Taiwanese band, Quarterback, is behind the theme song of the new Hollywood movie starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, Angel Has Fallen. Titled ‘Standing in the Rain’ (literal translation of 〈想要淋雨的人〉), the hit song was recorded for the film’s debut in Taiwan.
The song, produced by Quarterback’s lead vocalist Spark Chen (阿山), was inspired by a painting he did for a charity event. “Earlier this year, the Art Revolution Taipei Exhibition hosted a charitable auction, and as a gift, I did a painting for them called ‘Standing in the Rain’” he explained, “The impression it left really stuck with me, and so I decided to make it into a song.”
After listening to Spark’s new song, many of his friends pointed out that a lot of his songs, in one way or another, are associated with rain. Spark laughed it off and said, “I didn’t even realize this pattern myself until someone mentioned it. It’s true that a lot of the songs I produce have rain as the theme or is part of the lyrics. Maybe rain triggers certain emotions in me and stimulates my creative muscles!” But he added that, “I would never stay in the rain just for inspiration though! Wouldn’t put myself through that!”
Quarterback had been preparing for last week’s Sparrow Music Festival when Spark suffered from a burst blood vessel in his eye. He jokingly said, “Maybe since we took our rehearsals so seriously, I really exerted myself when singing. I only realized my eye was red when I saw myself in the mirror after rehearsing. It was a rather scary sight to behold.”