Tuesday, May 21, 2013

LET'S KARAOKE 28 : WHITNEY HOUSTON - I HAVE NOTHING

This karaoke is in memory of the late Whitney Houston (she still remains one of my favourite singers until today). Taken from the movie 'The Bodyguard', this songs was released as the third single from the movie soundtrack album after two other consecutive worldwide hits, 'I Will Always Love You' and 'I'm Every Woman'. 'I Have Nothing' had been performed many times during Whitney's worldwide tours and various television appearances, with great reviews of course. The instrumental used for this karaoke is not official but it fits into the video quite well (I 'stole' it from somebody's youtube so please forgive the less than spectacular quality of the audio). I finally own this CD single (20 years after its initial release, can you believe that?) after I bought it through the Internet. I try to collect her CD singles whenever possible although they can cost me quite a fortune sometimes. There are many more that I don't have (especially the rarer ones from her first and second albums) and at the moment, I am still waiting for a few more to arrive in my mailbox. Personally, I think this is a great love song although I don't like the video clip that much (most of Whitney's video clips are quite bland and boring actually). This song is quite difficult to sing if you can't feel it and my advice to those who want to attempt it is simple : do it your own way and don't imitate Whitney's vocal styling.  

The single's cover

video

Share my life
Take me for what I am
'Cause I'll never change all my colors for you
Take my love
I'll never ask for too much
Just all that you are and everything that you do

I don't really need to look very much further
I don't want to have to go where you don't follow
I won't hold it back again, this passion inside
I can't run from myself
There's nowhere to hide

Don't make me close one more door
I don't wanna hurt anymore
Stay in my arms if you dare
Or must I imagine you there
Don't walk away from me
I have nothing, nothing, nothing
If I don't have you, you, you, you, you

You see through
Right to the heart of me
You break down my walls with the strength of your love
I never knew
Love like I've known it with you
Will a memory survive, one I can hold on to

I don't really need to look very much further
I don't want to have to go where you don't follow
I won't hold it back again, this passion inside
I can't run from myself
There's nowhere to hide
Your love I'll remember forever

Oh, don't make me close one more door
I don't wanna hurt anymore
Stay in my arms if you dare
Or must I imagine you there
Don't walk away from me
I have nothing, nothing, nothing

Don't make me close one more door
I don't wanna hurt anymore
Stay in my arms if you dare
Or must I imagine you there
Don't walk away from me, no
Don't walk away from me

Don't you dare walk away from me
I have nothing, nothing, nothing
If I don't have you, you
If I don't have you, oh you

Sunday, May 12, 2013

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY 2013!

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

BY THE RIVERSIDE 2

My late father's hometown was a small village by the Perak River in Teluk Intan. It was not far from town and my Mum would often tell me how she used to take the 'beca' to the market to buy groceries. When I was growing up, my family rarely went back to this village and as far as my memory can tell me, the river was always muddy and murky. I did not like the river much. In the eyes of a small kid like me, it looked more like a brown-coloured ocean rather than a river. It was deep in certain places and stories of crocodiles swarming the river were not uncommon either. My Mum and I took a trip down memory lane when we went for our weekend outing a few weeks ago (we don't go for long holidays anymore due to my Mum's thrice-weekly hemodialysis but we try to make it a point to go out as often as we can and enjoy our weekends). The sleepy old village is still there and remnants from the past can be seen here and there; indicating that it comes from another era and time. But a lot of things have changed too. The old house belonging to my late grandfather is long gone and in its place is a new house occupied by relatives on my late father's side. We did not drop by since we were on our way somewhere else (to find a good place to eat which can be quite difficult sometimes). However, we did stop for a few minutes at the jetty where a boat was waiting to take a few passengers to the other side of the river. The river is still muddy and murky like I remember it. And I believe the crocodiles are still there too. Everything looked totally alien to me and there was not much that I could remember. Only bits and pieces that popped out of my subconscious like fragments of a half-forgotten dream. I never really knew this place and now that so many ties with the past have been severed, I realise I probably never will... 
 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

IT'S FINALLY OVER

The polls are now officially closed. Let's take a deep breath and exhale slowly. Have a cup of coffee (or tea or whatever you fancy) and wait for the results with an open heart and an open mind. It's also the right time for a little bit of reflection and contemplation. Remember, life still has to go on tomorrow. إن شاء الله  everything will be all right.