滾石雜誌(1997年5月)文摘  

 

 

 

 

辛曉琪的位子

從歌聲聽曉琪,從別人眼堿旓撋X,所有的位子扮演,一覽無遺。
 

 

 

 

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同學小白:「她說越有成就就要越謙虛。」

從高中到大學,都和曉琪是同學的小白,回憶起高中時期的曉琪給他的印象:「看起來傲傲的,像有氣質的富家千金,聲音不錯、有才華,但是屬於讓人心動不敢行動的女孩子。幾句話白描了對曉琪的高中印象。」

一直擔任曉琪的伴奏,小白和曉琪成為像兄弟姐妹般的好友。「她心軟得不得了,對父母非常孝順,對朋友老師都很有心的。」小白想起有一回曉琪在香港為專輯「味道」作宣傳時,特別打電話回台灣給過生日的主修老師,老師不在家,急得曉琪打越洋電話四處向同學打探老師的去向。

踏入歌壇的過程堙A曉琪幾度掙扎、想放棄,也和小白提過:「我們都跟她說,這是你的執著和天賦,就堅持下去吧!」每回曉琪有了新作品,也不忘讓老同學嚐新。

熒幕下的曉琪喜歡拼圖、作房屋模型,喜歡穿超短的短褲,最滿意自己一雙修長的腿。「她給我的感覺就是一般人,很自然的真性情。」逮到空檔和一堆老同學碰上了,還是會三更半夜瘋到烏來去吃雞酒賞月,現在見面的機會少了,仍不忘三不五時靠電話連絡感情了。
 


閨中密友陳筱娟:「她是那種對朋友大方,對自己節儉的人。」

曾經待過同一家公司,曉琪和陳筱娟卻是在後來的合作堣~熟識的。這次專輯堛漕潃犖q曲,是陳筱娟特別寫給這位好朋友的。「我相信她對音樂的體會,可以把這兩首歌唱到國際水準。」剛認識曉琪的時候,陳筱娟總當她是妹妹,覺得需要照顧她,講笑話給她聽。「後來發現,她其實有點像大姐頭,人很豪爽,很會保護身邊的朋友。」

偶爾陳筱娟會在深夜堭筐儩撋X的電話,電話那頭竟傳來水聲:「她就像小孩子,會邊泡澡邊講電話。或者邊說話邊吃掉幾個水果。」常常一塊聊天做飯吃,陳筱娟特別推薦曉琪的拿手菜「羅馬燉飯」,這是一道意大利的料理,用生米炒成熟飯,讓大家吃得讚不絕口。「她很喜歡甜食,卻因為怕胖,吃起來有罪惡感,所以乾脆拉著別人下水,一塊吃好減輕心理壓力。」

陳筱娟眼堛瑣撋X耳根很軟,家埵酗@整面晼A全放著因為「聽說好用」而買來的保養品;
曾和曉琪一起出遊,意外發現她在生活上是很節儉的。「她會去當地的傳統市場買東西、自己動手洗衣服,是那種對朋友大方,對自己節儉的人。」一次曉琪拿了自己寫的歌,請筱娟幫忙作試聽帶,認真的態度讓她嚇了一跳:「連試作的東西都要自己唱到完美,這已經是她的一種習慣態度。」
同時身為閨中好友、工作夥伴的多重身份,陳筱娟最想說祝福曉琪的感情部分:「她真的是個很好的女人,需要真好男人來呵護她。」


好朋友朱朱:「偶爾迷糊,沒有一點架子。」

因為工作的接觸,朱朱和曉琪就是這麼熟起來了。朱朱看到的曉琪據說非常水瓶。除了孝順、對家人盡可能的體貼,曉琪私下是個非常容易感動的人,看演唱會看到情緒來了,也是忘情的鼓掌唱和;看電影情緒投入,常常在散場時淚眼汪汪,惹得旁人側目:「那不就是辛曉琪嗎?」但她不去理會,也沒有架子,路邊攤照吃。

喜歡看大陸尋奇、古裝連續劇,如果不工作會想出國進修,溜狗散步是她生活中莫大的樂趣,最近手邊正在看的書是「腦內革命」和「心想事成」:偶爾迷糊,去日本採買衣服,以為當地的氣候和台灣一樣,就帶了夏天的衣裝,最後冷得把所有的衣服全穿在身上。

這是辛曉琪,不會因為藝人的身份有所顧慮,在每個位子的真性情。

 


音樂朋友侯志堅:「希望她自己也能試著寫寫歌。」

還沒有合作之前,侯志堅和曉琪經常在校園演唱的場合婺I見。「覺得她很會唱歌,有點嚴肅。」侯志堅回憶。然後偶爾聊起來寫歌的事,曉琪向侯志堅邀歌,第一次合作是「味道」專輯堛滿u走過」,聽完侯志堅的試聽帶,他看見她有眼淚。可以為了一點小感動就哭了:「大家都把感情收藏得很好,但是在她身上可以看見不掩飾的真誠。」
 

 


站在創作的立場,侯志堅大力推薦曉琪的唱腔:「虛的假音她可以唱得很好,歌給她唱不遺憾的。」常一塊聊聊音樂上的看法,侯志堅發現曉琪有興趣的音樂類型還蠻多的:「她喜歡乾淨純靜的東西。」偶爾也交流手邊有的鋼琴譜回家彈彈。「希望她自己能試著寫寫歌,也許會有不錯的成績。」

侯志堅眼堛瑣撋X衝動卻又理智,包容性很大,追求完美、看事情心理清楚。也會希望有白馬王子出現,但是條件很高的:「要蠻有才氣的異性才能吸引她。」侯志堅補充說明,並且強調這是曉琪自己說的。


 

 


唱片企劃C德:「看見她由歌手轉變為藝人的階段。」

和曉琪前前後後合作了四張專輯,C德初以為曉琪是很規矩的人,作息規律、嗜好正常,以這樣的了解,他想曉琪選擇的代步工具應該也是安全型的車子如福斯之類的為優先考量吧:謎底揭曉,曉琪選的是BMW,而且聽說開快車的技術不輸給男生,在北二高還開過時速140的,或許由選車到開車反應了曉琪潛在的衝動和冒險性格。


C德表示,他發現有一陣子曉琪特別愛搽鮮豔顏色的指甲油,像上了癮,綠的、桃紅的都試試,他覺得那或許是曉琪從歌手轉變成藝人的階段:潛在的開朗性格,也不斷在合作過程中被同事們發現,像是對服裝上的創意和音樂上的做法,求新求變的原故或許來自於她水瓶座的天性吧!

 

【1997年5月/滾石雜誌

 

 

 

Through the eyes of those around her, what is Winnie like?  Let's hear from some.

 

Classmate Xiao Bai said, "Winnie ever said, the more successful one gets, the more one ought to be humble."

From High School all the way till University, Xiao Bai and Winnie have been classmates. Xiao Bai recalled the first impression he had of Winnie when he first got to know her when they were still in High School.  "She looked a bit haughty, and had the air of being the daughter of a well-to-do family, she has quite a good vocal and is talented, but seemed to be the type of girl who would attract others yet make them not have the gut to go after."
 

Having always played accompaniment for Winnie, Xiao Bai and Winnie had since become good friends and developed a relationship as close as siblings. "She's so soft-hearted, is very filial to her parents, and is very considerate towards her friends and teachers." Xiao Bai remembered an occasion when Winnie was promoting her 'Wei Dao' album in Hong Kong; she specially made a phone call back to Taiwan to wish her former teacher happy birthday.  It happened that her teacher wasn't at home and she got so anxious that she made international calls everywhere, asking her fellow classmates if they knew where their teacher was.

 

After stepping into the music circle, Winnie had on occasions struggled and felt like giving up. She ever shared with Xiao Bai what her friends told her.  They said, "This is her commitment and her talent, so she should persevere." Every time Winnie has a new song, she would not forget to share with her old schoolmates.
 

In private, Winnie likes to fix jigsaw puzzles, build miniature model houses, and wear hot shorts as she is most proud of her slender and long legs. "She gives me the feeling that she is just like everyone else, natural, real."  When she has the free time to meet up with her bunch of old school friends, they would go to the countryside for late supper under the moonlight, although such opportunities are harder to come by these days, nevertheless, Winnie still do not forget to frequently keep in touch by phone calls.


Close friend Diane Chen Xiao Juan, "Winnie's the kind of person who's very generous towards her friends but who would be thrifty on herself."

Although they were once with the same record company, Winnie and Xiao Juan only became closer subsequently when they had opportunities to work together. Two songs in this album were specially written for Winnie by Xiao Juan. "I believe that, given Winnie's experience, she will be able to sing these songs up to an international standard." When she first got to know Winnie, Xiao Juan always treated her like a younger sister, someone whom she needed to take care of, whom she would cheer up by telling jokes.  "It was only later that I found out, Winnie's actually very much like a big sister, very big-hearted, and knows how to protect her friends."
 

Sometimes, in the dead of night, Xiao Juan would receive Winnie's phone call and could hear the sound of flowing water in the background.   "She's just like a little child, she would chat on the phone while having a long bath. or finish a few fruits while chatting." They frequently meet to cook and chat at the same time.  Xiao Juan especially recommends Winnie's specialty dish, "Roman Steamed Rice", which is an Italian dish that wins a lot of praise from people who have a chance to try it.   "She has a sweet tongue, but is afraid of putting on weight and would feel very guilty when she eats sweet stuff. So she will get other people to eat with her and make herself feel less pressurised!"
 

In Xiao Juan's eyes, Winnie is someone who believes others easily. In Winnie's house, there is an entire wall cabinet filled with nutritional items that she bought because she was told that they were good.  Having gone holidaying with Winnie, Xiao Juan accidentally found out that Winnie is actually very thrifty. "She will go to the traditional local market for shopping and wash her own clothes, yet she is the type who's very generous towards her friends but who would spend little on herself." Once Winnie brought her own works to Xiao Juan and asked for her help to develop a demo tape. Winie's serious attitude surprised Xiao Juan. "Even though it is just a demo tape, she would take it very seriously and ensure that it is sung to perfection, this has already become her habit." Being Winnie's good friend and workmate, Xiao Juan greatest wish for Winnie relates to her love live.  "Winnie's really a very woman and deserves a good man to love her and protect her."

 

 

 


Good friend Zhu Zhu: "Occasionally 'blur', no airs at all."

Zhu Zhu and Winnie got to know each other well through working together. Zhu Zhu sees Winnie asa true blue Aquarian.  Aside from being filial, doing all she can for her family members, Winnie is, in private, someone who is moved easily; when she really gets into the atmosphere of a concert, she'll forget herself, clap and sing along. When she gets caught up emotionally when watching a movie even in the cinema, she will just start crying right there, causing people next to her to wonder, "Isn't that Winnie Hsin?" But she won't take be bothered at all; she has no airs and does not mind eating at roadside stalls.
 

Winnie likes to watch documentary films about China history and culture and Mandarin period dramas; if she's not working she would think about going overseas to upgrade herself and pursue more knowledge; taking strolls with her pet dog is one of her enjoyable pastime in daily life. Recently, the book one can see in her hand is "Mental Revolution" and "Wishes Come true". Occasionally she can get quite 'blur'--there was an incident when she went to Japan, thinking that the weather would be the same as in Taiwan, and brought all her summer clothes with her. In the end she felt so cold that she had to put on all the clothes she brought.

This is Winnie, who will just be herself, her real self, and not have any reservations just because she's a celebrity.


Musician friend Hou Zhi Jian: "Hope that she will try to compose some songs."

Before they had a chance to work together, Zhi Jian and Winnie frequently bumped into each other at campus concerts. "I felt that Winnie can really sing very well, but she was a bit serious," Zhi Jian recalls. Thereafter they would occasionally chat about writing songs, and Winnie invited Zhi Jian to write a song for her. Their first collaboration, "Zou Guo" is the first song he wrote for her, and was included in her 'Wei Dao' album. When they were listening to the track demo together, he saw tears in her eyes and he is amazed at this lady can be touched so easily and who would not hide her feelings although  most people tend to hide their feelings so well.

 

From music composition standpoint, Zhi Jian strongly recommends Winnie's vocal. "She can sing falsetto very well, a composer will never regret having her sing his composition." Zhi Jian and Winnie frequently chat and discuss about music. Zhi Jian has discovered that Winnie is diversely interested in many different forms of music. "She likes clean, simple music." Occasionally they will also exchange piano scores. "  I hope she will try writing songs herself,  perhaps she cab be quite successful in it."

In Zhi Jian's eyes, Winnie is impulsive but rational, has a great capacity to tolerate others. She's a perfectionist, and sees things clearly. She also hopes that one day she will met her her prince charming, but her expectations are rather high too.  "He must be talented in order to be able to charm her." Zhi Jian added that these are what Winnie herself said.


Album production Co-ordinator C De, "Watched her transformation from a singer into a celebrity."

C De has worked with Winnie on four albums. Initially, he thought Winnie was a prim and proper person who follows the rules to the last dot and one who does not have unusual habits.  With this understanding, he thought Winnie's choice of car would be a brand which emphasizes more on safety,  such as Ford. But it turned out that Winnie chose a BMW, and in fact, her racing skills are no worse than a guy's--she had even driven past 140km/h on the expressway in Taiwan.  Maybe the choice of car and her pleasure of racing reflects Winnie's inert impulse and risk-taking nature.

C De relates that he once discovered that, at one point in time, Winnie especially liked to paint her nails with bright colours and it almost became an obsession. She tried all nail colours such like green and peach. He felt that this could be part of her transformation from being a singer to a celebrity.  In the process of working together, her co-workers constantly discover her innate happy-go-lucky nature.  Perhaps her creativity demonstrated via her outfit and music, her constantly wanting of something new, something different  ways to do things arise from the fact that she is an Aquarius!

 

Rock Magazine Edition 159 (May 1997)
 

Translation Credits: Shawne (Winnie's fan)

 

星聞播報室

 

最近和曉琪接觸的人都有個新發現:如果有一天她不當歌手了,可能可以作「辛培梅」!原來她最近勤於學習做意大利菜,逢人就誇耀她最拿手的「羅馬燉飯」,並到處承諾要親自下廚,讓大夥嚐嚐她的手藝。可是所有人從元旦到新年、製作人生日、配唱結束、到辛苦的小企劃生日,等到海枯石爛,卻逢「新竹貢丸」都沒吃到,更別提「羅馬燉飯」了!歸咎原因,大概是曉琪太紅了,通告都已經滿滿的了,哪有閒工夫侍候大夥兒啊!

 

【1997年5月/滾石雜誌

 

Recently, those who had encounters Winnie would have a new discovery: If one day she were to quit singing, she can become a cook!

 

Recently, Winnie had been very keen on learning Italian cuisine.  No matter who she meets, she would definitely recommend her speciality "Roman steamed Rice" and she even promise to personally prepare the dish for all.  Unfortunately, due to her full work schedule, this kind of did not materialize.