Dec 27, 2014

Twenty Grammes @ North Bridge Road

Iced Mocha @ $6.50
The moment we stepped into Twenty Grammes, I was overwhelmed by the butterscotch smell, which I so badly wanted to soak in. :P

Prepare yourself to be served by the friendly staff over there. Some of their ice cream flavors are home made.

As the front yard of the cafe wasn't able to accommodate 5 of us, we're ushered to the back yard, where walls have no design but the cement-ish layout, which pretty much looks like nothing but a boom shelter, which is very near to the washrooms. But we're fine as long as we're not separated by different seats.

Christmas deco

Waffles w/ 2 scoops of ice cream @ $12.50
"Triple C" and Butterscotch (my favorite)

Mint Chocolate Cake @ $8.00

English Breakfast Tea @ $4.90
Obviously May spammed too much milk

Latte @ $5.00

Twenty Grammes
753 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198721
Tel: 6717 1733

Javin Tham, MSc, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

Dec 11, 2014

阿桑 - 一直很安靜 (Cover by Yoke Ling & Javin Tham)

阿桑 passed away in 2009 from breast cancer. She's known for her famous song 葉子 which I have previously covered instrumentally using erhu and keyboard.

I learnt that THreshold has recruited a talented singer with the surname 葉 as well (ok this is super random), Yoke Ling, and I asked if I could do a cover with her. It was in May when she agreed, and because she was in Korea for summer school in June and I was in USA for conference in August and this and that, causing this thing to be pushed back to December. Well at least, we've made it!

And how deciding the song came about? Well, she even has a list of song requests from other people, and I noticed 一直很安靜 was one of those, and the song itself is known as the soundtrack of the Chinese drama series 仙劍奇俠傳, which we both have watched before.

The day we recorded this was the day we met for the first time and practiced for the first time - life is about spontaneousness and improvisation.
We did a lot of tries, and I have to say that she has a beautiful voice and precise pitch.

Something that bothered me a lot was the broken E♭5 key on the keyboard, and E♭ is the subdominant note for this song in the key of B♭ major. Trust me it was super irritating as you're trying hard to avoid this note when you're playing. Accompaniment which I could have played in the normal range has to be played an octave lower, that's not fun.

Unlike the usual "subscribe to" ending, I added a short footage of her showing a double peace during the recording. Enjoy!

Javin Tham, MSc, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

Dec 3, 2014

李佳薇 - 煎熬 (Cover by Gary Song & Javin Tham)

She prided us the Malaysian on her victory in 超級星光大道 7th Season. Jess Lee 李佳薇 had her album debuted with the hit song 煎熬 that poses the challenge that every female singer faces as they’re trying to reach the F#5 note in the chorus. What enthralling is how she sang it without using falsetto, which until today I never witness any of my friends able of pulling off.

It’s been 3 years since the release, but we still want to do it because it’s nice (no actually, it’s just because Gary said he wanted to do it, he’s a bit laggy in terms of knowing Mandopop). The MV is, however, ‘creative’.

We transposed 9 semitones down to B minor, and finding that it’s too exhausting in the chorus, Gary asked me to go down 2 semitones more to A minor. We did actually fully record one A minor version, but finding that it’s too low in the chorus, Gary said we should go back to B minor. Good job Gary…

Hope you’ll like it. :)

Javin Tham, MSc, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist