Alyssa Reid – High
The Knocks – Collect My Love ft. Alex Newell
Nadia Nair – K
Rosalia – Pienso en tu Mira
Kwesta – Spirit ft. Wale
Janelle Monae – Take A Byte
MNEK – Tongue
Hayley Kiyoko – What I Need (ft. Kehlani)
Rina Sawayama – Ordinary Superstar
BTS – Paradise
Red Velvet – Bad Boy
Khalid, H.E.R. – This Way
Normani, 6lack – Waves
CIFIKA – BEST FOR YOU
RM – moonchild

 

 

I made this mashup in mid-December 2017 and I think it worked out remarkably well. Then just for kicks, I put it as the background music of a twitter video of BTS dancing and it also worked out really well. So I decided to make a BTS dance break compilation video to the song which was a learning experience.

Some notes:

  • Video editing is much more complicated than audio editing. Audio editing for mashups is kind of like a jigsaw puzzle – do these pieces fit? Video editing is like sculpting or making a collage – the pieces already exist, how do you shape it to your vision?
  • Now that I’ve seen the N.O. tour dance break many, many times, I’m convinced that it made learning the Fire dance break choreo a lot easier.
  • I wanted to feature choreo that included the entire group, not just the primary dancers. Fancams in theory sound really nice, but the sheer magnitude was overwhelming. Also, some fansites don’t want their video edited or re-uploaded.
  • It was hard finding a video editing program to work on my computer. I didn’t want to shell out $20 USD/month just for Adobe Premiere. The free video editing options like DaVinci Resolve, Hitfilm Express, or Lightworks all kept crashing on my outdated computer. Humble Bundle had Sony Vegas Pro 14 Edit for $20 USD (Pro 15 Edit is currently $449 CAD) and thankfully that gamble paid off.
  • It’s a testament to both songs that I’m not tired of this mashup yet.

[Picture of Taiwanese drama What She Put On The Table]

What She Put On the Table is a Taiwanese drama based on Fu Pei-Mei, considered the Julia Child of Taiwan. The drama itself seems to be based on a fictional book with biographical details and recipes from Fu. I’m only on episode 2 of this 6-episode miniseries but I’m quite enamored of it.

It has one of the most convoluted but adorable meet-cute I’ve ever seen. And since it’s about a chef’s life, there’s the occaisional food porn. The auntie/ah-ma/exasperated Taiwanese is A+++ and it looks like it’s going to be about food, family (real and found), all set in the tiny island my parents are from. I love it.

Book cover of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas]

Angie Thomas’ debut novel¬†The Hate U Give¬† is an incredible story about the ways a black teenage girl navigates through different areas in her life after witnessing an act of police brutality. It is easy to see which parts are directly influenced by recent events (rest in peace Eric Garner and Edward Crawford) and the Black Lives Matter movement which helps demonstrate how this is both a modern story and yet a sadly ageless tale for black Americans. Empathetic and heartfelt, I hope this book provides its readers a better understanding of systemic race and, more importantly, a call to act for a more just world.