Meet Singer/Songwriter Glory
---By Don Quan Translated
by Annie Liu
Have you seen or heard Glory yet? She
is a regular fixture in the Kaohsiung underground scene.
Her past performances include numerous showcases at
ATT and the Trimorphy show at Womb Bloc, not to mention
countless shows and tours around the island and in her
current hometown of Taichung.
Glory learned the guitar at 14, mostly
because her older sister gave her the instrument to
keep the younger one from bugging her all the time.
Clearly she was enamored by this new hobby, and started
writing her own songs around the age of 17. Her music
was originally meant to be accompaniment to a novel
that she was writing with a friend. However, some of
the material is, in her words: "about boys I adored".
Some of these songs are documented on her 6-song EP,
fittingly titled "The Boy Who Lives Nearby The
The EP also reveals her artistic talent.
The album front, back, lyric sheets and liner notes
are covered with her drawings, sketchings and cartoons.
However, she claims she is not an artist. "I just
like drawing." She may be modest about her artistic
abilities, but her songs certainly confirm that she
is a good musician, songwriter and decent guitarist.
She regularly toggles between Chinese and English in
her songs, and has great range in her voice. She has
a neat vocal trick reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, where
she makes the notes she sings jump up two octaves. Her
live performances best demonstrate her skills as a musician,
as she regularly plays relatively complex picking patterns
on her guitar while singing, never missing a beat or
There are many more new songs that
are in her live set, and hopefully will be released
in a recorded format soon. She definitely has an ear
for pleasing melodies, and composes subject matter that
anyone can relate to. Currently she performs solo, but
has not ruled out the possibility of collaborating with
other musicians in a band context. Glory is very active
in, and supportive of, the underground music scene in
Taiwan. If you haven't seen her yet, you will definitely
have many chances in the future to do it. So do it!
Glory's official site: http://kmm.idv.tw/glory/