In the BSB Movie, Howie talked about his singing part, and that brought up the “Howie D sound” topic on Twitter.
What exactly is “Howie D sound” you ask? Good question. #BSBtheMovie
— Howie D (@howied) January 31, 2015
From the first time I heard the first verse of Just to be Close on the CD, I’ve been in love with the “Howie D sound”. But what exactly makes me love it so much? I wanted to figured out that too. So I watched lots of videos with Howie singing the lead on YouTube, including songs from the early days till now, solo projects, collaborations, accapella, and acoustic performances. And wow, I got more than 100 reasons to love the Howie D sound! It was impossible to say them all on Twitter, so I decided to make a collection of my favorite Howie D sound, and give it to him directly.
I made the photobook with “hypo“, which is specialized in small square booklets. I made two copies, one for Howie, one for myself. The online editor is easy to use, and the design is beautiful. However, there are several restrictions. The photobook must be 13.8 x 13.8 cm, which was fine with me. It has to be 36 pages, so I could only choose the top 35 reasons why I love Howie’s voice. The caption is limited to one line per page, so I have to make it short and sweet.
It was packed beautifully when it arrived. The paper, color and photo quality were awesome. Overall, I really like it!
Preview of all the pages, and the cover:
During the meet & greet of In a World Like This Tour in Taiwan, I gave it to Howie after we took the VIP photo. However, it was a pity that I didn’t have the chance to tell him what it is in person, cuz I was totally blown away and forgot what to say!
He was so nice when I asked him to stand by me when taking the photo. He gave me the sweetest hug ever, looked me in the eyes, and told me “Thank you very much for coming, it’s good to see you.” All I could do was giving him the photobook, and said “Howie, this is for you, thank you for coming to Taiwan.”, and something like I really like you, can’t wait to see you on stage. I wish I could say more, but time’s up.
Anyways, I hope Howie had a chance to read it. I had tons of fun making this photobook. I watched lots of videos, and kept repeating them to get good screenshots. It was like a trip down memory lane, and that reminded me of why I love Howie so much.
Here’s the list of my top 35 songs/performances from Howie:
1. Just to Be Close
2. All I Have to Give
3. My Heart Stays with You
4. I Want It That Way
5. Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely
6. Spanish Eyes (Asian Eyes)
7. Shape of My Heart
8. What Makes You Different (Makes You Beautiful)
9. How Did I Fall in Love with You
One of my favorite songs ever. Oh gosh I still wish I could be that girl, though I would probably break down crying or faint right away.
11. Never Gone
12. Movin’ On
13. Trouble Is
14. You Can Let Go
15. She’s Like a Sun
16. This Is Us
18. In A World Like This
19. Show Em What You’re Made Of
20. Trust Me
21. Love Somebody
23. Lie to Me
Seeing the live performance of Lie to Me during the 2011 cruise was definitely one of the best moments of my life. Howie totally took my breath away with this amazing performance. He’s so gorgeous, talented, and simply perfect.
25. Story of My Life
26. Free From Within
27. It Still Matters
28. If I Say
29. Worth Fighting For
30. I’ll Be There
31. Lift Me Up
32. Evidence of You
33. Will You Be There
34. I’ll Never Break Your Heart
NKOTBSB show in Orlando, Howie brought his mom on stage. How sweet was that!! 🙂
35. When I Grow Up to Be Your Man