I am going to introduce you to my world.
My public life, as columnist, image designer, producer, performer, recording artist, and now as guest music lecturer is well known.
I love to sing, photograph and design. I had a flourishing art business for over twenty years.
No matter how busy I am, I make time for my family, friends and fans. Here we go!



Richard Carpenter: "I wind down by watching TV, and I'd come home from recording one night and turned on the Johnny Carson Show. He would have Bette Midler (as a) guest quite often, and this was before she was a household name, and on this particular appearance, she sang 'Superstar'. And she sang it more as kind of a modern day torch song, but the song really caught my ear. I thought it was a hit, no two ways about it. There's some that grow on me, and others where I'm kind of on the fence as to whether I think they are or they aren't, but 'Superstar', I really thought it had it all. So we cut it, and it was one of the very few tunes that Karen ever questioned me on. Usually, our tastes were exactly the same and I thought she'd just go crazy over this, and she didn't. So I asked her to just indulge me and sing it and listen to the record as it was being put together, and she changed her mind, it became one of her favourites. It's a haunting melody, it's a great hook, Bonnie Bramlett's lyric is definitely a little off the beaten path, and just as far as the vowel sounds and all, radio and away and all, it worked so perfectly for Karen. We did change one word, in the second verse: 'I can hardly wait to sleep with you again', we thought was just a little bit too much for The Carpenters and their listening audience, so we changed it to 'I can hardly wait to be with you again'. But that remains one of my favourite Carpenters recordings. Amazingly, Karen's vocal was a 'work lead', designed as a run through, but it was so good there was no need to record it again."

About Astor

Astor is able to express herself with logical literacy but full of artistic feelings. She acts to record her valuable, interesting and unforgettable experiences during her travel and plans to share with others her instant feelings, thoughtful insights and findings via poems, free verses, prose, narration, reference, etc.

Music, Movie, Musicals and Me

Music and theatre have had a close relationship. Theatre can associate with movie or musical theatre (musicals) and I love both of them. I sing theme songs in some Asian movies, such as“When I Dream” (theme from “Dragon Squad”). It easily recalls people not only from scenes of the movie, but also from memory. I love theme music from movies as well as songs from Musicals, especially Broadway. I remember I have fallen in love with Broadway since I was 12. Musical films characteristically contain elements reminiscent of theatre; performers often sing and dance as if there is a live audience watching. Some musical films were adapted for the stage after their great success, such as “The Wizard of Oz” and“Fame”, while successful musicals also definitely received movie adaptations, i.e. stage-to-film adaptations, such as“Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Evita”. We can share our moments after all these years by passing through “Over the Rainbow”, “Out Here On My Own”, “I Don’t Know How To Love Him”, “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”, “You Must Love Me” ……

“Moon River” (theme from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”) has to be selected in my new album "Theatre" although it has been covered by hundreds of artists all over the world. I sing it each time, it seems like a live performance accompanied by the pianist just in front of the audience.

“The Way We Were” (theme from “The Way We Were”) must be selected because it was the song of one of my favorite singers that influences me most, Barbra Streisand, and I won the singing contest with it!

“For All We Know” (theme from “Lovers and OtherStrangers”) was selected, of course, in tribute to my forever idol, the Carpenters.

WORDS from Astor :

I hope all of you would like the presentation of my albums.
Everlasting love dedicated to SUPERSTAR...
My dearest family,
Mom and Dad,
All the one I love,
Teachers and tutors, who have enlightened me,
All singers and writers of the original songs, especially Karen and Richard Carpenter.
All musicians,
All my fans and friends.
Thanks GOD.

Astor Fong

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