My final 2017 Electone YouTube upload. May I present to you my arrangement of Danny Chan’s 喝彩.
It’s New Year’s Eve. So, ta da! My final post for the year.
I had various post ideas during this last week of 2017. Or should I say, post intentions? In the end, as such things usually go, I barely had time to clean my bedroom! And so I decided to forgo all those and just concentrate on doing up another Electone arrangement; it’s been a while since my last one. Once again, I’ve selected a Cantopop classic from the 80s, yet another one by Danny Chan. (I intend to “do” a total of 3 by him; guess what’s the third one) This piece is arguably the most famous composition of his earlier career. One, which I’ve been told, still regularly crooned in karaoke. May I present to you 喝彩, pronounced in Cantonese as hott choi and in Mandarin as he cai. The name simply means “cheer” in English.
(Click here if you wish to skip my, er, philosophical year-end ranting)
I didn’t do any extensive research about it. But my guess is, 喝彩 remains popular, especially in Hong Kong, because of its stirring melody and its incredibly positive lyrics.
Lyrics that embrace all of life’s hardships, viewing these as the necessary step before a glorious tomorrow.
The song is especially suitable for events like school graduations. You know, when one faces an exciting new beginning, one that is also fraught by challenges. That’s how I feel about 2018, by the way. In my opinion, 2017 wasn’t a particularly horrid year, at least not when compared to 1942, 2001 and the likes of. Yet, many of the worst incidences of this year point towards the insisted segregation of mankind, ideologically or socially. Despite our many technological advances, despite telecommunications and transportation bringing the world closer together than ever, we see countries and communities shutting up. We also see political differences dividing populations in ways that might never be resolved anytime soon. Call me naïve, leftist, liberal, whatever, I think such gaps will never be solutions to any problem. If anything, don’t they just worsen everybody’s plight? Worse, because such divides discourage empathy, they foster misunderstandings that could easily deteriorate into warfare. I’m not referring to North Korea here; that’s an extremely case by itself. But if you’re willing to consider what these differences inevitably lead to, I think you can clearly see what I mean.
Given none of these divides are anything new to mankind, such distrusts and blamings were rampant before the Great War, I guess it might all be an inevitable part of man’s development. We are a race that must fall again and again before terrified into a brief period of peace, and then everything repeats. In this sense, the lyrics of the song summarises what I would say to someone anxious about the New Year. To quote:
(The spring wind resuscitates the grass. There is never an end of the road)
(With the rising sun’s confidence, believe that you will have a better tomorrow)
If 2018 is worrying for you, remember that history has shown us dark times would always be around. They come very often! But so do better days.
If you are unsure how 2018 is going to be, then 以真诚我祝福你会踏上那光明前路. May a bright path presents itself to you in the months to come.
If you are confident 2018 is going to be great, 愿将一腔热诚给你, 常为你鼓舞. I celebrate your triumph with my utmost enthusiastic zest. I sincerely do.
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Right! Back to the arrangement! Notes are:
- I’ll put this first. I’m immensely grateful to the wonderful people who private messaged me about MISTAKES in my previous arrangements. (I’m sure there are more too! So I would be reviewing those uploads soon). If you find any, my apologies! Apologies!
- I’m putting up the Finale “raw” file here this time. If you download this, take note that the memory buttons wouldn’t appear; it’s a linked file issue that’s too complex to explain here. Also, if you find yourself unable to edit certain segments, it’s … my fault. I messed up the layers. Try switching to a different layer under the VIEW>SELECT LAYER function.
- This arrangement follows the sequence of Danny’s original. However, the sounds are “inspired” by the (notorious) live performance by Leslie Cheung in 1985. It’s more symphonic in nature.
- This is the first time I’m including expression marks. (The arc-arcs). I hate notating these. I’m also the sort of sloppy player who tends to ignore them. However, I concluded it’s impossible to use a solo instrument to mimic Danny’s singing without some sort of marked stylization. Do note that these are my interpretations of the song; I’m not necessarily right. Feel free to experiment.
- I’d confess. I did this in a pop orchestra style because I recently uploaded a symphonic Christmas song. The orchestra registrations were … there on the Stagea beckoning me to reuse them for something else.
- I confess this too. My arc-arcs are probably wrong in various places. The last time I notated these were in 1990!
- I’m also playing this very slightly faster than Danny’s original.
- Further to (5), the end result feels kind of, school performance? You know, what a school band might perform after the valedictorian’s speech? I kind of like this, to be honest. My impression of Danny singing this is of him in full white Hong Kong school uniform.
- Technically, take note of the following:
- I always experience this tendency to rush the signature intro/interlude. As in the parts with the various arpeggios. All I can say is, stay calm, listen to the rhythmic prompts. Continue to stay calm.
- On (a), you could try some crush notes here and there. I couldn’t do it without going out of time.
- Don’t whack the contra bass. It’s touch sensitive. You don’t want the bass to get overpowering, especially in Section B.
- The solo violin interludes need a lot of touch and expression. (Great if you could do horizontal touch) I didn’t do enough in my upload, in my opinion.
- The solo oboe needs to be played very cleanly, no matter how you choose to phrase it.
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Happy New 2018!