13 December 2005

Senses Meme (Part 2) - Hearing

Music has been a big part of my life when I grow up learning to play the organ (The instrument lah! Oh wait, the MUSICAL instrument lah!). Granted that I have all but forgotten how to play, the ability to read music and the dexterity which attributed to my "magic fingers" fortunately remained.

I learned to play the clarinet in secondary school which I then graduated to the saxophone when I was Sec 4 (all because of the saxophone solo in Careless Whisper). The transition was easy as clarinet and saxophone are very similar instruments, right down to the fingering. Perhaps, it was these 6 years of playing the clarinet and the sax that I am able to flip my thumb to the back of my hand unaided but I digress.

Anyway, because of my early exposure to music, I listened to a wide range of stuff although I have yet to full appreciate grunge, heavy metal and rap. Still, I get by with the rest of the genres out there.

Speaking of listening to music, my walkman would be with me everywhere I go. From the days of the cassette tape walkman to the current crop of portable CDs and MP3s players, my ears are plugged in all the time. Strangely, I never did like MD players. Hmm....

I remembered driving my mom's car when I just gotten my driver's license. Now my mom is your classic technophobe to the extend that she refuses to install a proper FM tuner/cassette deck in the Honda Accord. Instead, she reluctantly agreed to have the bladdy AM radio that came free with the car if not for the fact that it would have left a gaping hole in the car console. Problem is that there isn't any decent stations on AM frequencies and the closest I got was RTM Radio 4. Even with that, I got deafening blank sounds of static when the station shuts down at midnight. Grrr.....

And so I took it upon myself to buy two mini battery-operated speakers (anybody remembers Cost-Plus at Scotts Shopping Centre?) and lotsa blue-tack. Finally, with a bit of wiring and my walkman, I finally have music in the car! However, my mom was totally flabbergasted with my flash of ingenuity as the dashboard became a mesh of wires running all over the place. Apparently my "a bit" of wiring turned to be "a bit too much" instead. Well, I never said that I was an accomplished Ah Beng Car Stereo Zhng Specialist, did I? Well, after getting my head chewed off for my little pet project, I was forced to removed everything after a week of bliss in the car.

Sigh, the days of being a teenager.

Speaking of being a teenager, everybody wanted to be a DJ at that age and so I signed up with an events company as a part-time roadie. Granted that I won't have to opportunity to get on stage under the spotlights, I was contended to just be there and soaking up the atmosphere. Then on those "less important" gigs, we would occasionally get the chance to get behind the turntables and spin a couple of vinyls.

"Raise your hands in the air and wave them like you don't care!"

I am no stranger to loud music being a roadie and all. Probably that's why my sense of hearing is on and off these days.

- Voxeros

1. Jaslyn left...
Tuesday, 13 December 2005 1:45 am ::
Hmm.. My teenage dream I would say was to be a Radio DJ! Hahaa.. Similiar lah. Also cant live without music type.. Imagine the world without music.. It seems everybody's deaf and dumb.

2. Lynne left...
Tuesday, 13 December 2005 2:20 am
Word Up, my bro!
I love music too, I am a big Rave/Trance fan. I oso want to learn to play electric guitar like Slash! I oso want to learn to play drums too. Hehehhee

3. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 13 December 2005 10:47 am :: 
Jaslyn: I guess the closest I ever got to being a DJ is when I was running the songs dedication booths during the ACJC Fun Fairs and the NTU lunch time music.
Er... audio blog counted or not har?

Lynne: Do you know that "Word Up" is the name of the song by Cameo? I loved that song. Very 80s.

Here for the lyrics
Currently, I am into chill music, lounge and acid/fusion jazz stuff.
BTW, Madonna's latest album is pretty good! So is Pussy Cat Dolls.

4. akk left...
Tuesday, 13 December 2005 3:31 pm
i saw the pussy cat dolls MTV...i swear, they look and act like their namesake...
minus the last 2 words...

5. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 13 December 2005 3:46 pm ::
akk: They made a cameo appearance on a recent episode of Las Vegas. That's how I got to know about them. Very catchy pop-hip-hop type.

6. Lynne left...
Tuesday, 13 December 2005 9:50 pm
Yesh, I do, I love that song too. In fact, I have it on my MP3 player and on CD too, took me a long time to find it! :)

7. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 13 December 2005 10:01 pm ::
Lynne: You know the song??!! How old are you??!

8. mht left...
Tuesday, 13 December 2005 10:29 pm
"Probably that's why my sense of hearing is on and off these days."
ya, sure, things you want to hear, you 'switch on'; things you do not want to hear, you'll just 'switch off'. beri smart!

9. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 8:55 am ::
mht: LOL!! I didn't see it that way! Good one!!

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