Thursday, April 14, 2011

Katie Melua's concert

"The sky is full of red balloons
Red balloons are full of broken hearts
Broken hearts are floating by a chance
Will they burst or drift Into arms
Will they burst or drift Into arms"

This song has been lingering in my head the whole week. It shows how much I had enjoyed the concert we went last week. Yes, hubby broke me to Katie Melua's concert despite my stupid mistake last time.

Katie is one of the most popular singers in UK, now she is touring Europe to promote her new album "The House".

Zenith Nantes was full with her fans, I think it has around 1500 people. Majority of the audiences were couples in their 40s / 50s, we were surprised considered that her first album was only released in 2003.

Anyway, I was so excited when the clock hit 8pm. I was going to see Katie in person! I was like walking in the cloud when someone else came out and started singing. WTF, I turned to hubby. He said it was normal, a concert would always start with an opening act, for maybe an hour. My mood took a 180° swing and my heart sunk. The opening act was not singing something in tune with Katie and I disliked his songs. I felt like being cheated. Or I'm just so outdated, this was not a common practice in Malaysia, maybe it is now.

Luckily the whole thing only lasted 30 minutes but then we had 20 minutes break. More waiting and when Katie finally appeared on the stage, it was closed to 9pm. My soul was attracted to her songs, so beautifully sang. With misty eyes, I immersed in her touching voice. I especially like the background screen effects, she was singing "The House" at that moment and the house showing on the screen allowed us to visually interpret the lyrics.

When she started singing "The Floor", the background screen showed a group of men in black boxer dancing. Very sexy isn't it?

Then at one point, all men aligned, we only see the first man with multiple hands moving (not with Katie in front, this photo was taken from internet). I immediately thought of the Thousand hands Buddha and the dance associated.

This dance was played by a group of handicap (deaf or mute) ladies from China and they were touring Asia in the late 90s.

All in all, despite the lousy quality of Zenith theater (uncomfortable seat & strong bass sound), it was an unforgettable experience and we hope we would be able to do it again. YOU GO KATIE!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this write up on Katie Melua.....I'm hooked to her beautiful voice, the lyrics and the music is just so lovely.