Just Singing And Dancing, Mini Tsai, Nicholas Teo, Taiwanese Entertainment

Favorite Characters: Part I – Nina

I actually wanted to start this saga awhile back but kept getting distracted with other stuff. I didn’t know where to start either so that was part of the delay. But after I was done watching Just Sing and Dancing, I got an idea of where to start. Yes, the first character to start with is one of the drama’s main leads, Nina, portrayed by Dou Hua Mei.

Nina, one of the members of the band Super Seed, started out singing at a cafe. She was really hardworking and appreciative of her boss for letting her perform there. She had a very strong personality and was a very independent character throughout.

So why did I choose her character? She was the most realistic character I could relate to personally. She was seen as independent and strong in front of others and could possibly be bordering on the side of hostility at times, especially having gotten into disagreements with some of the band members. However, her struggles and other emotional turmoils were kept shut within her.

Many of her battles were fought alone or if someone could possibly relate or try to get in, she brushed them off. It wasn’t because she was arrogant, but that was how she was. She rather suffered alone. It made it realistic for me because many other female leads just plain throw themselves into the arms of the male leads or welcomed those “prince in shiny armor” rather than try to work the solutions out on their own.

Even if she was helped at times by others, but it had to do directly with her work projects, or it was her brother. She only sought her brother out to cry things over. Not literally cry at times either, but she really needed some wise words from her brother, like how he’d taught her in the past to be strong, etc.

And even if she had to cry for real, not being able to take it anymore, she was crying alone. Not needing to put up a show for others, or seeking more points by acting so pitiful. Even if she would’ve welcomed some comforting words, but she chose not to let them pity her.

It wasn’t until Guo Ge told everyone about how she had sacrificed herself to enter a ten-year contract for them to get a second chance that she finally opened up to the others more. It was also when she dared to tell Hao Zi to not chase her away anymore. Of course, he promised.

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Just Singing And Dancing, Mini Tsai, Nicholas Teo, Taiwanese Entertainment, Van Fan

Just Singing And Dancing OST

1. One Road To Achieve (一路發威) by Super Seed (Super Seed樂團). Indeed a very powerful song and suitable for the main theme of the drama. Very engaging and lively. It’s also very inspiring for those with dreams, encouraging them to keep fighting till reaching the ultimate. There will be lots of hurdles but perseverance will prevail over all difficulties. Awesome song overall.

2. Who Am I? (我是誰) by Van Fan (范逸臣). A soft yet powerful song. Just right for the ending theme. Sad but not too pitiful.

3. Just Enough Happiness (剛好的幸福) by Nicholas Teo (張棟樑). Soft, sad ballad. Suitable for Nic and the story involved.

4. FIGHTING by Super131. I swear I couldn’t get into Super 131 no matter how hard I try. It’s not them, maybe it’s just me.

5. My Love (我的愛) by Van Fan and Evonne Hsu (范逸臣、許慧欣). A nice duet between the two of them. Their voices blend so well with one another and the music and lyrics flowed along nicely.

6. Rock for love by Van Fan, Evonne Hsu, Gabe Lan, and Ma Nian Xian (范逸臣、許慧欣、藍鈞天、馬念先). The opening song of the drama. It was where the four of them were still together as a band. It was a new beginning of them yet also marked the end of their friendships. At least for some of them. While YesAsia’s version had followed the TV version with listing both Gabe and Ma Nian Xian, but the album credited only it to Van and Evonne. It made sense since only their voices were heard in here. Another nice duet, totally gangster feeling, lol.

7. Too Serious (太認真) by Evonne Hsu (許慧欣). A very nice ballad by Evonne. Her voice is indeed quite clear and unique. The way she sang it and how the music flowed, it created a very mystical feeling.

8. Change Face (變臉) by Dou Hua Mei (豆花妹). Upbeat and lively. It gets really addicting after a while.

9. Long Road (長路) by Angel Chen (陳思函). A nice song, but not really my favorite. It’s just me, not the song itself.

10. The Light of the Firefly (螢火) by Super Seed (Super Seed樂團). Another upbeat song from Super Seed to finish up the album. Another lively and powerful song.

Almost all the songs in here were written and composed by Ian Chen. The man’s seriously a genius, providing a different feeling toward each song. Regarding this album, I swear it’s too short. Maybe it was because I greedily wanted them to place all the songs they performed into the album, like packaging it as a 2-discs set or something. Even if I have to pay $40+, I wouldn’t mind. ‘Cause I seriously loved their cover of different songs and how the musicians had rehashed and remixed the songs, making it different and refreshing. At least I really, really enjoyed all the performances by the main cast.

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Just Singing And Dancing, Mini Tsai, Nicholas Teo, Taiwanese Entertainment, Van Fan

Just Singing And Dancing: Full of Energy

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A ten-minute clip was released on their Facebook Page. It’s actually one of the most anticipated dramas of the year for me. (And I meant to blog about it ages ago already when they started filming but haven’t gotten around it yet.) It’s obvious because the drama revolves around music. AND more excitedly, Nic and Van are in it together. They’re definitely an interesting team and it’s already showing from various trailers. So far, there are familiar songs that they sang in the past. Yet I wonder what about the theme songs for the drama itself?

Anyway, it seems like it’s about a singing competition. Pretty cool since they got some real-life notable musicians in to be part of the judging panel. That makes it another promising point because they’re serious about this whole music theme instead of just slapping some stuff together for a backdrop before diving into the ‘soap’ department. (Okay, I watch ‘soap’ too but I haven’t been watching anything that impresses of recent, except for like one.) It’s not like there haven’t been any drama revolving around music in the past, but this one seems to focus on it even more. AND because it’s only 13 episodes, I don’t think it could do much damage. There will, of course, be side stories and their struggles of working together as a team to reach success (supposedly). The chemistry between the main cast and various others are visible through some scenes. It feels refreshing to me. Just hope it will be as popular! I’m ready, who’s with me?