Monday, September 29, 2014

This was an impromptu blogging project thought up by me and my good friend and former classmate Evelyn. The aim was to see how different (or similar) an article we could produce when given the same topic. The only catch: I would be writing in English; she in Chinese.
Interestingly, our strikingly different personalities and preferences for words show, aptly, through our approach. 

BLAME IT ON THE MUSIC

Blame it on the music,

All those unwanted distractions; all those sleepless nights.

Blame it on the music,

That extra spring in the step – a supernatural morning zest.

Blame it on the music,

That nighttime embarrassment; dancing in your room when you’re the only one left.

Blame it on the music,

When you strut through the street; bobbing your head, flailing your arms – everyone thinks you’re a creep.

Blame it on the music,

When you walk the walk; when you talk the talk.

Blame it on the music,

That extra bit of courage – an untraceable inspiration.

Blame it on the music,

All those extra feels, especially when all you wanted was to heal.

Blame it on the music,

For not always letting you sleep; when you’re stuck on Spotify discovering a brand new beat.

Blame it on the music,

It blocked out the world; if only they could hear this track.

Blame it on the music,

All those times you thought you’d found your theme, only for it to be surpassed by another melody.

Blame it on the music,

For giving you that idiotic dance – it’s not the reason you got drunk.

Blame it on the music,

For pushing you at the gym; it masks your superhuman strength.

Blame it on the music,

What’s it taken; what’s it given out?

But the music,

How do we do without?

Blame it on the music,

It sounds different all the time; is it okay that not all these sentences rhyme?

Blame it on the music,

When it fast-forwards time, yet makes you want to rewind.

Blame it on the music,

What’s your flavour? It’s most subjective.

Blame it on the music,

When people don’t get your taste, but you judge them just the same.

Blame it on the music,

It gives you that silly smile; it brightens your day.

Blame it on the music,

When colour fills the street.

What is real music?

Whatever makes you move; when nothing else matters.

Why do we like different music? Isn’t the sound we hear all the same?

Or do our eardrums register it another way?

Blame it on the music,

Perhaps it’s another language; it speaks differently to every being.

Blame it on the music,

How it changes a scene; how it distorts reality.

Blame it on the music,

So you think you can dance? So you think you can sing?

Blame it on the music,

Next time you hear a good tune, observe how it lifts your mood.

Blame it on the music,

All those hours wasted; all those times you hit repeat.

Blame it on the music,

This is music therapy – it may be all anybody really needs.

Don’t blame the music,

“This must be rare, ’cause nothing else could compare – not that I’m aware of”;

“Doo-doo-doo-doo, doo-doodoo-doo-doo-doodoo, doo-doo-doo-doodoo-doo.” 

For those that don’t listen to music:

What is it exactly that you doo?


都是音樂惹的禍

想像一下,一個沒有音樂的世界。

是不是,在試圖要想像的時候,腦海中碰了壁,思緒打結、想像不來的。
現在,把腦中淨空,試著哼出一小段旋律,隨便的一小段。自己或許沒有察覺,但是哼出來的可能是開心的、憂傷的、快的、慢的、也許不成調的,但是它傳達的正是當下自己的情緒。這只是主觀的一個想像,但有時候,只是因為找到一首最近很喜歡的曲子,不斷在腦海中按下重複播放鍵,自然而然哼的即是那一曲,但也適用於反映出心情的概念,同一首曲子絕對有一百萬種表現方式。

音樂,是主觀的:藝術、情感、詩、畫。可以這樣說是因為,音樂進行時每個人腦海中進行的腦內劇場不盡然相同。用聆聽合唱團演唱會時做比喻,每一首曲子演唱的期間,台下有多少觀眾  就有多少個藝術表現方式內心體現。
音樂,是客觀的:道理、表達、資訊。這一首曲子,十個人聽、十個人微笑;那一首曲子,五個人聽、五個人流淚。

我們在音樂中接受到了什麼?直白地來說,是作曲者、演唱者直接灌輸的情感;進一步引起的是,從自身發出的感情。音樂讓我們忘卻現實中還有許多直接銳利毀壞性的殘酷事實,讓我們逃避到一個沒有現實元素構成的場域,這是為什麼人們需要音樂,我們總是在祈求著 能夠短暫逃離現實世界、卻又無傷大雅的各種方式。音樂無所不在、也讓你暫時性失憶,到了宇宙外的世界。

所以,讓我們把這一個合法的 讓腦子休息的 令疲倦心靈復原的 好東西,大家告訴大家吧。
Listen to the music and Face the music.


Evelyn’s writing can be found in her blog Artificial Something.

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