So I’ve been reconnecting with some old songs I have on my iTunes recently. I came across super old songs from one of my most favourite bands ever – Tension. For some reason, this makes me very nostalgic and even emotional.
I’ll admit that I no longer listen to Chinese music anymore. I can’t even tell you the names of some newer Chinese pop singers. I am no longer in touch with that industry anymore. But back then in my secondary school days when I was exposed to it, Tension and David Tao were no doubt my biggest influencers. Of course, David Tao will always be my number one, and I was introduced to Tension because they were Tao’s proteges.
While listening to their music recently, I got to thinking about how much Tension and David Tao’s music has got me through such dark times back then – when I was pretty much lost and directionless. I remembered once writing David Tao a letter telling how much he has helped me and given me so much hope through his music. A lot of the things I hold true till this day was inspired by him.
I was heartbroken when Tension disbanded many years ago. From what I know, they disbanded due to a dispute with their record company. Apparently, they were made to do covers of korean and japanese songs, and they did not want to. Understandable, considering how talented these guys are. They are all composers and original artistes. and I respect the fact that they did not want to be copies. They introduced me to acapella, and I have been a huge fan of acapella ever since.
Tension is just so different from the other rubbish boybands out there. I mean, apart from the obvious fact – they don’t look like your typical boyband. Good looks are not their best appeal, but who cares? Especially when they make such beautiful music. And that’s what I love most about them.
I can’t help but wonder where Tension is now and what the members are doing. I gotta admit that my ‘creepy-mode’ came on and I did a random Facebook search and found some of their personal accounts. From what I can see, most of them returned to America after they disbanded. Jimmy is still perusing his singing career, and I expected no less from the son of the great Sammo Hung. Andy seems to be some kind of music teacher in America. John and Brian’s profiles are private, so I couldn’t really see anything, but they seem to be back in America too. Brian’s profile pic had a girl in it. His girlfriend? Wife? I couldn’t find Raymond’s profile though, but I believe he’s the only one still in Taiwan.
Ok, creepy much? And what’s really the point of this long and seemingly pointless entry?
I just wanted to say that I miss Tension so much. Listening to their old music now brought legit tears to my eyes. In fact, I can’t help but feel a bit teary eyed typing this. I miss their music most of all. I wish they would have a reunion some day. Wishful thinking?
The very first acapella song I was exposed to, and I have to say my top 5 most favourite songs of all time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl7cDuqu2zo
My other favourite Tension acapella song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6-pV999cDM