Pre-“Season Premiere”: Music Tastes As of Late – S3E0X

In a way to prepare my third season for the blog, I will explain about the kinds of music and songs I have been listening since the Summer. There were a change in phase in what I listen to. I would usually try to keep up to date with Chinese songs (i.e. Cantopop) but I changed around my listening schedule for certain Hong Kong radio stations on the Internet. Since the beginning of 2007, I did return to listen to Chinese radio programs but it has been the overnight program. I still listen to the Cantopop “classics” from the 1980s to early 1990s. Right now, I have phased back to listening to English songs.
Sorry, no “Beautiful Girls” by Sean Kingston and “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s. They are not my cup of tea. 🙂

Onto the iPod, I’ve created the playlist called “Lenny Favorites.” As of September 12, 2007, the list so far;

Miss Sarajevo – Bono, Brian Eno, L’Orchestra Filarmonica Di Torino, Luciano Pavarotti, Michael Kamen & The Edge from Pavarotti and Friends. I put it on because of Luciano Pavarotti’s passing.
Stronger (Clean version) – Kanye West
No One – Alicia Keys
Song 4 Mutya (Out Of Control) [TV Rock Remix] – Groove Armada featuring Mutya Buena
When You’re Gone – Avril Lavigne
The Way I Are – Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson & DOE & Sebastian
LoveStoned/I Think She Knows (Radio Edit) – Justin Timberlake
I Believe – Simian Mobile Disco – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Foundations – Kate Nash
Shut Up and Drive – Rihanna
Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control) – Groove Armada
Umbrella (Cinderella Remix featuring Chris Brown & Jay-Z) – Rihanna
Do It – Nelly Furtado
1234 – Feist

My “picks” from iTunes Store

All Good Things (Come to an End) [Season Finale] – S2E25

Yes, it’s the song from Nelly Furtado. I know some people will think that Nelly Furtado is a sellout and etc. I don’t care if she is a sellout! I like this song but more to the message, this entry is considered as a “season finale” because it’s the final day of classes. Actually, Tuesday is the last day. I am writing this entry as a sort of conclusion for my time being at Carleton University.
In retrospect, I enjoyed my final year at Carleton University. I wasn’t sure what kind of reception when taking the Canadian Studies classes. It really surprised me when the people in the classes were nice and outgoing. I really enjoyed the two 4th year classes that were taught by Peter Hodgins. I am also enjoying the other class with Peter Hodgins as well. If anyone reads this entry, all I can say to you for one last time, “you all ROCK!”
One unique thing about the people in Canadians Studies (grad students included) is that half seem to be from Toronto and some from Northern Ontario. Some people live in the East end (aka Gloucester and Orleans) and none from the West end. It kind of felt depressing that there was no one “representing” the West end of Ottawa.
The thing I will miss is being at the seminar room in the Canadian Studies department @ Dunton Tower because it was safety hazard. People will know how clumsy I am, but it was pretty hilarious having to do insane things in the room. Another joke is that I “live” in Canadian Studies lounge. Since the Fall, I kept being at the lounge due to the fact that I got wireless Internet. It was just luck having to get it.
What I miss was the Fall term classes. I found it more interesting than the Winter term. I find that Winter makes everyone lazy and not having the energy. I miss the excitement from the Fall term.
I kind of miss having class on Fridays. Call me crazy, I enjoyed the Friday afternoon class back in the Fall term.
An ironic thing during my time at Carleton was being at unusual classrooms. Whether it is the 9th floor of Loeb to 4499 Mackenzie Building to Leeds residences, it has been a funny experience being in different places where I never expected.

Why I chose “All Good Things (Come to an End) by Nelly Furtado? As the title says it, I think I had a fun time taking some of the classes this year and meet interesting people, but all things come to an end and it’s time to move on.
Certain parts like “Flames to dust, lovers to friends, why do all things come to an end” bring an important message of moving on in life. Another part in the song which is edited off from radio is “and the sun was wondering if it should stay away for a day til the feeling went away, and the sky was falling on the clouds were dropping, and the rain forgot how to bring salvation.” This part is near the end and I find it beautiful.
I also feel that people I know will be leaving to other pastures and will have to move on without them. I am realizing that friends are getting married, moving else or having a career change, it is like the past has become a distant memory.

As I end this entry for the second season, I like to thank this person for keeping in touch for so long. It was fun having to message you during your program and making me laugh when you mentioned things on-air.

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Update – April 19, 2007. In the light of the shooting at Virgina Tech, here is an image for the 32 people who lost their lives. I am just privileged to live in a safe place, but there should be justice to stop individuals who post a threat to society.

Remembering Leslie Cheung (2007 Edition) – S2E24

Here is a bit of reprint from my original post last year with a bit of updating. I know April 1st is on Sunday, it’s in case I forget to write it on the day.

It’s been 4 years since Leslie Cheung left fans throughout Hong Kong and all over the world on April 1st. Everytime I listen to his song, I would feel sad because he is no longer around. I still remember that morning where I was woken up by my brother and I thought it was a joke, but I later realized it was true. I grew up watching Leslie Cheung in movies and on award shows and I never knew Hong Kong actors had impacts on my life. When I started listening to Cantopop in late 1999, it was his songs that brought me back to Hong Kong culture.

For the first time in awhile, I won’t be listening to CRHK because their online streaming has been down since December 2006. I will be listening to RTHK to listen if they will play Leslie Cheung songs.
Here are two images that I want to put up.

Sites to look up are http://www.lesliecheung.cc/
Leslie Cheung Profile on IMDB.com.