For a long time now we seem to have been barraged by one thing or another. Whether it be wars, or disasters, or politics, or ‘religionism’, or racism, or road rage, or even someone saying something stupid… I don’t know, the list never seems to end.
Turns out I had some time on my hands so I really wanted to do something that would take my mind off the silliness and focus on something more positive for a change. A soul-cleansing, if you will!
‘Ilham Pujangga’ is a Malay classic that has touched me from the day I first heard it. I think it was about 20 years ago… funny how I cannot recall when or where it happened. However I do remember watching the late ‘Mr. Gambus’ Farid Ali (pic,left) performing this song, alone with his guitar. I remember standing still at the back of the hall, mesmerized by his singing, but more so by the strength of the lyrics and melody that seemed to speak directly to my soul. It spoke of peace, harmony, self-restraint and everything else we need to live on this planet we call home. From that moment on, I vowed to produce that song someday.
That ‘vow’ has stayed on the back-burner for 20-odd years!
Not any more though! With the unceasing bad news not showing any signs of slowing down, I figured ‘Ilham’ was the perfect antidote for depressing times. This notion seemed to be confirmed when just as I was going to start on this pet project, a close friend remarked, “people don’t produce good songs like ‘Heal The World’ anymore”. Sadly she’s right!
I just hope that this song and the accompanying video will remind us of the wealth we possess in our diversity. Ismail Haron (the original artise & songwriter) got it right when he said this:
Kasih sesama manusia
Seperti anda sayangkan diri anda
Pandang yang satu kepada yang ramai sayang
Pandang yang ramai kepada yang satu
(It roughly translates to “love your neighbor as yourself” & “putting the needs of others before our own”.)
One last thing! Watching the video made me realize that sports, music & hobbies were certainly the denominator of multi-racial friendships. So if you’re one of those who find you don’t have too many friends of other races, you know what to do. Play a game, join a band or go fishing!!
Till then, let keep UNITY real!