Speaking of a runaway place, I recall of this song Dear Margaret by Anthony Wong.
Creative writers are sensitive to environment around them. Some still produce good pieces when a lot of things are going on around them, and they need the ‘I-am-in-the-midst-of-things’ feeling to be productive. I think most Hong Kong writers belong to this category. This minute they are meeting friends in Tsim Sha Tsui or Causeway Bay, the next minute they find themselves at home producing the next piece of artwork.
I once learned from a film-making friend about this. The friends of Christopher Doyle (杜可風) described him as an insane artist. He drinks somewhere around downtown of Hong Kong Island during night time, after which he goes home in the middle of the night and works on his projects as a cinematographer. Known for his fondness and deep affection for Hong Kong, I believe being in downtown Hong Kong contributes tremendously to his artwork. Continue reading “A runaway place for writing (Republishing July 2017 Piece)”
〈投機者〉 作詞：陳昇 作曲：陳昇 Speculator by Bobby Chen Melody and Lyrics by Bobby Chen
然而我心裡知道 他應該已經完成了夢想 不再是村民眼中的混球
(Did he go to Japan or USA, nobody in the village talked about it anymore.
Deep in my heart, I know he must have accomplished his dream.
And he is no longer a scum as perceived by neighbours in the village.
My Brother Bao created trouble in the army and retired since.
He planned to start a band when returning to village.
Not even a moment of free time.
He said counter attacking mainland is hopeless now,
and found himself to be unqualified, even just to drive a cab.)
(I would like to be a shameless speculator.
Who could tell that I am a loyal patriot.
I have my own way of expressing love—which nobody knows.
I am the elegant freeman pledging loyalty only to myself.) Continue reading “〈投機者〉陳昇 Speculator by Bobby Chen”
Poet rocker Wu Bai is known for his music career with his band China Blue comprises dummer Dean “Dino” Zavolta, keyboardist Yu Ta-hao (nicknamed Big Cat) and bassist Chu Chien-hui.
The reason he picked up a camera to start shooting around – as he wrote on this book Wu Bai Story (《伍佰．故事》), was that he wanted to get himself a background on his computer. And he started with colour photos, only switching to black and white films, when he travelled in Angkor Wat, the Cambodian city where only black and white films are sold.
Apart from music and occassional acting opportunities, Wu Bai also travels extensively. In this book – as he put it, he went to Tokyo to take photos of Japanese office workers. From his perspective, he was curious if these office workers feel tired for their lifestyle – everybody follows the conformity of the society, puts on the same suits, walking in the same direction, eating at eateries after work. And he put it very bluntly – don’t they feel stupid? Continue reading “Wu Bai – the rocker cum traveller (Republishing Sep 2017 Piece)”