Saturday, September 30, 2006

Culture & MVs of Politics

Culture & Music Video of Politics

红花雨 (Red Flower Rain)




紅花開 紅的心 紅的好美麗 為了你 等下去 我還在這裡
人不再 錯花季 雲濃月怎明 傷了心 不離棄 落成紅花雨
花若開 若有你 花才會美麗 盼望你 回頭看 我還在這裡

記得你 那一天 紅紅的眼睛 你的臉 你身影 笑容隨你去
在一起 流眼淚 一起看星星 能有幸 能相遇 永遠不忘記
漂著雨 迎著風 雨過盼風清 你牢記 我牢記 家就在這裡

Recently there are quite a few "home produced" political Music Video posted on the net. The above is one example, taken from Taiwan Anti-Chen Xiu Bian protest rally. This is very professionally done.

I believe the music is original and specially created for the Anti-Chen Xiu Bian protest. Quite a nice piece of song.

We do have a couple of local "political MV" created by individuals on Dr. Chee's Protest Rally held on 16 Sept 2006.

SG IMF - Democracy's "愛拼才會贏" / Strive In Order To Win...



SG IMF - 1Mil$ / "一百萬" / "Ji Pa Ban" Wishes...




I would say that these two video's editing is quite good for amateur standards but the only problem is that it does not use their own original music or strong. Instead, these two videos use two Hokkien songs which may lower its impact in the internet context.

I was taught that creativity flourish best during period of "dreaming" and "romance". It does not necessarily restrict to boy-girl relationship but rather a state of mind in which one yearns for something very much although it may be almost "impossible" to get or achieve at that point of time.

Taiwanese has been through decades of "political struggle" to achieve its state of democracy and this is almost done with people who dare to dream the impossible. Just 18 years ago, nobody could even imagine Taiwan could possibly be ruled by a politial party other than KMT but it happened just one decade later.

During that period of autocratic rule, political song writers were born. Famous singer cum writer like Luo Da Yu (罗大佑) has created many famous and good political songs during that period of time.

However, after six years of DPP rule, the old dream though fulfilled, has been totally demolished with the many corruptions charges brought against the ruling party members. A new dream is born with the old one demolished. A dream that peaceful non violence protest sit in will force out the elected President Ah Bian.

Singapore used to be a land of cultural blossom during the period of 1950s till mid 1960s. During that period of struggling against colonial rule, many fantastic poems, playright had been created, especially by the Chinese educated. Many of thsee plays are either banned and their writers jailed or bannished to foriegn land because they were deemed as "communist" in nature. The only eminent writer Guo Bao Kun (郭宝琨) has passed away. And we have never seen an archive of our past cultural heritage compiled. It seems that we have all lost that piece of collective cultural memories altogether.

Even up to this day, when we try to express our political dreams via the cultural form, we have practically lost that art of articulation but have to "borrow" pop culture to do it.

I have seen some ray of hope when I read Xeno Boy blog because I find that "cultural sense" in his writing. Very articulate way in his very own style and insight. Poetic sometimes and yes, poets are we lack in our political culture.

I do see some hope when there were some individual play groups starts to venture into social-political dimension. When I was stil in Junior College, I was quite delighted in some of the plays performed by some Chinese based performing groups. But somehow, it seems that "black humour" type of movies are more popular nowadays. I have nothing against "humour" but it seems that it lacks the refine approach to cultivate or present certain idealism of human minds.

Poetry, music and plays are powerful combination in moving souls and minds. It could be thought provoking and awaken the political consciousness that has been suppressed by one reason or another.

I always believe that a Nation or society should develop in a balanced way, not neglecting any of the four pillars of composition: social, culture, politics and economics. It seems that we as a nation under the leadership of PAP, has put all emphasis on economic development while neglected the other three aspects of this society.

Within 4 decades of "development", we have transformed Singapore from a cultural centre of Southeast Asian to the cultural desert of Southeast Asian. How does that happen?

Poetry, music and plays are powerful combination in moving souls and minds. It could be thought provoking and awaken the political consciousness that has been suppressed by one reason or another. But it is precisely that these expressions could be "potentiall dangerous" to cultivate "diversity" in political thinking that they have been deliberately suppressed or marginalized. Censorship is exercised thoroughly on any kind of expression that may involved "political sensitivity". A decade ago, such censorship is quite pervasive. I am told that at present days, they have somehow relaxed in certain aspects. However, PAP has used another law to suppressed political expression or rather, creativity... i.e. the political film act.

The lack of cultural depth is obvious by simple comparison of these MVs. Both are using pop culture medium but the depth of expression is vastly different. Could we do better or cultivate the "spiritual" dimension of our people if we continue to censor political expressions? This is something we need to ponder about as a Nation.

Goh Meng Seng

Afternote: Haha.. someone responded to my article here by emailing me this link to a "local favor" MV. Although the recording of the original song by the author is not perfect but I think it is good effort anyway. ;)

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Haha Goh would like to compare PAP with Chen Shuibian. Well Goh must be living in his dreams, hoping one day PAP turned corrupt and WP will replaced them. I will like to tell Goh tht day will never came, even when Goh step into his coffin. Oh shall we hv a tailor made coffin so that Goh also weave his dreams there.

Anonymous said...

Mr Goh, you are right. we did lose ourselves, our identity, our historical being in pursue of so called economic development. Everything now is about money, money and money. That's what our current rule is all about. It is money under the disguise of better service. The money that is used for social development ended up in GIC used for economic expansion or rather Lee's empire building ??? Lee should concentrate on treating the ppl as one unity rather than make use of ppl to fulfil his own dream. We are all Singaporean with own dream not Lee's dream.

Anonymous said...

The 1st anon poster is Wolong123 again...the Joseph Goebbels of the Singapore blogosphere!

Anonymous said...

Well your WP chinese website is poetic too. Dun understimate yourself!
Dun worry, Singapore WILL become a democracy.
Why? Because is our right, and no one can take it away.

我 们 (WP) 的 信 念

主 权 在 民

多 元 共 存

尊 重 包 容

机 会 均 等

人 性 尊 严

5th poster said...

want to be the 1st poster not easy, must always come here to chk whether have new blog, so the first poster also a 'loyal' reader.

Anonymous said...

5th poster said...

want to be the 1st poster not easy, must always come here to chk whether have new blog, so the first poster also a 'loyal' reader.
---
or paid (i hope for his sake he isn't doing it for free) to dog to blog...

Anonymous said...

it is his job:-under cover reader.

job seeker said...

anybody here know how to get that kind of job?

sei-ji rakugaki said...

u missed out on political cartoons...which is also lacking here...

Anonymous said...

Thought you wrote previously you are against SDP's methods. Why post their videos here now. What a hypocrite you are !

abc123 said...

The real readers are not stupid, the real SDP supporters are not stupid too.
Better goto have more training then come here to do job by taking under cover reader or SDP supporters.

BTW, don't always use the 'anonymous', can use chars, for eg 'wolong' or number '123' or combine both chars an nos, it is aslo a good name.

Anonymous said...

Did you go and support Dr Chee? If Dr Chee had been arrested, will you still be putting up this post? You are just a lame opportunist! Singaporeans from all walks of life will continue to expose you in the days to come. We will make sure you stay away from Parliament!

Peasant_Monkey said...

He has already been exposed on internet forums, now resort to sending clones to spread WP shit there. GMS, you are really a low-class scheming cad! We will make sure your misdeeds are exposed come GE 2011 for all to see.