication from her and Jason to their parents for all their love and support throughout these years.

Though I have sung this song many times, I never got tired or sick of it as the response and acknowledgement I get from guests, particularly the elderly ones, are especially gratifying. And indeed, I could see Caroline and Jason's family members' faces beaming back at us as we performed this song.

Caroline and Jason, congratulations! Wishing you all the best as you start your lives together in this new year ahead.


Band: Hui Bing, Jixiang


Repertoire:

Can't Take My Eyes Off You, Dream A Little Dream, Eyes On Me, Fly Me To The Moon, Have I Told You Lately, Longer, Lost In Your Eyes, L-O-V-E, Lovers' Concerto, Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You, Save The Best For Last, Valentine

Sway, When You Tell Me That You Love Me, Wonderful Tonight, Would You Be There, You're Still The One, 月亮代表我的心 (The Moon Represents My Heart), 爱是你眼里的一首情歌 (Love Is A Song In Your Eyes) , 出嫁 (Getting Married), 最浪漫的事 (The Most Romantic Thing), 理想情人 (Ideal Lover), 钟爱一生 (Loving You All My Life), 结婚进行曲 (Wedding Song)


Song To Recommend:

钟爱一生 (Love For A Lifetime) – A song by Alex To, it was very popular during the 1990s.


Compliments from Caroline:

Hi Hui Bing,

It's definitely our pleasure to have you at our wedding. A pity we didn't really had the opportunity to appreciate your melodious voice with all the running around but I'm sure our guests enjoyed themselves.

Thanks once again for being there


Wedding Tip:

Dedicate a song to your parents!
Hsin

Trish and Freddy, 5 Jan 08, Pacific Ballroom, Pan Pacific

Hsin Yeow's thoughts: 情非得已 (I Can't Help It)

When Freddy was planning his dream proposal, he counted on the help of his best friend Sean. Sean didn't let him down. In fact, he went the distance for Freddy.

Here's what happened. In Freddy's words:

"We planned for a trip to the Gold Coast, Brisbane, with the company of my best friend, Sean. At first, Trish was a bit unhappy as to why he's going. However, throughout the trip, things turned out very well, and we all enjoyed the tour. In order to keep Trish unsuspicious, Sean was the one coordinating with hot air balloon agent, rose bouquet and other necessary arrangement as per what we both agreed.

On the last day of our trip, he woke up before dawn to get things ready. I remembered that the pilot purposely put Trish and me in one basket; it made things easier for me. At 7.20am, Sean passed me the proposal ring, and I knelt down on one knee and said to Trish, "Dar, will you marry me?"

Trish was extremely surprised; she couldn't say a single word and started tearing. Finally, she agreed and said, "Yes!" I placed the ring on her finger --- luckily it fit --- and handed the bouquet of roses to her. Everyone else in the basket applauded and congratulated us."

It was a touching proposal, duly documented in the photograph montage shown before the newlyweds entered the ballroom.

We had a lot of fun performing for Trish and Freddy's guests. It was my first experience performing with Daniel, and I was bowled over by his inventive playing. Shoujie, as usual, caressed my heart strings with his violin.

The audience was very receptive to the jazz standards we sang, but wanted to hear more Mandarin numbers. So I dedicated 情非得已 (I Can't Help It) to Trish and Freddy. I felt that the song described adequately how deeply Freddy fell for Trish, the woman with whom he would be spending the rest of his life.

Congratulations Freddy and Trish!


Band: Hsin Yeow, Daniel, Shoujie

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L-R: Daniel, Trish, Freddy, Hsin Yeow, Shoujie


Repertoire:

Beyond The Sea, For Once In My Life, Let There Be Love, L-O-V-E, That's All, Something Stupid, Cheek To Cheek,
I'm Beginning To See The Light, The Way You Look Tonight, I've Got The World On A String, Quizas Quizas Quizas, I Wanna Make It With You, Have I Told You Lately, Love Me, Grow Old With You, Isn't She Lovely?, More Than Words, Wonderful Tonight, She, I Will, 月亮代表我的心 (The Moon Represents My Heart), 但愿人长久 (May All Live Well And Long)

Special dedication:

情非得已 (I Can't Help It)


Song To Recommend:

情非得已 (I Can't Help It) - This rush of first love is aptly described in this Harlem Yu hit. A perfect song to perform when you have a guitarist in the band.
Bev (Gabriel Mendes)

Michelle and Aloisius, 5 Jan 08, Holiday Inn Atrium

Bevlyn's thoughts: 专属天使 (I'm Your Angel)

Waking up before the break of dawn to be one of the sisters for Lin Sia was one good reason why I need to use good mocha to energise myself till the end of the day - I have another wedding to do in the evening, for Michelle & Aloisius! By a stroke of luck, Michelle & Aloisius wanted more instrumental music to vocals, so I could take more rest in between songs *pat on Jonathan Lim's shoulders*.

When the band arrived, the couple was having their holy matrimony in the same ballroom, so we went into a nearby function room to jam the songs we were going to play later on - honestly it was fun to just tuck ourselves at the corner of the room while waiters and waitresses flew past us to get their bowls, tables, chairs etc.

The guests responded very well to the two Jons stirring up their instruments - keyboard and saxophone to the tunes of great classics. We were flattered when we got requests from the guests for Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Jasmine Flower (Kenny G) and If I Ain't Got You - this usually serves as a good indication that we have reached out to our audience.

It was my first time singing 专属天使 (I'm Your Angel) and Inside Your Heaven. Though these 2 songs are considered recent hits, it was only through singing them that made me realised just how good they are.

When we finished our performance, we were also trying to find the couple who was lost in the sea of guests. I spotted Michelle at one end of the ballroom talking to some friends, but I couldn't find Aloisius; not for the bride - with one quick sweep, she quickly located him at the other end of the ballroom, also seated talking to his friends.

Thank you for having us at your wedding Michelle & Aloisius. We were really flattered and may this only marks the start of a blooming love for each other!


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Band: Bevlyn, Jonathan Ang, Jonathan Lim


Repertoire:

I Do (Cherish You) (1st march-in), Fallen, Fly Me To The Moon, Just The Way You Are, The Way You Look Tonight, 月亮代表我的心 (The Moon Represents My Heart), Lost In Your Eyes, Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You, Wonderful Tonight, L-O-V-E

爱很简单 (Love Is Very Simple) (2nd March-in), 就是爱你 (Just Loving You), Love Is All Around, 专属天使 (I'm Your Angel), Save the Last Dance For Me, I've Got You Under My Skin, 我愿意 (I'm Willing), Can't Help Falling In Love, Fever, Inside Your Heaven, Moondance, Like a Rose, I Swear


Compliments From the Couple:

We are real thankful to have you guys singing for us. I can tell you that not one, nor two, but at least two dozen or so of our guests complimented that you guys were fantastic, though in my planning, I forgot to add in one selection for my mum... oops!

But still, it was enjoyable! I do apologise that the planning wasn't perfect for you guys, but thank you for being so understanding & accommodating to us. Both Aloisius & myself really loved the music and I can tell you, we'll make sure that we'll recommend you to our friends, in fact, we do know of a couple that has already engaged you guys for performance for their wedding in March!

Bevlyn, thank you so much, do help us thank both Jonathans & Hsin Yeow too! For Hsin Yeow had defintely helped us lots in the planning process.

May 2008 be not just a wonderful year, but a blessed year to one & all from A Little Dream!!

Aloisius & Michelle


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