Saturday, June 23, 2012

LET'S KARAOKE 23 : ABBA - SUPER TROUPER

Back in high school, I had a friend who was a big fan of ABBA. Both of us were staying in the same hostel and our beds were next to each other. He was one of my best friends during my early teens before both of us discovered other like-minded friends and interests. He is still a good friend of mine though and we still keep in touch with each other until now. He knew a lot about ABBA and was especially nuts about Agnetha Fältskog. For those who don't know, Agnetha was the blond goddess with the sexiest bum in show business long before J.Lo and Beyonce's derrières took centre stage. During weekends when we had nothing to do, my friend and I would often sing a few ABBA songs that we knew. Our favourites were Chiquitita, Angel Eyes and Voulez-Vous. At one time, one of the hostel wardens was listening to us without our knowledge. We were singing near his room since we thought he had gone for his weekly outing. He only made his presence known when he started clapping after our 'performance'. We quickly scrambled from our 'stage' never to return. Since that day, we tried to avoid him whenever possible. I haven't listened to this song for quite a long time and I guess it's time I called my friend to see if he would like to join me for a few ABBA karaoke sessions the next time he comes down to visit me. This time, I will make sure that the Super Trouper lights shine on us brightly!

The single's cover

video

Super Trouper beams are gonna blind me
But I won't feel blue
Like I always do
'Cause somewhere in the crowd there's you

I was sick and tired of everything
When I called you last night from Glasgow
All I do is eat and sleep and sing
Wishing every show was the last show

So imagine I was glad to hear you're coming
Suddenly I feel all right
And it's gonna be so different
When I'm on the stage tonight

Tonight the Super Trouper lights are gonna find me
Shining like the sun
Smiling, having fun
Feeling like a number one

Tonight the Super Trouper beams are gonna blind me
But I won't feel blue
Like I always do
'Cause somewhere in the crowd there's you

Facing twenty thousand of your friends
How can anyone be so lonely
Part of a success that never ends
Still I'm thinking about you only

There are moments when I think I'm going crazy
But it's gonna be alright
Everything will be so different
When I'm on the stage tonight

Tonight the Super Trouper lights are gonna find me
Shining like the sun
Smiling, having fun
Feeling like a number one

Tonight the Super Trouper beams are gonna blind me
But I won't feel blue
Like I always do
'Cause somewhere in the crowd there's you

So I'll be there when you arrive
The sight of you will prove to me I'm still alive
And when you take me in your arms
And hold me tight
I know it's gonna mean so much tonight

Tonight the Super Trouper lights are gonna find me
Shining like the sun
Smiling, having fun
Feeling like a number one

Tonight the Super Trouper beams are gonna blind me
But I won't feel blue
Like I always do
'Cause somewhere in the crowd there's you


p/s This one is for you, Alzafri! Thank you for making high school years fun and tolerable.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING

FooArt, one of my homies, got married yesterday after Zuhr prayer at the Sungai Lesong Mosque. These pictures were taken the night before the 'akad nikah'. The wedding recepton will be held later next week.

FooArt's mum (in red and white) and my mum (in grey) having a very late dinner at Man and Ida's house.

Mira and Coco in their best 'beached whale' poses. Mira's baby, Iman, was clearly fast asleep and oblivious to what was going on around him.

Kak Teh, FooArt's sister putting the pounded henna leaves on his fingers while the others waited for their turns.

My mum, Ida's mother, Kak Teh, FooArt and FooArt's mum. The back of Coco's head also makes its appearance in this picture.

That's me fixing the pounded henna leaves on my mum's fingers.

Ida (the hostess), Shaun, Ady and Man in the background.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

THE LEGENDARY CONCERT

These are 4 superstars who have left their indelible footprints in the local music world. Sheila Majid, the petite chanteuse, made an impact on the Malaysian music scene with her debut album which was aptly titled 'Dimensi Baru' in 1985. Zainal Abidin was the lead singer for Headwind and had vast experiences performing in clubs long before he made the concept of world music acceptable to the local audience. The androgynous singer of Search, Amy, was partly responsible for the popularity of 'rock kapak' back in the 80s. Jamal Abdillah was the winner of Bintang RTM 1979 and despite the many controversies surrounding his life, has remained immensely popular. The final leg of their Legendary Concert will be held sometime this month in KL. I truly wish I could be there to witness these four legends in action. :(