The Value of Music Education

I wanted to post this TEDx talk which I saw in Youtube. Couldn’t agree more with Richard Gill. Unfortunately, I find that many people seem to have the perception that music education is not important. And no, I’m not a music teacher. Still hoping to see every child having an access to proper music education… which means all expenses paid for the less privileged students. (After weeding out those who tend to take advantage of programs like this.)


Idols of the Past

I was reminiscing the 80s while listening to the music of those days. There were no smartphones, no internet and no mobile phones (at least I don’t recall there being any back then.) Those were the days of cassettes and records.  When we don’t like the an entire album, we could pick and choose the songs and get the record store to record them in a cassette and pay for it.  I recall having studied so hard when I was 11 years old just to get 5As. Why? Because my dad had said that if I manage to get 5As, he’d pay for my membership fees. Yes, I joined the Duran Duran fan club – for one year. I think it was £22 although I’m not sure if that number is right. After all, it’s been so long. And yes, till today, I can still sing along when their songs are played. I’ve listened to them so many times in the past that somehow the lyrics are in my head…somewhere.

When I was a baby Christian, I was under the impression that there were no idols at home. After all, we never had any idols placed at home, in the past. When my family and I embraced the Christian faith, my dad removed the Chinese altar. As I grew older in the faith, I think whatever (whoever) that I place more important than God is my idol.

Exodus 20:3-4

New International Version (NIV)

3 “You shall have no other gods before[a] me.

4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

Kinda scary actually, when I think about it. I must remind myself to never let my pursue for art overtake my pursue of God.

A Step Into The Past

There’s something about this song that makes it so familiar. It somehow reminds me of someone, but I can’t remember who that someone is. Sometimes it almost feels as if I am living a double life…because I seem to remember things that don’t quite make sense. (Probably  because I don’t remember the rest of it that would help make some sense of it..)

The Best & The Worst?..What?

While browsing the internet, I saw some comments in youtube that brings pain to my heart. I must say that there are so many people who think themselves so qualified to judge others. As someone who’s inclined towards the creative side, I wish to say that art and music are both very subjective matters. I simply don’t believe and refuse to say John is the best artist or Michael is the worst guitarist etc…It pains me when I read the comments in Youtube such as “Jack is total crap!”. Perhaps the listener doesn’t appreciate Jack’s interpretation of a certain song or a cover version of a famous song, but that doesn’t make Jack “total crap”. There are two subjects, the music and the person. And for art, there is the masterpiece on the canvas, and the artist. Two different subjects. Seriously…there are too many people out there with very hurtful words.

I personally do not like works by Picasso because I fail to appreciate it and I perspire just trying to understand his artworks. But Picasso is very talented. I love works by Monet because they’re pleasant to the eyes and calms my soul. They’re two different artists interpreting art in their own ways.

Night & Music

My eldest sister used to be in the music business. She used to play for the local singers at concerts and at one time, she had composed music and jingles too. Of course, she’s no longer in the music business. Ever since she got married, she became a wife and a mother. I remember those days when she traveled with the musicians and I had the chance to meet a few musicians and met a singer I admired.

Today, I’m still that much interested in music and enjoy listening to good music. Yes, I occasionally would like to attend some of the music events but I no longer feel safe going out alone at night. I do wish that they’d have some good music acts on weekends and in the afternoons, especially for those who are no longer night hawks.