Hsinchu City’s Cultural Affairs Bureau held a seminar at the Image Museum on July 25, inviting Albert Leung, known as “Asia’s god of lyrics,” to speak about his creative concepts. Leung told the audience that imagination and real-life experience are both indispensable. If imagination is the only thing, there will be no sense of resonance, so you need to have a grounding in reality.
Leung, a well-known lyricist based in Hong Kong, has written more than 3,000 songs, including Faye Wong’s Adzuki Beans, Eason Chen’s Ten Years and many other popular songs that have touched people’s hearts.
Hsinchu is also nicknamed “the windy city,” and Leung said that wind is romantic. At the outset of the creative process, he said, at the superficial stage, before any thought is given to humanistic concerns or social perspectives, lyrics are written for pure beauty. Then when the lyricist goes through the ups and downs of life, acute sensibility becomes essential for creativity, as if time leaves its marks as it crawls across the writer’s skin.
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Leung also remarked that words are carriers and sometimes they are metaphors. A lyricist does not necessarily have to experience what he or she intends to put in writing in order to write about it, because the most important thing is feelings — whether the lyricist has feelings deep within. For example, Leung has written about the Northern Lights without ever having been to the North Pole. After all, 2,000 of his more than 3,000 song lyrics are about love; how could he possibly have experienced so many love affairs?
Leung’s humorous and thought-provoking discourse was met with zealous applause and laughter from the audience.
(Liberty Times, translated by Ethan Zhan)
1. outset n.
最初 (zui4 chu1)
例: They loved each other very much at the outset of their relationship.
2. metaphor n.
比喻 (bi3 yu4)
例: I cannot speak without using metaphors, just as a dog cannot run without its legs.
3. thought-provoking adj.
發人深思 (fa1 ren2 shen1 si1)
例: His annoying comments are sometimes quite thought-provoking.
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