Written in the Stars
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This story dates back to Hong Kong. Not the Hong Kong related in this blog, but rather Rufio's first trip in January 2010. Upon his arrival back in the homeland, he repeatedly tried to convey the tune of his favorite new song to me, of which I was oblivious. Whatever he was humming I couldn't, in all my musical knowledge, contrive into a familiar tune. Enter me in Hong Kong, November 2010. Finally on MTV (which in China, thankfully, still shows music videos) I heard a tune which I recognized. Rufio bounded into the room, "this is the song!". I danced along; "Written in the Stars" had all the makings of a new hit. It somehow still hadn't made it stateside, which we found puzzling.
Somehow we both managed to miss the tag line whenever the song played (repeatedly) on Hong Kong MTV. Rufio had tried numerous times in vain to find it, but without the artist's name he was lost in a sea of digital dowloads. It wasn't until 3-4 months later that I heard ATL's hip-hoppest DJ announce the artist's name following the song on the radio. Tinie Tempeh. I couldn't help but giggle. I informed Rufio, who quickly downloaded the song from iTunes.
Rufio last week received one of the endless ATL discount emails we purge through weekly. "Guess what?!?" was his chat. Tinie Tempeh in concert, free drinks, $10 admission which ultimately goes to charity. The decision to attend was immediate and unanimous.
The show was held at The Loft, a cozy venue in the heart of downtown. It was hosted by Gilt City, the newest insider bargain company to hit Atlanta. While Tinie was indeed entertaining, the dancing of the "cool Asians" and "urban white girls" made for great fodder. We realized several of Tinie's songs had made it to ATL radio,unbeknown to us. We danced the night away, realizing we were witnessing either the fostering of a star or the pinnacle performance of a one-hit wonder.
"Seasons come and go, but I will never change. I'm on my way."