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    Friday, January 30, 2009

    Oh yes I was mortified but at the same time, I felt great relief that I could let it out. So yes, it's all true. Nikki and I are engaged. Thank you for all your kind and supportive comments. I will give more details later.

    Moving on.

    I really want to talk about the new track you hear on the playlist. It's called "Sudah".

    I've been working on this concept for ballads for a few years now but somehow, it has not been a hit. I first tried it with Vince and Nur on Vince's debut album back in 2004. Then again with "Romeo + Juliet" with Ebi and Nikki. And a few other times in between.

    I prefer conversational duets rather than two singers exchanging lines. For me, a duet has to work when two people sing it and it won't work when you only have one singer. It's like two people doing a monologue. It doesn't make sense for me.

    This is another attempt.

    This is yet another try to use the erhu as the leading instrument. I've used it twice before; for Vince and Farah Asyikin. But the songs were not released as singles. Because I enjoy the challenge by shocking people more, I added the guzheng as well.

    Whatever the outcome, I am really proud of this song and I consider this one of my best songs.

    Diddy and Nur performs superbly. They also wrote the lyrics together. It was an easy session. Everyone just got what I was going for. Recording the erhu and guzheng was a challenge because of the language but man....those instruments are beautiful. Instant class and elegance.

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    Friday, January 23, 2009

    Gum update!

    There is a high probability that the loose piece of gum hanging off the side of my teeth may now be dead. I am not absolutely sure. Should I just let it be OR should I yank it off and get rid of it? If I am wrong about it being dead, it could be a whole new level of pain for me to experience. (And no, I am not going to chew and swallow it. Although why not right? After all, it's still me. Or would it then make me a cannibal?)

    Thursday, January 22, 2009

    I am rather fond of my teeth. But the other day, I think I may have over-flossed and I broke some gum at the back teeth. I may have wedged the floss a little to hard and it started bleeding. Using my tongue, I could feel some loose gum skin hanging off on the side. This was fun for my tongue to play with until it started bleeding. You know, that taste of blood... It makes me crave for carbs.

    Anyway, I figured that loose hanging gum would just go away but as it has turned out, it has melded and filled in to space between my last two teeth. I can't tell for sure but I think I have gum covering my back tooth now. I can't feel the separation between the last two teeth.

    Feel free to ask if you see me, and depending on how I feel and what I ate on that day, I just might give you a peek. Maybe even let you touch it.

    Just thought you'd like to know.

    Wednesday, January 21, 2009

    "Thank you" to those of you who sent congratulatory SMS messages. I truly appreciate the thoughts even if I did not reply to all of them.

    After the show, those on stage were taken away by TV3 people into a room for a press conference. And after the press conference, my co-writer, Izham said that it was the most I've ever said to the media, which is the opposite of what I am usually like when the spotlight is on me.

    Why? Because "Lagu Untukmu" won the Best Song award!

    Nevermind that I have a history with, and an interest in Meet Uncle Hussain.

    But this is what I told the press when they wanted a comment from me.

    Yes, I did think that "Sampai Syurga" was going to win given the momentum Faizal Tahir had generated from his Best Performance and Best Vocals wins. But when the results were announced, I was indifferent.

    But why I wanted "Lagu Untukmu" to win was because it's a really good song. It's one of the very very few songs out there which I can proudly say it's the sound of Malaysian music today. More importantly, it's a fast song. Not a ballad.

    Estranged's "Itu Kamu" won last year. While I love Estranged's music, I thought "Itu Kamu" was Indonesian-influenced. I remember the producer asking in jest during a rough mix preview: "Which Indonesian band do you think this is?"

    But "Lagu Untukmu" is one option for the Malaysian sound. And for me, it's already making the "Indonesian sound" sound old.

    If "Sampai Syurga" had won, I'd be happy to take the money, but I feel that I would have lost more on a larger scale. It would have sent the horrible message that ballads are still the way to go. And I'd get calls to do more ballads. Then eventually I'd kill myself out of boredom.

    Now, "Lagu Untukmu" has given me hope that change is happening. These are indeed wonderful times.

    Thursday, January 15, 2009

    This is not false modesty but the song that should win Anugerah Juara Lagu is Meet Uncle Hussain's "Lagu Untukmu."

    Saturday, January 10, 2009

    You can tell the person on the other end of the line that you are in your office, or in your living room, or in your kitchen, and they'd believe you because they can't tell. However, within the first two seconds, they'd know if you were taking a crap in the toilet. Yes, actually taking a crap. Because any other situation, whether we are washing are our hands, or on the way out, we'd rather wait until we get out of the toilet before we answer the phone. Must be the reverb.

    Sunday, January 04, 2009

    I guess this is where I say, "Happy New Year".

    Happy New Year.

    This time around, I did not make any resolutions for the new year except to blog more. Yeah right.

    Actually, I did make a few resolutions with the perpetual "lose weight" and "be better looking" being two of them. But more importantly, I am going to speak my mind more this year and get more involved. I have come to the point in my life where I am re-evaluating my priorities and I now know...or at least have a better idea, of what is important to me.

    Against popular sentiments, I am so excited for 2009.

    I am so excited for the things I am will be doing with my music production and label, Satu. I look forward to working with my good friends, Farah Asyikin, Maya Karin, and Faizal Tahir on their new albums. I am also highly excited to work with new songwriters, Shazzy, Pam Yuen, Omar K, Zain, and of course, Nur and Ad Samad, and I hope to break our writers out of Malaysia and show that there is more than one way to write slow songs.

    Then there's stuff that's happening very soon that I am excited about. Nikki's album and a new single from Diddy and Nur. Wait till you hear Nikki's album (which is available for pre-orders, by the way) and the duet. I am confident enough to say that it is something that you've never heard before on Malaysian radio. (I am not sure if that's a good thing because whenever I say that, the songs end up being duds.)

    Anyway, I will leave it in the hands of God.

    And finally, if you know me, you'd know I am not one for attention but I gotta tell you this because I am so excited about this. Are you ready? I have my own Wikipedia page (albeit in Malay instead of English). This is more exciting than winning an AIM award or getting to the finals of Juara Lagu. If it were in English, I'd probably cream in my pants. I swear I didn't write the page myself. Someone out there with a lot of time on their hands, actually cared enough to do it. Thank you bored-but-caring guy/gal!