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    Thursday, March 26, 2009

    I thought this was peculiar. The Star, both dated 25 March 2009. Same front page. Back sports page, same photo, same everything else but different stories.

    Monday, March 23, 2009

    This post (like many of mine) may be totally irrelevant. I am quite disturbed. I've not been this disturbed since "Lambada" back in 1990. It's the new Chris Cornell album.

    I saw Chris Cornell perform one of the songs on Jay Leno and he rocked it out. But on the album, it's this Justin Timberlake-Timbaland dance funk thing. Interesting. But it's Chris Cornell! Mr Soundgarden. Mr Audioslave. It's Chris ferkin' Cornell.

    Shazzy doesn't like it.

    I, not sure.

    To me, the only thing scarier than an album produced entirely by Timbaland is an album produced entirely by P. Diddy.

    The concept of "bringing out the best OF the artist" is foreign to them. Listen to the recent Timbaland-produced albums of Duran Duran and Bjork and you will hear what I mean.

    But this is the thing with this Chris Cornell album. It makes me want to listen to it again. Either because I am totally in shock at the crime he has committed, or I just need to make sense of this. So I listen and listen. The more I listen, the more I realise it sounds like Justin Timberlake (even though Justin has no production credit on this album) and shades of OneRepublic.

    I have to reset my thoughts and expectations and forget it's Chris Cornell. Then it's a fantastic album! I like it. It's urban dance rock. You have to appreciate and give him credit for taking a huge risk in going in this direction. Personally, I appreciate and respect that.

    Suddenly it makes my music sound old. Now I have to rethink somethings. Damn you Chris Cornell! You made me think! Damn you!

    Sunday, March 22, 2009

    Dear RTM

    On a slow Sunday, I watched a rerun of your "Hiburan Minggu Ini" featuring Sarah Raisuddin. This is her show. She sings Malay-language songs. I appreciate that concept.

    Now, while I do not speak for all Malaysian Chinese but I believe many would agree with me, I want to let you know that it's OK if you did not have Priscilla Chan come out of the blue in the middle of the show to sing an old Chinese song. (The Indian guy singing an old Indian song before Priscilla didn't work either but I will leave it to someone else to comment on that.)

    In any case, its OK if we didn't have the Indian and Chinese song. We will not think that it's not muhibbah. We will not think RTM is racist or not being considerate to the needs of your Chinese viewers. Really. We understand the concept of format and consistency.

    But thanks for the thought anyway. Just don't do it again.

    Friday, March 20, 2009

    We knew from the start that it's not going to be easy to follow his debut album. Everyone would expect probably another "Sampai Syurga" or "Cuba". If we did that, they'd say we have run out of ideas. If we did something different, they'd say "Sampai Syurga" was better. Then there would be the haters who just love to hate Faizal Tahir just because.

    Faizal and I wrote "Bencinta" as a performance song. We were very influenced by the music of Muse and U2. Neither one of us really listen to any Indonesian or local bands. But Muse? U2? Keane? We like.

    The chorus is not as melodic as you'd expect it to be. It's not something you'd be humming immediately after hearing it once. But that wasn't my objective with this song. The challenge for me was to make the listener want to listen to the song again and again. It's one of those melodies where you'd want to learn it and once you get it, you will feel cool. Like that "I'm Slim Shady, yes I'm the Slim Shady...." chorus.

    And my thrill is that I get to play with my synth and make rude sounds. This album is going to be more personal. We are probably going to play all the instruments and write all the song together in the room at the same time. We got a Marshall stack in the studio which means I will be deaf by May or June.

    So this is where we are going. I am a little nervous and excited. I hope it works.

    I am glad for the positive and nice feedback we've been getting. Thank you.

    Wednesday, March 18, 2009

    Lila kata....So there!
    And trivia for ya: Nikki came up with the title!

    Monday, March 16, 2009

    I thought I'd spend my Sunday watching movies. It's a rarity for me. When I do get a chance to watch a movie, I usually doze off or get restless because I feel it is such a waste of time and that I should be doing something more productive like downloading more movies.

    Anyway, I watched this movie which turned out really good. I won't talk about the movie although it made me think and ponder on what i'd do if I were in a situation where I had to choose between my life or the life of a loved one. Some will say its the ultimate sacrifice. For me, the ulimate sacrifice is throwing out the skin when you eat KFC.

    I hate it when movies make me think.

    Having said that, watch "Seven Pounds". It stars Will Smith. Have no expectations and do not read any reviews.

    Thursday, March 05, 2009

    Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and I thank God for all the blessings I have received. I still cannot get over the fact that I actually make music for a living. To this day, I still write "I.T. Manager" when the form asks for my occupation. (although I got lazy recently and upgraded myself to just "Manager")

    More importantly, some people actually want to listen to what I do. And the best part of it all, I actually get free gym membership at Celebrity Fitness.

    While I ponder on whether I should go to the gym tomorrow, I want to thank those who have posted kind words of support and encouragement. And I also would like to remind those who haven't bought a copy of Nikki's CD "Hawa", that they can do so by emailing for details.

    Bet you didn't see that one coming.

    Wednesday, March 04, 2009