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微小不渺小

一粒嘢,微,卻不一定不足道。陳慧敏(Vivian)時隔兩年再推出新專輯,取名《一粒嘢》。這個名字背後代表了她的一個信念:一粒嘢,都可以有無限故事;微小的一切,也會創造無限可能。關於《一粒嘢》的二三事,讓我們在今期Chessman Post中娓娓道來。

一粒嘢,即是基本粒子,物理學上指構成物體的最簡單物質。Vivian曾經因為自己生得「細粒」、俾人用「粒」這個單位來形容,而傷心到喊和變得沒有自信。但她慢慢發現,一粒嘢,其實也可以很厲害。例如一粒米,可以孕育生命;一粒礸石,好有歷史、好閃、好名貴;一粒藥,可以治愈病人;一粒子彈,可以摧毁一切,而且所有東西其實都由粒子組成。「人在地球,也其實是一粒沙咁細。如果人生從頭到尾,由始至終是一段,那麼當下就是人生的一小粒子。我們總想做大事,遠看目標前進,可有好好把握當下一刻?做很微小的事,才能建立基礎成就大事。如果我們做好每一日,才能成就人生美麗的一條線。這個,就是我所要尋覓的事,也是我一直要尋覓的活在當下。」Vivian說道。

在今次的專輯中,Vivian堅持以往原創編曲的風格,加上8首歌均由老朋友蘇耀光監製,保證了一貫之高水準。每張碟其實都是她踏上歌手的夢想之路的一個記錄,她在人生旅程路上不斷前行,漸漸找到屬於自己的方向和答案。她用《我以為世界早已崩塌》這首歌向聽者毫無阻隔地呈現真實自我,不論多堅強的人也會有脆弱的時候。《青春最後一站》訴說的是人生兜兜轉轉總會回到原點,陪伴在身邊的人值得我們用勇氣去守護。她依然歌頌愛情,卻對它有了拉開距離後的思考。她開始體會緩慢與靜謐,因為那種時刻更能蘊藏複雜的情緒。進入一個只有音樂,沒有雜音的空間,讓內心回復最真摯的尋覓。《慧敏哥》嬌小的身體裡裝滿了大智慧,用自己的熱誠打動聽眾的耳朵。Vivian也通過這張專輯展示出她對社會的看法,對身邊人的關心,《城市人》就是她對近期生活的感悟:城市人總是活得很累,生活總會逼迫我們放棄良知,追求利益,但歌中提醒我們就算這個世界變得在猙獰,也要不忘初心,活出最真實的自己。

Vivian的聲音沒有強烈的搖滾,沒有華麗的演出和唱腔,只是猶如《一粒嘢》般,透過溫暖的聲音傳遞真心。做自己、珍惜眼前應該就是她這輩子最想堅持的事情。願認同她的想法的你也加入,一齊傾聽《一粒嘢》。

撰文:王卿儒
相片:棋人澳門
美術:李介琳 王曉澄

Vernor Vinge once said, ‘even the largest avalanche is triggered by small things’. After two years of hard work, Vivian Chan is releasing her new album “A Particle”. The album name is a manifesto of her belief: no matter how trivial one maybe, there are infinite possibilities in a trivial one. In this volume, Chessman will travel to infinity and beyond in the vessel of Vivian’s new album.

The direct translation of the album name is ‘a small thing’ or ‘a particle’. In physics, a particle is the smallest unit that forms a material. Vivian was once being mocked by others because of her modest height. She was lack of confidence and literally devastated. As time goes by, she starts to realise that thing as small as a particle is of crucial importance. A grain of rice can nurture life; a diamond has a history of its own while shimmering in the glamour of its value; a pill can save a life; a bullet have great destructive power. Everything around us are merely formed by particles. ‘Compared to planet of Earth, humans are like a grain of sand. In the course of a lifetime, this particular moment is just a tiny fragment. We always aim big and set sight to far off, but what about this moment? Great things are done by a series of small things. If we can finish the ‘trivial’ things each day with perfection, then life will be a perfect line dotted in perfection. This is what I seek for, carpe diem’, said Vivian.

In this album, Vivian insists on authenticity in song writing. The album is as good as the past albums and 8 songs are produced by Vivian’s good old friend Ken Sou Lo Kuong. For Vivian, every album is a memorandum of her life journey and as life unfolds she edges closer to her answer and place she wants to go. In her song “I Thought My Life Was Done”, she opens up her vulnerability and acknowledge that such feeling is universal, even to the toughest person. In “Last Station of Youth”, the song touches the cliché that nothing lasts forever and worth fighting for, except those who are always there for us. She still sings about love and now she is a more mindful state. Vivian starts to appreciate the beauty of taking in each moment and savour each strand of sentiment. In that moment, there is only music, music that guides us to our true self, and nothing else. The song “Hui Min Ge” (nickname of Vivian in Cantonese) sets to touches listeners with her passion and reflection on life. As for the song “City People”, it appeals more to her view as part of this society of hustle: that to catch up with pace of life we trade our integrity for possessions, materials and money. This song really is to remind us not to lose ourselves during this stride of life and always be true to ourselves.

Vivian does not have the thump of a rock star nor the glamour of a diva. However, like the song “A Particle”, her voice merges seamlessly like a particle into our heart. Be herself and live in the moment are probably what she set out to achieve in her life. If you agree with her, this is the album that you should not miss.

Editor: Eric Wong
Photo: Chessman Macau
Art: Carol Lee Agnes Wong

ISSUE #145

SMALL BUT SIGNIFICANT

 

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