9月重踏紅館台板 葉蒨文：好掛住班觀眾 !
全盛時期，莎莉帶領跳舞潮流，在台上又唱又跳，精采絕倫，說到當年一曲《Cha Cha Cha》至今仍讓人回味。
葉蒨文：「可能年紀大了，現在跳完舞返屋企去洗手間都唔得，兩隻腳會啪啪聲，骨頭有少少生硬，會覺得?，以前唔會?的，其實早在四月已開始操，打羽毛球、跳拉丁舞、打Golf，拉丁舞一星期一次，老師同我排《Cha Cha Cha》時猛話『你呢首唔係拉丁，係森巴加拉丁！』哈哈哈，那時我們把首歌改快?，單是排分半鐘的舞步也花了兩個月時間，真係好難跳，還未掌握到，拉丁只郁下半身，我就成身郁，成日被老師話我『跳到印度人咁，唱到京劇咁！』哈哈哈！」
Column: Paco Meets the Artist
Back to the Hong Kong Coliseum - Sally Yeh: I Miss My Audience!
Sally Yeh is one of the most highly acclaimed and accomplished female artists in Hong Kong, and also one of a few who can both sing and dance. In the 90’s we’d worked together closely, created great works which are also legendary; recently when I heard the news that she’s coming back to stage at the Hong Kong Coliseum and is going to have 3 nights of concert in September, the “2012 Sally Yeh Intimately Yours Concert”, I was thrilled, and I believe it’s music fans’ good fortune to be able to see Sally’s live performance! Today we met again; Sally talked about the good old days when we enjoyed working together so much, laughing brightly as she always does.
After Sally announced that she was going to sing again, I couldn’t wait to look for her, to express my wholehearted support for this old friend’s coming-back to Hong Kong Coliseum Stage which I am sure would make a sensation. I would never forget those years when we worked together my whole life; those memories would always bring tears to my eyes.
Sally: “Oh I’m not quite used to this. In the past I got phone calls from you every day, and now suddenly I am interviewed by you, haha, this feels a little strange. People ask me why I decided to come back to have concerts? Actually it’s because I truly miss my audience. I also feel if I don’t do it now, I won’t have another chance. I had my last concert in 2005, and this time my own company is in charge of Production, so I can have my say in many things. This is a blessing but it brought headache for me too – for example, when I was selecting songs for the Rundown, I wanted to have this song and wanted to sing that song too; at the same time I was worried some of the audience who bought tickets may not even know who I am. When having meetings, many people give me many opinions, including Lam who’d given me many suggestions, now it’s for sure I will sing “Ling See Sup Fun”, and also “Seew Sah” because everyone knows how to sing it. ”
Recapture the Classic
In my eyes, when these most accomplished artists come back to stage, it’s the best if their shows can convey the “Classic” taste of their works. Even though they may make rearrangement to their most well-known songs, it’s imperative that the essence, the soul of their works remains. The audience buy tickets to hear the classic; Sally has many songs with which we would never get tired of… especially my all-time favorite “Women’s Weakness”.
Sally: “ I haven’t done shows for so long. I did much research online, tried to find some inspirations on YouTube. When having meetings, I would bring out these materials that I’ve collected, lay them out like a jigsaw puzzle for everyone to see. I always have my own opinions… I know what I want to do and would like to be in control of things. I asked Chiu Tsang Hei to be my music production coordinator; when he gave me good ideas I would listen too. Time has changed, things are different now. I’ve been doing researches on Eric Clapton, Madonna… they make rearrangement to their classic works too, but they would make sure the essence would remain the same; they wouldn’t change the songs to the degree that people wouldn’t be able to recognize them. The most important is to have something new to offer. As for the dresses, I would choose those that are elegant, formal, exciting… at my age it’s better to dress simple.”
At her prime time, Sally was the one who initialized the trend of dancing; her live performance of dancing and singing was phenomenal; even until now we couldn’t forget her “Cha Cha Cha”.
Sally: “Probably because I am getting older, now after getting back home from dancing practices, I couldn’t even walk to the bathroom; my feet would have this “Pah Pah” sound and the bones would feel stiff. I would not feel tired before, but now I do. Actually since April I started practicing already… I play badminton, do Latin Dance, play golf. I do Latin dance once a week, the dancing teacher who taught me to dance “Cha Cha Cha” used to say to me ‘Your head movement makes it hard to believe were dancing Latin.. it looks like you were dancing Sangba and Latin combined!’ Hahaha… at that time I made that song faster, and for that 1.5 minutes dancing, I practiced for 2 months… It wasn’t easy for sure, even for now I haven’t fully grasped it. Latin mainly only used the bottom part of the body, but I always move my whole body… my teacher says I “dance like an Indian, and can sing Peking Opera!’ Hahaha! ”
Tips for Keeping Fit
Many people envy Sally – she lives a happy life, and over the years her appearance hasn’t changed much at all. Actually it’s still because of that Cliché – “Personality determines everything.” – Sally has a big heart, and positive energy emanates from her all the time.
Sally: “Usually it’s not easy to stay thin, but it’s really not good to be too thin at this age. In the past I would lose weight so fast when I started doing exercises, which made me look really bad; my skin became loose and my friend said I looked 10 years older. Even my pants became too loose for me. I was quite nervous. Now I would make sure I eat enough to keep fit, and would only push harder to lose weight when it’s nearer the concert dates. My tips to keep fit? My whole family love to drink tea. We can eat anything, and we love fried, oily foods. My grandma is 101 years old now. I started drinking jasmine tea with her since when I was 10. Now wherever I go I would bring my thermos of hot tea with me, so I can drink it whenever I would like to.”