Guest Performance with Rhythm & Wave

You know, after watching quite a bit of Voice of China, I am seriously jealous of people who can tell beautiful stories with their voices. I really really really wanna be like them, but I will need to join Rhythm & Wave to brush up on my vocals.

If I am a swinging single (or even a swinging married woman), I will probably be visiting Rhythm & Wave very frequently to learn vocals and keyboard. 2 weeks ago I was there for the first time for my guest performance practice. It was located so so conveniently right above Chinatown MRT Exit D – no umbrella also nvm, coz once you exit, you get right into People’s Park Centre. And over there, there are really plenty of food choices lor – cheap somemore. Really very convenient.

On a serious note, I have been quite reflective lately. Life has been sucking me dry pretty much – and I think it really shouldn’t be like that. Well, I have been busy with work and my young girls – which is probably part and parcel of this phase of life, so I ought to take it into stride and find joy in the ordinary.

But i know deep within me, there are things I would like to do, like to explore, like to enjoy. One of them is singing. I used to be able to sing quite well – with a good strong vocal range (I remember being able to sing Amei’s 站在高岗上 using real voice) and all. Oh I might as well show you guys my ge tai pic!

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That was one good memory – I sang professionally for about a year I think. That was in year 2002.

So now is 2014 – 12 years later. 12 years of non-existent proper practice = vocal range easily reduced by half. Now I mew like a cat (although my falsetto has gotten better and stronger) and after watching Voice of China – I think I sound like a duck compared to those beautiful voices on the show. And now that my vocal range has reduced so much, singing at KTV really irks me coz I am unable to bring out the best in a song. Sing half way I gotta change to falsetto – so anti-climax lor! Sigh.

But but but, singing brings out something in me which I find it hard to explain. The only proper singing I am doing right now is singing songs of praise and worship in church. I guess only believers will be able to understand – praising and worshipping God has to be the most emotionally satisfying experience that one can ever encounter. Yes, even better than the best concert you have ever attended. I also feel similar waves of euphoria when I watch Voice of China, when the 4 judges listen just using their ears and get so touched by the voice that they had to tap that button to turn around.

So, one of the things which I like to do when  I am more free (that will take at least a couple more years I think) is to learn singing professionally… I have gone for a few lessons at a music school maybe a couple years ago, but i stopped after that coz it was just me and one other student and I found it quite bleah… and the location is quite bleah too. So i stopped.

Then Kim set up Rhythm & Wave. I didn’t know Kim at first, I knew Yanxi at work and that was how I got to know about Kim and his music school. And I was invited to their first student showcase at Fullhouse Signature Restaurant!

On Thursday night (3 days before actual performance) I went to Rhythm & Wave music school for practice. I really loved what I saw – it was so cosy and homely that I would really like to go there more often. And when we practised, it was such fun coz we all had the same objective – which was to learn and make beautiful music together.

On the actual day – I was so nervous can. My throat became very dry (not the first time when I experienced this when I am on stage actually) and I didn’t sing really well 😦 but thankfully I chose really simple songs with a very manageable vocal range!

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Before start of performance. Hubby and my elder girl went along with me – I took this from my table.

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It was a simple set up – very close to the audience, casual and non-intimidating.

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Rhythm & Wave holds its student showcases every Sunday evening – check it out if you are heading to Clarke Quay! I personally think it is such a great platform for students to learn stage singing!!

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We started at 730pm. If I remember correctly there were about a total of 8 to 9 songs per set. I had the easiest job – sing 2 songs 🙂 That’s Yanxi singing!

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I must say that she has improved so much in her singing – the stability has improved a lot and she is starting to learn techniques that make her sound softer and more vulnerable 🙂

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This was the other student Kenneth – very nice and friendly guy whose voice is like a rubber band (dunno if it’s an apt description lol) – I mean his voice can stretch until quite high and he still sounds quite comfortable. Falsetto also not bad!

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My turn – JITTERS.

and oh my goodness I look fat on stage.

And hubby managed to take a couple of videos of my crappy singing lol. But you gotta turn the volume way up to hear me coz the white noise level is extremely high – videos were taken using iPhone 5s.

Starting of A Thousand Years.

My falsetto gone totally haywire and shaky due to dry throat 😦

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But despite the lousy singing from me, I thoroughly enjoyed the evening coz it was a casual set and Kim’s emcee-ing made everything so comfortable 🙂

Thanks once again to Rhythm & Wave for allowing me to sing on stage that evening!

 

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Rhythm & Wave 1st Birthday + Student Showcase

“Life is one grand sweet song, so start the music.”

Yeah baby! I can’t agree more with this beautiful quote that’s on Rhythm & Wave’s homepage. We got only this one life so we better make it the grandest ever. In this lifetime, do what you want. Be what you want. Dream big and make it happen!

This could very well be Rhythm & Wave (R&W)’s motto – because they have achieved their very first milestone in Singapore’s music learning scene – the school is one year old! And I was there at Fullhouse Signature Restaurant witnessing this joyous occasion with all of its students. I was invited by Kim (founder of R&W) and Yvette (Kim’s better half) to join in the event and also to do up some coverage for them on my website. I am more than happy to do this, coz Yvette and I have been good sisters (given that I am nearly TEN YEARS OLDER than her lol), I absolutely love singing and it’s an honor to have this on my blog 🙂

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HM (also invited guest) and I reached Fullhouse by 1pm and were greeted by these adorable dolls. If you have not known by now, Fullhouse is a restaurant that’s FILLED WITH SWEET CUTE STUFF!

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This stage is huge! I understand that R&W has regular gigs at Fullhouse right on this stage. I think it’s really cool that R&W students get to perform live here while learning!

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I attended singing classes some time back and I can say that I love to sing, although now I only have the time to sing nursery rhymes to my kids. If I have extra time, I really want to try out their classes! And they are so conveniently located at People’s Park – i can totally imagine myself going for classes with Yvette and then heading to some SIchuan Mala supper after class ^_^

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More of the restaurant – lovely chandeliers.

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Comfortable high chairs for bigger groups.

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It’s a really suitable place for girlfriends to meet up, have a hearty dinner and yak over drinks while the music plays on. It’s so cosy.

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Yvette and me in funky Gangnam Style sunglasses!

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I LOVE this particular table, it’s located at the end of the restaurant and it’s like another world altogether. Very romantic feel leh!

And while we waited for the event to start, I went around taking pictures of the students.

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Who were ALL very sporting and smiley 😀 😀 😀

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I could literally feel their joy and excitement in celebrating the school’s first birthday 🙂

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The ladies all very chio leh…

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This table surprised me the most. When I asked for a picture, all of them happily wore the funky glasses and even stood up to position themselves!!! They are actually students too. I totally wanna do this when I hit 40! These people look younger than the youngsters lor!

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Another funky family – I didn’t even suggest to them about wearing the glasses 🙂 I LOVE SPONTANEITY.

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The students are all very friendly and ON. Rhythm & Wave is one happy school.

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Where strangers become friends and family 🙂

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I would like to say that I love my Lumix to bits. Its auto focus and light adjustment is fabulous!!!!

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Ok back to camwhoring – here’s HM and I happily caged up.

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Can I have your big big eyes HM…

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Host for the event – she is a student too!

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And here’s Kim telling everyone that this ‘give speech’ part got him the most worried – but I think he did a great job 🙂

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And since it’s a birthday, of coz must have BIRTHDAY CAKE LA! HM got this from Awfully Chocolate 🙂

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Check out Kim’s bright smile!

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Happy Birthday R&W! Many more happy years to come!

And what’s a event without good food 🙂

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Scrumptious buffet spread for everyone!

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Everyone was taking their food quickly so they could go back to enjoy the student showcase.

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I’ve got my food too 🙂

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Their mushroom soup was GOOD!! So hearty!

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I took a couple of performance shots (was busy eating in between oops). Just to give some feedback (given that I was a trained getai singer more than 10 years ago muahahaha), most of them could sing and play well! It was music to my ears la 🙂

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A couple of guys even played keyboard and sang at the same time! *applause*

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and I took more food. these were good too!

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seriously – fat die me.

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And how can i not take more pics of Kim & Yvette leh heehee.

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Kim is such a fantastic keyboardist!

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Think they purposely dressed up in opposite colours.

There were a total of 9 performances and in the blink of an eye it was 3pm. R&W has not only prepared all the program, they also ensured that everyone takes home a sure win lucky draw prize XD

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Lucky draw prizes.

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And everyone has a big goodie bag to bring home too. Here are the kind sponsors which R&W (and I) would like to say a big thank you to!

In no particular order:

  • Mere Poulard
  • alce nero
  • Fullhouse Signature
  • Golden Village
  • Lolly Talk

Let’s take a peek at what’s in the goodie bag:

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Organic Spaghettini by alce nero.

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Fruit cookies from Mere Poulard

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It was a huge tin!

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Here are the cookies! I’ve got a feeling that it will be abit like those sultana cookies – which I love!

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$20 Fullhouse SIgnature Restaurant voucher – yay 🙂 i want more of that mushroom soup!

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Lollipop from Lolly Talk – I think these sweets will make great door gifts and treats for anyone 🙂

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From Lolly Talk too.

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Golden Village $1 off movie ticket voucher!

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I brought 2 Gangnam Style sunglasses home and my girl loved it – she has been wearing it out to dinner LOL. Majiam celebrity.

It was a sweet ending and a brand new beginning (of the second year) for R&W. If you are reading this and have thought about learning vocals or an instrument, do drop R&W a note at contactus@rhythmandwave.com!