WEEKLY

CONTEMPORARY PROFESSOR OF MUSIC
當代音樂教授

仍記得黎明深情獻唱《那有一天不想你》「我帶著情意 一絲絲悽愴 許多說話都 仍然未講」嗎?「我捨不得你 無奈我有我的未來」,這是鄭秀文的《捨不得你》。相信對於八、九十後的你,這些歌你一定不會陌生,反正你知道的。但你又記得這些旋律背後的靈魂人物——作曲家是誰嗎?他,就是今期Chessman Post主角林慕德。

或許很多人是從兒童節目中認識他,知道他是一名英語頻道的主持。的而且確,他近年比較專注於教育事業,但這只是他其中一個身份而已。他,在廣東流行曲最光輝的歲月裡,曾擔任大型唱片公司的音樂總監。他,更曾開設自己的廣告歌製作公司,專心創作廣告歌。提起他創作的廣告歌,不得不提到那首膾炙人口的《陽光檸檬茶》電視廣告歌,「如陽光伴我 清新笑迎面」言猶在耳。他,曾寫下無數時代經典,代表作除了序言提及的兩首,還有羅文的《激光中》、陳秀雯的《甜蜜如軟糖》、李克勤的《深深深》《大會堂演奏廳》等。至於他首支被灌錄發表的作品,卻要追溯至1974年。1971年,年僅14歲的林慕德花了3年時間創作了其後由陳懿德(Esther Chan)主唱的英語流行曲《Tell Me Why》,並成為當年香港流行音樂榜冠軍。林慕德,就是如此一個擁有多重身份、才華橫溢的人。他高低起伏的人生,其實是親身經歷著香港樂壇的成敗興衰。

正所謂「六十而耳順」,2017年正值林慕德的耳順之年,笑言「人生已過了大半,唔知仲可以捱幾耐」的他,於是決定在六十歲這值得紀念的日子,於8月5日在會展舉行個人音樂作品展《林慕德 & Friends Many Happy Returns演唱會2017》,務求令一眾識歌之人大飽耳福。

而今次演唱會的宣傳海報設計由Chessman HK創作總監Aramis親自操刀,其背後的創作意念是甚麼?「今次拍攝採取了拍攝側面的手法,西裝畢挺的他閉上雙眼,一臉陶醉的樣子,用意是把他塑造成一位沉醉於自己音樂世界的音樂教授。」說到海報的用色,「海報以藍色為主色調,藍色是一種沉實的顏色,進一步加強林慕德專業、成熟和學術的形象」,海報整體的感覺就像一本文學作品的封面。而當天的拍攝過程順暢,意外的是鏡頭內一本正經的林慕德,鏡頭外其實是一名「攪笑之人」,會突然對著鏡頭做鬼臉。在人前,林慕德必須保持其專業形象,這是他對音樂事業的一份尊重; 在人後,他是一個不折不扣的「大細路」。在他身上正正體現到這一名句「走出半生,歸來仍是少年」。他的本性仍是那麼純粹,如同他對音樂的熱愛,也是如此純粹。也正正因為他對音樂那股最純粹的追求,才能譜寫出那些年美妙的樂章。

撰文:鍾璐詩
相片:楊偉明
美術:王曉澄

Do you still remember the Cantonese song “Which Day I Don’t Miss You” passionately sung by Leon Lai? The lyrics says that “I come to you with love and a sense of sorrow. There’s still a lot of unspoken words.” How about another song “Reluctant to Let You Go” sung by Sammi Cheng which says “I feel reluctant to let you go but I have my own future”? For post-80s or post-90s like you do, these lyrics should not be unfamiliar to you. But do you still remember who the composer of these melodies is? He is Mahmood Rumjahn, the main character of Chessman Post this week.

Most people get to known him from children’s television programme. He is best known as a host from an English channel. Although he has put more focus on his education career in recent years, this is just one of his identities. In the golden age of Cantopop, he was the music director of a great music label. Apart from that, he opened his own production house which focused on composing song for advertisements. The song of Yeung Gwong Lemon Tea is the one that many remember. He wrote countless classics for well-known singers including Leslie Cheung, Anita Mui, Roman Tam and Hacken Lee. Regarding his first song being recorded and released, we need to trace back to the year of 1974. In 1971, 14-year-old Mahmood Rumjahn spent three years to compose an English pop song called “Tell Me Why”, later sung by Esther Chan. The song was ranked no.1 in the pop music list in Hong Kong that same year. Mahmood Rumjahn is a talented person with multiple identities. In fact, the highs and lows in his life is the representation of the rise and fall of Hong Kong music industry.

Mahmood Rumjahn has just reached his sixties this year. “Half of my life has passed. I’m not sure how long I will live,” he laughed. That’s the reason why he decided to hold his concert “Mahmood Rumjahn & Friends Many Happy Returns Concert 2017” on August 5 at Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre in commemoration of his sixtieth birthday, bringing aural pleasure to audiences.

The poster of the concert was designed by Aramis Yeung, Creative Director of Chessman HK. So what’s the design concept behind? “This time we chose to take the shot laterally. Dressed in formal suit, Mahmood was closing his eyes with an enjoyable facial expression. The purpose is to portray him as a professor of music who indulges in his own world of music.” Regarding the color of the poster, “Blue is chosen as the main color of the poster as it is a color of modesty, further strengthening him as a professional, mature and academic figure.” The poster in general feels like the cover of a literature. The shooting process was smooth. Out of expectation, Mahmood Rumjahn was wearing a very serious expression within the lens. Out of the lens, he is a hilarious person who would suddenly make a funny face to the camera. At the front stage, it is a must for Mahmood Rumjahn to maintain his professional image, in which this shows his great respect towards his music career. At the back stage, he is definitely a kidult. The recent famous quote “Half-life through, youth still” is best reflected on Mahmood Rumjahn. He still has a pure heart, as if his pure affection towards music. His pure pursue towards music has made him be capable to compose the beautiful melodies of those days.

Editor: Rose Chung
Photo: Aramis Yeung
Art: Agnes Wong

ISSUE #146

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