Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Coolest band in a long time!

More reviews to come....



Tuesday, March 10, 2009


What would Jesus do?

This is one of my favorite Bible passages. This should apply to all those unfortunate incidents that happened in the HK entertainment industry.

This should be a reflection for all of us.


Book of John

8:1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

8:2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

8:4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

8:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

8:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

8:9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

約 翰 福 音

8:1 於是各人都回家去了.耶穌卻往橄欖山去。

8:2 清早又回到殿裏.眾百姓都到他那裏去、他就坐下教訓他們。

8:3 文士和法利賽人、帶著一個行淫時被拿的婦人來、叫他站在當中。

8:4 就對耶穌說、夫子、這婦人是正行淫之時被拿的。

8:5 摩西在律法上所吩咐我們、把這樣的婦人用石頭打死.你說該把他怎麼樣呢。

8:6 他們說這話、乃試探耶穌、要得著告他的把柄。耶穌卻彎著腰用指頭在地上畫字。

8:7 他們還是不住的問他、耶穌就直起腰來、對他們說、你們中間誰是沒有罪的、誰就可以先拿石頭打他.

8:8 於是又彎著腰用指頭在地上畫字。

8:9 他們聽見這話、就從老到少一個一個的都出去了.只剩下耶穌一人、還有那婦人仍然站在當中。

8:10 耶穌就直起腰來、對他說、婦人、那些人在哪裏呢.沒有人定你的罪麼。

8:11 他說、主阿、沒有。耶穌說、我也不定你的罪.去吧.從此不要再犯罪了。



Friday, March 06, 2009

Soul vs. No Soul

I always prefer soulful music to soulless music. That's quite a general statement.

What's soul music anyways? Not necessary "black" music. Honestly, I've heard some soulless black music (think some contestants at the "American Idol" auditions....). But anything that comes from the root of jazz and blues is pretty much guaranteed soulful.

That's why, no offense, I find moderm Christian rock to be quite soulless. It seems like they are only venturing into the seemingly harmless genre after having failed once, twice, thrice in the country-rock scene. Howeverm you have to give them credit for finding a niche - finding a niche is the road to success.

Of course, I never equate success with good art. Even though sometimes it's nice to see some artful people slowly becoming successful. Good work, Khalil.

Soulful music.

Let me think: Otis Redding, Otis Spann, The Meters, Spiral Staircase, Stax Records, The Delfonics, Brian McKnight, Stevie Wonder, Isaac Hayes, Ray Charles, Howard McCrary, T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Blue Note Records...

ok....some white folks can be quite soulful: James Taylor, Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Paul Simon, Peter Bernstein, Robert De Niro, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Woody Allen, Charles Schulz, Mister Rogers, and the list goes on....

It's about expressing the feeling inside of YOU. When that feeling becomes eminent, the art becomes soulful. Soulful because it pours from your heart.

Some people say Asian people tend to be a soulless bunch. There can be some truth in that statement. But that is not to say, you can't find soul in Asia. I gotta admit though, it's pretty hard to find soul in HK. You have to try really hard. But once you find it, it sticks with you forever!

One of my life's goal is to be a soulful person.

You gotta be soulful to your family, neighbors, family, colleagues, passerbys. You gotta be soulful towards life, art, and everything else.

Soul means character, attitude, class.

Being soulful is being jazzy.

Loving life is a soulful act.

Believing in yourself is pouring soul out of your heart.



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