Archive for July, 2004

Take a break

Keep busying…
I haven’t gone to work today.

For Frontline: CAS2004, design follow-up, website, documents and man power arrangement of CD booth… tons of phone calls… hundreds Mbs of email attachments… and my computer is too slow for them.

Sleeping can’t satisfy my soul.

Hang out tonight, although I still have to search for my notebook computer, and 10 unsold tickets of CAS2004 Summit Concert.

Wandering here and there…

 

Mastering

Writing blog everyday…
I’m unsuccessful!

Meeting the deadline for music productions to be published in CAS2004, our studio is extremely busy in the past couples of weeks. Due to the unsatisfactory progress, Frontline’s 2nd album “Love Chronicles” will be delayed. However, we’ll publish one song in CAS2004 sampler CD. On the other hand, we’re working on “Crying Emmisary” of Koinonia Christian Church. The original date of publish is CAS2003. Luckily, we finish the mastering yesterday after a 1-year delay.

HHB CDR74 Gold for master productionNever be unlucky like yesterday: we’ve dubbed the master disc for three times due to different kinds of problem. Including the time of dubbing and monitoring, we spend 6 hours in total, listening to 6 songs + 6 MMOs. Including the recording and mixing sessions, the producer and I have listened to the songs for at least hundreds times. We are too tired, so Steven suggests to play any game so that the loser have to go into the studio and monitor the final master. Of course, it’s a joke only. After working for 23 hours, the master is finished, and the clients (pastor and his wife of the church, i.e. the church I’m attending) drive the master CD to Tai Po for dubbing.

After a 1-hour nap and a cheerful shower, I go back to studio and attend the practice with Frontline for the CAS2004 Summit Concert. I am excited to experience my internal power in singing, aftering working like a dog. We hope to bring a wonderful performance to the audience on this Sunday!

 

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Learning music

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麥兜苦讀

Chatting with a friend tonight after recording session, about teaching musical instrument. He’s a full time musician, a bravo pianist. I’d love to take piano lesson from him. But just like most of his potential students, we don’t start learning becoz of money.

It doesn’t mean music teachers don’t deserve their price. It’s about people thoughts on learning music: it’s a leisure thing, non-income generating activity… and maybe, it’s no fun comparing with other activities, so why should I invest?

Sigh!

The more I involve in music production, the more I respect producers, writers, lyrists, musicians and arrangers. They form a strong team behind the performer. Without their initial investment in music training, you won’t have chance to enjoy music in your leisure time. They pay great efforts, valuable time, and big money to gain techniques and musical sense. They’re all professionals just like physicians and lawyers, and they deserve their price!

Our government is promoting life-time learning to the general public. I believe that we should focus on both knowledge and attitude towards learning, while the latter prevails!

I support you, friend!

 

Exhausted

Recently I’m occupied with several recording projects. The most exhausting one is Frontline’s 2nd EP “Love Chronicles” – I involved in singing, recording, design meeting, writing lyrics and a lot more… As days of publishing coming closer, while the production won’t be completed within weeks, I work in pressure every single day and night.

Producer said, “Singing is real hard.” I start getting to know more about singing and music production, and totally agree with him. Having to sing solo tomorrow, I’ll bear in mind the “Singing is real hard” slogan, and do my best.

Still writing those text for the CD, and design to be finalized tomorrow night. Let’s work hard, Frontline!

 

Blog everyday

Spymac is having upgrade today (?), so I can’t access part of the functions, including my blog page. I’m quite nervous when I load the blog page unsuccessfully, and see there’re 0 entry from the Spymac Tools. I just start blogging days ago, but I really enjoy writing in such style. Comparing to the online diary I used to write, the passage size is cut drastically. I try taking snapshots in daily life, and write concisely. I’m much relaxed to write shorter passage. I don’t need to spend time to plan the message flow and style of writing. I just “write” from my heart.

I believe it could be another stage of writing training to me. Other than writing short and precise, I write in English only. It’s not an easy task in this International website. I write in Chinese mainly in my online diary, since most of my friends there write and read Chinese more often, while some of those will skip all my English entries. I feel uneasy to write English entries there, coz it seems I’m ignoring my friends’ preferences. I’m glad that I don’t have these problems here. And I intentionally keep this blog as low profile as I could… to maintain a personal / private atmosphere for me to write more.

Yes… I enjoy going into the cave for awhile… sometimes…

Blog everyday… would be a good activity to me!

Introducing my lovely cat Toffee to you! She loves to sleep by my side every night. This picture is a bit weird… she’s much beautiful… however I had never seen her like this, I would like to share with you. Later on I’ll post some normal photo of Toffee here. Enjoy!

 

Bring me out

赤柱遊Being in stressful environment for prolonged time, my body starts to complain about it. So I decide to take leave tomorrow (while part of the reason is I don’t want to on duty of tomorrow’s wedding… anyway…) After sending the application form to my boss, I phoned my mother to ask her to bring me out on Sunday. She turned me down.

Bad things keep coming… the design stuff, Frontline’s recording stuff, Koinonia Christian Church’s recording stuff, the typhoon stuff…

Could anybody bring me out to have some wonderful time tomorrow? Could anybody buy me some drinks………….

 

Wedding job

One of my part time jobs is working in a local church near my home. My major duty is arranging and operating the wedding hall rental service. Except non-frequent non-regular-hour wedding session, we have 4 weddings per week at most.

I remember the days I’m still studying in secondary school, I attended the first christian wedding. (Except the one I attend when I’m in kindergarten. =P) I was very impressed… and somehow moved by the every details of the wedding… the deep red carpets covering the walls and the floor, the candles, the old wood chairs, the sound of organ… and everything!

However… wedding to me becomes too routine now… no matter how special the couples trying to mold the wedding ceremony, they’re so similar, just because I’ve seen too much wedding ceremonies! Especially when I hear the too small repertoire of songs nearly in every wedding… you better kill me, but don’t punish me to hear it again and again… till eternity!

Today’s wedding is a hard job to me. The bride and groom are both teachers… and they bring so much guests and students! Really tired now.

 

Clock

The classic clock by IKEAI love SPYMAC!
I’m addicted to Blog!!

Except one thing… the time is not for HK. I have to do simple arithmetic to get the right time.

Just a reminder: please add 14 hours to the time for my local time, my friends. Yeah, I won’t blog in office at 03:00!

 

Ice-cream

PaPa, Leo & I are having ice-cream in McDonald'sHalf day off!

Pa Pa, brother & I go to chinese restaurant this afternoon to have tea & dim sum. We enjoy this surprised lunch meeting.

We have ice-cream from McDonald then. I take the snapshot to give a chance Ma Ma to feel jealious.