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How Can I Fiddle?


FADE IN:

INT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT

LADIES and GENTLEMEN seated at a round table. PETER speaks to a PROFESSOR (60s) sitting opposite him.

PETER

Many thanks for your

kind musical suggestions.

They broaden my song

composition horizon.

PROFESSOR

There're many creative

options...

Checking her smart phone, a SINGER (60s) sitting opposite to Peter interrupts.

SINGER

Would you write a song

about this gathering?

PETER

(Perplexed)

What?

SINGER

You check our group's

messages. John is

asking you to write a

song.

Checking his phone, Peter sees photos of the gathering, comments and a suggestion: ... song, Peter pls.

PETER (V.O.)

How encouraging!

But how can I fiddle

while Hong Kong

"burns"?

PROFESSOR

Somebody has written

a song about the current

Hong Kong turmoil.

Peter gestures that he doesn't know.

PETER

Perhaps a song with

a positive theme may

do good for Hong Kong...

PROFESSOR

You've got one already...

As Peter looks perplexed, the professor sings that the theme of the Peter's song: "Do Good For You & Me". Peter is stunned.

FLASHBACK

INT. CLUB HOUSE RESTAURANT - NIGHT (2012)

Roughly the same group of LADIES and GENTLEMEN inside a room. Carrying an acoustic guitar, Peter passes his song sheets to the Singer before a portable organ and other PARTICIPANTS including the Professor.

PETER

These're the songs

I've recently composed.

I'd like to have your

comments on them.

The melodies are simple

and predictable.

PETER (Cont'd)

(To Singer)

All my songs are in Key

C.

The Singer at Keyboard nods. After counting 1, 2, 3, 4, Peter begins to play the guitar and sings his song: "Do Good For You And Me". Soon, participants sing along. Claps and laughters follow when the song ends.

PROFESSOR & SINGER

Peter! Not bad!

PETER

(Big smiles)

Is that right? Let's do

it one more time then.

This time, Professor,

you play the guitar.

As the professor plays the guitar and Peter and other participants sing happily together. A LADY (30s) uses her phone to shoot a video.

END FLASHBACK

PETER (V.O.)

For happy moments,

we don't mind to have

more. The theme of

my catchy song is very

positive.

PROFESSOR

The parodists may alter

the lyrics to make the

song fit for their purpose.

Changing some lyrics, the professor sings the theme - No One Would Mind To Have More.

PETER (V.O.)

(Nodding)

That's true. But I've

the copyright in my

song though. And I

can take infringement

action...

Pausing.

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

Yes, my song Do Good

For You & Me is good

enough and I don't need

to "fiddle" or write another

one now!

PETER

Incidentally, I have the

opening verse of a song

with a theme on the

Greater Bay Area...

Peter then sings it to the professor.

PETER (V.O.)

But for weeks, I haven't

been able to follow that

up...

PROFESSOR

(Gesturing drum rolls)

Add two parts of Chinese

drum rolls right after that

would make a great

difference.

PETER

(Enlightened)

Oh! Yes! That's why he's

so highly regarded...

INT. STUDY - DAY

Sitting behind the computer, Peter is pondering.

PETER

Yes, what's good is worth

repeating.

Peter mines his song "Do Good For You & Me" on Youtube and inserts it in his blog post draft.

FADE OUT. The End

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