[Meeting Intellectuals in the Spring Hills] Review| Yao Qian: May It Be a Song

Lecturer Introduction  

 

Mr.YAO Qian -

Musician, Lyricist and Collector

 

Mr. YAO Qian is a lyricist and manager in music industry. As a lyricist, he won numerous awards and great popularity for his representative lyrics such as "I’m Willing" and "Perhaps Love", etc. He has dedicated his time to both music creation and management for the past 30 years, during which he had served as General Manager of EMI, Virgin, and Sony in Taiwan. YAO is also keen on film, literature and travelling. 

 

      The Most Familiar Stranger    

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Facing the poster with a strong color contrast of red and green, you might feel that the curly haired uncle in sunglasses should bound to have lots of fantastic adventures. While listening to the song "The Most Familiar Stranger", you might have thought that there must be immortal love stories one after another. However, it is our habit to judge a person by tags. Chances are it is totally different from the facts. 

 

In the lecture of Mr. YAO Qian, most of us found our judgment was wrong when he gently walked up to the stage.

 

 

The World of Songs          

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There were fantastic stories such as conquering the top of Africa in 7 days, moving love tales and an impulsive Dong girl with a regretful marriage. These stories were mixed with tears, resolves and hardship. They were not love stories with an abrupt end or of no end, but were infused as inspiration in the ballad of the Dong’s.

 

Audience said that by this lecture, many things were finally clear. We are pleased to share with you the world of songs that were created by Mr. YAO Qian in our 5th "Meeting Intellectuals in the Spring Hills" Lecture Series. 

 

          Your Time is Yours          

 

Yao said, "For nearly 20 years in the music record industry, it is high time to get back my ownership of time."

 

Time makes life, while we all have the right to own our time. Life sucks sometimes, and we are trapped by the trivialities. We compromise again and again but still find it hard to be happy, not being able to withdraw the time we have paid. Men are small. Living a life is like dreaming a big dream. The truest is the word 'happy'. Why not try to earn our time back for the truest feeling deep inside?

 

          The Freedom of Soul          

 

Yao said, "Do the thing you care and love the most."

 

Owning the time is for the freedom of soul. When can it be free? – when you are doing the things that you care and love the most, which can make you feel most your value, your sense of existence and satisfaction. Interestingly, these are the things you do when you feel time goes too fast. It’s like being with the people you like, not realizing that a few hours have passed. Most people have become timeservers, but I hope you are not one. Wish you could find your freedom which is as brilliant as fire. 

 

 

          The Freedom of Soul         

 

Yao said, "Do the thing you care and love the most."

 

Owning the time is for the freedom of soul. When can it be free? – when you are doing the things that you care and love the most, which can make you feel most your value, your sense of existence and satisfaction. Interestingly, these are the things you do when you feel time goes too fast. It’s like being with the people you like, not realizing that a few hours have passed. Most people have become timeservers, but I hope you are not one. Wish you could find your freedom which is as brilliant as fire. 

 

 

          Reading is A Status       

  

Yao said, "Reading is a status."

 

He once thought that reading is just about words. He now finds that reading goes far beyond it. Watching movies is reading; talking with people we don’t know is reading; going for an exhibition is also reading. Reading, is to see the changes of the world by heart.

 

 

          A Contrast with Art          

 

Yao said, "It’s not about owning anything, but feeling something."

 

The meaning of art contrast is to understand the view of others. What makes reading fantastic is that by defining art, we can capture a specific idea at the specific place of the specific person - like a piece of cell section - going beyond the boundaries of age, race, time and space. “History is written by the winners, while the history of art can be set as the contrast.” They are not what we thought, like ZENG Fanzhi drawing watermelon every summer; and like Picasso who lived in times of the world wars, loved to express by simple shapes with less complicated meanings. It’s all because “when the world is at chaos, one should paint something simple”. 

 

              Try to Accept         

   

Yao said, "We cannot avoid comparing. Try to accept."

 

There were times when he could not accept to be compared. As days go by, he can gradually accept the identity as ‘lyricist’ with a faithful and sincere mind. It’s because he knows, his past accomplishes his present. 

 

 

              To face Yourself             

 

Yao said, "I’m already in my fifties. I don’t want to pretend to be a heartbroken 25-year-old writing love songs anymore."

 

Men have their peaks in life, and are remembered by these periods of time. However, life is changing constantly with infinite extensibility. As you cannot act out your past, why not live your today? This is what you have to think over.  

 

 

          By the time of a song          

It seems that we have seen a very different YAO Qian within the time of a song – interesting, humorous, humble, generous and lovely. It’s our honor to have the chance to meet such a YAO Qian, with such life attitude.

 

"Chun Shan Ya Ju"  or "Meeting Intellectuals in the Spring Hills", is one of the University's lecture series where the University will invite social elites to share with our students in form of salon or lecture to promote a discussion of thought-provoking issues or soul-touching experiences. During these events, everyone will have a chance to listen and respond on their world views, their aspirations, and intellectual taste in life.