Tribute to Glenn Fredly

Last week, on Wednesday, 8/4/2020 – one of my favourite Indonesian musicians passed away after battling with meningitis. I did not know the news, until about midnight when my husband told me: “Have you heard that Glenn Fredly passed away?” I was nursing my baby girl, stopped for a few seconds, tried to digest what I just heard. And then I said: No, dryly. I was in a total disbelief.

The next morning, I sat down quietly at 5am, had my cereal in a dim-lit room and read the news. I was lost.

I love his music, as I grew up with his music throughout the final year of high school and university years. I bought his CD, memorize his lyrics and sang his songs out loud. But what I did not realize was the emotion that sticks so deep in me. It is not merely about Glenn Fredly as a person, it is not about his songs per se, but about how his music connected to me, to my soul.

I did not bother or care about his personal life. He has his right to steer his life, because for me Glenn was a musician after all. And his music was the universal language among a lot of Indonesian youngsters.

I remembered one time when I had to visit Medan, North Sumatra for a short working visit. As I arrived at the airport, I was picked up by a good looking man – the husband of my good friend. My friend was still in Jakarta as she had to look after her sick child. But she told me to get along with her husband, whom I only met on their wedding day, a few years earlier. Awkward, as you could tell.

But we went along. We had dinner at one huge open space in the centre of the city and he started to told me stories. Love stories about my friend and their relationship. He mentioned that there was no girl like my friend who would support him everywhere he went into (for work, as he is a civil servant). For him, my friend was his whole world. He admitted that he could not express it because he was not the romantic type of person, but he loved her. And he admitted that in front of me, a stranger.

At the end of the story, he told me that his most glorious moment was when he surprised her with Glenn Fredly’s concert in Bali, a few years earlier. It was his most glorious way of saying how much he loved his wife, my friend.

When I got back to the hotel, I called her immediately. And she asked me straightaway, “What did he talk about?” I told her, “Nothing else, but you” She thought I was lying. Until I mentioned about Glenn Fredly’s concert as a surprise. She was crying on the phone, because she never told anyone. But I knew it from her husband.

You know, Glenn has been a symbol of love and relationships for million of Indonesian people. Like my friend and her husband, and me. My favourite song was “My Everything” circa 2005 as the soundtrack of “Cinta Silver” movie. I fell in love with the character of Cecilia Ariyani (yup, same name!) played by Luna Maya (I love that beautiful lady since I watched her in this movie). Cecilia was portrayed as a girl who loves to write, fell in love and the classic love story went on. That movie and the song caught up in me.

Rest in Peace, Bung Glenn. May God bless your soul, pour His love for your wife and your little girl. And may you will be remembered as one soul embedded in a million love stories!

 

Rearrange Your Life

So, I just bought two albums of Sabrina. Both albums are acoustic albums and she blew me away. At first, I wasn’t sure if her albums will get my attention. But, after heard a few stories about her albums, I decided to buy both albums.

She did pretty good job in re-arrange the music and sing them with her own style – soothing, calm and relaxing. Well, as I said before, it is acoustic. She covers all kind of genres – from rock to pop, RnB to blues.

I stopped all of my activities when my CD player hit single “Hero” that was sang by Enrique Iglesias. It was amazing! I don’t know why, I felt like I was trapped in a time tunnel and back to the moment when I used to love this song.

She also sang numbers of rock songs from well-known rock bands – Goo Goo Dolls (Yes! I’m talking about ‘Iris’), One Republic, Green Day, and The Calling!

Not to forget those RnB songs – Irreplaceable, Take a Bow and So Sick.

Actually, I am not going to review about her music, beside the fact that I’m blown. What I’m going to say is the fact that our life needs to be re-arranged every now and then. Sometimes we’re too busy hanging on our old and comfortable habits or attitude, and we simply don’t want to change it. We feel that changes are too much. We feel that as we are growing older, we don’t need to adapt to a new kind of lifestyle. But, that paradigm is about to change.

Using the music arrangement paradigm, I can say that Sabrina is merely sings a collection of old songs. She doesn’t sing any new songs at all. But … She did some re-arrangement, which turn out to be easy listening and enjoyable. Her acoustic re-arrangement on the music is something new, even though the songs are not new. For me, this brave attitude brings the listeners into another new dimension.

We need that new dimension in life as well. We are growing every day and yes, we are entering a new dimension of our lives as well. Let’s say, if tonight is your last night as a bachelor, you will need to re-arrange your steps, thoughts and feeling toward your life, starts from tomorrow. Because by tomorrow you will be known as someone’s husband. Within the next couple years, you will need to re-arrange your status again … Because by then you’ll be a father to your first-born child (or children, if they’re twins!).

Life brings us into a new direction every now and then. That’s the fact that we can’t deny. Of course, we can stick still to the old way of thinking or living this life, but slowly you’ll be fade away. No one will ever notice your existence. This world is changing and growing with its every rotation. If the world can’t adapt to you, you are the one to adapt to the world (got this from my Grand Uncle Hei Chit).

Anyway, I need to re-arrange my brain now. It needs some rest …

Hope you can enjoy the lifetime process of re-arranging your way of living.

Much love, Cicilia.

Writing is my way to share it to you.

This Is It – Another Story of Michael Jackson

Tomorrow will be the last day of ‘This Is It’ movie in the theatre around the world, and I just watched it tonight. What I saw from that movie was the other side of Michael Jackson. He was showing his down-to-earth behaviors and he looked very humble. One of the crew said that he’s one of a kind, because it’s so rare to find pop star who’s able to control everything in hand, just like he did.

He makes sure that all the background and the visual effects are perfect (according to his standard). He also makes sure that all the musicians are counting on his clues, on when to start, when to keep the high note, or when to play a faster beat. It seems to be a normal request for every pop star who wants to perform their best, but … MJ got personality. He asks everybody to go along his will with LOVE. He always says that everything need to be rehearse and to be done for LOVE (he even spelled it L-O-V-E).

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The Dancers

The first scene was a story behind the audition of the dancers. The choreographer said that the idea was to find the best fishes around the world and put them all into a pond. It means that the audition was opened for all professional dancers who want to participate in MJ’s concert and they came from all over the world! They loved MJ so much, that they were willing to travel halfway across the globe just to be part of the audition and wishing hard to be the chosen ones.

On one of the recordings, the dancers were trained by MJ himself. He was so careful to lead the group of 11 dancers (then reduced to be 10) and he was able to show off himself, in a positive way. All the dancers worshipped him and being in a stage with MJ was like their lifetime dream came true! But still, MJ was able to show his humbleness.

The Musicians

This is another bunch of talented and professional people. They were able to perform at their best level and still, able to be in the same direction with MJ’s will. They have been working with many other singers, but they said that nobody could beat MJ!

The skills that they have were amazing. I was like watching a real concert while I heard the blast of the drums and the melody threw by the guitars. It was a real experience!

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I am not a big fans of MJ personally, but I admire his music since I was a kid. I have his ‘Dangerous’ album in cassette, which almost can’t be played due to my habit of repeating the cassette all day long, for a few months in a row! He’s a great and talented musician, song writer, creative artist and person. I almost had tears, when I saw him waving at the end of the movie.

Rest in peace, MJ!