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HEY MY FRIENDS
樂與友共聚

人與人之間產生聯繫的形式成千上萬,也許是年少相交,也許是職場伙伴,也許只是緣起浮世間的擦身而過,但這一切都無阻你們成為彼此間最知心的摯友,分享每一個由這段關係衍生出的難忘時刻。剛剛落下完美帷幕的《龍世傑作品展Hey My Friends創作音樂會》,正正就由澳門本地著名歌手兼作詞人龍世傑,匯聚一眾曾由他創作音樂作品的本地歌手,來一場不一樣的「樂」與「友」聚會。

音樂會主題「Hey My Friends」,到底寄託了怎樣的情感?比起一般歌手,作詞人的身份為龍世傑的音樂道路帶來了另類的化學反應,不只是以文字描繪屬於個人的情感和回憶,他更像個滿心愛護孩子的父親一樣,為誕生自自己筆下的孩子尋找最合適的主人。回想出道二十年來,令Rico感到最難忘的事,不是在頒獎禮上獲得大獎,而是在一個深夜,他把剛剛錄好的詞作DEMO傳給一位歌手朋友,對方聽後在電話中流著淚,由衷地對他說了一句謝謝。那些肉眼無法看清的連結,也許就透過排在格子裏的文字,一點一點地,在龍世傑和許許多多人之間悄然產生。

是次音樂會邀請了多達十八組澳門歌手及音樂人參與演出,現場演繹由龍世傑創作的各首經典曲目,除了和Rico合作多年的資深歌手外,亦不乏嶄露頭角的新晉歌手,整個演出由五個小型世界觀構成:有少年對未來與夢想的迷茫和憧憬;有對愛情中正反兩面的深切刻畫;有在節拍帶動下吐露對社會現象的反思;也有對遠逝親情的懷緬。音樂會後段,Rico亦特意邀請和他合作無間的著名作曲人潘君保擔任鋼琴伴奏,在悠悠琴聲的襯托下,觀眾彷彿看到點點星光下,Rico也不自覺地紅了雙眼,相信透過綿長歌聲,舞台螢幕的文字呈現,和每位嘉賓發自內心的感言,這一份難得與一眾好友共聚的難得與驚喜,你們都能體會一二。

是次演唱會特意捨棄大型場館,除了希望和觀眾更近距離互動,亦呼應主題「Hey My Friends」,從舞台佈置到互動環節,製作團隊盡力營造溫馨氛圍。每一位參與的嘉賓以及現場觀眾,都是這個只此一晚的聚會中的珍貴客人,共同細數、分享每一片組成龍世傑音樂生涯的吉光片羽。音樂會尾聲,Rico為大家帶來別具意義的《後卡式時代》,他也和觀眾一同回憶起當時創作這份歌詞的心情:「後卡式時代是我自己透過歌曲對現今世代的定義,我總覺得,無論時代怎變,也不能抹去我心中那些重要的東西,那是屬於我的一份固執,我期望將來無論過去多久,這一份固執都能繼續堅持下去。」舞台上投影出他歷年創作的作品歌名和歌詞,在燈光流轉中,我們都不禁期待,在往後的十年、二十年,這些一字一句,能擴散到多遠的地方?到那時由龍世傑所連結起的圓,又會再集結到多少好歌,多少知己?

安可環節,Rico帶來最後一首獨唱曲目,亦是他的代表作:《說不出的》,中途一度哽咽的他,在全場大合唱下完美地演繹了對父親的思念之情。這首代表作因父親而寫,而他創作的每一首作品,又如嬰孩一樣和一個又一個優秀的歌手和音樂人相遇,這一切緣起緣滅,焉知不是命運的安排。

音樂會最後,所有歌手重返舞台,以一曲輕快的《我地屋企》寫下完美句號,一片歡樂氣氛洋溢,這一場難忘的音樂和摰友聚會,正式到達尾聲。即使沒有大型場地,沒有華麗的服裝,也沒有炫目的舞台效果,但在將來某天,我們想起曾見證這一群志同道合的好友,共聚在這個溫馨滿盈的空間,也許也會回味舊時和摰友嘻笑怒罵的美好時光吧。

撰文:劉瑞婷
美術:王曉澄

A person meets thousands of different people in this phantasmagorical world across a lifetime. There’s always an invisible thread connects people who are destined to meet regardless of time, place and circumstance, and people come into our lives for a reason. Some people may become our intimate friends, going through all the ups and downs with us. Some may become our like-minded colleagues, working closely with us almost every day. Most of the time, we meet people who only have a nodding acquaintance with us. Even so, everyone we meet in our lives becomes chapters in our stories, creating all the happy and special moments together. “Rico Long Hey My Friends Music Works Exhibition Concert’, presented by the famous Macau singer-songwriter Rico Long and a group of Macau singers, ended perfectly last month. In fact, it is more of an intimate gathering of ‘music’ and ‘friends’ that brings Rico and the audience together than merely a concert. Let’s see if Rico has created a beautiful memory with all of his friends from this heartwarming gathering.

So what’s behind the theme ‘Hey My Friends’? As a songwriter, music is so special to Rico, and his feeling towards music is a bit different from other singers’. To him, his works are his beloved children as his inner self and most precious memories are all recorded in his lyrics. He’s extremely cautious when searching for the most suitable singer for his work, as if a father looking for the best home for his children. It has been 20 years since his debut, while the most unforgettable experience to him is not winning any music awards. Instead, it is when he heard a wholehearted ‘Thank you’ from his singer friend after sending him his latest demo at an ordinary midnight, and his friend even wept when listening to the song. It doesn’t matter who he is - a singer, a songwriter, old or young. None of that matters. What matters is the connection between himself and the people who feel his works, and the invisible bonding between them is created by the power of words and music bit by bit.

More than 18 groups of singers and musicians from Macau were invited to perform the popular songs written by Rico. Apart from the experienced singers who have been collaborating with Rico for years, some young and talented singers also got a chance to perform on stage, sincerely sharing their passion with the audience. The show comprises five micro-worldviews including hopes and fears for tomorrow amongst adolescents ,the sweetness and bitterness in an relationship, reflection on society ,and nostalgia for deceased loved one. During the latter part of the show, Rico particularly invited PKP, the renowned composer who has collaborated with him in perfect harmony for long, to be his pianist. With the calm and mellow sounds of piano, tears welled up in Rico’s eyes. It was as if time had stopped, and the audience were floating in the boundless space with numerous stars around them. It’s a rare opportunity for people who feel connected with other to get together, and I believe all of the audience, who are also friends with each other, can feel the contentment of meeting a bona fide through the mellifluous voice of Rico, the healing words displayed on the screen, and the sincere speech given by the guests.

In order to get closer to his ‘friends’, Rico chose to meet them in a theatre instead of a large stadium, and his team also spared no effort to make Rico’s ‘friends’ feel heartwarming and sweet through the decoration of stage and interaction between Rico and the audience. At this one and only gathering, every guest and audience is Rico’s most precious friend, recalling every significant events of his career in music together. Rico selected ‘Post-Cassette Era’, a song which means a lot to him, to end the show. ‘“Post-Cassette Era” is my own definition of nowadays’ society. I believe no matter how much the world changes, deep inside my heart there’s still something which can never be erased. That is my stubbornness, and I hope that no matter how much time passes, I’ll still hold onto it.’ His memory flashed back to the time when he was writing the lyrics. All of his works, including lyrics and the names of the songs, were projected onto the screen on the stage. In the fluorescent light, we are all curious about how far these words can reach in the coming ten or twenty years, and how many more good songs and bosom friends will be gathered by these powerful words.

Rico performed his representative song, 'Unspeakable’, for an encore to express his nostalgia for his father. He even sobbed in the midst of the performance, but still finished the song perfectly as he got all his friends sitting in front of him to sing with him. This song is written for his father, while his works are like babies, meeting different outstanding singers and musicians. Father and babies, the relationship between is just like a circle.

All the singers returned to the stage and drew the show to a perfect end with ‘Our Home’, a cheerful song with lively rhythm. The show was not held in a grand theatre or stadium, the outfits of Rico were not flamboyant, and the stage was not decorated gorgeously either.
Still, it becomes a memorable chapter in our stories, and will surely rejoice our hearts when we look back at it.

Translated by: Natalie Hui
Art: Agnes Wong

ISSUE #236

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