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I write songs, I sing them... I play the piano and a little bit of the guitar.. I've released 5 albums of music, I love the scent of freshly fallen rain and the scent of lavender on bedsheets. I would drink tea all day long if the caffeine didn't keep me up at night. I hate driving in L.A traffic. I would love to one day catch the squirrel that steals the plums from my tree and make him a pet. I don't watch TV anymore. My 3 year old daughter is more entertaining than any TV show could ever be :)

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Beautiful Seed Concert - The Day's Events.

More pics coming soon....

[Friday, 3rd August 2007]

The day of the show. Had a good breakfast
at the hotel's breakfast buffet, then
headed downstairs to Yakun where I got a cup of
teh and a cup of hot water and sat down to look
through my songlist and my song introductions for the
concert in the evening.

I then stopped by the foodcourt to buy some duck rice
to take with me to the UCC hall, so that I'd have something
to eat before the concert.

Mr. Ho the driver from NUS picked us up around
12.20 p.m and we headed over to the NUS UCC hall for
our final show run-through and rehearsal

We ran through all the songs with the band and the
strings and only got done with the rehearsal at 4.30 p.m

By that time, I was starving and glad to finally be able
to eat that duck rice I'd bought earlier.

Ernest Lim came by a little later at about 5.20 p.m and
we got started with the hair and make-up. By the time
he was done with my make-up and hair it was about 7 p.m

After getting dressed, the band, Kavin and I gathered
around to say a group prayer. Kenn led the prayer and Josh
and I added our prayers as well.

After that we all walked to the backstage and waited
for our time to go on stage.

While the rest of the band chatted while waiting to
go on stage, I found a side entrance to a stair-well where
I could have some alone time, to pray. It was good
and calmed my nerves.

The hall was almost full and by 8.10 p.m
the band walked out on stage. First, Kavin and the string
players, then the rest of the band members,
and finally I walked out on stage.

It was lovely to hear the applause from the 1700 strong
audience and whatever anxiety I had quickly evaporated as
I focused on giving the audience the best performance I could.

Set list for 1st half of concert :

Angel In Disguise
On The Side Of Me
Everything in its Time
Fly Away
On My Way

It was so heartwarming to look out to the audience,
and to see the individual faces, smiling along, as they
listened to each song.

Then we took a short break for the 15 minute intermission.

I toyed around with the idea of changing to my gown
for the second set, but decided against it as the temperature of the
hall was a little cold and I was sure that I would be
shivering if I changed to the gown. Besides, I didn't have
much time before the second set began.

It was soon time to go back on stage again
and I walked out and started playing Love Song for #1.
It was so nice to just sing for the audience there, just
me, the song and the piano.

Then, the rest of the band and strings joined me on stage
and we went into the rest of the songs:

Song list for 2nd set of the concert :

Love Song for #1
City of Angels
Green-Eyed Monster
My Little Nephew
Slow Down
Five Loaves and Two Fishes
Beautiful Seed

After the end of the second set, the band and I walked
off stage. Thankfully, the audience applause brought
us back for an encore :)

Encore songs

Little Superhero Girl
Save Me

After thanking Karen Loh, Daniel (Front of house sound),
Eugene (stage sound)and Roy (lighting) and the band,
Joshua Wan (bass), Kenn Chua (guitars),Wen Ming Soh (drums),
Reggie Pereira and Kavin (music director, string conductor)
and the lovely fans who were there,
I went backstage to have a bit of quiet, alone time
before Karen came by to usher me to the post-show reception.

I was delighted to see Papa, Mummy, Mama (my grandmother)
and also my Hoo family there and we gave each other
quick hugs and hellos. I said a quick hi to Benson and Margeret
as well before heading down to sign autographs for the fans
who had started to form a long queue.

We started the autograph session at 10.30 p.m and it was great
to meet the fans who had come.
I recognised the first one who was in line immediately.
"Angelina!" I said, "you managed to be first in line again" :)
And there together with her were her mother, her brother Paul
and her friend, Angeline.

Phebe and Raymond were there too and it was nice to see them again.
Shuling also came with her new boyfriend and it was nice
to see them both. Timothy came by and told me that Sean would
be graduating soon from his Australian university soon and asked
if I could write a little note to him.
I remembered Sean who came for the Christmas concert
and was glad to have the opportunity to write him a note.

Francia brought along her classical guitar for a signature.
Someone convinced me to sign her tummy(!) So I did a little squiggle.
Another fan Adorra came by screaming 'Corrinne May, HI!!!!',
so I shouted back, 'Hi!' and she was quite amused :)

There were students from NUS, students from JC, couples who
shyly said that they were on a date, families and kids...
it was so nice to see the diversity of people there and
I was glad to meet them all.

By the time the autograph session was over, it was close to 3 a.m
I can't believe that I was there for 4 hours.
I broke my own record for continuous signing and photo-taking
and chatting, surviving on two cups of Milo and a whole lot of adrenaline :)

Poor Mr. Ho, the driver had to wait for us to finish up to
send us back to the hotel.
By the time we left the NUS UCC hall, it was close to 3.15 a.m
and we got back to the hotel at about 3.35 a.m

There wasn't much open left in terms of food places we could get to,
so I was pretty grateful that a couple of fans had given me five pieces
of roti prata and two fishes:)
(They had heard me saying during my song intro for
'Five Loaves and Two Fishes' that if the miracle had happened
in Singapore, it would have been called
'Five Roti Prata and Two Otak-Otak'
So I was both amused and delighted to get the prata to eat :)
During the autograph session, another fan Rachael also gave me
a loaf of bread and a can of tuna :)

We also had some food packed from the post-concert reception,
so Kavin and I, ravenous at the end of a long day,
dug into all the food when we got back to the hotel.
I was exhausted after that and fell asleep on the sofa
waking up a couple of hours later, and eventually making my way to bed...

All in all, a wonderful day.
To any of my fans who came for the concert and are reading this blog,
I just want to thank you for being there. I had a wonderful time and
I hope you did too :)

Below are some of the pictures that some fans sent me after the concert.
I'll upload my own photos once I get them :)

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Blogger Da Froggie said...

Hi Corrinne...

Missed your concert this time. :(
But I sure will be getting your new album...Simply can't wait!

Is there any truth in the rumor that you be performing at barfly on the 16th August?

Monday, August 06, 2007 8:02:00 PM  
Blogger (cp)rachael said...

According to Class 95, the barfly rumour looks set to be reality. =)
Simply log on to their website for more details. This is gonna be one exciting event i think =)

Monday, August 06, 2007 11:47:00 PM  
Blogger ADORRAble*((: said...

I saw my name! :) come back soon corrinne! :D

Tuesday, August 07, 2007 1:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jia you! will support you together with my family and friends.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007 6:02:00 AM  
Blogger Sketching Life... said...

Hello corrinne, thank for being there to autograph for every fan. Your Beautiful Seed CD's songs are great, especially loved 'on the side of me', 'shelter', 'on my way' & 'slow down'.

And ya thank for the smiley face u place beside the rong 2(square) on that cd you signed.


Tuesday, August 07, 2007 7:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Corrinne!

Your concert was amazing! i'm glad that many of your songs are getting more spiritual and it touches different people in different ways!My fav was when u sang love song for #1! it was soo beautiful!

Glad that you still remember Ms Martina Tan! I don't think she can rmb me but if i do meet her! i will let her know! haha! keep the smilies and keep singing!!!

Daryl Chng

Tuesday, August 07, 2007 8:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

passed by Golden Shoe carpark last night and came across a restaurant that has the same name as one of your song in the album...5 loaves & 2 fishes...check the link for the picture taken by my mobile

Tuesday, August 07, 2007 6:59:00 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Hi Corrinne!

Grace and I definitely had a great time - listening to ya songs and catching ya for a quick chat during the autograph session.

It was just amusing to see that you remember our faces but not our names! haha.. Yup. Eric & Grace! from ya MOS burger encounter! haa..

OK.. please rest well and let see if we get to meet you at barfly mid-Aug again! Will send you the photo soon!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007 8:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love your concert and new album. Thanks for spending so much time and effort to autograph our album. Appreciate it a lot. Hope to see your performance soon. (maybe at Esplande :) )

Take Care.


Wednesday, August 08, 2007 8:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really enjoyed your concert... your soulful voice and wonderful songs. Hope you will have another soon.. ;-) Keep up the good music.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007 8:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Angelina Yeo said...

Happy National Day to you Corrinne! Do post a blog on your NDP experience at Marina Bay! I'll be watching it from home though :(

Wednesday, August 08, 2007 9:57:00 PM  
Blogger Ming said...

The best song of the lot was "On The Side of Me". The opening and ending lines of that song are tear-jerking... Thanks for bringing us these gems again, Corrinne!

Thursday, August 09, 2007 4:19:00 AM  
Blogger GaryC said...

Dear Corrinne,

I will like to congrat you and your team on your superd performance displayed during the concert. It is worth every single cent we paid for. Once thing to do that night is to buy your new album "beautiful seed". We bought it without any hesitation, it only shows how much faith and confidence we have in you and your music. My wife and me love all your songs (every Single Song) and simply fell in love with them, both old and new. We both acknowledge that you have one best voices in the industry and especially proud that you are a fellow singaporean.

Keep Up the GREAT WORK and remember to share with us! :)

PS : While posting this comment, i am listening to "Shelter".

Friday, August 10, 2007 12:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Corrinne! Bumped into Alvin (aka the guy who bought 11 copies of Beautiful Seed after ur concert) today and he told me excitedly that my name was mentioned here.

It was absolutely wonderful getting to chat with you again. Thank you so much for all the effort that went into the concert. Shall be dropping you an e-mail with our picture soon! =)


Saturday, August 11, 2007 2:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Daniel said...

Hi Corrine,

Thank God for your gift in music and using it to touch the lives of people. It's an absolute joy and pleasure to hear you relate the stories behind the songs and making the songs so personal. keep the good songs coming and as much as God is on your side, we will be on yours too, supporting in your musical journey. God bless!

Monday, August 13, 2007 11:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Hello, Corrinne.

As cliche as it goes, you have the gift few possess.

Poignance evoked, listening to your beautiful voice never fails to bring on the tears in the still of the night, upon which my cloak of comfort is found.

Thanks for touching this stranger's life.

-- oMich

Friday, August 24, 2007 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger Solar Sojourner said...

Beautiful Beautiful Seed! I love every single song from the album! Especially 'On My Way' = ) It's really up-lifting! And I enjoyed the concert too! Thank you so much!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007 2:42:00 AM  

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