A break from the elections, an Armistice day series, a summer trip: The funs of history

As the title says, I know that we’re all worried about the future but there’s nothing much we can do about it right now. Instead let’s all take a break and read about a trip I took during summer to several historic sites in Hong Kong. Hey, anything’s better than the end of the world. Also it’s Armistice day soon, so a bit of history to remember the dead never hurts (not us anyway).

Introductory note:
I had originally intended to write and post this several months ago but I was lazy and procrastinated. It outlines a trip that I made just a few days before leaving HK again, this time to New Orleans where I currently am studying for a year. In some ridiculous mix of patriotism and boredom I visited several historic sites that took me far too long to get to. Although I’ve still written/finished this as though recent, note that my actual trip was in early August. Also because of how ridiculously long it was, I’m splitting it into two halves. The first half covers the two smaller areas: Causeway Bay and Aberdeen whilst the second half covers Stanley which was far more interesting.

Stupidly long trip: Causeway bay – Aberdeen – Stanley

It was a stupidly convoluted trip that would take me round the whole of Hong Kong Island. I had toyed with the idea for several weeks but I was busy and also lazy. There were three places that I wanted to go to: Stanley I had wanted to visit again I went last summer and bought an incensed fan. It broke but it still smelled wonderful so I wanted another. Aberdeen, I wanted to visit for its historic significance in the naming of Hong Kong. Causeway Bay, where I basically spent all summer, has the famous noon-day gun which I never had the chance to see despite being nearby. With only a few days left and finally no more rehearsals at the Academy of Performing Arts, I decided to just do everything in a single day.

Part 1: Causeway Bay: The legend of the BOOM day gun.

Causeway Bay was my first stop. I had spent the majority of my holiday nearby at the Academy of Performing Arts on a production of ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’. Last Christmas I had read about the famous noon-day gun, still fired everyday (though without bullets anymore) in ceremonial fashion. I had planned to visit it earlier but my only free afternoon I spent at the US embassy, a trip which took far too long. Causeway Bay was also a good starting point because from there I could visit both Stanley and Aberdeen on a single bus ride.

The story of the gun goes back to the 1860s when a powerful Hong Kong company, the Jardine-Matheson cooperation, used to fire a cannon in salute of ships when they left port. One day a British naval officer arrived in Hong Kong and unaware of the tradition saw it as an insult as cannon salutes were reserved only for commanders. In punishment the officer commanded the company to fire the gun every day for forever and ever. The gun has actually been fired every day except for during Japanese occupation in World War II and even gained notoriety through Nöel Coward’s song ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’. This isn’t the same gun, if I’m right the original was lost in the war. The gun that was mounted after that was removed for being too loud and is now at Sai Wan Ho Marine Police HQ. At some point a third gun was involved (they traded guns many times) and that gun is now mounted at the Former Marine HQ, aka: 1881 Heritage Hotel.

William Jardine and James Matheson, the company founders. Jardine House in Hong Kong (defacto HQ) has been rebuilt several times but Jardine Matheson Building in Shanghai still stands.

I showed up at the gun around 11:40 with a crowd of 100% tourists except for myself, a couple of Americans and a few mainlanders. It is not easy to get to the gun, you have to walk through the carpark of the World Trade Center (WTC) next to the Excelsior Hotel and then up an old stairwell. I believe you can also walk into the area from Gloucester Road but that’s no fun. It’s interesting to note that both buildings used to be owned by the Jardines as did the land they stand on, however in 2006 the Jardines sold the WTC to Sun Hung Kai Properties.

The gun itself sits on a platform in a small square that also houses several disused cannons, a bell and a few plaques. The square is locked at all times except for half an hour after firing, presumably so we don’t accidentally start a civil war with it (it is a very functional, very dangerous machine).

Keep out at risk of war

The Jardine gunmen came out of their office soon after I arrived, unlocked the gate, walked through the gate and locked the gate back up. We watched in excitement as they walked under a pagoda to cover from the rain and chatted with each other for 10 minutes. It was a very exciting 10 minutes. Approaching noon at around 11:50, one of the gunmen loaded the gun preparing it for firing. Then at 11:59 the ceremony started, in complete honesty I wasn’t sure if there was going to be a ceremony but a bit of pomp and circumstance never hurt anybody. The gunman began a short march to the bell and rang it signaling noon, turning he marched up the platform, saluted and pulled the chain.

The gun prepares


Obviously we all knew it was going to go boom, it’s a bloody gun but it was far louder than expected.

The gunman told me that they don’t actually fire bullets (I thought they loaded the gun) but only put blanks in. In antiquity the gun would have been used for salutes and time checks but those days are long gone. Everyone knows when lunch is. I for one know every minute for the 1.5 hours leading up to lunch. The ceremony is now a living tradition with very little purpose and for being that I love it.

And now as a direct advertisement for my instagram:

Part 2 – Aberdeen: Named after Scotland, as empty as Scotland

The great colonial tradition of naming things other names

After such an exciting boom I went for lunch and decided to visit Aberdeen. I put no pictures from Aberdeen on Instagram because it was 6x more boring than I expected. Aberdeen is one of the southern ports on the Island, in Cantonese it is known as 香港仔 (heung gong tsai) or ‘Little Hong Kong’. Hong Kong, as many will already know, means fragrant harbour, the name came about because incense wood was felled and shipped from Aberdeen to Imperial China making it a great smelling port. When Westerners first landed on the Island they asked for the name of the place and got told Hong Kong. The whole island was since then called Hong Kong Island and from 1841, British Hong Kong. As colonial territory expanded the name was carried over for the whole British owned area of South China, first southern Kowloon in 1860 and then in 1898….everything else. The whole territory become known simply as British Hong Kong. The name Aberdeen was named after George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, or simply Lord Aberdeen who was British Prime Minster during the annexation of Hong Kong Island. An alternative theory offered on one of the signs on the promenade said that Hong Kong Tsai harbour looked similar to Aberdeen Harbour and was named for such although I personally fail to see the resemblance.

Except perhaps definitely not wanting to go in the water


With such historic significance I expected to have a nice time there. Turns out Aberdeen became industrial a long time ago and is now just an office/residential district much like Causeway Bay and Wanchai. The geography of the area is interesting though considering that everything is on a very steep slope and that much of the immediate area can only be reached by crossing water (locals get a cheaper ride, tourists get ripped off). The Hong Kong government is trying very hard to improve tourism to Aberdeen which is currently only known for the Jumbo floating restaurant – famously expensive. I have been told that there’s a similar floating thing in Sha Tin that is much more accessibly – soon there will be two MTR stations in the area which will make visiting much easier.

The proposed line which will include a station in Aberdeen Proper and then two stations (South Horizons and Lei Tung) on nearby Ap Lei Chau, currently only reachable by Sampan ferry or on the highway.

I did end up finding a hidden gem on the hillside though – Old Aberdeen Police Station built in 1891 to manage the surrounding areas, it is a medium sized red brick structure literally hidden amongst the trees. It is currently used as ‘The Warehouse’ a member’s only clubhouse which offers classes and opportunities to teenagers, although from how abandoned it looks, much better as a zombie uprising hideout. The membership prices are low in order to accommodate those less fortunate. I tried very hard to find a way into the building since all the gates were locked, I finally walked up to the carpark and found that…there was no one there. One room had lights on, everything else was dead. The reception was dead, the café was dead, it was all dead. Having said that, I was technically trespassing so I didn’t linger too long but I hope that it was simply not being used due to nearby refurbishment.

Is anyone home?


I guess I’ll let myself in then
Probably a Block B? Some sort of residential block at one point? It’s not a very big station.

Nearby on the main road there also still exists an old Hong Kong electric substation. A humble colonial structure still performing its original purpose. Quite rare nowadays.

Unmoved, forgotten but still serving its purpose. Still only with an English name. Out of place but at home.


that was the whole of Aberdeen. Hours spent walking till my shirts were see through only to find an abandoned police station. Ok, that’s not entirely true, there was also….a nice looking school…and a tourist sign post that told me to take a bus somewhere else for more historic sites. It might not have seemed like it when Britain first named the area Aberdeen but considering its current interests, it sure lives up to its name.

Aberdeen Technical School. How technical? I don’t know.
It’s definitely got a fancy gate, I’ll give you that

And soon when I get around to it, I’ll post the rest of my trip which culminates at a graveyard. Fitting as a late Armistice memorial and as a foreshadow for democracy!


Birmingham: Maybe you SHOULD visit

Date: 25th March 2016
Good Friday

It’s 8am and I’m late.
I get to New Street Station by 8:15 and help finish setting up the banner and putting out the props.
We didn’t have props last time but we do now, it helps draw people in.

It was my second day volunteering with the Birmingham Museums Trust.
We were tasked with the slightly ridiculous but surprisingly useful task of walking round Birmingham’s largest train station in historic outfits handing out fliers and enticing people with artifacts/science experiments. One of my fellow volunteers called them victims. Probably a bit of a harsh way to put it, the kids seemed to enjoy the experiments and the parents were grateful that they didn’t have to stand around for half an hour waiting for the train with nothing to do.

The highlight of the day was when I bumped into a good friend of mine who said her family was visiting but she had no idea where to bring them.

This is not an isolated issue.

Had we been London, Manchester, Edinburgh the answer would be easy. The iconic sights: Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, British Museum, not the British Library because as I found out a few months ago – it’s not much of a library. But Birmingham? Well….we’ve got the Bullring….that’s exciting right? Not when your family is from Singapore with links in Hong Kong it’s not, the Bullring is tiny compared to South East Asian malls.

The face of excitement.

What then to do?

Birmingham, unlike London and other historical cities, does not have much of the aged splendor and seems at first glance to be, frankly speaking, a bit of a (insert expletive). For many years New Street Station was ranked most unsightly station in the country: the hulking brutalist chunk of concrete let no sunlight in and was topped with even more hulking chunks of concrete. Birmingham’s Spaghetti Junction is also famous for being unsightly even though it provides great mobility across the midlands. Youtubers such as Yahtzee from Zero Punctuation (one of my favorite critics, highly recommended but not with children) and the School of Life have made fun of Birmingham with the latter using it as an example of a bad city that no one wants to go to – “No one’s ever willing taken a holiday to Frankfurt-am-main or Birmingham”.

Seems a bit mean for the UK’s second city which has the busiest train station outside of London (statistically flanked in both directions by London which means every single other city has to step up a bit).

They can’t be blamed though because as I found out, although the BMT own and manage nine (yes, NINE) museums across the city, no one seems to know. Our sites range from the Museums and Art Gallery in the City Center, famous for our collection of pre-Raphaelite paintings; to the Thinktank Science Museum which has just gotten a BRAND NEW DINOSAUR (and the world’s first steam engine but seriously…a new full sized fossil); to Aston Hall a Jacobean Mansion; to Soho House, the childhood house of Matthew Boulton and more.

Also at the Thinktank:  Dinosaur Poo.
Birmingham’s story is in many ways, one of being an outsider. George Cadbury set up his factory in Birmingham because he was a Quaker and could not work in any major city. It has also in many ways been a story of industrialization: Birmingham has always been a market town even in its earliest days as a Warwickshire village. By the 1800s Birmingham had acquired the nickname “City of a Thousand Trades” because every industry you could think of was thriving in the small town. In 1889 Birmingham’s status finally became that of a city.  In the 20th Century Birmingham became one of the world’s leading manufacturers, the legacy can still be seen in the city with places like the ‘Jewelry Quarter’ and ‘Gun Quarter’ being named for their industries. Unfortunately, as industry became increasingly outsourced to cheaper markets, Birmingham’s factories closed down. The legacy of the closing down can also still be seen in places like Digbeth and Aston which are absolutely packed with unused, crumbling, once thriving factory buildings.

Birmingham’s history might not be at the forefront like it is in London but we didn’t become the second city out of thin air. Many of Birmingham’s has housed some of Britain’s post important people: James Watt, inventor of the first steam engine along with Matthew Boulton; J.R.R Tolkien, author of the Lord of The Rings trilogy spent much of his childhood in Edgbaston; and of course George Cadbury, whose name is now synonymous with chocolate, founded his factory in Bournville and created a town around it. There is as much history and culture here as any other city, you just have to look.

Also also at the museums: A 1910 Cadbury box with three queens on it.


If you want even more of the story, come visit the museums. We have open days.
The Museum and Art Gallery is always free.
Open all day every day, no exceptions (except exceptions).

And other things.


Historical accuracy note: Many of these places weren’t actually within Birmingham boundaries at the time. Cadbury set up his factory in what was still Worcestershire, Watt and Boulton worked in Smethwick and Birmingham up until 1974 was formally part of Warwickshire, not as the center of the West Midlands.
But give me a break, this is a much better story.

Also note: We have currently stopped advertising at New Street Station. I did mean to write this weeks ago as a plug for that but I didn’t end up finishing it for several reasons the biggest one being procrastination and a smaller one being my file got lost. Much apologizing if any staff from BMT are reading this….

For more information that I did actually check before writing this post see:

Historical maps, surveys and summaries from the City Council



and for even more information visit:


On there you can find links to all the BMT’s sites. All 9 of them.

And the following were referenced:
School of Life: How to Build an Attractive City

Zero Punctuation, Escapist Magazine
Specific video could not be found, it was a passing reference to the confusing thing that is the spaghetti junction

New Street as UK’s worst station:


Queen’s Pier revives! All praise.


Queen’s Pier in 2003
via: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/21603857

Good news. Breaking news. All the news!
After nine long years the Hong Kong government finally has plans to rebuild Queen’s Pier.

According to SCMP and the HKFP (both articles are linked to at the bottom of this article if you wish to peruse them), the pier will be rebuilt as part of the current Central Pier complex and will be sandwiched by piers 9 and 10, the two public piers. There seems to be no information as to whether Queen’s Pier will be open for use or whether it will be only be aesthetic.

Ah. That’s a good word. A big one too.

The pier that will be rebuilt is a modern utilitarian structure that is but 50 years old, it is not the aesthetic, nor the age, nor even the convenience that made the government keep it in storage for what will soon be a decade. The building is important because of its historical and cultural importance.

The place where Queen’s Pier once stood is part of a group of historically important structures which included the Edinburgh place Ferry Pier, City Hall and a within a few minutes down the road, the old Supreme court. The Antiques and Monuments board said that the historic and architectural value of Queen’s Pier had to be addressed on the grounds that it was part of an assemblage of government buildings most built in similar post-modern styles, by itself it did not possess too much. The pier itself prior to the handover of 1997 was used mainly as a ceremonial pier for visiting British dignitaries which included Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, HRH The Prince of Wales and every governor since the 50s. Arriving governors would land at Queen’s Pier, inspect the guard of honour then take their oath in City Hall. The Antiques and Monuments board also noted that the pier had great social/collective memory since it was used as the backdrop to many local films and was also used as a public pier and social meeting spot when nothing important was happening.

Princess Alexandra and Lord Snowden in Hong Kong during their East Asia Tour, 1966
via: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/-E9u2WxDrlg/hqdefault.jpg

It should be said now that there has always been a pier at or around the site for ceremonial purposes. Originally there was a small wooden structure which was replaced in the 1920s with the first proper pier known as Statue Pier, later renamed Queen’s Pier in honour of Queen Victoria (though, as is often the case with Queen Victoria, Victoria was already dead). This pier was a lot more imposing than the to-be-rebuilt pier, it had the same triangular top but also a stone archway decorated with all the etchings, carvings and general stonemasonry you would expect from historic British structures. This pier was decommissioned and demolished in the 50s. As one pier went down, another pier, 1950’s Queen’s Pier, went up.

queen's peir 1920

1920s Queen’s Pier. Note the podium for Queen Victoria’s statue in the foreground.
via: http://gwulo.com/node/5120#11/22.3153/114.1185/Map_%28ESRI%29-Markers/100

All was good until 2007 when the government needed to reclaim more land. I remember the reclamation but at that time but thought nothing of it except that I could remember fondly walking from City Hall to the IFC for lunch during a day of rehearsal for a choral concert and could smell the Ocean. That’s not possible now, though luckily, the ocean is still in sight. Sort of. There’s now the world’s smallest Ferris wheel in the way. The reclamation claimed not only Queen’s Pier but also Edinburgh Place Ferry Pier which was owned by and used only by Star Ferry, the outlying Island piers were located elsewhere.  Both piers were demolished despite aggressive public protest which included banners, sit ins and even hunger strikes.

The government however promised to keep the clock tower from Edinburgh Ferry Pier and to rebuild Queen’s Pier though they did not give a date for either. There is still no news about the clock tower but the pier is now reviving.

This is of course without a doubt good news. As of late the government has not been very compassionate about historical sites and this is a step in the right direction. The issue is that their plans, although ambitious, are still a little ridiculous. Almost as ridiculous as Central Pier looks (and which Queen’s Pier will now become part of).

Central Pier was built in 2007 to take over from Edinburgh Place pier and to its merit, it’s an amazingly convenient complex. There is a footbridge linking from IFC, it is a small walk away from Hong Kong and Central MTR stations and has a bus/taxi/minibus terminal. There are restaurants and stores and even an occasional farmer’s market. It also houses 2 public piers, the Star Ferry pier, outlying island piers, discovery bay pier and now even the Maritime museum.

And this is a big however.
It looks like shit.


Central ‘Plastic’ Pier
via: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/17/HK_Central_Pier_View.jpg


Or rather as journalist Ng Tze-Wei described it “neither modern nor authentic – more like a something taken from a film set or theme park”. It was modelled on the 1912 Star Ferry Pier which was situated at the bottom of Ice House Street but like other ferry piers was demolished when the need of land grew larger and there was no choice but to reclaim more and more of the harbour. Star Ferry has spoken out against the Central Pier Complex saying that its distance from Central and Hong Kong MTR stations has reduced their passenger intake. The plan is to rebuild Queen’s Pier between the two public piers at the end of the pier complex.

As the architectural styles of the amusement-parky-mock-Edwardian pier and the mock-Victorian-utilitarian pier are incompatible, the government have released three different proposals to reinstate the pier. The first plan is to rebuild the roofs of the two public piers so that all three piers will have the triangular rooves which were common in colonial piers (see: Blake Pier in Stanley for closest comparison. The second will have walls built around Piers 9 and 10 so that different architectural styles will stand out against each other forming a old-within-new sort of aesthetic. There will also be canopies to link the piers. The final and cheapest proposal is essentially to do nothing at all and just plonk the old pier between the new piers. The three plans are estimated to cost HK$303, HK$248 and HK$230 million respectively.

The second option seems to be the best middle route. Assuming that the recommissioning of the pier will go according to plan, HK$230mil will be spent anyway, with only HK$18mil more Queen’s Pier will be given a proper place within the pier and its architectural and cultural difference respected. Plus, depending on how it turns out, even if the most expensive option were taken there is nothing to say that redesigning the 2007 pier will be a good idea. What would happen is piers 9, 10 and Queen’s Pier will becoming their own historic reenactment complex separate from the rest of the pier complex. Piers 9 and 10 are part of Central Pier’s mock-Edwardian architecture and a having a separation of the two aesthetics might prove to create a more interesting design. Having said all that, I can’t see how building walls around a pier is very practical.

queen's pier 3 plans

Proposals A, B and C respectively.
Images via: https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/03/11/60026/. Via HKGov

 Of course, all this is speculation.

I look forward to seeing how everything turns out. Although the plans don’t seem to be brilliant, any move is a step in the right direction.

Maybe we’ll even get the Star Ferry clock tower back.


For further reading if interesting, the following were consulted in writing this post.

“An Architectural and Historical appraisal of Queen’s Pier Central”, Annex B. Report by the AMAAB. Available online.
“Public Hearing on the grading of Queen’s Pier”, 129th Meeting of the Antiques and Monuments Advisory Board, public meeting. Available online.
Kris Cheng “Proposals to restore Queen’s Pier”, Hong Kong Free Post
Sidney Leung, “Queen’s Pier Resurrected? Hong Kong officials considering design options near its former site” South China Morning Post. Available Online
Ng Tze-Wei “Not even HK’s storied Star Ferry can face down developers”, International Herald Tribune. Available online.
Trea Wiltshire “A Stroll through Colonial Hong Kong”, Form Asia Books

Music and Life

To break out of my long hiatus, I’d like to upload a piece of work that one my friends have written and asked to upload here. I personally find it a very beautiful piece of work and am very very honoured to have it first put here.

I’d just like to take this opportunity to enter him, Broomstick, to our writers alongside myself and the translator, Tiffany.

ps: I also quite like his little nudge at me in it….

Music and life:

Talk to anyone who is dedicated to music, and they will often tell you that music is their life, or part of their life. Now, being an everyday student musician living in Hong Kong, I can definitely vouch for the importance of learning music in our society, how essential it is for us to spend endless hours practicing and perfecting our music and push the limits for higher marks on ABRSM music exams in our respective instruments. Therefore, it is possible to say that we have integrated music into our daily lives, and essentially, music IS our life.

However, as I prepare to start my life as a university student abroad, I can’t help but reflect upon my old life as a high school student, and realise that the generic phrase of “music being life” epitomizes not only the amount of time we spend on music, but also or experience of life itself.

“Life is full of ups and downs” is a common phrase that resonates through society, and it’s applicable to most people. I myself have always firmly believed in it and also experienced this throughout high school life. The variation in friendship groups , the making of new connections with people in later years that one would have never imagined to become close to or successes in academics are what one may consider the “ups” in life. However, nobody is perfect, and people will also lose friends, make bad decisions, leading up to stress, problems and what not. In short, life is a mixed bag of experiences.

You may ask, how is this relevant to music? Well, whilst reflecting on the ups and downs in my life, I couldn’t help but summarise life so far with Beethoven’s Symphony No.6. Being a former IGCSE music student(and I’m sure my fellow classmates would agree), the symphony comprises of different movements that are all unique in themselves, from the cheerful, upbeat Mvt. 3, “Merry gathering of the country folks” to the stern, frightening atmosphere in Mvt. 4, “the storm”. Despite being consecutive movements, the sudden contrast in the themes of the movements can connote the drastic changes we may face in life. The two movements in combination, therefore acts as a representation of life, comprising of both joyful, ecstatic moments, with a mix of fear, oblivion, and pressure.

However, this is just one way of seeing the connection; Try imagining a symphony with a number of movements, but all sounding almost identical to the next; Ultimately, this hypothetical symphony becomes dull and boring. The importance of having different themes in movements within a symphony becomes evident, as it is the variation in themes that makes a symphony interesting. Therefore, there must be a reason for variation. In the same way, we have a need to experience both good times and bad times, as having a variety of both good and bad experiences allows us to reflect and learn from our past.

People learn a lot from their bad experiences, but not only do they learn to improve and approach similar situations from a different perspective next time, they also learn more about the friends they’ve made. Friends are very important to one’s life, as they are the people that will support you in all times. Just like the chinese saying “在家靠父母,出外靠朋友(At home, you rely on your parents. Away from home, you rely on your friends”), the role of friends in life is to make your life a more fruitful and rewarding experience. Likewise, a piece of music wouldn’t be engaging to the listener without the proper dynamic markings, grace notes or tempo marks within the piece. Having said this, a song with an excess of the additions may make the song ever more confusing and complicated, defeating the point of the song as a whole. It’s always great to have a lot of friends, as connections are also key in society, but one may question who may still be there to support you when you’re in your lowest. It is these darkest moments in one’s life, where you realise and cherish the true friends who are there to direct you out, whether it’s to listen to your problems, or just to distract you from them. Sometimes, the people that accompany you in your darkest, most problematic moments may surprise you!

Music and life share one thing in common: both depend on what the person considers ‘good’ to be. The term ‘good’ itself is arbitrary; it can be replaced with any word that represents what we consider to be our ultimate goal in life. It could be Success, Fame or Fortune. Every person has their own perception of their life, and this shouldn’t be restricted by society. When I was a Music student, one of the sections required us to do some composition, and there was always a large variation of pieces, each portraying what the composer considers a perfect piece. I had a friend who composed music, which to me, sounded somewhat eccentric, but perhaps that’s what he considers ‘good’ to be. Similarly, what we perceive to be good may be different to others. For instance, being in HK, a good life may be a big house, with a lot of money, cars, good schools etc etc. On the contrary, a good life in Cambodia may just be a happy family with a roof and food to survive. Essentially, it is how we perceive life as a whole, given the circumstances we are in; If the circumstances are not going to change for the time being, there are only two ways to look at the situation: Live life and make the best out of the situation, or loathe everyday about the situation. For me, I’d choose the former!

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you do not aim high and improve the circumstances. Situations change and it is crucial for us to have the motivation to improve our lives and live it to the fullest. There are people who have started from the bottom of life, and worked hard to be where they are today, and for sure, they have had their share of tough times. we should learn to variate our life, and explore alternatives. Compare it to all the variations a piece may have. Often, there are alternatives to the theme of the piece, which follows the general theme, but uses different notes, accents, dynamics to convey the same idea; Correspondingly, given that you have a certain amount of time to live, you might as well make life worthwhile and live with minimal regrets.

Just like how one may choose to perceive life, one can also choose how they do perceive the phrase ‘Music is life’. In the end, you may still believe that the phrase denotes the time and effort put into music, but I do hope that after reading this, you may gain an extra perception of what the expression means!











Obligatory first post

So from the name of the blog I’m assuming you’ve gathered I’m going to be talking about music and the deeper meaning behind the life, the universe and everything o____o

Well….hopefully it’s not a surprise to you that it’s going to be mostly rambling about that instead of answering any of that.

As an obligatory first post I thought I might just say that I’m usually a person with quite a few opinions about things and so I thought that writing a blog to express them would be a good a way as any. I’m about to go to university in a few months (hopefully drama and music in the UK, fingers crossed; currently I have one more IB exam to go before I’ll know for sure). I’m most interested in ideas behind linguistics, philosophy and artistic expression, though I’m into a lot of things like cookery and comedy….no correlation as you can see.

I don’t know how many people are going to read this…but it’s nice to know that my ideas are out there :3
I don’t know how often I’ll update this…but expect a few in the upcoming days (since y’know…I’ve just started so I probably have some things to get off my chest) …for anyone who’s reading this now anyway

Thanks for reading .-.