I’m sure most of you guys (probably my friends) would have heard of this song by now.
I wrote this song about 2 years back during my army days when I chanced upon a couple quarrelling at Dhoby Ghaut. It was the Christmas period and I thought to myself, “What happens if they decide to break up?” Immediately the inspiration came and I wrote this song when I went home. Of course, there was some form of relevance to myself as I recalled my previous experiences (I tell you, most songs are written from personal experience initially then when you become better at it, you can take inspiration from other people or other things) but yeah so that was it.
I felt that this song had potential so I approached Edwin Toh, a professional freelance music arranger to arrange the song and so that demo came out and 400 bucks flew out of my pocket as well because arrangement isn’t cheap (which is why most songwriters are damm poor) because only they believe in their works initially and they have to find everyone else to invest and believe in it also.
To cut a long story short, 一个人的圣诞节 has opened up many doors for me in these few years: NTU Music Express 2016 Top 10 Finalists where I met Boon Huilu (now she’s damm famous!!) and XQJR 2017 Top 10 Finalists where I asked my friends to perform with me haha.
Last Saturday, my team and I won the best melody award in FunkieMonkie’s Songwriting Bootcamp out of 60 participants and 15 teams!! This came as a huge surprise because I really didn’t expect to win anything because all along my mindset was to have fun and write good stuff! So I worked with Peilun who’s really a good singer and Dorothy and Daojie which were the other two lyricists.
And also, not forgetting, this Christmas, 一个人的圣诞节 was officially released!! Leonard Lim (ex Campus Superstar finalist) sang it, with Jarius Studios producing it. Words couldn’t describe how touched and surreal I felt when I saw the MV and I guess my efforts all these years have paid off? But I wasn’t really working on becoming a songwriter all these time; I think I just like to write songs as a hobby. If people like my songs, then that probably is the best feeling I will ever get so a few pictures here!
Right now, I’m working on a few other song projects as well that will probably be released next year. If you ask me whether I want to become a full-time songwriter then the answer probably is no haha.
Reason is because I feel that songwriting is something which I do out of passion and if I make it my full time work, then I might get bored and jaded from doing it. Music is so important to me and I can’t bare the thought of me being burnt out from doing music and that’s why I rather pursue it as a hobby. I imagine my home next time to have a full-fledged recording studio with a grand piano yay 🙂 and on the weekends, my friends can come over to do music stuff and on the weekdays I have my normal job! I think it’s pretty cool that right now, I’m starting to make more friends in the Singapore chinese pop industry scene so I can pitch my songs out next time to recording label artists if there are ready demos.
I am excited about the future with the direction my songs are heading and I hope to continue to write music that my friends and family like!! 🙂 hoping to leave a bit of me in this world.