Next Friday, Seven Sweet Surrender, the band I'm in will be playing at the UTP battle of the bands called Euphonious. This year, Seven Sweet Surrender is:
Christon (vocals & rhythm guitar)
Kuo Chun (violin / percussion)
Javier (rhythm guitar)
Augustine (bass guitar)
Witton (lead guitar)
Now, what on earth has all that got to do with my title's post (Just Living It Awesome)? Let me explain, if you may.
In the year 2008, I was privileged to go for a college/university conference called Passion. Its theme was the realisation of the power and the worth of the youth of a nation and how they will shape up to be the nation's history makers of the future. The one thing that caught me was how awesome it was to see young Malaysians from all over the country who attended that represented one thing: people who would stand up for the most awesome life ever. Just by being there, it spoke of a person that they wanted to be part of something good, and something lasting in life.
What is this 'awesome' life? Is it life with some kind of purpose we run towards? Quite simply, just being awesome requires one thing, to live life for the joy it can bring. Surprisingly although not shocking, most of the things that makes life awesome doesn't really involve us achieving just our own wants and needs. I think events that involve words like 'good' and 'happy' are small, though not insignificant things that sum up something people like. However, I'm not going for just 'good', I'm talking about awesome!
I'll use football to present an analogy. Everyone feels good, when a prolific player scores a goal in a game, perhaps even a match winner. No matter how good that is, there is always a more overwhelming sense of joy when a fan watches his favourite team win the championship. There's a lot more felt, achieving together, rather than alone. I believe anyone who takes time to observe this simple fact, will realise that its quite true.
Now here's where I tie all this up to Seven Sweet Surrender. This year, leading the band, I decided to innovate a song. There's a song called American Dream by Switchfoot, that speaks of living for more than just the money and ourselves, and I thought, hey, why not the Malaysian Dream? Living large isn't just limited to America, but just about every single nation in the world. I just thought that it would be good to make it our own. I haven't just switched the name America with Malaysia. I've also written in some new lyrics that really makes it for my country, Malaysia. In the way I've written it, I hope to encourage people to move forward, not just with a sense of individual desire, but with collective purpose that I believe can help all of us.
I don't know if it sounds cliche, but as a friend mentioned once, nothing is cliche as long as you mean it. Well, I am absolutely certain I do mean it. That will be the reason the band plays that night. It won't necessarily be to please a crowd, although music already entertains in its own way. We'll be playing out of reason, not to be competitive, but simply to send a message across. It encourages me during practice, when the band members sang the chorus I wrote for Malaysian Dream, even though most of them won't be singing during the performance.
I feel that it is very difficult to send a message through just a song, and also with the possibility of doing it just once. I guess the rest has to come with the integrity we have in the way we live. Nonetheless, I believe it is worth a try. I'm not sure how many people believe it is, but I really want to give it a go. I know I'll be giving it everything next Friday.
Doing this isn't just about me though, its about the team, the group of people I'm doing this with. I've spoken to them as a whole band, and a number of them personally about why we're playing in Euphonious. Its good to know they agree and are willing to run this part of the journey with me. All of them I believe, have given what they have, and I'll take my hat off to Eddy and Vern who've joined us for the first time.
Well, if you're around UTP, and want to see and hear what's this 'message' we're belting out, you can come to the main hall, we'll be playing at around 8.30 p.m, the first band up. I'll leave you with what I've written in for Malaysian Dream: