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VIVIAN THE STORYTELLER
生活說故人

託兒歌的福,陳慧敏這個名字又在港澳人耳中火熱了起來。近日網上瘋傳她與排長(Pai LeaDer)的兒歌EDM串燒,二人屬同一年代長大,當初慧敏應邀演唱也不過當是創造一個開心回憶,並無刻意計算,更沒想過會成為熱話。實際上,音樂已成為慧敏生活的一部份,平日她也樂於用歌說故。

對陳慧敏而言,音樂創作是種必需的習慣。自問非學院派的她坦言創作乃依靠自學不斷摸索——不是整天坐在琴房就算好,反而生活中要不斷反思感受,才能將故事寫得動人。「我仍當自己在BB班,所以希望現階段能透過簡單的作品,帶出較真實和純粹的訊息。」但凡勾起感觸的人情世故都可以是寫「歌仔」的動機,而作品也象徵其面對問題的人生態度,如《李路微》就是她最喜歡的作品,可謂人人合用。「懂廣東話的人都會知道這是粗口諧音。人一生氣就會找渠道發泄,無形中會將負能量放大,很多時候是對方根本不屑一顧,生悶氣反倒是自我傷害。不如放過彼此,『識吞這口氣,世界更美』。」《堅拜年》代表著大家面對長輩的壓力,《纏人節》亦道出情人間的關係不應拘泥於物質,同樣是用歌仔唱出人生大道理。

慧敏出道後一直都在香港做音樂,即將推出的新碟是她首度回到成長地所做的作品,這份感覺被慧敏形容為「反璞歸真」。全碟由澳門音樂人負責,有七成由陳慧敏親自作曲,當中不乏與澳門填詞人的合作,另外又邀請林一峰參與作品。「第一張專輯是摸索期,第二張《小人物》則是開始知道如何表達自己,這一張才是尋覓真我過程的每一刻,希望大家活在當下。」看來走甜美抒情路線的她,亦從來沒想過為音樂設限。「我這輩子肯定不會只做一種音樂,只是每個類型比例上多與少的分別。Jazz、bossa nova、電音、band sound、甚至中國新興的民謠等我都很喜歡,近期最想嘗試的方向應該是英倫迷幻搖滾風吧。因為我自己也很享受憂鬱地沉溺在音樂世界的感覺,新專輯裡也有一首略帶迷幻的作品,氣氛和情緒比較沉重。大家覺得我常常笑,而歌曲又以正面居多,但其實我一樣有喜好沉澱的『深藍』一面。」

期待乘著旋律進入其自我世界,迎來更立體的陳慧敏。

撰文:陳一格
照片:陳慧敏Facebook
美術:李介琳

Thanks to several theme songs of children’s animations, Vivian Chan Wai Man became a widely-discussed singer among Hong Kong and Macau people again. The video of ‘EDM animation theme songs’ medley video that Vivian and Pai LeaDer (who belong to the same generation) launched recently was a boom. The reason why Vivian agreed to sing for Pai LeaDer was just to create a fruitful memory and she has never expected to become such an issue in town. Music has already become part of her life and she is a true storyteller of music.

Music composition is an essential habit to Vivian. She, a ‘non-academist’ as she defines, believes that she has to keep exploring by self-learning – it is not just about sitting in the piano room all day but she continues to reflect and sense the surroundings to tell more beautiful stories. ‘I’m still going to the nursery school of my career so I hope to reveal more sincere and pure messages with simple songs.’ All moving stories of human beings could be an inspiration of composing short pieces that implies Vivian’s attitude when she comes across problems. ‘Lee Lo Mei’ is her favorite and it is a song for all. ‘Cantonese speakers will know that it is actually a curse word. When people get angry, they tend to find ways to vent to their indignation on others and the negative energy will then be amplified. Sometimes your “enemy” just doesn’t care and you are the only one who suffers. How about just let go – take a deep breath and enjoy the wonderful world?’ says Vivian. “In The Chinese New Year” talks about the stressful questions your relatives ask during Chinese New Year while ‘The Annoying Valentine’s Day’ teaches us that love among couples should not be measured by money or gifts – they are all short pieces that teach big lessons.

Vivian has been working with Hong Kong musicians since debut. The new album that she will be releasing soon is her first music project to be done in Macau, a place where she was born, and she feels like going ‘back to the original’. All production work is done by Macau musicians and about 70% of the songs will be composed by Vivian. In terms of collaboration, she will also be working with a number of Macau lyricists and also Chet Lam. ‘The first album was a trial and I couldn’t come up with a way to tell my story after my second album titled “Nobody”. And my latest album will be recording every moment of the process when I looked for my true self and it also symbolizes my hope on everyone to seize the day. I won’t limit myself to any genre so it is only the percentage of different types of music that varies. I love jazz, bossa nova, electronics, band sound and even Chinese folk music which is a bit hit in recent years. I would say the genre that I want to give a try the most would be British psychedelic rock. I like the state of mopishly indulging in the music world and I do have a song involving a deeper mood and emotion which make it sound a bit psychedelic in my new album. People always find me smiling and my music has been largely cheerful but I also have a moody, deep blue side,’ claimed Vivian.

We all look forward to entering her world via music and meet the versatility of Vivian Chan.

Written by Phoebe Chan
Photos from Vivian Chan’s Facebook
Art by Carol Lee

ISSUE #0133

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