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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Like An Artist

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. BEDROOM - 23:30 (YESTERDAY)


  4. Working on a laptop, PETER stops to listen to Lee Marvin's version of "Wand'rin' Star".


  5. PETER (V.O.): The US actor sang in a bass voice. The simple song "Wand'rin' Star" topped the chart in 1970.


  6. When Peter is about to type again, he stops. We hear Asian instrumental music.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, it's 三年 (Three Years). One of the few songs I liked to hear when I was a kid.


  8. Listening.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's a pleasant surprise to hear it from Radio 3 of RTHK which is mainly broadcast in English.


  10. Listening.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A creative choice of the DJ to reflect the Hong Kong style.


  12. Pausing.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's quite a refreshing change from the past practice too.


  14. Act 2


  15. FLASHBACK


  16. INT. HALL - 10:00 (21 FEB 2023)


  17. AUDIENCE sit in round tables. The CHAIR is speaking from the podium.


  18. CHAIR: ...I'd like to introduce the Council Members ...


  19. As the Chair names names, MEMBERS stand up in turns.


  20. PETER (V.O.): Before retirement, I was used to that...


  21. As Peter is named, he stands up and nods to the audience.


  22. CHAIR: Peter is former Director of Intellectual Property...he writes music and lyrics - like an artist now.


  23. Peter smiles.


  24. PETER (V.O.): That's quite a compliment! I've been sharing my festive songs to colleagues.


  25. END FLASHBACK


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In Oct 2022, I had a plan to write a trilingual song for HKUST.


  27. Recalling.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Travelling to Hong Kong's outlying islands with an ukulele, I hoped to get inspirations.


  29. Pausing.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I didn't get any, as sights were too distractive.


  31. Recalling.


  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In Nov, 2022, I re-prioritized and decided to write the Cantonese lyrics first.


  33. Pausing.


  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Writing meaningful and rhymed Cantonese lyrics isn't easy even for native speakers.


  35. Pausing.

  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Because there're nine tones in Cantonese.

  37. Pausing.


  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The numbers "394052786", when pronounced in Cantonese as saam1, gau2, sei3, ling4, ng5, yi6, chat7, baat8, luk9, will give the nine tones in order.


  39. Pausing.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A word not pronounced in the right tone may be mistaken as another word.


  41. Pausing.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): From Nov-Dec 2022, I cooked up two Cantonese versions.


  43. Recalling.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Making the end of 2022 as the ultimate deadline, I wrote the music, as well as the English and Mandarin lyrics.


  45. Pausing.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The English lyrics are no more than "HKUST". And the Mandarin lyrics are just "Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah" - to make the song simple.

  47. Pausing.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My value being that those who can't speak any Cantonese should be able to speak some if they sing my song.


  49. Pausing.


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I think I'm a very creative artist. But who would appreciate that?


  51. Act 3


  52. INT. BEDROOM - 20:30


  53. Working on a laptop, Peter is listening to radio oldies.


  54. PETER (V.O.): Although I haven't learned the composition rules like a pro, I've been breaking them like an artist.


  55. Pausing.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I haven't mimicked my voice to sound like any famous artist, I just sing in my raw and natural voice.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To have something done creatively, a plan and not enough time would be sufficient.


  59. FADE OUT


  60. THE END




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