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Spiritual Beauty


FADE IN.

INT. TOM LEE MUSIC STORE - DAY

Open-planned guitars section. PETER looks around casually. He passes by a special collection room. Then something colourful catches his eyes.

PETER (V.O.)

What's that?

Peter gets inside, check it out and picks up a guitar with a colourful top.

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

It's a Martin acoustic.

What a surprise!

Pausing.

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

Oh, it's "Woodstock".

FLASHBACK

INT. VILLAGE STRUCTURE - DAY (1969)

Peter stays close to a transistor radio, listening to pop music and the DJ's passing remarks.

PETER (V.O.)

From time to time,

the DJ would mention

Woodstock. What's

that?

INT. VILLAGE STRUCTURE - DAY (1970)

We hear the radio broadcasting pop music: "By the time we got to Woodstock, we're half a million strong...

PETER (V.O.)

Oh, someone has

even written a song

about Woodstock. I

wish I was there...

INT. OFFICE - DAY (2012)

Peter's having a meeting with COLLEAGUES.

PETER

One wild option to

give publicity to the

the newly-reclaimed

water-front open space

in Central is to hold a

Woodstock-like

music festival...to

promote creativity...

His colleagues don't seem to get it.

INT. STUDY - DAY (2019)

Peter's watching YouTube video clips.

PETER (V.O.)

It's only now that

the video clips of

Woodstock are readily

shared, and I can

feel what it was all

about...

Images of a sea of people appear on screen.

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

Well, a lot of festival

goers. Some estimates

400,000 people. The

song lyrics say half

a million.

Pausing.

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

Judging from the images

it seems there're more

people in Woodstock than

the number of protesters

in Hong Kong.

Pausing.

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

The protest organiser

claimed nearly two

million. The media

made it two million

without fact-check.

The Police figure was...

Checking his phone.

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

...338,000. Yes, the

figure seems factual

and not fictional now.

END FLASHBACK

A STAFF (20s) passes by.

PETER

Can I try it?

STAFF

Yes, of course.

Peter does a few fingerpickings.

PETER (V.O.)

Sounds good too.

PETER

I buy it.

Back at the counter, the staff checks the stock

STAFF

I'll order a brand

new one for you.

Just let me have

your name and

phone no and I'll

call you.

Peter nods.

INT. STUDY - DAY

Working behind the computer, Peter pauses.

PETER (V.O.)

The feeling of anticipating

the Woodstock

Anniversary edition

guitar is great. I've

to leave it my children

to get the centenary one

if they want to.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)

Anyway, it's great gift

to myself after 50

years. I'll definitely

play it while giving

IP lectures in Hong

Kong as I've a

brand story to tell.

EXT. RESTAURANT - DAY

Peter eats and thinks at the same time.

PETER (V.O.)

It has been a couple

of days already. The

staff hasn't called me.

Let me check it out.

After engaging in a phone conversation for a while, Peter ends it.

PETER (V.O.)

Ha! He has forgotten

to ring me. But the

guitar has arrived.

I wasn't impulse

buying. I'm serious!

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)

I've been a pop music

fan since the 1960s. And I'm still crazy after more

than 50 years!

MONTAGE OF PETER GETTING HIS WOODSTOCK GUITAR.

A. Music store. Peter gets his Martin Woodstock 50th Anniversary edition with the years 1969 - 2019 printed on top.

B. Home. Having unpacked it, Peter begins to play the guitar; and it looks he is very pleased with the sounds.

C. STUDY. Seeing images, Peter notices the guitar top design is from the 1969 Woodstock promotional material.

END MONTAGE

INT. STUDY - NIGHT

Peter takes a look of the guitar top again. We see: 3 DAYS of PEACE...MUSIC & LOVE.

PETER (V.O.)

Just 3 days of peace,

music and love can

make history... Violence,

brawls and hate make

black darker.

Pausing.

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

The spiritual beauty of

this guitar is reflected

on its top design. Just

like the spiritual beauty

of people is reflected in

their faces...Anyway,

I'm sure this guitar will

empower me to create

soulful tunes!

FADE OUT. The End

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