26 July 2009
23 July 2009
His first ambition at 16 was to be an architect simply because he liked drawing. A couple of years later, he decided he should make a living out of singing in a band because that was the coolest thing on Earth. He also thought about becoming an evangelist when he decided he wanted to serve God. Then he imagined himself writing screenplays and novels because he enjoyed telling stories.
Fast forward. His first job was window dressing and decorating a then prestigious department store. Three years on, he relocated and became an advertising executive, scouring pad marketer, instant camera marketer, newspaper executive, regional honcho for digital products and now, marketing drugs.
That was Mr. B. in 2 short paragraphs. Me, I just wanted to be a bear because that is what I am good at.
Sometimes, Mr. B. wonders what he would have became if he would have done this or that.
"I think you will end up in the same place." I said flatly.
"You think so?"
"Yes. Because you will always be you," I replied. "You still doodle a lot, don't you? Especially when people in the farm bore you to death."
Mr.B. chuckled at my discovery.
"You still love music and sing. You decorate the house. Only you haven't completed your novel or served God." I said.
"So you think I was all that!"
"And you will always be all that. It's always been in you all these time."
Mr. B. then gave me his rendition of Ken Hirai's Pop Star complete with his own choreography. "Nobody has seen me do that before. Not even D."
"Make sure nobody will." I replied as I turned away.
22 July 2009
18 July 2009
Mr. B. said that in his younger days, he enjoyed dancing a lot. He used to go to some of the best dance clubs on Saturday nights. That was how he came to love dance music and aspired to be a disc jockey. He talked of the various places he went to and their distinctive features: Lost Horizon (the place where they have bubbles coming down on the dance floor for people to burst while they dance), Apres (the first dance club with lighted dance floor just like the Billie Jean video), Stargazer (the one with skylight where one can dance to the stars when it opens up at midnight), Isis (the one with Egyptian theme) and Rumors (the first dance club to use laser effects extensively).
"Did you know that the speed of dance music is in sync with the average pulse rate of the population?" said Mr. B.
From him I learned that dance music in the 1970's and 1980's were mostly 100 beats per minute speed or lower. In the 1990's and 2000's, speed gradually increased up to 130 beats per minute. Some trance and other electronic music even went beyond 150 beats per minute.
"People's heart rates are becoming faster and faster." he proclaimed. "That is why a lot of young people find it hard to dance to early music. It is not fast enough for them. Older people also find it hard to catch up to the beat of new dance music now."
I never knew dance could be such a complicated science.
Then I saw a clip of bears doing the Riverdance and thought that I should catch up quick!