ling-kai

写给妈妈的一首歌。

你感受的时间 和我不一样

你说话放慢 耳朵不灵光

边走边说 你有点跟不上

想说的还很多 写成歌给你唱吧

想坐在膝上 像从前一样

抱着你 在你耳边 慢慢讲

很久以前 妈妈有一把伞

为一棵小树苗 风雨遮挡

让长大的树苗 给你依靠

让风轻轻吹过树叶 一直到老

慢慢说吧 靠在树下 妈妈的伞

我感受的时间 和你不一样

我不爱说话 不爱听笑话

翻开照片 看着小小的我呀

想说的还很多 不如写成歌唱吧

靠在我肩上 就可以乘凉

靠近了 在你耳边 慢慢讲

很久以前 妈妈有一把伞

为一棵小树苗 风雨遮挡

让长大的树苗 给你依靠

让风轻轻吹过树叶 一直到老

慢慢说吧 靠在树下 妈妈的伞

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Ling Kai (铃凯) from Singapore. Very gentle acoustic piece.  =)

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I just discovered a new artist from Singapore. She’s Ling Kai 鈴凱 and this is one of her new songs which I really liked, called 隨機播放. Have a listen!

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Ling Kai 黃鈴凱 - 一個人 (Alone)

Ling Kai 黃鈴凱 performing her original song 《一個人》at the finals of CCTV’s reality singing competition Sing My Song, with Taiwanese band Sodagreen’s lead vocal Qing Feng 青峰.

The singer-songwriter first gained recognition in 2007 with a youtube video of her original Larkin Step. She has since released an EP titled Honestly, and more recently her debut album titled LinK under mentors Lee Wei Song and Lee Si Song. 

More of her stuff on Facebook and Youtube.

Ling Kai - Larkin Step

Time moves along
and it breaks every bone in your spine

sometimes I’m blown away by the quality talent we have here at home, and singer-songwriter Ling Kai is a great example. lovely acoustic arrangements, tender vocals and heartaching lyrics (this one is an ode to poet Phillip Larkin) make her one to watch out for. 

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讓音樂沖淡悲傷。

終於看到鈴凱出頭的一天。謝謝青峰 :)

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"Larkin Step" by Ling Kai

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Scars LIVE @ MMF2011, Singapore
by Ling Kai feat. Adhitia Sofyan
Watch on Vimeo

P.S. My first attempt at video editing :P

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how is this girl not famous? this song is so beautiful and catchy

Ling Kai and Jon Chan's Interview - library@esplanade

Kickstarting Mosaic Music Festival's In The House series, Ling Kai and Jonathan Chan share their full-time and part-time musical careers respectively as local musicians and at the same time, promote imagine concert.

Moderated by: Sinclair


(image credit: Nicholas Tan and lingmusic.com.sg)

So Ling, how does it feel to be back in this Mosaic festival?
Ling Kai: It’s great. The Esplanade is one of the most enjoyable venues for musicians. So this time we are performing in the concert hall, and this time round, everything has been really great so far and I get to work with fantastic musicians like Jon.

Jon, have you played here solo before? Or with Plainsunset?
Jonathan Chong: In the Mosaic festival, I have played solo. I think this is the first time I have done a collaboration with other artists. I’m not here with Plainsunset.

I thought you guys played here before?
Jonathan: We have played at The Esplanade, but not part of the Mosaic Music Festival.

So how does it feel to be a part of the local powerhouse like Art Fazil and international stars like Paula and Stacy Kent?
Jonathan: For me, it’s quite cool to see guys like Stacy Kent and Russian Red, people and all that coming. For me, there was a little bit of a moment during the rehearsal when I walked in and I saw one guy who looked like Art Fazil. Because if you were in the music scene, the local music scene when everyone knew who he was, and everyone still knows him, everyone still sees guys like him around so when I saw him, it was a moment of ‘kk… kkk….’ (sign of nervousness)

Ling Kai: Starstruck.
Jonathan: (with a very high-pitched voice) ‘Oh man it’s him!’ (resumes to normal voice) that kind of thing. My band members were like (whispering into mike) ‘eh get autograph for me’
Ling Kai: Take photo. Take photo.
Jonathan: Got video already, done already.
Ling Kai: Oh awesome.

And what about Ling? How do you feel?
Ling Kai: I’m actually sharing a dressing room with Kat Ong, so we get to hang out quite a bit. And she’s a really really nice person and she’s a great great vocalist as well, so she’s been giving me tips on singing and everything, so it’s been great. She’s a really experienced local music veteran as well so it’s been to actually get to know them and get to interact with them and talk about music.

Did you guys know them before? Prior? Any of the artists?
Jonathan: I knew Kat from before, I’ve done a couple of small appearances and we did a couple of things together previously. Joshua Wan, the music director, he’s actually someone whom I’ve seen quite around. I’ve met his wife, we have a lot friends in common, but this is actually the first time we are working together no a project.

I understand you guys have a duet at the concert. What will you guys be singing?
Jonathan: We’re doing a song from John Mayer. It’s called ‘Waiting For The World To Change’. I don’t usually do duets, so this will be quite cool.
Ling Kai: Yeah. But he’s playing electric guitar as well, so that’s something to look forward to. And yeah it’d be fun! I think John Mayer is kind of interesting because the meaning of the lyrics are kind of ironic? I think the meaning of the song kinda change for us after we started singing and then looking at the kind of lineup and suddenly it took on a whole new meaning.

You guys are both full-time musicians?
Ling Kai: I’m full-time. I actually was in advertising after I graudated from university but then, I worked for 6 months and then I realised, this isn’t for me. I’d rather do music and so, I decided to do music full-time and how I make a living is play in pubs and stuff in the evenings. And then I write music in the day.

What’s that like for your family? It can’t be easy. Full-time musician in Singapore, doing original music.
Ling Kai: (Haha) Well I guess parents are the same everywhere. I think, if you tell them, ‘Hey mom. Hey dad. I’m going to quit my job and gonna be a musician full-time.’ Everyone’s going to wonder, you know, how are you going to feed yourself? How are you gonna pay your bills? But I think it can be done. You just have to be creative with the ways with people to hire you? I’ve played in like birthday parties, company events and stuff like that, so.

So it is possible, if there is any aspiring singer-songwriter out there. You can come to speak to Ling for some advice. What about you Jon?
Jonathan: I don’t really do this full-time. This is something I’ve been doing for fun since the mid-nineties. I’m actually teaching part-time in LASALLE. I teach drawing to fashion students, talk about completely different connections so that’s actually what I spend a lot of time doing nowadays but music is still something to me that is a lot more, still a lot more fun and the fun is in the travelling. That part still makes me want to get up every morning.

Do you think that keeps it fresh, by not doing it as a job? The music?
Jonathan: I think that there is a certain edge to it because you end up trying to balance your life and at the same time, I felt that with my personality type, I’m both audio and visual so one acts as a balance and relief for the other. So in that sense, it’s never completely lost its appeal even though I get distracted with my work sometimes.

And what about you Ling? Doing it full-time and you have to play song that you don’t really want to play to bring home the bills? Does that dampen the edge a bit?
Ling Kai: Well honestly speaking, sometimes you get requests for songs that people like but you’ve get like a million times probably, but you know you just have to find ways to make it fresh again for yourself? For example ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz, it’s so happy and people always ask for it when they’re in a pub drinking and sometimes I do a really dark and depressing version so that kinda surprises people, but it’s fun - for ME (hahaha).

I think that’s important.
Ling Kai: Yeah. I guess when a musician’s happy, you tend to perform better as well.

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OneDream @ The Chamber: LingKai's CD Launch!

On the 9th of April, OneDream gathered its sponsors, friends & volunteers at Arts House (Old Parliament House)  to unveil its latest project ~ a One Dream CD! 

If I’d any loyal readers, they might remember a post i did on Ling sometime back. Just as a recap, she’s a local aspiring singer/songwriter who had been featured on Youtube’s front page before. While Ling’s self-penned songs often gain her praise from fans, the tunes are often rather melancholic in nature. Titled ‘Ling Kai’s One Dream’, it consists of 4 of her own tracks with 3 versions of ‘OneDream’, which she’d composed as the initiative’s theme song. Priced at $20, the CD will be available at all Starbucks outlets. Do note that 100% of profits (no costs will be recouped) will be going towards ‘funding a One Dream’ in its upcoming contest. The question is: 

”If you & your mates had SGD 5K, what is your One Dream for Singapore & Singaporeans?

All proposals, either in the form of a 500-word essay or 2min video clip, should be submitted here by 15th May 2011. Shortlisted finalists will be contacted after submission dates are closed. More details are available here!

Wait, i haven’t gone through the prizes yet right? If you might have guessed, the prizes won’t be one that you can claim to bring home. Instead, winners will receive a 5K cash prize & a mentor to guide them to fully implementing their One Dreams. Won’t that be interesting? I would love to participate in the contest, but then there would be a slightl conflict of interest. :/ 

As we all love music, this is the beautifully done & mind you, pro-bono music video of Ling’s ‘OneDream’ by the very talented team at ‘little red ants’. 

I’d originally invited Sunil & Mathi for the party but cause Victor shifted his party date to the same as the event’s, only Sunil accompanied me for the launch. Which was fun … we’d the opportunity to chat with people from all walks of life! 

Being very silly w Sunil before the event started. Don’t we look nice on the guest list? 

A little collage with all the gorgeous ladies of the night! 

I look hideous >.< So, do join the contest cause it’s a really meaningful one to enter. 

till next time, xoxo 

PS: If you’ve any queries or keen on volunteering your talents for OneDream, please do contact me via email, leaving a massage on this blog or dropping me a tweet. Thanks!

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Content shared from the Starbucks Singapore Facebook page. Nice and novel idea. More of these with my Americano please!

“What would you do if you had S$5,000 to realise one dream that can make Singapore a much better place to live in?”

One Dream is a platform where youths are asked this question, and if they had S$5,000, what would they fulfill as their deepest passion to realise one dream for Singaporeans to lead better lives.

Local talented song artiste Ling Kai has written and performed the song “One Dream” in this meaningful project, where all proceeds from the sale of her CD “One Dream by Ling Kai” goes to fund the One Dream contest. This is indeed a momentous project to make a difference to our fellow Singaporeans. You can catch Ling Kai’s video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXjLayN_Xxw.

To support our local youths and to contribute to this meaningful cause, Starbucks has stocked “One Dream by Ling Kai” CDs at all Starbucks outlets, and we hope you support our little way of contributing to the better living of this little island. Buy a “One Dream by Ling Kai” CD for yourself, buy some for your loved ones, and fund a One Dream today.

For more information on the great people behind this project, please visit http://www.restededge.com.sg/life.”

don’t you think it’s amazing how you can feel like complete shit but there are those little things that you like to do like listening to a really good band or watching a really good anime that just can make you forget about reality for a minute