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, CQPA, CQIA, MSOE, MIPlantE Industrie 4.0 Consultant | Pop Piano Coach | YouTube Coverist

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