Some forlorn souls turn to the bottle, others favor the psychoanalyst’s couch. But pop newcomer Henry Tseng (曾昱嘉) has a healthier, and cheaper, alternative: his music.
“My songs are sad but ultimately therapeutic,” Tseng told the Taipei Times in a phone interview earlier this week. “I hope they will give listeners the strength to stand up again.”
The rising star performs a solo concert at Riverside Live House (西門紅樓展演館) tomorrow night.
Photo Courtesy of Seed Music
Tseng won the fourth season of the hit TV talent show Super Idol (超級偶像) last year. His debut album Listen, 10 delicately crafted gems about romantic obsession and the ability to survive heartbreak, received plaudits when it was released in December.
“These 10 songs tell 10 different love stories,” Tseng. “I hope audiences will find their own stories in these songs.”
In contrast to the more explosive vocals usually associated with male Mando-pop singers, Tseng’s delicate and emotionally charged delivery is similar to that of Maggie Chiang (江美棋) and Fish Leong (梁靜茹).
“In private, I’m pretty silly and outgoing,” he said. “But to sing, I draw on my sensitive side.”
In the music video to Not Enough Tears (眼淚不夠), the second single release from Listen, Tseng portrays an angel who descends to Earth to collect people’s tears and thus take their sadness away.
“My role as a singer, as I see it, is to help people shed their tears and renew their faith in life,” Tseng said.
He cites Eason Chan (陳奕迅) as his favorite singer. “The best singing is not about technical prowess,” he said. “It’s about conveying emotions and allowing people to reminisce and make peace with their life experiences.”
In order to realize his dream of becoming a pop star, Tseng shed 15kg, dropping from 85kg to 70kg within three months, while competing on Super Idol.
“I was in a rush to lose weight and didn’t do it so healthily,” Tseng said. “But I encourage people to lose weight in a healthy way, with a balanced diet, exercise and lots of water.”
WHAT: Henry Tseng solo concert
WHEN: Tomorrow at 8:30pm
WHERE: Riverside Live House (西門紅樓展演館), 177 Xining S Rd, Taipei City (台北市西寧南路177號), tel: (02) 2370-8805. On the Net: www.riverside.com.tw
ADMISSION: Tickets are NT$600 in advance, available online at www.riverside.com.tw or through 7-Eleven ibon kiosks, or NT$700 at the door
ON THE NET: a-ga.freebbs.tw
Until this summer, when the idea of hiking the length of the island first occurred to me, I didn’t even know that Cijin (旗津) had been a peninsula until 1967. That’s when diggers and dredgers severed Cijin from Taiwan’s “mainland,” because the authorities wished to create a southern entrance to Kaohsiung’s fast expanding port. The island is just under 9km long, but a bit of research quickly convinced me that a south-to-north trek wasn’t a good idea. The southern third of Cijin is dominated by container-lifting cranes, warehouses and other facilities off-limits to the public. Dunhe Street (敦和街) forms the boundary between
As if the climbs and views and snacks and companions of cycling in Taiwan aren’t sufficient, the GPS-generation of route-planners are now using apps such as Strava and Endomondo to create works of art as they ride. One such is nicknamed the Dove Road of Sijhih (汐鴿路), a 25km ride that follows the riverside bike path from the Nangang-Neihu Bridge (南湖橋) to New Taipei City’s Sijhih District (汐止), climbs around 400m up the Sijhih-Shiding Road (汐碇路), before dropping back down past Academia Sinica to generate a very dove-like pattern. Originally called Kippanas by indigenous Ketagalan people and transliterated into Hoklo (more commonly
Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is a way urban households can obtain healthy produce, while helping to build a more sustainable farming sector in Taiwan. King Hsin-i’s (金欣儀) transformation from advertising copywriter to social entrepreneur began in 2008, when she visited a rice farmer who practiced pesticide-free agriculture. “He explained that we have to leave space for other species. At the same time, I realized that while big companies have budgets to spread their messages, farmers have few chances to tell the public about their beautiful concepts,” she recalls. Inspired, she quit her job and traveled throughout rural Taiwan for a year. King went
If ever there was a reason to be inside on Mid-Autumn Festival, even for just an hour or so, while still celebrating the natural world, Cheng Tsung-lung (鄭宗龍) has provided one with his first full-length work for Cloud Gate Dance Theatre (雲門舞集) as artistic director, Sounding Light (定光). Judging by the excerpt performed for the press last week, Cheng shows he can be just as minimalistic as his mentor, troupe founder Lin Hwai-min (林懷民), while still forging his own unique path. Just as he did with last year’s Lunar Halo (毛月亮), his final work as director of Cloud Gate 2 (雲門2), Cheng