Free Electone sheet music and registrations for 風雨同路.
This was what happened last week, and I swear everything’s true.
Last Tuesday, while cleaning up after takeaway dinner, I started humming the tune of this famous Paula Tsui (徐小鳳) song.
Yes, with hands full of Mama Lemon detergent suds, and face covered with sweat, the full tune just popped out of me.
Now, I’m not unfamiliar with this retro Cantopop classic, my parents used to be big Paula Tsui fans. Still, it’s at least 20 years since I listened to this song. Wait a minute, is it 30 years?
What’s more, I even remembered most of the lyrics, and after a minute of humming, started singing them.
It’s … inexplicable. And so I took it as some sort of “divine message,” what they call revelations in the Yakuza games. And got to work arranging the song for the Yamaha Electone.
Yamaha Electone Sheet Music and ELS-02C Registration Data for 風雨同路
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- Importantly, please remember to activate Memory 1 after switching on the rhythm sequences.
- My overall song sequence doesn’t follow Paula Tsui’s 1978 recording. Instead, I based the arrangement on one of her live concert performances. (Starting with a slow rendition of the chorus is also … one of the standard Electone Improvisation gimmicks to learn, BTW)
- I kept this arrangement simple as I wanted to finish it ASAP. And so it’s at most a Grade 7-6. (Probably a 7). The drums are also largely based on the 8-Beat Light 2 pattern.
- In Cantonese, 風雨同路 is what we call, a saliva song (口水歌). This god-awful term simply means a cover. The original song was Japanese, known asしあわせの一番星 (Shiawase no Ichiban Sei). It was sung in 1974 by Asada Miyoko.
- Paula Tsui herself is celebrated as one of the best Cantopop singers ever; an absolute diva. In other words, it’s challenging to capture her bassy singing style with a solo instrument. For my recording, I injected little dashes of slurs and Aftertouch here and there to spice things up a little.
- The third stanza has a “broken chords” sequence, which is entirely UNNECESSARY. As in, I could have just programmed an arpeggio backing. But I thought it would be fun doing these chords. It’s a very “retro” Electone playing style.
- 風雨同路 means “with you through wind and rain” in Cantonese and Mandarin. I guess, I started humming it because I was thinking of all the medical workers still battling COVID-19 worldwide. Not going to say I’m dedicating this Electone arrangement to them all. I’ll just say, erm, I’m glad people are willing to weather awful storms with the rest of the world.
- I will be working on more Paula Tsui songs! Check out the next one here!
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