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A Guy's Moleskine Notebook

Thoughts and reflections on works of fiction and literature. Pondering of life through pictures and words. Babbling about gay rights. Travelogues and anecdotes.

  • [1] Annie Proulx: Brokeback Mountain
  • [2] Arthur Golden: Memoirs of a Geisha
  • [3] Yu Hua: To Live
  • [4] Alan Hollinghurst: The Line of Beauty
  • [5] Colm Toibin: The Master
  • [6] Carlos Ruiz Zafon: The Shadow of the Wind
  • [7] William James: The Varieties of Religious Experience
  • [8] Charles Higham: The Civilization of Angkor
  • [9] Graham Greene: A Burnt-Out Case
  • [10] Dai Sijie: Mr. Muo's Travelling Couch
  • [11] Alan Hollinghurst: The Swimming-Pool Library
  • [12] Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita
  • [13] Colm Toibin: The Blackwater Lightship
  • [14] Alan Hollinghurst: The Folding Star
  • [15] Ross King: Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
  • [16] Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Brothers Karamazov
  • [17] Jonathan Franzen: The Corrections
  • [18] Colm Toibin: The Story of the Night
  • [19] John Banville: Shroud
  • [20] Leo Tolstoy: Resurrection
  • [21] Peter Hessler: River Town, Two Years on the Yangtze
  • [22] Ian McEwan: The Atonement
  • [24] Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Love in the Time of Cholera
  • [25] Ignacio Padilla: Shadow without a Name
  • [26] Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose
  • [27] Richard Russo: Straight Man
  • [28] Fyodor Dostoevsky: Notes from Underground
  • [29] Alan Hollinghurst: The Spell
  • [30] Hermann Broch: The Death of Virgil
  • [31] James Baldwin: Giovanni's Room
  • [32] Ken Kesey: One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • [33] Xingjian Gao: One Man's Bible
  • [34] C. Jay Cox: Latter Days
  • [35] Harper Lee: To Kill A Mockingbird
  • [36] William Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew
  • [37] Daniel A. Helminiak: What The Bible Really Says about Homosexuality
  • [38] James Baldwin: Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone
  • [39] Kenji Yoshino: Covering - The Hidden Assault of Civil Rights
  • [40] Italo Calvino: If, On a Winter's Night A Traveler
  • [41] Arthur Phillips: The Egyptologist
  • [42] George Orwell: 1984
  • [43] Michael Warner: The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and Ethics of Queer Life
  • [44] Andrew Sullivan: Virtually Normal
  • [45] Henry James: The Wings of the Dove
  • [46] Jose Saramago: Blindness
  • [47] Umberto Eco: The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana
  • [48] Dan Brown: Da Vinci Code
  • [49] Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go
  • [50] Ken Follett: The Pillars of Earth
  • [51] Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace
  • [52] Michael Thomas Ford: Alec Baldwin Doesn't Like Me
  • [53] Jonathan Franzen: How To Be Alone
  • [54] Jonathan Lethem: The Fortress of Solitude
  • [55] Matthew Pearl: The Dante Club
  • [56] Zadie Smith: White Teeth
  • [57] Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Double
  • [58] Jose Saramago: The Double
  • [59] Andrew Holleran: Dancer from the Dance
  • [60] Heinrich von Kleist: The Marquise of O & Other Stories
  • [61] Andrew Holleran: In September, the Light Changes
  • [62] Tom Perrotta: Little Children
  • September 11, 2006


    Sandy Lam @ Lake Tahoe 9/9/06 17:20

    My cousin and I were on the road for almost three and a half hours on Saturday morning, heading up to South Lake Tahoe at Stateline, NV. The stereo was blaring exclusively Sandy Lam--live recording of her 2005 concert in Hong Kong. Much of our exchange focused on the the concert run-down list: What would Sandy be singing out of from her repoertory of some 500 songs? Previously she toured Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei, cities in which the majority of population speaks Mandarin. Just as the US is a melting pot, so was his concert audience, some white guys were all over the place taking pictures of her and cheering at her. The run down of the show consists of Mandarin and Cantonese tracks and she greeted the audience in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

    At 2:02 pm, roughly three hours before the show started, the blaring speakers and bound sounds drew our attention to the outdoor amphitheater at Harvey's--Sandy was having her final rehearsal! We peeked through the barb-wired gate and took photos of it. Then we sauntered off to the main street of S. Lake Tahoe, had a quick bite to eat and got ready for the show. I had to head back to the car and changed to the outfit for the big night--a black woven embroidered shirt and a blazer! The show did not begin until 5:20 pm. She performed for about 2 hours and the audience was brimming with applause, camera clicking and cheering.

    Part 1--17:20 She appeared at the top of the stage in black vest.
    1.傾斜 [Slanted]
    2.燒 [Burn Burn Burn]
    3.我坐在這里 [I'm Sitting Here]
    4.鏗鏘玫瑰 [The Clanking Rose] A favorite track of mine
    5.夜太黑 [The Night Is Too Dark] Sexy and jazzy touch

    Part 2--17:49 She changed to a casual tube top.
    6.存在 [Exist]
    7.Better Man
    8.愛上一個不回家的人 [Fall In Love With Someone Who Got Away] Wow! Rock version with new arrangement
    9.面對面 [Face to Face] First public performance of the new cut

    Anthony鋼琴伴奏,當愛已成往事 [The music director performed a piano solo]
    Part 3--18:12 She reappeared on stage in a black evening gown that clung on one shoulder.
    10.至少還有你 [At Least I Have You] I almost cried during this song--will dedicate this to my special someone
    11.為你我受冷風吹 [Suffer For you] Another ballad that strikes my heart chord
    12.沒結果 [I Want You Back] Demonstration of her perfect pitch and vocal
    13.玫瑰香(美聲版) [Rosy Fragrance]

    倫永亮:我說過要你快樂 [Music direction performed a solo]
    Part 4--18:33 Disco Dance Medley
    15.不還你 [You Cannot Have It Back]
    16.天大地大 [Rocking Sky]
    17.一分鐘都市一分鐘戀愛 [City Rhythm]
    18.灰色 [Grey - Heartache]

    After much thumping, thudding, drumming, and egging, Sandy came out one more time for encore.
    19.傷痕 [Scar] The first cut of an album that sold over 2 million copies in Asia
    20.早晨 [Morning...] She asked if we remember this song
    21.無憾 [No Regret] OMG! What a surprise! The track was never recorded in any of her solo albums
    22.赤裸的祕密 [Naked Secret] Another of my favorite ballads
    23.紙飛機 [Paper Plane] A folklore dedicated to childhood

    Closing credits and acknowledgement. We walked to the hotel lobby. We ran into Sandy, her crew, and entourage and I was at a loss of words! We said "Hi Sandy!" and she said hello and smiled at us. I really should have busted out my camera and the CD and asked for a picture with her. Oh well...I was delirious and dizzy...I'll see her live in Singapore in November. I cannot wait.


    Blogger Robert said...

    So wait, are you a fan or what? :-) baha!

    9/11/2006 1:44 PM  
    Blogger Jef said...

    You described it so well, I almost feel like I was there. I've never seen anyone in concert who I loved as much as that.

    It reminds of me of watching MTV Asia in Thailand. One moment, they're playing Texas' "Summer Son," and the next they're playing Thai artists singing a mixture of traditional and contemporary pop in their native tongue. I should have bought a compilation CD and brought it back.

    9/11/2006 6:29 PM  
    Blogger Carl V. said...

    What an awesome night. I'm so happy for you. Next time get that last picture!!!

    9/11/2006 9:03 PM  
    Blogger cipriano said...

    Exciting. What a great account of a great concert and a great experience.
    I am reminded of the time I sat on a concrete step for about 15 minutes, [listening to the Dixie Chicks at a Lilith Fair] right nest to Sheryl Crow, and then not knowing it was her until she began to walk away... and I was told, by the soundman guy.... and I quietly wept.
    What a great time you had, Matt.
    AND, it shall be repeated soon.
    I am INTO idolatry, I really am, and so I love this blog.....

    9/11/2006 9:36 PM  
    Blogger matty said...

    Burn me a CD! Burn me a CD!


    I feel this way about Goldfrapp.

    9/11/2006 9:42 PM  

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