1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink

Chandelier is simply another amazing song by Australian singer/songwriter Sia. You can find the song in Sia’s latest album 1000 Forms of Fear which was out last year. Other then the song itself, don’t miss out the stunning dance performance in the music video by Maddie Ziegler. What a talented kid!

If you like Maddie’s performance in the MV, you don’t want to miss out her performing live with Sia on The Ellen Show. ↓

 

Party girls don’t get hurt
Can’t feel anything, when will I learn?
I push it down, push it down

I’m the one “for a good time call”
Phone’s blowin’ up, ringin’ my doorbell
I feel the love, feel the love

1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink

Throw ’em back ’til I lose count

I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist
Like it doesn’t exist
I’m gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry
I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier

But I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down, won’t open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight
Help me, I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down, won’t open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight
On for tonight

Sun is up, I’m a mess
Gotta get out now, gotta run from this
Here comes the shame, here comes the shame

1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink

Throw ’em back ’til I lose count

I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist
Like it doesn’t exist
I’m gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry
I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier

But I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down, won’t open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight
Help me, I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down, won’t open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight
On for tonight

On for tonight
‘Cause I’m just holding on for tonight
Oh, I’m just holding on for tonight
On for tonight
On for tonight
‘Cause I’m just holding on for tonight
‘Cause I’m just holding on for tonight
Oh, I’m just holding on for tonight
On for tonight
On for tonight

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This is the start of how it all ends

Although finished reading The Hunger Games trilogy earlier this year, I have not seen the latest The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 on big screen. Nevertheless, this song, Yellow Flicker Beat, included in the movie’s soundtrack by New Zealand singer/song writer Lorde has already made me play it over and over again on youtube. One thing I really like about it is the hum. (Does that make me weird?) Other than her hit song, Royals, I would also recommend 400 Lux and Ribs both from Lorde’s first album Pure Heroine.

I’m a princess cut from marble, smoother than a storm
And the scars that mark my body, they’re silver and gold
My blood is a flood of rubies, precious stones
It keeps my veins hot, the fires found a home in me
I move through town, I’m quiet like a fire
And my necklace is of rope, I tie it and untie it

And now people talk to me, but nothing ever hits home
And people talk to me, and all the voices just burn holes
I’m done with it (ooh)

This is the start of how it all ends
They used to shout my name, now they whisper it
I’m speeding up and this is the
Red, orange, yellow flicker beat sparking up my heart
We rip the start, the colours disappear
I never watch the stars there’s so much down here
So I just try to keep up with them
Red, orange, yellow flicker beat sparking up my heart

I dream all year, but they’re not the sweet kinds
And the shivers move down my shoulder blades in double time

And now people talk to me I’m slipping out of reach now
People talk to me, and all their faces blur
But I got my fingers laced together and I made a little prison
And I’m locking up everyone who ever laid a finger on me
I’m done with it (ooh)

This is the start of how it all ends
They used to shout my name, now they whisper it
I’m speeding up and this is the
Red, orange, yellow flicker beat sparking up my heart
We rip the start, the colours disappear
I never watch the stars there’s so much down here
So I just try to keep up with them
Red, orange, yellow flicker beat sparking up my heart

Oh oh oh

And this is the red, orange, yellow flicker beat
Sparking up my heart

Oh oh oh

And this is the red, orange, yellow flicker beat-beat-beat-beat.

Loose lips sink ships

 

haunting…

Take us down and all apart
Cherry Tree
Lay us out on the table

You’re sharp alright

But no one is asking so leave it alone
Leave it alone
Can we
No one is asking so leave it alone
Leave it alone
Can we

Loose lips sink ships…

Don’t look at me
I’m only breathing
Don’t look at me I’m indiscreet
Don’t look at me
I’m only breathing
Don’t look at me I’m indiscreet

You’re sharp alright

But no one is asking so leave it alone
Leave it alone
Can we
No one is asking so leave it alone
Leave it alone
Can we

Loose lips sink ships…

Can we show
A little discipline
Can we show
A little discipline
Can we
Can we

Loose lips sink ships…

Can we show
A little discipline
Can we show
A little discipline
Can we
Can we

Loose lips sink ships…

Paris

City of light, city of love or whatever you call her, I just can’t get enough of Paris. 

Here is another version by Frank Sinatra.

I have never been in Paris during April though. Hopefully some day…

Paris, je t’aime. 

Illustration short course @ CSM

I took a short course at Central Saint Martin experiencing illustration over the past two months. It was a nice journey to explore the world of illustration. One important lesson I learned from day one: illustration is about telling story. What matters the most is not your technique of drawing or your style. It’s all about story-telling. This has proven to be harder than I imagined. Throughout the eight-week courses, we were asked to do three projects. I found that although some themes are interesting, it could be hard to visualize the ideas you come up with out of the themes. The following are my attempts to fulfill these three requirements. They are certainly not masterpieces. I just want to share it somewhere else than the class.

Project One:
Sometimes it’s good to lie…

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I struggled a lot with this one. “Lie” is definitely an interesting topic. There are so many different facets of it that could be discussed and so many ways to expressed the concept. I ended up illustrating a story from Aesop’s fable I read when I was a child– The Vain Crow.

Project Two:
Barbican
(editorial project)

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I had a lot of fun doing this project. (That’s why I created two separate images for this project.) We did a location drawing at Barbican Centre to observe and collect the information and images we needed for this project. It was fun observing different kinds of people doing all sorts of things, including sleeping and day dreaming. Also, the building itself has a lot details to be discovered. I tried to micmic the texture of the concrete wall and the patterned carpet in both of the images as you can see above. I love the big arrow in the reception area very much so I put them in both images as well.

Project Three:
People
Places
Objects
(5 image story)

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We were asked to come up with three stories we create by ourselves and then discuss it with some of our classmates. After the discussion, we then had to choose one story and make 5 images to tell the story. The main theme of my story is “karma”. I hope you can figure out the story by viewing the images above.

bye bye baby

This year’s Wimbledon started off with a shocking result of the 5th seeded ex-world-number-one Rafa Nadal being defeated by Belgian player Steve Darcis in the first round on day 1 of The Championships. My instant reaction…

What a pity. Hope he’ll do better in the US Open later this year.

ps. The first time I heard this song was in the movie Love Actually. I heard it again recently at last weekend’s West End Live 2013 performed by the Jersey Boys cast. What a fantastic event by the way! One cannot ask more for a free chance to sample some of the signature songs from most of the amazing musicals now showing in London theatres.

Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

 

I came across this song when watching the pilot episode of Grimm, an American television drama. For some unknown reason I had a sense of déjà vu when I heard this song. It sounds so familiar, but I can’t remember when and where I heard it before. Anyways, I like it! The pilot episode opens with the original version by Eurythmics, a now disbanded British music duo consisting of members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart according to Wikipedia, and it ends with the cover version of American signer-songwriter Marilyn Manson. I have to confess that I couldn’t imagine that I would listen to Manson’s music one day. I had this impression of Manson’s unique make up/dressing style and that he does heavy metal which I don’t really listen to so I was not interested in his music, not even a bit. However, I do like his cover of Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This). So maybe it’s time for me to be open and give his music a try!

 

Just discovered this song Chambermaid Swing  by Parov Stelar when I was searching “mind the gap” on Youtube. (Don’t ask me why. :p) Someone made a short film with this song and clips of London Tube scenario (watch it here: London Tube – Mind the Gap). Love the song immediately! It’s perfect for weekend mood.

I never heard of the musician’s name before so I looked it up and find that Parov Stelar is a Austrian musician. Parov Stelar is the stage name of Marcus Füreder. He started off as a DJ and after successful performance as solo artist, he began performing with a full band. Now he has his own band called the Paroc Stelar Band which consist of 5 other members:

  • Max the Sax aka Markus Ecklmayr (sax)
  • Jerry Di Monza aka Gerd Rahstorfer (trumpet)
  • Cleo Panther aka Daniela Hrenek (vocals)
  • Willie Larsson Jr. aka Hans-Juergen Bart (drums)
  • Michael Wittner (bass)
  • Parov Stelar aka Marcus Fuereder (programming)
    (Via)