I was treated to this concert by my oldest friend P. ‘For your coming birthday,’ she said. It was a special treat even though the songs were not exactly from our era because my favourite local singer Dr Alex Su苏心荃 was performing.
The matinée show on Saturday was an additional following the quick sold-out of the evening show. Still, it was full house. Apparently, there were people who had bought tickets to both shows.
Hosted by Love 97.2 DJ BiYu, who also hosts the popular Sunday night radio program of the same name走过岁月的歌 (Songs of Yesteryear), the concert brought together many local performers of yesteryear. They were Talentime winner 凤飞燕, Xinyao洪劭轩, 萃霞, 苏心荃，荪保伶 and from Malaysia庄学忠. They were supported by 97.2 DJs Jeff, Lilian, Wallace, who each took turns to belt out songs older than themselves.
Many of the songs were from popular romance movies of the 60s and 70s. Melodic ballads with melancholic lyrics, P and I lament the lack of such meaningful songs now.
Last night, Biyu interviewed concert producer from 弹唱人Cai Zi Ren on Radio and praised him for the beautiful stage setting. Panels of LED on both sides of the stage displayed the mood and theme of the songs – rain, fire, cherry blossoms…
Unknown to me, the movies of yesteryear were mostly dubbed. The masculine voices we had heard were not from heart-throbs Chin Han秦漢 or Charlie Chin Hsiang Lin, but dubbed. On Saturday, the DJs gave their own hilarious dubbed version starring the two heart-throbs and Lin Qin Xia林青霞, the movie excerpt which was played on the screen at the back of the stage.
I was surprised by the warm and enthusiastic response from the mostly middle-aged audience. They were clearly there to support their favourite radio program and DJs. At the end of the concert, there was a mass singing session, and mikes were passed around the audience, who sportingly sang at the top of their voices.
What a lovely way to spend my Saturday afternoon. Thank you P for adding that one more memory into our friendship album.