It's been a while since this blog features local Chinese singers. Well a pleasant and kindly reader magg jnne, who lives overseas, wrote:
I am wondering if you have any uploads or if you know any links for Ling Seow/Ling Xiao's concert dvds - his nostalgic 40 years concert 2007 and the one in 2011? Any idea where to get the dvds? I can't find them anywhere in the stores.
2. My reply:
a. Thanks for visiting this blog but I am not in contact with DVD shops nor suppliers. I hope readers can help you.
3. Her response and pretty piece of prose profiling of Ling Xiao:
Thanks Andy for your quick reply.
Music, besides writing, has always been a therapeutic retreat for me, ever since I was a child.
I grew up with a fusion of English and Mandarin melodies, though I am not that proficient in Mandarin. But music cuts across all languages; it bridges boundaries.
I love listening to some of the soothing oldies. First, it transports my mind back to cherished moments of yesteryears. Second, it reaffirms the timeless beauty of good music and vocals.
Personally, I feel that the veteran singers in the 70s and 80s have richer vocals that even till today, continue to delight our ears. I love listening to songs by Sakura & Rita, Ling Xiao, Maggie Teng and Yang Xiao Ping. I was just a little kid and though I couldn't appreciate the lyrics as much as I do over the years, the melodies were enough to soothe and inspire me.
|Ling Xiao (凌霄) dazzles audience with timeless vocals|
Singapore singer Ling Seow/Xiao (凌霄) is a legendary icon in the music industry. His love ballads remain as soothing and magically enticing, even till today.
I am grateful for the many uploads of his albums in the web, and just listening to his rich, melodious voice is indeed heartwarming. One can truly feel all the emotions in his songs, and the magical part is that his voice is so amazingly smooth, gentle and rich.
Even till today, I believe he continues to dazzle audience with his timeless vocals and evergreen looks, especially that alluring smile that is so personable and real.
So far, there is no male singer who can match his unique voice that is rather feminine yet masculine in some ways, and perhaps that remains his charm. I believe like the characters in a good play that live on long after the play is done, his songs and voice will leave lasting imprints in our hearts and minds as the years roll by.
There has been nothing said about his personal life, and it will be good if some can shed light on this here. He still has the looks and composure, and in his heyday, he was the delight of women. It will be insightful to know a little about his private life.
I missed his concerts in 2007 and 2011 as I am based overseas now, and i would really be grateful if anyone can offer to upload them or sell me the dvds.
|Yang Xiao Ping|
Thank you for your response and beautiful writing. If readers can provide some information about Ling Xiao we will all be grateful.
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Original article by: magg jnne.
Images: Andy Lim Collection.