Monday, June 25, 2012

Goodbye, Westlife

Yesterday, June 23rd 2012, Westlife played their last ever show.

So this is goodbye.
(From here)

Oh man.

From kindergarten till about Standard Three or so, I was a huge Westlife fan. Not even kidding. I knew all their songs, all the lyrics, and could spell every word of their strange (to me) Irish names. Through teen magazines (I know, I know), I even kept up with their personal lives somewhat -- Shane was getting married to his girlfriend, Brian was getting a divorce from his wife who was in Atomic Kitten, Nicky was a professional footballer before Westlife... Yeah. All that good stuff. Even at that young age, I was pretty much a fangirl.

Speaking of fangirl, I'd always thought Brian the cutest, and was pretty sad when he left the group. Shane always got all the attention, but Brian really was the cutest! I mean, remember the Uptown Girl music video? Come on!

I liked Mark's voice the best, though. It has a lovely, rich tone to it, and I loved his solo parts in every song. He's supposed to be releasing some solo stuff, so that'll be worth a listen, I think! Oh my gosh, I remember when he came out. At the time, I thought all gay men were effeminate and flamboyant, so I was super shocked. Oh man. Wow, is this post getting steadily more embarrassing.

On a more serious note, the news of Westlife's last show really did sadden me. They were a big part of my childhood, and probably the very first musical group I actually loved and cared about. You know how kids are constantly going through phases and changing their likes and dislikes? Well, this phase lasted a good number of years, so I think it was something pretty darn special.

Kian, Shane, Mark, and Nicky.

I don't know if it's silly getting so emotional over an old favourite musical group disbanding, but it somehow kind of feels like my childhood is gone. Yeah, I know -- I'm nineteen, my childhood ended a while ago, there's no way I'm getting any of it back. I know that. Westlife disbanding just seems to kind of highlight these facts in neon pink.

There is a possibility that the emotional impact would not have been so great had I not just finished A-levels and if I weren't turning twenty next year. This is probably true. Actually, you know what? Yeah. It's true. It is. Man, look at how rusty I am. It's obvious I haven't properly blogged in a while. Oh well.


Shane, Kian, Mark, Nicky(, Brian),

Thank you for the music. Thank you for providing a soundtrack for my childhood, and for making my life that much more musical. You guys have been a joy to listen to, and I wish you all the best as you go your separate ways. Thank you. You're all awesome. Good luck and keep singing!
- Hui Jan


  1. What? No more Westlife? What sorcery is this!

  2. Ikr. They announced the split last year! I didn't know! [/outdated]