当世界只剩下我一个人

Author: serenekoong
18.01.2016


龚芝怡 Serene(当世界只剩下我一个人)志在四方2 TheDreamMakers2 Sub Theme Song #ZZSF2

龚芝怡 Serene(当世界只剩下我一个人)志在四方2 TheDreamMakers2 Sub Theme Song #ZZSF2

哈咯,别担心,《当世界只剩下我一个人》是我的最新单曲,也是特地为新传媒8频道重头剧《志在四方2》写,制作,以及演唱的插曲。

可能有些朋友会好奇;芝怡之前写为《志在四方1》写的主题曲《幸福不难》是一首充满希望,正能量的歌,怎么这次写的插曲,无论是歌名,或是曲风,相比起来,悲伤多了。

今天就跟你分享一下下吧 :)

《当世界只剩下我一个人》确实是悲伤的一首歌。其实,之前为电影(SG50 电影 ”7封信“) 或电视剧(志在四方)写曲,都有一定的挑战性。因为,不能天马行空, 爱些什么,就写什么, 而是要写出一首配合电影/电视剧的剧情的歌。好比裁缝师一样,先要了解剧情的需要,先量好尺寸,再慢慢构思。。歌曲的情绪该是什么颜色?要如何编曲才能把 剪影 (silhouette) 以及选择的布料展现得最好?该如何装饰,让缝制出来的衣服更突出?就这样一步骤,一步骤,慢慢缝制最贴身的礼服。

《志在四方》对我来说,像个大家庭无论是在我音乐生涯里,在我心里,都有非常特别的地位。相信许多朋友通过《幸福不难 1》的主题曲《幸福不难》认识了我的音乐。而我从那时候开始,也熟悉了剧中的每一个角色。 Sometimes I feel like I have known them for a long time. 通过《志在四方1》 也让我也体验到当一部剧和一首歌相辅相成,共同查出火花的时候,是一件令人鼓舞的事。因为知道电视剧以及主题曲与观众残生共鸣,对创作歌手来说,是最大的推动力。此外,这部剧也同时用了我非常敬佩的新加坡女歌手的作品; 《十万毫升泪水》(Tanya 蔡健雅), 《终于》(陈洁仪)。能和这两位接触的新加坡女歌手一同为这部重头剧呈现歌曲,我觉得非常荣幸, 开心。

还记得接到剧组电话, 知道兼职们想和我讨论为《志在四方2》写歌的时候,我又是期待,心里也抱着非常感恩的心情。感恩,是因为兼职们信任我,用我的音乐,我才有机会去发挥,成长。和两人详谈了一段时间,也了解了《志在四方2》 的剧情。就这样我开始了“闭关“过程 - 写歌。或许可以选择从歌库中挑一首适合的歌曲交给制作组听,但我向来都深信,为电影或电视剧写歌,不能走捷径,一定要“量身定做”。那时候因为工作的原因出国,就利用休息日,自己一个人关在饭店房间,把《志在四方1》重看了2遍。不知不觉,也把许多对白记了下来。让我印象深刻,是菲儿所说的一句话:“如果有一天全世界离弃我,你还会留在我身边吗?” 这句话在戏中重复了好几次,也成了《当世界只剩下我一个人》这首歌的灵感。”

我们活在一个很注重外表的时代。一切,都追求完美。We now live in a world where selfies, filtered to perfection become the focus.

一个人的时候,却面对着真实的自己,承受各种挫折,孤独作战。有时累得觉得没人能真正体会你的感受,但还是不断盼望在人生的旅途能找到那份寄托。 《志在四方2》里似乎每一个角色都会有这样子的经历。 由始至终,总有一个人,让你放不下,对他的爱也未曾改变。一个拥抱,一次援手,一声 “加油” 在最绝望的时候,是全部的力量。当全世界离弃了你,就算是一无所有,只要有一个人还在想着你,就给足力量坚持下去,甚至重生。

写这首歌的时候,就是想有那么一次,不去伪装些什么,毫无遮掩的表达这些情绪。但我也相信,只要不轻易放弃,一切也会过去。

其实,从《幸福不难》开始,除了作词作曲,也开始负责制作这一部分。压力,当然有。累吗?制作的时候可以两个星期每天工作18-20小时。但是。。。虽然这代表录音后,我不能休息,会长时间在录音室。。虽然这代表有时候我会很害怕为制作过程的某些步骤做决定但身为制作人,我得 “brave up and make the decision” ,甚至冒险;我觉得这是一个不断发觉自己的过程。每分每秒,都在累积着经验,做出来的音乐也更有味道,和听众分享的,也是更真是的我。也发觉到这让我越来越了解我的听众,他们也开始更了解我。

《当世界只剩下我一个人》播出后,有粉丝留言,说听到之后,就认得出是我的歌。 看了之后,真的很感动。

现在就分享这首歌的官方歌词版。希望你会喜欢。这首歌也已在 iTunes 以及 Spotify 发行。请大家多多支持哦 🙂

xoxo

芝怡


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10.09.2015

#howru

Serene Koong 龚芝怡_SOS Suicide Prevention Day

#howru. Three simple words that can start a conversation, three simple words that could mean the world to someone who is going through a difficult time.

Wear a plaster. End the silence“. I am honoured to be a part of this meaningful campaign by Samaritans of Singapore in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day.

Suicide claims more than one life in Singapore every day. It could affect anyone, as we deal with pressure from school, work, family or illness. You may know of friends or family members who are facing struggles. Having someone to talk to means everything during such times. Knowing someone is there to support gives hope and courage to continue.

There was a time my life plunged into darkness. Each time I looked in the mirror, I couldn’t bare to acknowledge the pain that was staring right back at me through my own eyes.

Then, life seemed like a film without colour, on repeat. I felt that the incident that caused me the hurt during that time had banished every inch of self worth and confidence in me. I couldn’t find any reason to believe in myself.  Everyday, I felt like I was just drifting along, not having any sense of what tomorrow would look like, or feel like. I was frightened to wake up each day as I didn’t know how to deal with my emotions. My room was the only place I could cry, without anyone knowing. Outside of that, I put on a smile and tried my very best to hustle on or at least tried very hard to look conceal all the pain that was going on inside of me. The more I concealed, the more it hurt within.

Much as they said “press on and you will find light at the end of the tunnel”, then, the end seemed no where near.

I was grateful to have very my family’s support and good friends who stood by me, who checked in on me every single day. If you have heard my interview on Epuff, I have shared that there was a friend who would ask me almost daily: “How are you today? What is your happiness scale for today?”

I would report back to her each day. Somedays, it was 5/10, somedays 2/1..other days 1/10…somedays 6/10.

Then came a day I had to write a theme song for a drama series “The Dream Makers 志在四方”. I decided to express all that I was feeling during that time into this song. I titled it 幸福不难, because deep inside, I told myself that someday, if the song is able to find its own stage, then I would be able to share this message with listeners that if there is just one person standing by you, it gives you all the strength and courage you need to pull yourself together and believe again. Love defines hope and purpose. That you are never alone, and someone out there cares for you, so be brave and take flight, and that happiness is within reach.

带我飞翔,到个安全的地方
是你让我看见未来的希望
幸福不难,就在前方
有你陪在我身旁,我才勇敢

你的力量,是无止境的温暖
让我张开翅膀自由地飞翔
幸福不难,就在前方
有你在身旁,我会勇敢

As a singer-songwriter, I seek to uplift through the songs and lyrics I write. I feel all of us have a voice within us and we can use it in positive ways. I hope through sharing this little story, I want you to know you are never alone. Someone does care for you.

I hope we can, in our own ways, reach out and care about our friends and loved ones. These words “How Are You?” can be exceptionally powerful during a difficult time.

10th Sep is World Suicide Prevention Day. Visit www.sos.org.sg to find out more about how we can do our part in preventing suicide, or help those in need. There are also details on the locations and timings at which you can obtain the plaster at various locations on 10 Sep 2015.

View the campaign on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1O0d56Q

Please join me in spreading this message (hashtag #howru), join me in wearing this plaster and let the conversation begin.

With love,

Serene

SG50 7LETTERS GRANDMA Positioning System Serene Koong 心肝

Hello,

I wanted to share the news with you about my latest single 《心肝》, theme song for Kelvin Tong’s film in the SG50 Anthology “7 Letters’. Since the gala premiere, “7 Letters” has received much love and support from the audiences and film reviewers. It is so nice to read your messages about how the films by the seven directors have touched you, and connected with you. We also received so many touching comments about Kelvin’s film “Grandma Positioning System” and its theme song 《心肝》 which I wrote, and I wanted to do something in return, to gift the song to all of you. It is available for download from 20 – 26 Aug at www.serenekoong.com.

When Kelvin first approached me to write the theme song for GPS, he gave me a brief of the story he had in mind. It revolved around Qing Ming, with the notion of home, family and the changing landscape of Singapore sentimentally weaved into the story. It struck a chord with me instantly. Having always been a fan of his works, I was so stoked he approached me, excited, and or course honoured to have this opportunity. And as with every important mission, after the excitement comes the pressure you put on yourself to deliver your 500% for the task at hand.

As a singer-songwriter, I embrace challenges like these. Writing for a drama series or film is very different from writing for your own album. It is a thrilling experience, because to custom write and produce a song that fits the story line is challenging, yet satisfying.

That said, I started work and literally vanished for two weeks and locked myself in to write the song. I felt that GPS was a story so poignant that the theme song needed to echo its message and I didn’t want to disappoint Kelvin nor the entire team. For days I searched deep for the words if I had to write this “letter” to express my innermost feelings about love and treasuring the people and surroundings around me.

You know, I too, am “guilty” of the fast paced life we all lead. Every single day, I find myself racing with time, against a backdrop that is evolving so fast like a time lapse at full speed. Yet, there are times during this race where I press pause, and savour those moments. It fills my heart, it recharged me purpose, and then I take flight full speed again just like everyone else with our lives , our careers and aspirations.

I feel sentimental, when I see the wrinkles on my grandma’s hands, and as she starts to walk with greater difficulty due to age.
I know, I am always their little girl in my parents eyes, when amongst my crazy schedule, I get to sit down with them for dinner or have a chat and catch up over breakfast
I smile when I am finally back home to see my nieces, nephew and family after long periods of time due to my constant flying for work
I walk past streets and buildings I used to frequent, and notice how time has left its marks on their walls
I visit my favourite spots, eat my favourite snacks and reminisce about the things I used to do.

Memories flash past my mind, this time, in reverse slow motion…

你就是唯一的心肝
来不及说的那一段
世间的脸颊,缓缓沧桑
思念却从不曾剪断

During the writing process, I dug out old photo albums, looking at the black and white photographs of olden day Singapore which also offered a glimpse of life then, through the pictures my parents have taken. Just like the story of GPS, I found myself tracing the journey of Singapore’s early days through these photographs. In the film, it was through grandma affectionately describing the changes in Singapore to her late husband during every Qing Ming visit.

Lyrically, I sought inspiration from a love story that I have always admired. It was that of our founding father Mr Lee Kuan Yew and his wife. I recall being brought to tears watching the eulogy he delivered for his wife, especially how he described even when she was ill, she kept aside his favourite peaches when she received them at the hospital and had one taken home for him. There was a line he said..“I was at the centre of her life”..that was the very line that inspired the first line to the verse “你就是唯一的心肝”

Mr Lee also vividly described their evening walks around the compounds of the Istana gardens. This inspired the words to the 3rd verse of the song:

你就是唯一的心肝
璀璨缠绵厮守的晚霞
回家的路上有你相伴
穿越过世间的变幻

It made me realise how each of us have special moments like these with our loved ones that will stay with us forever as we journey on in life, and how it becomes the strength for us to continue.

地球旋转 沿途弥漫 把想念成习惯黑夜就不惆怅
峰回路转 就算海枯石烂
季节越贪婪 脚步越坚强
让我幻想 时间倒转 把仅有的保管不仁岁月侵犯
人来人往 看透离合悲欢
再转一个弯,说好了不见不散

Growing up, I would follow my parents yearly to pay respects to my ancestors, but never really understood fully the rituals. Through writing 心肝, I started to understand perhaps, tradition is a way of continuity. In whatever form or action it may be, it is how we find ways to hold on so that love will always be a part of our lives.Writing the song has taken me to many places at an emotional level. I broke down when recording the demo. But when the tears stopped flowing, I was grateful I was able to see life, and parting in new light. I began to realise that is a special place in our hearts for the people and things we love, which grow fonder by day and which we do all we can to protect from elements of time and change of seasons. That love is unconditional and unfailing like the warm glows of the evening sun. And love continues if we hold on.

The production of the song took place during the month of March. The recording of the song was scheduled on 23/3, the day we lost our founding father. It was hard being in the recording studio. I had to stop many times because I would be overcome with emotions and cried uncontrollably and couldn’t continue with the session. I chose to leave many of those takes in the final recording as they represent how I felt during that time. This was also the first time I ended a recording session at 6am, in between a hectic week of studio sessions as producer to be present at the strings recording, mix and mastering sessions , frequent flying for work, choosing vocals in my hotel room till 3am, and waking up at 4am to queue at Parliament House to pay my last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew just before a flight to China for work.

This is an important year for our country. I believe we are a reflection of our past, it is our heritage that shapes our future. We are here today because of our forefathers and their handwork and sacrifices, because they were brave enough to blaze the path for us. It was an emotional time when he left us, yet through his love for us, he united us as one and I know he continues to live in our hearts. Somehow, somewhere, I hope he is able to hear this song.

When I finally saw the film and theme song come together, I was touched beyond words. And I wanna give a shoutout to my music production team (Terence, Darren and Leonard) who braved the long hours with me. Watching all seven films together for the first time, I too like many of you smiled, giggled, laughed, teared, and most importantly felt so proud and so much love for this place we call our home. For me it was such an honour to write the theme song for “GPS”, and be a part of this exceptionally memorable anthology. Musically, I feel blessed to be in the company of Mr Ricky Ho and Mr Dick Lee, who’s works have also been featured in the film. This was a project of love and I felt overwhelmed by the spirit that was present when all of us came together, including cast, crew to watch the director’s screening. Everyone contributed our heart and soul. As a Singaporean singer-songwriter, I feel blessed to have this opportunity to write and perform a song in my lifetime, and be a part of this film that celebrates such an important chapter in our Nation’s history.

This is my little diary entry about 心肝 🙂 And I’ll leave you with its Official MV as well as the Official Trailer for “7Letters”.

“7 Letters” screens at Golden Village cinemas from 20 – 26 Aug. Do catch it!!! xoxo

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最喜欢农历新年时候的牛车水。今年能为牛车水《农历新年开幕礼和亮灯仪式》当表演嘉宾,感到十分荣幸。

Chinatown is a beauty during Chinese New Year. I think it holds a special place in our hearts, a little nostalgic path to our childhood. I love how it has retained its charm over the years. Sure, there have been new buildings and malls that have sprung up as the years progressed, yet the very heart of Chinatown has remained the same –  the crowded little streets, or familiar smell of bak kwa, shops dazzling from afar in red and gold with Chinese New Year decorations, jars of cookies, tidbits stacked in rows at shop fronts.. glimpses of precious memories, and happy reminders that yes, the new year is round the corner.

Performing at the Chinatown Chinese New Year Official Opening & Light Up Ceremony this year was extremely memorable. It always puts a smile on my face to see happy faces in the audiences.. families, youths, tourists, 还有,看到观众席前方坐着多位年长的前辈们,更是感到特别温馨。It was an honour to be performing at the ceremony which was graced by PM Lee, Mdm Ho Ching, Dr. Lily Neo, Mr Chan Chun Sing and Mr Sam Tan amongst the many VIPs.

There were also many performers involved that night, dancers, martial arts, lion dance… 本身非常敬佩的黎沸挥老师也是其中一位表演嘉宾。Apart from the lights and action, there are always memorable “behind the scenes” moments from every show, the rehearsals, sound-checks, show preps etc. I spoke to groups of students who started learning dance together at a young age..i believe camaraderie and friendships are born from sharing a similar passion, and long hours of handwork together. It is evident in the smiles on their faces.. it is such elements that add that extra shine to every performance and collectively, in every show.

These are the things that make me feel so proud of my home 🙂 So here are some pics! And do remember to check out the lovely lights in Chinatown!

Related News: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/chinatown-light-up-kicks/1629056.html

xoxo

Serene Koong 龚芝怡_Chinatown Lights Up Opening Ceremony

Serene Koong 龚芝怡_Chinatown Lights Up Opening Ceremony

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14 Posts for 2014

Author: serenekoong
28.12.2014

Time flies. 2014 has been great, fast paced, eventful, blessed…. so much so I haven’t been able to stop and blog.

Once upon a time, we wrote letters. Now, everything happens to quickly with digital media. I kinda miss writing letters,. Do you?

So here I am, doing flashbacks before the end of the year ;p

#14 – Hair Feature in the May edition of NuYou 《女友》Magazine.

Behind every artist, is a great team of stylists. We all evolve through the years, and I am ever thankful for a group of stylists and great friends for getting me ready for events and shows and even more thankful to the family at Passion for always taking great care of me over the years.

I have had privilege to be photographed for a few of this feature in 《女友》Magazine and there is always such great energy on set with David, his dedication to detail, his love for what he does, his smile that puts you at ease, I never stop learning from him. And each time I am on set, I am always inspired by how everyone works hard at their art to give the best picture.

Big thank you to the ever dedicated NuYou 女友 team for putting out such great issues and content each month. xoxo

May 2014

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Serene Koong 龚芝怡 – 女友 Magazine Singapore, May 2014

Credits: 女友 Magazine, May 2014, Hair Styling: David Gan (Passion Hair Salon), Photography: Wee Khim, Makeup: Andy Lee, Styled by LiRong

May 2013

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Serene Koong 龚芝怡 – NuYou Magazine Singapore, May 2013

Credits: 女友 Magazine, May 2014, Hair Styling: David Gan (Passion Hair Salon), Photography: Wee Khim, Makeup: Andy Lee, Styled by Martin Wong

Jan 2012

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Serene Koong 龚芝怡 – 女友 Magazine Singapore, Jan 2012
Serene Koong - 女友 Magazine Singapore, Jan2012
Serene Koong 龚芝怡 – 女友 Magazine Singapore, Jan2012

Credits: 女友 Magazine, Jan 2012, Hair Styling: David Gan (Passion Hair Salon), Photography: Wee Khim, Makeup: Andy Lee, Styled by Martin Wong

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It was an honour to be one of the lead singers for the Finale Theme Song for the Chingay Parade 2014 this year.

I’ve always watched this colourful parade on television each year, and being involved this year gave me a whole new perspective to this parade that is so rich in heritage, and culture. It took me beyond the beautiful imagery that I see on TV, to the actual sights and sounds when I am standing right there on the float, waving to an excited audience. It took me to a place where I felt the life and heartbeat of the parade, where I hear the excitement from the performers, where I see the sparkle of this beautiful parade before my eyes.

There are many things I’ll remember…

Firstly, the many faces at Chingay. This year’s parade saw some 7,500 performers. I remember little girls in their ballet costumes running to get in line,  youths and students with their infectious energy, and always dancing and singing, there are 长辈叔叔阿姨 as well, they mingle and have a great time. Everyone waves, everyone cheers, either to someone on the float, or to each other as the contingents get ready. This year is also extremely special to me because my little 7 year old niece was also involved in one of the segments ^^

Then, there is the crew and volunteers, who worked so hard behind the scenes, be it lights, sound, planning, the people who built the floats, logistics, facilitators,  working at so many aspects of the show to make it all happen, and in making sure everything ran smoothly.

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The theme this year is “Colours of Fabric, One People” and it featured a 360-metre batik art painting  “Paint With ONE Heart” – and knitting tapestries put together by some 40,000 Singaporeans and new immigrants. I’ve was present at one of the knitting workshops during the press conference and to finally see the fruit of all these workshops come together on display at the parade was really touching, all which is only made possible by teamwork, teamwork and more teamwork.

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Getting to work with renowed 老师 Lee Si Song who penned the finale theme song “Knit with one Heart” was a great pleasure, and not forgetting getting to perform this unique song which “weaves” and combines the four main languages with my fellow singers Ric Liu, Hazrul Nizam & Vicknesvari Vadivalagan. We have a lot of fun in between rehearsals too! It was also my first stand standing on a float, (I can’t remember how many meters above ground), wooohooooo! the experience was exhilarating.

It was an honour performing for PM Lee as well as President Tony Tan who were watching from the grand stands on the respective nights of the Parade.

A big thank you to the People’s Association and to the wonderful team behind Chingay.

To the many performers, 小妹妹, 叔叔阿姨们,overseas friends, vibrant youths with whom we’ve taken selfies, waved, cheered as we saw each other along the way, thank you for the lovely memories! Performing at Chingay 2014 was a lovely start to my new year, and I’ll cherish these smiles, friendships, I’ll remember this great teamwork and lovely spirit.

p/s: Shout out to my lovely team Keith Png (Styling), Vaughn Tan for the beautiful dress, Sam Ong (MakeUp and Hair).

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第18届新加坡金曲奖

Author: serenekoong
07.03.2014

Hello,终于写部落格了。你好吗?最近,过的非常充实,忙着Chingay彩排以及正式演出,专辑录音还在进行中,以及孙燕姿克卜勒巡回演唱会工作。 最近也时常迟睡,可能是知道好久没写blog了,所今晚一定要写哈哈 :)。。。希望接下来能够多写哦。

第18届新加坡金曲奖。。。还记得当天晚上的我,真的好紧张耶 🙂 当然也非常兴奋!兴奋,是因为有好多音乐人都聚集在一起。而紧张是因为。。紧张 🙂

那是因为,感触非常多。有时候,我会想起写《幸福不难》时候那脆弱,却非常坚持想把这首歌写好,制作好,唱好的我。还记得看了《志在四方》的故事简介,我觉得好像望着一面镜子,在故事中看到了自己的影子。。看到了我们大家的影子。

那时候的我心情非常低落,有好多话想说,就决定把所有的话写进歌曲里, 也告诉自己希望能通过这首歌的来源,通过它的生命来告诉你,鼓励你。。。我们在生命中某个阶段都会遇上“暴风雨”的袭击。。让你措手不及,甚至觉得很无助。但我深信,是因为经过这种考验,我们领悟生命中最宝贵的事情,让我们从此变的更坚强。

还记得,制作的过程中,我给了自己很大的压力。不只是因为这是第一次挑战自己去制作一首歌,也是因为我被这部戏的故事所感动。剧中人物所经历的,是那么的真实。整个制作过程的每一个片刻,我都记得清清楚楚。。。当我弹着钢琴写副歌的时候,当我看着故事简介看了两天,一直在之上写了好多感想,当我接到电话,通知我《幸福不难》被选为片尾曲。。之后被定位主题曲。。我记得第一次和这部戏的监制会面的时候,被她所要为这部戏想表达的想做的深深感动,我记得长时间和混音师一直很仔细地混音,想把最好的呈现给听众。我记得在录音室里,唱A段的时候 “我好想脱下身上的盔甲,好好呼吸一下” 因为压抑不了疲累的心情而忍不住落泪,却坚持忍着泪把那段唱完。。

There are times when you are on a path, you will ask yourself questions, you will be tested with short-cuts, with noise and distractions. What would you do? 那时候的我只想坚持真实的自己,诚恳地做音乐。

所以颁奖典礼开始的时候,我的心情是非常激动的。因为觉得在写和制作这首歌的时候,是自己一个人背着沉重的包袱,和自己的意志力作战。歌曲播出后,大家对这首歌的支持,让我觉得不再是孤独作战,我感觉到无比的真能量围绕着我。。让我慢慢地恢复,再次勇敢。入围”最佳作曲“以及 ”最佳作词“ 这两个奖项对我来说是个很大的鼓励。看着黃鴻升上台领《MeRadio下载录最高金曲 - 男歌手》奖的时候,我更没有想过接下来念出《MeRadio下载录最高金曲 - 女歌手》的名字,是我。

I am deeply humbled. 我一直很珍惜一路走来…its an accumulation of blessings and help, people I meet and work with, and support.  要感谢的人,很多 - 新加坡金曲奖的评委,Y.E.S933,MeRadio,《志在四方》这部戏的监制,尤红给我这个机会用了我的作品,这首歌才有了开始。MDA-Mediacorp joint call for proposal 的资助,在这首歌里和我合作的音乐人。 所有下载这首歌的朋友们,谢谢你,。。我的歌迷们,FC 芝麻一族。。。所有喜欢《志在四方》以及《幸福不难》这首主题曲的朋友们,看到你们在twitter, instagram, facebook, 跟我说你喜欢这首歌,看到你们分享这首歌,歌词让我感到非常感动。

这段时间,我非常庆幸有非常要好的朋友在守护着我,帮助我,还有在这里也想特别感谢一直很支持很细心照顾我的 Passion Hair Salon, thank u so much David, 那天为我打扮的 Nigel Woo(发型 – Passion), Keith Png (造型)dressed in BCBG Max Azria, Bangle by Swarovski, Keith Bryant Lee (彩妆)。

感恩,真的很感恩。我会继续努力。

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16.08.2013

哈咯朋友们,我来了。想跟你分享的是,单曲《幸福不难》(新传媒8频道电视剧 志在四方主题曲 The Dream Makers Theme Song)已经发行了!现可在 iTunes , MeRadio, Singtel Ideas Music Store, M1 Connecting Tones, Starhub Music Anywhere 下载歌曲咯!请多多支持哦!

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先分享单曲的artwork,真的要感谢背后好棒的团队。 攝影: Joel Low 造型: Martin Wong 化妝: Andy Lee 髮型: Nigel Woo /Passion Hair Salon  还有,David for your constant support,Ryan 和 Junz 在shoot 前为我剪发,染色。Graphic design, AydanStudio.

上回说过,要分享《幸福不难》背后的故事。今天终于有一些些时间。所以我来了 🙂

我喜欢为电视剧写主题曲,因为我觉得当中有一定的挑战。平时创作的时候,天马行空,想表达什么,就写么。但写主题曲就不同,因为要了解电视剧的剧情,写出能配合整部戏的一首歌。还记得,我看了MDA-新传媒 Call for Theme Song Proposal 7部电视剧的故事简介之后,《志在四方》在脑海中留下最深刻的印象。 可能是因为当时本身在经历一些事情,觉得似乎能在故事中找到自己的影子。相信这也是那么多朋友喜欢看这部戏的原因。 所谓戏如人生,人生如戏。。。

平时的我,是一个非常快乐, 个性坚强的女生。 处女座的女生就是这样,遇到任何困难,往往是最后一位吭声,只会默默,很专注地去把事情解决。我的best friend 时常唠叨我:“你有心事就不要说你OK, 因为我知道你这个人就是喜欢硬撑,甚至全身伤痕累累还会笑着说你OK”。

如果跟你说,写《幸福不难》时候的我,情绪非常低落,你相信吗?

那时可说是遇到我人生中最挑战我意志力的一段时间。你会想,嗨呀,每次看到歌手在台上都那么的快乐,在社交网站上发一大堆阳光的照片,哪会有什么困扰?

因为,观众是我最大的推动力 :) 我不想让支持我的朋友们担心, 我只想和你分享有正能量的事情,所以我很少表露出烦恼。看到你们的笑容, 能让我忘掉所有烦恼。 希望支持我音乐的朋友们快快乐乐的,is all that matters to me. 你的支持,芝麻一族的爱护,让我觉得很幸福。你的聆听,让我想继续努力带给你好音乐陪伴你,鼓励你。

那时候的我,便以沉默去面对一切。觉得自己好像被困在一个黑洞里。On good days, 我觉得自己是勇敢的战士,On bad days, 我无助地倒在地上,完全崩溃。
那时候的我好累,好想脱下身上的盔甲,好好呼吸一下。
那时候的我好想忘掉烦恼,向往快乐的事情,雀跃起来。自在地飞翔。
那时候,很庆幸身边有几位好朋友每天关心着我。。。

情绪低落时,她们会听我倾诉。当我“消失”好几天,她们会发简讯找我。 其中一为,其实也为爱情的事而烦,但即使她有心事,也一直把我的事情放在第一位。有时候,她会说不再相信“幸福”这两个字。

人生却是如此的奇妙。在我最不乐观的时候,却找到一丝乐观去鼓励她说:“傻瓜,you have no idea how wonderful you are. 只要你相信,你一定可以找到幸福“。

人生难免会有暴风雨的袭击。当一切平静下来,你会对发生过的事情有所领悟。也只有亲自去忍受疼头,包扎伤口,才会逐渐恢复,成长。那段日子我学了很多 “life lessons”

当你被推到极限的时候,你会发觉你比你想象中更坚强。
当你心痛身边已改变的人或事,你会更懂得珍惜身边依然不变的人或事。
当你承受了最信任的朋友跟你说了最荒谬的谎的那种最深的疼痛,你会变的更坚强,也学会爱惜自己,
当你流着泪,至少,眼泪证明你真心付出过。
在你最脆弱的时候,只要有一个人在你身边守护着你,你会觉得那就是你的安全区,甚至给予你力量, 让你重新找到对生命的憧憬。

看了《志在四方》的故事简介,我就一直弹着钢琴,想写一首鼓励我和你的歌,一首在我们需要的时候,能给我们力量的一首歌。
一首在我们经历人生挑战的时候,因为珍惜身边有爱我们的人而会因为他们而更加勇敢的歌。因为,那时候的我正需要这种力量,也相信有好多朋友会和我一样在人生某一个阶段需要这种力量。

我把 demo录好之后, 感觉把所有的情绪都释放。I felt empowered。我把信封粘好,就把它寄出去。心中有一种说不出的平静。没想到,之后接到电话说歌曲被选为《志在四方》片尾曲。我好开心,立刻开始100%投入歌曲的制作,之后得到更好的消息说《幸福不难》被定为的主题曲。真的要感谢监制,制作组给我这个机会。

People say “everything happens for a reason”.  I can’t agree more. 如果那时候没有经历这些事情,可能就不会写出这首歌。所以,我不介意让你知道那时候的我有多无助,颓丧。因为重要的是,通过《幸福不难》我能够和你分享之后的我,如何走出这片黑暗。

这期间,我收到好多留言,看到朋友们会在Facebook,Twitter, 微博上分享歌曲的歌词,我看了感到很欣慰。I feel the song has come full circle, and I thank you for letting the song come to live.

人生必定有起起落落,但是,当你觉得前方会有困难的时候,我希望你给自己一分钟的时间,停下来。 你会发觉身边有好多事情值得我们去庆祝,爱护,以及珍惜。哭过的,痛过的都不重要, don’t let that get in your way。 Know that love is just round the corner and there are many beautiful things worth celebrating, staying true and living for. 只要你相信,你一定能幸福,快乐。:) 🙂 🙂

幸福不难,就在前方。
有你在身旁,我会勇敢。❤

ZZSF

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哈咯,

这几个月都忙着筹备新作品, 所以都没时间写博客。 可是,我还是每天都在脸书上分享照片 :)所以呀,快快到我的 facebook网页 按个“赞”好不好? 那每天都会有我的消息,也能看到你的留言,和你说说话。

想分享我的新歌《幸福不难》!这首歌是新传媒8频道电视剧《志在四方》的主题曲。自己作词作曲,演唱。这次有点不同,因为也第一次担任制作人,希望大家会喜欢。

去年在由媒體發展局与新传媒联手举办的”电视剧主题曲Call for Proposal (CFP), 得知自己的作品被选中的时候,我非常开心。因为今年是电视50周年,能为8频道重头剧写和演唱主题曲,我真的感到非常荣幸。所以想特别感谢MDA以及新传媒《志在四方》监制以及制作组的支持, 这首歌才能顺利完成。当然少不了制作过程所合作的音乐同事们。

这首歌,背后有一段真实故事。写这首歌的时候的我,其实本身在经历非常挑战自己意志力的一段时间。那时候的心情很难用几个字去形容,但我觉得最重要的,是和你分享走出那段经历所学到的,所领悟到的。
所以在写这首歌的时候,只想把那时候的心情释放,更重要的是想写一首在我们最需要的时候,能够带给我们力量和希望的一首歌。

创作一直是我和你沟通的一个管道,在你的聆听下,很庆幸的,无论是快乐或悲伤我都能毫无保留的,在创作里和你分享。这,我非常珍惜,也是我最大的推动力。 《志在四方》播出后,看到很多朋友都留言说喜欢这首歌,也 retweet 副歌的歌词,看了和感动。感谢支持这首歌的朋友们, 更想听你们听了这首歌之后的感想。你可在facebook上留言,我一定会看。

今天先和你分享歌曲的视频。《幸福不难》背后的故事,下周和你分享。

Love,芝怡

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27.12.2012

哈咯,圣诞节快乐!

圣诞期间,你是否也忙著买礼物,忙得团团转呢?

因为自己是工作狂,所以会等到圣诞的前几天才跑出去为家人,朋友买小礼物。今年也DIY 了小娃娃送给侄女们, 因为想让她们学习到,礼物可以很简单,但最重要,是要有诚意和意義。虽然在缝制的时候,不小心用针刺到手指,但看到她们收到娃娃时候那惊讶,兴奋的表情,真的觉得很温馨。

每年的圣诞节我都会和家人一起吃晚餐。其实,能一家人聚在一起,已经是最棒的礼物 。哦,今年也买了一棵迷你圣诞树,是我人生中第一棵圣诞树耶。虽然是迷你圣诞树,但是在为圣诞树挂上点缀品的时候,还是兴奋得像小孩一样! 🙂

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最後,唱一小段的 Christmas Carol 送给大家,祝你圣诞节快乐,Have a blessed christmas dear all!

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