I looked up the setlist for the concert because I heard people complain that there were too many Cantonese songs and alas, the setlist for the Malaysia and HK concerts are both fully-Cantonese, which means some of my favorite songs won’t be played, and I won’t understand 90% of what’s going on. Hmm.
Not that I don’t love a lot of the music he’s playing — or know the words to many of the songs, I’m just afraid I won’t have a chance to understand a damn thing he says at the concert, which is seriously disappointing. I guess I’ll have to concentrate on the gorgeous, resonant timbre of his voice ❤ ❤ ❤
I found out also that 4/30 songs in the setlist *I don’t even own*, and have never heard (see asterisks in the list below). Since back in the day I had to buy a lot of the early CDs at full price (about $18 each, plus a minimum per-CD $10 S&H fee), I didn’t always buy every Cantonese CD he produced (I preferred Mandarin over Cantonese).
Digitally, most albums before 2011 are simply not available on iTunes US, nor Amazon, which means I have to find some other crazy-ass way of purchasing the music digitally to avoid dead-tree and shipping costs. I’ve made a deal before with a friend overseas, PayPal-ed her money, to hassle her to buy mp3s in her “region” that are unavailable here. That’s exceptionally frustrating, time-consuming, and not supportive of my need for instant gratification and the binge-buying of music.
In prepping for this concert (esp. with a husband unfamiliar with any of the Cantonese tracks), I’d totally binge-shop Eason music, even paying again for complete albums. Alas, though, they don’t want my money.
Additional grouse: I can’t add YouTube videos to my iTunes playlists (why is this not a thing?) so the chance that I’ll learn these songs before the concert are slim. Ah well.
I’m happy that at least a few of the tracks are 5 personal stars (and Lord have mercy, 30 songs):
- 今天只做一件事 ★★★★★
- Life Goes On
- 歲月如歌 ★★★★★
- Welcome To The Future…
- Stranger Under My Skin
- 沙龍 ★★★★★
- 人來人往 ★★★★
- 夕陽無限好 ★★★★★
- 單車 ★★★★★