擁抱快樂的辛曉琪    
 

擁抱快樂的辛曉琪

/ 鄭光輝

辛曉琪又失戀了…辛曉琪在情路上又受傷了。從酒店大堂一路走上會客室的時候,我心想,待會見到的辛曉琪會是什麼樣子的。腦海中模糊勾勒的素描,有一雙幽幽的眼神。

和她握手的那一刻,我從她的眼神讀不到哀愁,只有盈盈笑意,和一種瀟灑的爽朗。“很開心,這是我第一次完完全全製作自己的唱片吖!”說的是她的新專輯《我也會愛上別人的》。
 
愉快的心情是來自于她的工作嗎?出過了15張唱片,製作自己的唱片和由別人來製作自己的唱片,感覺有什麼不同?
 
“之前有那麼多那麼棒的製作人,很多事情都不用擔心,不用自己管,可以偷懶。現在都快累死了。”那幹嘛還自己做?“其實之前的唱片我都有做過一些嘗試。這次會正式“下海”,就是因為在一些經驗當中,發現一些自己的想法是對的。於是告訴自己:可以開始了。


穿著一件小花圖案的粉紅襯衫,配著一條隨性的牛仔褲,辛曉琪一臉輕鬆自在。兩邊嘴角一撇,做了個苦瓜臉的表情:“好辛苦哦! ”

旋即又換來了副興奮的神情:“自己喜歡的東西,自己做,完全自己做主,真的很過癮。不像以前都要給製作人牽著鼻子走。我很喜歡現在的這個階段。”

哦?那給李宗盛“牽著鼻子走”的感覺是怎麼樣的?她回答得一點也不慢:“蠻好啊!”

始終無法擺脫辛曉琪《領悟》的影響,因為在MTV中如此純粹,如此不加修飾的感情直白,已經不只是一種感動,而是一種最直接的心靈激蕩。聽她的《我也會愛上別人的》,沒有了那種最直面的一瀉如注的揪心,但音樂感情的表達方式卻是相差不遠。是為了再次提醒大家對“辛曉琪情歌”標誌的認識嗎?

“我沒有為了改變而刻意的改變。歌曲的感覺原來是這樣就是這樣,辛曉琪原來是這樣就是這樣。”

她的額頭向上微微的揚起,說得很乾脆:“辛曉琪本來就那麼愛哭,這就是我的個性。當我接觸到一首歌和我的情緒那麼巧合的接近的時候,我很容易就會哭了出來。但是我每次哭完之後,那種感覺就會升華,然後,就哭不出來了。”

不管近期傳媒對辛曉琪又一次失敗的戀情怎麼樣的炒作,再次引起大家對“辛曉琪室情歌”的記憶,我卻在淺嚐她的歌聲時發覺,其實辛曉琪輕鬆的歌聲,帶點慵懶的爵士節奏漫不經心的吟唱《誰啊》,反而讓我有種灑落一室陽光的心情,覺得那種在恬靜與活力之間的空氣更能與身體的呼吸相聯係。

辛曉琪又笑了:“我也蠻喜歡唱快歌的。尤其在錄快歌的時候,很多次都是一次過。”

一種陷入夢幻的迷霧浮上她的雙瞳:“《誰啊》錄完後我就像喝醉了的那種感覺,好醉好醉。我問他們:我剛才在唱什麼?我都不知道自己在唱什麼?他們告訴我,這樣就行了。可當時我只想有人和我跳舞。”

有人和你在錄音室跳過舞嗎?

她笑得更開心了“有,李宗盛和我跳過。”

這個好奇心非滿足不可,哪首歌?

“可愛的玫瑰花。”

新專輯同時收錄了幾乎她過去所有膾炙人口的歌曲,是重錄嗎?

“沒有。我已經唱得很好了,不需要重錄。我只是重新做了後期的混音部分,修補一些當時音樂和錄音的瑕疵。比如音樂的平衡和小提琴的音色等等。”

吐了吐舌頭:“老闆開始不知道我要重新混音,我是先斬後奏。後來他知道了,只是“哦”了一聲,也沒怎麼樣。


看她開心又得意的神情,第一次正式當上製作人,對她而言,仿佛就是玩了一個相當好玩的遊戲般的輕鬆自在,會不會就此踏上製作人的路,以後也給其他歌手製作唱片?

“當然不會!幫別人做壓力就
來了。”她的謙虛媕Y的自信成份不言而喻:“我對技術方面的問題一竅不通,但是我對idea 和音樂空間很有把握。”

她突然做了個青衣花旦的手勢,故作謙虛:“小女子沒什麼了不起的!”

新加坡生活月刊2004年9月號

 

On my way to meet Winnie Hsin, I wondered to myself, now that she is out of love, how would she be like?  In my mind, I envisaged a pair of sorrowful eyes.

At the moment I shook hands with her, I couldn't see a single trace of sorrow in her eyes, instead, I was greeted by a bright, frank Winnie all-smiles.  "This is the time I am producing my own album and I am very happy about it."

So, she derive her joy from her work?  After cutting 15 albums, how different is it between producing her own album rather than leaving it to another producer?

"In the past, I had worked with my outstanding producers and I had an easy time, I did not have to worry about anything.  But it's really so tiring being my own producer and having to take care of everything"

"Why did you do it then?"

"Previously, I did make some attempts/ contributions in production process.  Due to some past experiences which prove that some of my thinkings were right, I told myself, it's time!"

Dressed in a small-print floral light pink blouse with a pair of casual jeans, Winnie looked relaxed.

She even playfully made a bitter face and groaned, "It's really tough, you know?", followed by an excited expression, “To be personally in charge, to influence the outcome of the thing I love, it's simply enjoyable, unlike the past when I have to be led by the nose."

"Oh? So, how does it like to be led by the nose by Jonathan Lee (who is the producer of several of her albums)?"

She replied swiftly, "Pretty good."

Afterall, I could not rid myself of the great influence Winnie's infamous MV had on me, the one in which she poured out her feelings so unhidden.  Besides feeling touched by it, there was also an overwhelming sense of being shaken.  Listening to her new number "I will also fall in love with another", although there isn't a heart-wrenching feeling (as a result of a sudden and total loss), but her way of interpreting the songs has not changed much.  Is this a way to remind the audience of the trademark of her songs?

"I do not change for the sake of changing.  If indeed this is how I feel about this song, I would just express it accordingly. And I will just be myself." She raised her forehead slightly and continued frankly, “Winnie Hsin is simply just a cry-baby, this is just my nature.  When I come across a song and the lyrics somehow matches with how I was feeling, I can cry very easily.  But every time after crying, I would feel lifted up and wouldn't be able to cry anymore."

Despite the media's keen attention on the end of her relationship and how this might have relieved one's memory of the sorrowful Winnie, through a light jazz new number of hers, I felt otherwise. She's so relaxed, so cheerful and bright.

She chuckled and said, "I also rather like fast numbers.  When I record fast numbers, very often, I record them once through.  When I was recording this light jazz number in the studio, I felt drunk, so drunk (though I did not drink), I didn't even know what I was singing.  I asked those at the studio what I was singing, they just insisted that everything's ok.  There and then in the studio, I just hoped someone would dance with me."

"Has anyone ever danced with you in the studio?"

She laughed and said, "Yes, Jonathan Lee."

I was curious, so I asked further and she replied, "When we were recording the song "The cute rose."

Her new album "I will also fall in love with another" contains many of her former hits over the years. So, did she re-record these best hits for the new album?

"No. They were already rather well-sung, so re-recording is not required.  However, I did send some of the tracks for re-mastering.  Although the boss did not know about this beforehand, nevertheless, he did not raise any objection when he subsequently knew about it."

She looks so pleased and it just appears as though this first experience of being a producer is like a fun game to her, so relaxed and at ease.  So, would she also produce albums for others?

She replied, "Of course not, in that way, it will be very stressful.“  And she sounded confident despite being humble, "Although I have lots of ideas and can handle the music aspect confidently, but I simply know nuts about the technical staff." 

Suddenly, she playfully raised her hand, created a "Chinese traditional opera pose" and said, "There's really nothing great about me."