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*Nearly done. That feel.(以誠, 2013)

 

日本現代作家Haruki Murakami 的 "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles" 是以誠目前很喜歡的一部小說

Murakami? 日本現代作家我只知道村上春樹這一位。

聽以誠談著書的內容,總感覺很像村上春樹風格。上網查了,Murakami果然就是村上春樹,而"The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles"就是《發條鳥年代記

以誠很喜歡這部小說的風格,曾嘗試著寫Murakami風格的日記小說,但寫了一篇後,就被學校的作業給吸引過去了......

雖然如此,《發條鳥年代記》的許多場景仍常常在以誠的頭腦裡

這一點,從他的第一個詞曲創作與錄音的作業,就可知道:"The Wind-up Bird" (發條鳥)

 

記得他開始這份作業的時候,我正神遊於網路之中,音樂靜靜地從兒子的門縫下鑽出,頻頻地跟我揮揮手

我被吸引了過去

見以誠正撥弄著吉他,錚錚錚地輕和著他獨特的嗓音,感覺很像正說著故事。

我讀著歌詞,果然是個故事呢..

以誠的電腦作業簿上說:

"The lyrics were derived from a short story found in Haruki Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles. The story revolves around a vet whom witnessed the slaughtering of zoo animals during WWII."

(歌詞的靈感是來自於作家村上春樹《發條鳥年代記》裡的一個小故事,說的是一位獸醫在第二世界大戰時目睹了一場動物園殺戮事件後所受的衝擊。)

 

這個作業的詞與曲的部分,他完成得很快。倒是進錄音室與緊接著的後製作業卻花了他許多心力

但是從醞釀到完成的這整個過程中,他整個人都充滿著創作的喜悅。

看兒子愉快的樣子,丹尼蘇和我都很高興當初在第一時間裡就表明支持他選擇自己喜歡的科系就讀。

他自己也是。

 

要繼續快樂喔,兒子。

 

以下,請欣賞以誠的新作:

Lyrics:

It was just a normal day for him
Tending to lions
The zoo director came for them
With a pride of his own, and an army lieutenant

The lieutenant was a baseball man
In an earlier life
But oh God have times changed since then
He demanded a list, for orders are orders

Impromptu liquidation
A quick clean goodbye
Cartridge after cartridge
Did the horses and lions count down to the last of their breaths?

They shot 'em down
They shot 'em down
And the animals cried
And the animals cried

And the tigers wept
For the wolves and the bears
And the cicada cried
Except for the wind-up bird that goes creak creak creak

And to this day
I swear the only one who died that night was me
And the wind-up bird, up in its tree perched

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