Bevlyn’s Thoughts: Just The Way You Are
The first thing on my mind for this wedding was, “I hope I’ll not be late because of the F1 jam”. In the end, my band and I, being super-kiasu, arrived much earlier hoping to beat the F1 jam. Maybe we did, because it was too early for jams or filled carparks of any sort!
With an upright piano and an elevated stage, we did our soundcheck with the help of the friendly sound crew at Intercontinental. Vincent appeared in a white suit, looking fresh and ready for the banquet. I threw him the challenge of seranading his bride, and he readily said “Ok”. We browsed through the lyrics for that evening, and when Vincent saw the lyrics for Just The Way You Are, he immediately said “Oh, Huiling loves this song.” So we quickly got into rehearsal, and we were all set to go!
It certainly was a surprise well-wrapped. Vincent gave a very heartfelt speech, thanking their parents “没有你，就没有我们” (there won’t be us if there’s no you), and also thanking Hui Ling for opening his eyes….to the world of Prada, Gucci..etc…among other things. But action, or rather singing, speaks louder than words. So Vincent proceeded to dig the lyrics out from his pockets and with the music cue from Matthew, he sang one of Huiling’s favourite song “Just the way you are”. Huiling was visibly moved….and when Vincent pointed the microphone to her, she joined him to sing the song together:
Don’t go changing, to try and please me
You never let me down before
Don’t imagine you’re too familiar
And I don’t see you anymore
I wouldn’t leave you in times of trouble
We never could have come this far
I took the good times, I’ll take the bad times
I’ll take you just the way you are …
The couple got the band to dedicate 2 songs to their parents. ”Vincent” was dedicated to Hui Ling’s parents, while ”我只在乎你” (I Only Care For You) was dedicated to Vincent’s mother. The guests were appreciative of the live music, and I was happy to see Lindt, one of the guests invited to give a speech at the wedding! I’ll be performing for her at the following month, which means I’ll get to see Vincent and Huiling again hehe.
And last but not least, I must put this photo out (not to stress other couples, please do not misunderstand), but to show our appreciation to the generous couple. This, was our dinner (taken with my mobile phone):
This 8-course sumptuous dinner counts as the best we’ve come across so far. We actually double-checked with the waiter and Vincent just to make sure these were really for the live band.
Thank you Vincent and Hui Ling! It was fun for us, and we hope your guests enjoyed the performance! Here’s wishing you eternal love, stay just the way you are, and congratulations!
Band: Bevlyn, Matthew & Fabian
Fallen, Moon River, La Vie En Rose, The Way You Look Tonight, How Deep Is Your Love, 但愿人长久, 恋之憩, Fly Me To The Moon, Girl From Ipanema, (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons, Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You, Unforgettable, Starry Starry Night, 我只在乎你 (I Only Care For You), 月亮代表我的心 (The Moon Represents My Heart), It Might Be You, Dream A Little Dream, Save The Last Dance, When I Fall In Love, Just The Way You Are, 保温 (Keeping Warm), 今宵多珍重 (Take Care Tonight)
Song To Recommend:
今宵多珍重 – This is such a good song to end the evening if you’re into Mandarin oldies:
Compliments from Vincent & Huiling:
Hui Ling and me would like to thank you for your excellent performance during our wedding dinner! Our friends were very impressed by your signing and truly enjoyed it very much. Thank you for helping me surprise Hui Ling too! We hope you enjoyed performing for us as much as we enjoyed having your team with us.
See you at our friend’s wedding in Oct!
Hui Ling and Vincent