TAIWAN > TAIPEI > NIGHTLIFE
FUN MAGAZINE, January 2003. VOL.3 ISSUE 1
Jeph Translation by Maria King
This year Taipei is moving in
the Lounge direction. Here there are two kinds of Lounge:
One is the typical alcohol-and-coffee consuming place;
while the other involves a certain kind of music. Both
places emphasize leisure and fashion.
Lounge is by no
means a fresh idea. The idea of a high fashion bar where society's
elite may drink, socialize, and flirt with one another, has
existed since ancient times. What sets these places apart
is Lounge music (soft music), music suited to the setting.
is about atmosphere, it is not just about one kind of
music. What is seen is a collection of music which together
forms the Lounge style. It isn’t difficult to understand
that style. Just look at the front covers of a Lounge
CD, and you will know the exact type of Lounge you're
1. A pretty girl wearing fashionable clothing,
because the music has to suit young ladies’ tastes.
2. People spread
out on a sofa, to suggest coziness.
3. A foreign beach, city, or sunset—usually
French, Italian or Spanish.
4. A Buddhist
image. This type of CD is less common, and has an oriental
style of music.
Lounge culture has become so popular? This age we live
in changes so rapidly. Everyday there is a ceaseless flow
of information that big city people (slowly) thirst for;
and even if it's how to spend your leisure time, you still
want to keep up with the times. Although some people think
Lounge culture is generally too feminine, why not just