Friday, February 9, 2018

Fine Minds Playing at Tom, Dick & Harry

I had been invited to Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL to listen to Fine Minds. A five-piece band of accomplished musicians belting out popular songs. 

It had been awhile since I was in a pub setting where there was live music. But here I was at Tom, Dick & Harry in the Pavillion Kuala Lumpur on a Friday night. 

With Teddy on keyboard, Lola on drums, Galang on bass guitar, Shah on guitar and Fidi on guitar and lead vocals – we had an exhibition of musical talents. 

The keyboardist demonstrated that every chord he played – he could seamlessly turn that chord stab into a quick arpeggiated pattern. Add the pounding drums with their menacing rat-a-tats. Add in the gently wailing guitars. And I heard rich vibrations of sounds that became music to my ears. 

Add in the vocals too – modulated voices that conveyed a rhythmic sense of simplicity and confidence. 

Put them together and we had an ensemble of music makers who had only one purpose that night. To entertain. 

I stayed glued. The musicians combined well to make tunes that ricocheted across expectant airwaves and melodies emerged, at first shyly as if to tease us and then bursting into our consciousness with fast-paced verve and vigor, much like a runaway mustang. 

It was as if the music itself was feeling frisky and kicking up its heels. The atmosphere was rightly charged and the audience lapped it all up. 

The songs were something else. 

Numbers that made us swoon and numbers that kept us swaying to the pulsating beats. Refrains that made our hearts go still and refrains that made our hearts beat faster. Tunes that were in step with our feelings and tunes that were in harmony with our moods. 

These were songs that delight, dazzle and draw me in so completely. 

I love music because when I hear it, I can lose myself within myself, if that makes any sense. I know I become empty and full all at once. This weirdly wonderful feeling embraces me warmly and I feel good. 

Believe me, Fine Minds are a very complete band that played music I would describe as energetic, expressive and evocative. Truth be told, I am biased. 

LOL! My point is I love this band! Versatile. Vibrant. Vitalizing.

As the performance drew to a close, Victor Hugo’s words lit up in my brain: “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”. 

Cheers to Teddy and gang! 


More importantly, thanks for the friendship, Teddy and Melissa!

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