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A Journey Backwards : New Year's resolution ... music

【明報專訊】Forget about new year's resolutions. After going through excessive socialising over Christmas and the recent hypnotising chilliness, who cares about setting the world on fire in 2019?

If you are secretly looking forward to playing hermit in your blanket this weekend, I have a few YouTube gems to suggest. Relax as you munch on new year's resolution ideas.

1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen — by Pentatonix

The traditional Christmas song, re-arranged by the Grammy-winning acapella group Pentatonix, is a pleasant surprise in The Grinch (2018). Designed to be a major source of disturbance to the Christmas-hating Mr Grinch, Pentatonix's God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is melodic but intense, gentle but dark at times. An excellent listen beyond Christmas.

2. Cheap Thrills — piano version by Francesco Parrino

When Sia performed Cheap Thrills in 2016, she might not have envisaged its huge success. Written originally for Rihanna's 2016 album Anti, the song was first rejected, before being picked up by Sia and becoming her first No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Since then, Cheap Thrills has been literally everywhere, from the disco dancefloor to my neighbourhood noodle shop. It is hard for the song to stay fresh and appealing to the ears.

Italian pianist Francesco Parrino managed a slick re-arrangement, which adheres to the song's structure while improvising vastly with the melody. Do check out the pianist's covers on other hits as well.

3. Moonlight Legend — by anonymous group on traditional Japanese instruments

I can understand why this one looks out of the blue. But the Sailormoon series has charmed generations of youth with its fantasy about outer space. If you share these sentiments, give this unusual cover a try.

Happy 2019! I wish you a new year filled with artistic surprises, in between the grand life goals you've set for yourself.

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