99 Balloons and a Song

This week, I asked you which stories behind the songs in 55:38:7 you wanted to hear. Here’s a response for facebook user Amy Yap who wanted to know more about《在我左右》。

I wrote about the inspiration behind the song in an earlier entry, so this time, I will share my feelings from writing it to finally seeing come to live on TV.

When I learnt that I was given a shot at writing the theme song for the Mediacorp TV8 drama series《紅白喜事》, I placed alot of pressure on myself during the writing process because I felt that it had to, together with Xiaohan’s lyrics, relate the meaningful message of this drama series and I wanted to give my 100% to the producers who had given me this opportunity.

From a kid who would watch the nightly primetime drama series with my family, it never crossed my mind that years down the road, I would be digging my innermost emotions for weeks to write and sing a theme song for a drama series acted by some of my favorite actors!

This is something I think about all the time…
That sometimes, we are so quiet when it comes to expressing our love to those who mean so much to us. Yes, the ones who stand by us when our walls come crumbling down, and who give warmth and meaning to our lives. We would be nothing without them. As we grow up, we show our love in subtle actions but are shy to shout it out loud. I used to hate the feeling when I found myself crying uncontrollably as I scramble to hold on to everything only when the prospect of losing someone became a reality. Since then, I constantly reminded myself to love and live like there’s no tomorrow and this became my starting point when I wrote the song.

The final trigger of it all was when I watched this story on The Oprah Show.

There were a couple of drafts I threw away before arriving at the final version. It was then round the clock production by the team to nail everything into place . Lyrics by Xiaohan, I laid the piano tracks and Eric did the arrangement, Jim was the vocal producer and the song was finally recorded. Here’s behind the scenes when we recorded live strings, directed by Mr Bang Wenfu.

Then came the longest wait for it to finally show on TV. I held my breathe and froze for what felt like eternity. When《紅白喜事》finally aired, I smiled like you could see me from a mile! And I wanna thank you for all your wonderful responses to this song. Cheers to love my friends. :-)