Saturday, July 27, 2013

Musical journey (37)

Last weekend I just had my first jamming session in Melbourne where a song was born at the end of the one-and-a-half-hour composing session. It was really a test of the song-writing skills I have picked up all these years (I started composing 17 years ago when I was 17. Gosh, am I old or what). I am so glad I came out of the test victorious and feeling good (it sure did feel like my jamming buddy whom I met for the first time was putting my skills to the test to see if I am good enough to front the punk rock band that he is trying to establish). It has been a while since I felt such raw creative vigour and I am sure this is the start of something special. The song we wrote will be polished further and posted here in the upcoming months. I am a perfectionist and so I will never post something that I am not totally happy with or something that I intend to continue working on.

So while waiting for this new song, let me share one that was written a while back. It is about me knowing that one day Ision and I would be living together for real (I know "not another whingey song about painful long distance relationships" must be the track running in your minds right now...). Even though all these songs were penned out of true personal stories, somehow I feel that this song is different from the rest. Perhaps it is the powerful words or perhaps it is their simplicity that make it stand out (plus I always give my songs bonus points when there is a key change). In any case, this is one of my favourites and I hope it will become one of yours too.


[One Day]

When space is as solid as a wall
When time stays the same spring to fall
When the ocean between us stands so tall
I can only dream, that is all

When two hearts have opened both their doors
When two minds have each other to explore
When two lives get intertwined at their cores
I don't want to dream anymore

One day the sun will rise above  
To shine a light for our love to burn
One day the miles will fade away 
So I can see your face every morning when I wake
I will find you and I a way
One day

When two hearts have opened both their doors
When two minds have each other to explore
When two lives get intertwined at their cores
I don't want to dream anymore

One day without a shadow of doubt
I'll be your lover, you'll show me how
One day together we will be
When I can lean on you can always count on me
To find you and I a way

One day when the fog clears I'll be ready
I've been waiting right here all along

One day the sun will rise above  
To shine a light for our love to burn
One day the miles will fade away 
So I can see your face every morning when I wake
I will find you and I a way

One day without a shadow of doubt
I'll be your lover, you'll show me how
One day together we will be
When I can lean on you can always count on me
To find you and I a way

One day
One day
One day


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Out in Thailand

Whenever I am travelling in Thailand, I always find a particular magazine extremely useful as it has city maps with the locations of all the gay venues nicely marked up. Little do I know that one day I will be on it, and on the cover no less.

It all started when the magazine's editor discovered my pictures (that was a while ago and so I have forgotten how exactly did that happen). We then talked over the phone and he told me he was interested to put me on the cover. I got very excited but nothing happened for many months and I slowly gave up anticipating for it. Then one day in May, he suddenly sent me the interview questions and asked for a sample of my pictures that I would like to be considered for the cover and story. I answered the questions in as detailed and witty a manner and emailed him all of my pictures making sure that each photographer's name went along with the correct shot so they can be properly credited.

This is a small magazine (extremely handy to gay tourists nonetheless) without a huge budget so I do not expect to get paid for this (which should not be the case for major publications). To me, the chance to be the cover model of a magazine is enough reward for me. This cover preserves my beauty in its peak form and is something that lasts forever (or at least over my lifetime).

Two days ago the magazine finally went online and I quickly downloaded it into my phone (get your copy here and view the online article here). I did not read it straightaway as I wanted to relish it slowly. Although a huge part of the my interview answers were not used (the large font used in the article had a lot to do with it), the positive tone of the piece was really good—good enough to ignore the fact that a picture was wrongly credited. My sincere apologies to the photographer who took that stunning Bangkok picture in front of Siam Paragon. By the way the ad that took up half of the last page is pretty irksome as well. Also, I hope I get the hard copy I just requested from the editor, otherwise I would have to ask my biggest fan from Fridae living in Bangkok to send it to me.

The reason for keeping the name of the magazine a secret for quite some time was so that when it is finally revealed, the feeling will be all fresh and new. The picture they selected for the cover was from my most recent shoot—the one in which the photographer wanted to capture the essence of Brisbane (not an easy task seeing how bland the city is). Although I wish that another picture from the series were featured (the one on page 13), the one that was chosen in the end was still gorgeously-done. I will post the rest of the series soon (I am still waiting for the photographer to send over some more pictures from that shoot) but in the mean time enjoy these pages extracted from the magazine and give me your frankest opinion on this first in my life!