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When I'm Still 64


FADE IN:

INT. TOILET - DAY

PETER (V.O.)

I'm glad that my

gastroenteritis is over.

Tomorrow, I'll become

a senior citizen. Since I

turned 64, I was so tied

up with work that I haven't

written any song. Could I

write one today?

EXT. ROAD - DAY

Blue sky.

PETER (V.O.)

A music friend suggested

I write a song about the

blue sky...I haven't got

anything on that yet. A

number I want to write is

about the Greater Bay

Area, and I've got the

first line.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)

As half of my golden years

is about to lapse, I think

I should attempt to write

one about turning 65 first.

INT. STUDY - DAY

After surfing the web, Peter takes out a Gibson electric guitar and strums a few chords.

PETER (V.O.)

Everyone is different, due

to nature and nurture. But...

PETER

(Singing)

Have I done all that I'm

fit to do?

PETER (V.O.)

That's about my being

the right person at the

right place at the right

time. But there're other

things I want to do too.

PETER

(Singing)

Have I done all that I

want to do? ...At 65...

at 65...

Picking up a waste paper, Peter jots down the verses. He taps an icon of his smart phone and begins recording.

PETER

(Singing)

Have I done all that I'm

fit to do? Have I done

all that I want to do? At

65, at 65...

Peter then listens to the playback.

PETER (V.O.)

Well, not bad!

PETER

(Singing)

Singing the beauty of

life.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)

I've got the verse of

of the song "At 65".

The climax of the

song should be in the

chorus. But I don't

have any inspiration

yet.

Holding the guitar, Peter relaxes on a sofa.

PETER (V.O.)

I don't know how

many more years

I might live. But

years come and

go. There're 365

days in a year and

365 rhymes with 65.

PETER

(Singing)

365 to live by...

PETER (V.O.)

But what's the point?

PETER

(Singing)

Young ones to be

inspired.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)

That's what I've been

doing. Should there'be

any difference when I

turn 65? I want to make

the rest of the lines

rhyming with the verse...

PETER

(Singing)

Keep calm and be

cool.

Pausing.

PETER (Cont'd)

(Singing)

Do good and be

true...

Peter plays guitar fingering.

PETER (V.O.)

What remains to be

done is the last line

of the chorus, It's

particularly challenging.

If I don't get it, I won't

have a new song.

INT. SWIMMING POOL - DAY

A few swimmers under the sunshine.

PETER (V.O.)

Having nothing solid

for two days, I don't

feel that fit.

INT. MALE CHANGING ROOM - DAY

Peter bathes.

PETER (V.O.)

What should the climax

of the song sound?

I want to make it

simple so that anyone

can sing and get

the message.

INT. MUSIC ROOM - DAY

Guitars. A small guitar amplifier. iPads on music stands.

PETER (V.O.)

The Gibson guitar doesn't

sound right for the song.

Let me try the ESP.

Peter plays fingering with it.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Sounds alright.

Peter records a few takes, listens to the playbacks and retakes them.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

The climax doesn't

sound right.

After jotting down the guitar bars and lyrics in an iPad, Peter sings, plays and records again.

PETER

(Singing)

...I'll follow through...

I'll follow through.

INT. STUDY - NIGHT

Holding an iPad Mini, Peter listens to the playback of his song again and again.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

It's a catchy tune. My

voice is a bit coarse. But

the important thing is

to record the song, or

I'll lose it.

INT. SWIMMING POOL - NIGHT

Getting out from the pool, Peter hums a tune.

PETER (V.O.)

Oh, I've already forgotten

my new song's climax.

Anyway, I've recorded it.

I'm glad that I've succeeded

in writing a song when I'm

still 64!

FADE OUT. The End

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