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高皓正.不要驚動愛情

我家相公給我裝置了手寫板, 今天特此用來寫我網誌的首篇中文日誌, 以視隆重.

上次去香港旅行時逛影音店, 偶然看到 Sammi  鄭秀文的新碟 『Faith 信』, 很欣喜, 也為 Sammi 讚美上帝, 未知音樂光碟內容, 已叫我家相公買了一隻以表支持.  回到家中數月, 把音樂光碟閣在架上, 一直未開來聽過.

今天我家相公把音樂光碟在書房新置好的”退役音響組合”中播出, 才初次把所有收銾的歌, 閒着閒着的聽一次.  因為邊上網(搞東搞西)邊聽, 所以每首歌也只是”水過鴨背”式的聽着.  “朦朧”中聽到一首好像跟”等待”有關的情歌, 頗動聽的. 心想, 這歌的內容, 跟『聖經』中『雅歌』的二章七節(下): “不要驚動, 不要叫醒我所親愛的, 等他自己情願” (Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires  – 2:7b Song of Songs, The Bible) 相仿似. 直到重聽這首歌, 細看音樂光碟插頁歌詞時才驚覺, 原來歌名叫「不要驚動愛情」; 更令我感差異的, 原來填詞人是高皓正.   知道他是無線(TVB)旗下的藝人, 也知他是個基督徒, 卻不知他能填出這樣有心有經歷的詞.  歌詞如下:

不要驚動愛情

曲 – 歐陽業俊    詞 – 高皓正

很想輕撫你 所以避開你
寧願用距離 去令你好奇
迴避過眼神 先偷偷喘氣
吩咐手臂 放在原地
傳聞浪漫太快 愛戀都走得快
才會 遲遲未步向你 說一世愛護你

(Segno)

情太過洶湧像深海 而我卻會忍耐
但求來日你醒過來
這份情像翅膀打開
還沒有相擁別意外 神教會我等待
待情流像細水 才去承諾你
拿一生兌換愛 (second time to Coda)

很心急擁抱 所以在禱告
求甜蜜以前 帶著你漫步
遊歷過旅途 等一天終老
生老病死 一起細數
原來慢慢靠近 更珍惜這一吻
而我 停留是為了你 要給予你護蔭 (repeat to Segno)

(Coda)

能為愛戀學習按捺 情信寄進心內
但求能學會倚靠神
愛被馴服過更精采
連地老天荒亦不更改 時間永遠等待
等你情願那天 才去承諾你
無止境那份愛

我用沈默叫醒愛情 你用期待做你反應
繼續行近直至開始愛

在YouTube查看, 在此誠意推介兩個版本:

Sammi 版本 (演唱會 HD 現場版)

高皓正版本 (MV)

小女子沒意要將兩個演繹分高下 (只察覺有數句歌詞在這兩個版本有些少出入; 感覺應以高唱的版本較貼近主題中心). 聽高皓正的版本覺得他唱得很穩, 很內斂, 相信是填詞人黑雲暴風雨後清澄的心意的表達.  感覺不再澎湃, 而是安靜的等候愛醒的心情.  Sammi 的版本我聽得流淚了.  看得出 Sammi 在處理這歌的 phrasing 上,  下了很多功夫, 令每句歌詞也很有感覺.  感情也極投入, 這在片段的尾部份尤其顯然易見.  投入得把喉嚨嗆了, 也努力的把歌唱完. 可能我想像力豐富, 覺得她的心頗激動, 顫抖的掙扎着, 很努力的在學習等候愛醒的心情.  我很由衷的希望將來Sammi 的 better half 可以回唱這歌給 Sammi 聽!  (我為妳祈禱, Sammi ! ) 始終有數句歌詞, 由女兒家唱感覺怪怪的.  多謝 Sammi 將高皓正這數年前的作品唱起, 不然很多人都會走了寶呵.

高皓正已於今年2010年3月7日跟相愛相戀的女友結婚 –  謹此向一對新人敬祝倆人彼此造就, 互相扶持, 永結同心,與神仨同行, 一生共證主深恩!   Amen.

Add a comment May 3, 2010

Cello Lesson #28 – Double Stops and Spiccato

It’s been a while sine my last lesson (I had a long vacation).  Tonight’s class was painful – literally!

Fingers hurt like crazy (my poor baby finger… 😦  )

Two take-aways for the coming 2 weeks:  double stops and spiccato.

Technically I get double stops.  Guess I just need to learn the right degree to play two strings simutaneously.  But I am at total loss on spiccato – I kind of get it in the brain, but the sounds come out all wrong after the third/fourth “bounce”…  ai ya ya!

1 comment February 17, 2010

My Cello Level: I Get It, Or I Don’t

Today I practiced cello to my heart’s content.   After the last class, I got some new songs:  1) Take My Life and Let It be  2) For Unto Us a Child is Born  (from Handel’s Messiah)  3) Pathetique Sonata Op. 13 2nd Movement Solos  (one would have heard of it; here’s a piano version) 4) Hatikvah

The first two songs are hymns which I am very familar with.  The third one is a Beethoven’s song; the last one – I had no clue what it sounded like.  So I searched on the internet for Hatikvah (or Ha Tikvah, which means The Hope in Hebrew).  Then I realized it’s the national anthem of Israel.  I listened to it once (a man performed this with his mouth making a trumpet sound).  Then I tried to play the hymns and Hatikvah.

I used to think if I play better if I know the melody line well.  Today I discovered that’s not always the case…. to my surprise.

Tone-wise, Hatikvah came out best.  It came out fine even the first attempt.

My conclusion of the day:  For my cello, either I get it, or I don’t.  I am not a true musician.

I was quite pleased with myself, until I saw this… 

Fingers hurt…. argh!!!

p.s. my lovely hubby applied some WD40 to the cello’s fine tuners – they’re not so tight anymore – sweeeeet.  🙂

1 comment September 20, 2009

Cello Lesson #23 – Solfège Busted

It’s been a while since I wrote about my cello lessons.  I have been “progressing” SSSSSLOWLY.  Sometimes I felt like I was getting somewhere, yet in the class I played really badly.  Last week – my single takeaway exercise was to “make the strings resonate”.  What a blow… but I really need to do that.

Last class, my practice piece was Scherzo by C. Webster (melody style ABA).  It has a busy (étude-like) first part, a meno mosso expressive second part, and it closes with the busy notes again.  The middle part was my main course (hungry…) – it has a bit of shifting and it covers 2nd/4th positions.  As usual, my fingering is all over the place (I keep playing notes that marked with the number “2” with my index finger… sigh!!).  But that’s not the main problem.  I’ve transcribed the melody to solfège names and my teacher reacted greatly to that.  He said I was cheating.  I was supposed to play by the letter, not by the solfège syllable.  I told him that’s how I sing, and he absolutely hates it.  Honestly, sometimes in the class, he’d ask me to play a note (by the letter, like a F#) and I would totally look like an idiot and my response would be so retarded and he might have thought that I was evening-dreaming or I simply turned deaf.  When I play, I play the melody.  I rarely map the note to the Music Letter in my head (tho I roughly map the note to the note on music, but not the letter of the note).  I don’t work the Letter system when I play.  I won’t say don’t work with it “at all” but I’m far better with the solfège system.  This is going to be a BIG adjustment – perhaps a barrier for me to cross if I want to move further.  Argh!!!

Anyways, my solfège system’s busted now.   DXXX!

Add a comment September 9, 2009

Cello Vibrato – 시작하자!

My two most recently favourite subjects – cello and Korean.  The korean words in the title of this post mean – let’s start!

I have had my first lesson learning cello vibrato tonight.  (I can’t tell you how happy and exciting I am right now…  … … ! !! !!!)

I will practice this with my hymn song (exercise from last lesson)- Amazing Grace (which I need definitely).  Did I mention I nag my teacher to give me some hymns in cello?  So I got a couple hymns last time, and there I need to work on shifting and extensions.   Now, vibrato is added.  Ah, don’t forget swelling.

And since I am so new on this technique, I can’t tell you how I am going to do vibrato – wait till I am natural and confident…  one day…

Yeeha!!!

Add a comment July 8, 2009

Soler Band- Julio and Dino Acconci (twin brothers)

Soler recently came to Toronto as special guests for a talent quest organized by the local Fairchild Media at Wonderland.  I didn’t go to that event as my hubby wasn’t interested.  I caught their TV interview after tho.

I remember Soler (I even spelt their name wrong initially at the writing of this post as ‘Solar’ – execuse me…) as a music band of twin brothers who don’t look too oriental but had made their Hong Kong music debut couple years ago, and they’re quite fluent in Cantonese.  They seem to be a band with certain real music talents – I think they write and compose their own songs.  I think they both sing.  And they both play some music (instruments) (and now I think only Dino plays guitar during performances – hey but I could be wrong…).  Their first album were released in Europe but I think their ideal music style didn’t jive with the European market.  Having an edge on language, they got notice and acceptance since their HK debut.  Since I read HK newspaper (sometimes), I notice them as well.

I quite like their remake of the “Season of the Wind” (風的季節) (original singer Paula Tsui (徐小鳳)).  Quite nicely done – very rhythmatic and flowing.

For their other info, you can search on the web.  I just wanted to state one thing.  I used to think they look identical.  I used to think only really close friends would be able to tell who’s who.  But after watching the TV interview, I think I can tell them apart.

First, their voices are different.  If you listen to their conversation, you’ll notice the difference.  Julio, the elder brother, has a deeper voice.  Also, their speech tempo is different.  Dino speaks faster.  (I hate to say, I think during the interview, Dino made a mistake in describing Paul Wong (黃貫中) (another die-hard rock / music maker in HK).  But this mistake could be due to Dino’s Cantonese understanding as well…  He said Paul’s speech is sometimes 好浮誇.  Perhaps he really meant 好誇 instead of 好浮誇?  Or may be it’s my lack of understanding of the latest slang…  anyway.)   The two brothers sound different.

Second, they actually look different.  Their eyes are different.  Julio looks more mature.

If I only see one of them, not both side-by-side, would I be able to distinguish them? … … …  Hm.  I may, but not too sure.  🙂

Soler, good luck with your music endeavor.   I wish you happiness and may your dreams come true.  🙂

2 comments July 6, 2009

16th Cello Lesson

Exactly a week ago tonight, I had my 16th cello class.

Exactly a week ago, I changed my cello class schedule to every two weeks.

Then I haven’t touched my cello since last class, thinking, “Great, now I have 2 weeks’ time to practice…” Guess what…. I just had an half-hour practice today – first after the last class… I wasted one week!

My homework for next class is:

1) G arpeggio 2-octives – wow this is fun – starting on the C string playing G! The fingering is super cool.

2) Finish the entire Minuet #3 by J.S. Bach

My teacher was laughing at my shifting technique last week – seriously he’s laughing. He said when I shifted up, my first finger (i.e. index finger) was hurrying to reach the next note and my thumb was too slow. He said, “How would you know your position if your thumb’s not there? Your thumb is your anchor!” In my experience, I am not using my thumb as my anchor to know the fingering… I use my ears more to guide how much my hands should move… I guess I’m not too “mechanical” after all!

And I realize another thing (again): your treasure is someone’s garbage! In my experience, any song with a note playing on any open string is my best gift – I play open string notes best now. But my teacher told me, sometimes composers would deliberately change the fingering so a note is not played on open string. In first reaction was – WHY?!! Then my teacher said, “Composers esp those romantic ones would usually avoid open string.” I asked again, “WHY?!!” He then said, “It’s because they can’t manipulate open string notes.” Ah -coz they can’t put vibrato on open string. I got it (I got it myself! .. bragging… yes I am… hee hee) now.

I still love my open notes!!!

Add a comment June 3, 2009

14th and 15th Cello Lessons

Starting the class after next, I’ll change my cello schedule from weekly to every 2 weeks. This will give me more practice time before the lesson. Hopefully I won’t be feeling so “beat up”. Last class I told my teacher, “Somehow I played this song better at home …” and my teacher said, “I heard that from every other students. HHm!” I was just telling the truth.

I have started doing shifting. It’s less mystical than I originally thought. The technique is not very unnatural for me – I find it quite easy to do – but that’s probably because I don’t care if I am right on the note now – and the note after I shift isn’t too much off from the other notes I play normal… sometimes it’s dead on, sometimes it’s a little off. (That says a lot about how “well” I play.) :X

This week’s exercises 1) G major scales – 2 octives (with shifting on the last 3rd note) 2) the first half of Minuet No. 3 by J. S. Bach.

My confidence index (out of 10): 2.

This week, I would definitely blame the lab technician who drawn blood from both of my arms yesterday, and gave me one bruised right arm, and 2 red pea-sized needle marks on my left arm. I practiced for 20 minutes today and my arms and left shoulder were tired already. I bet my teacher can’t say “I heard that…” anymore – yay! 🙂

2 comments May 25, 2009

13th Cello Lesson

As I predicted, I had a waterloo-like class tonight.  It was a disaster.

Out of the 2 exercises, I could only play one song – the easier one – Minuet in C, and not The Happy Farmer.

And even with just one song, I didn’t get a pass.

Furthermore, I get a repeat on Minuet No. 2. 

And I won’t contest.

Feeling down now.

2 comments May 6, 2009

12th Cello Lesson

This week’s exercises:  Minuet in C by Bach and The Happy Farmer by Schumann!

I think I set myself up for failure by asking me teacher for 2 songs this week.  I am just recovered from a cold and I haven’t touched my cello for 5 days.

If I pass these songs, then I will be done with The Suzuki Volume 1.  My teacher said Volume 2 is too difficult for me now so he will be teaching me some other songs first before going into the next book.  I would probably start to do some scales. 

Question for experienced cellist:  what are the pre-requisites for playing vibratos and gliding please?  My teacher said these are beyond my abilities and I want to know what do I need to master first before I can start practicing for vibrato and gliding (actually is this the right word – gliding – sliding your finger on a string for some distance?)

4 comments May 4, 2009

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