This concert was a Christmas present from my brother and sister-in-law(SIL). I like some of Power Station’s songs but I can’t claim to be a fan. I don’t know many of the songs except for the popular ones that Love 972 kept playing over the airwave, most of which the duo compiled and performed during the encore, like 忠孝东路走九遍.
The concert was enjoyable last night, in part because of the clips they played to show how they started their singing career. Schoolmates of Taiwan aboriginal descent, both paid homage to their mothers for not living up to their expectations and be better sons. The mothers converse in a language very similar to Bahasa. Touching was when Yen Chih Ling recounted how he wanted his father to buy an electronic keyboard even though the family couldn’t afford it. He was sulky and his father eventually borrowed money to purchase it for him, which he now feels a deep remorse towards his late father.
Yu Chiu-Hsin who is married with two daughters, praised his wife for being independent and giving birth without him present because he had to be in China. He then read out a written message from his wife, who was in the audience, telling him how much they missed his presence but understands that he is working hard so that the family can have a better life. Then she added, sometimes, I would rather have you around than a better life.
I also like the clip which showed how folks in mundane jobs – a tailor, fisherman, policeman – persevere in their jobs for decades, serving quietly yet being appreciative for the little things that come with the job, whether it’s a customer looking good in a dress you make or a day of peace for the policeman. One lady volunteer for 15 years to keep the environment green, by picking litters, sorting rubbish and even sprucing up public places.
The pair, started out singing folk songs before venturing to perform in pubs, is unique. Their voices blend smoothly and are versatile in both rock and slow numbers. Before their fame, they worked in various labourious odd jobs, but keeping the faith that they will eventually fulfill the dreams of a career in music. There were down times even after achieving fame. In 2003, when their popularity dipped, they decided to expand into China market.
Credit must also go towards the stage production for last night’s concert. The lighting was awesome, with live projections on screen superimposed by backdrops which seemed surreal – a birdcage, or a forest with streams of stars, reminding me of a phrase from the poem Leisure by WH Davis – streams full of stars, like skies at night. After the story of the keyboard, Yen was pushed on stage playing a grand piano. It is by far the most beautiful piano I’ve seen, crowned by an oblique spherical ring lighted by moving lights and mirrors.
Last night, the full crowd showed them that their popularity has not waned. As they mingled downstage, the crowd surged towards them for handshakes, selfies and hugs. Despite their star status, they come across as humble, often cracking self-deprecating jokes.
I guess this song 莫忘初衷 (Don’t forget your initial intention) is especially profound for them, as it too tugs a string in me:
莫忘初衷 莫忘初衷 (Don’t forget your initial intention)
别忘那一年 那一天出发时心中的梦 (Don’t forget that year, that day you started your dream)
难免会受伤 注定要心痛 (It’s unavoidable you’ll get hurt, a guarantee there’ll be pain)
别忘了还有我老朋友陪你 (just don’t forget you have me, your old friend, with you)
you’ll never alone
I hope their power continues to grow.