Trailer numero tres!
I was on my way to one of my gigs one night when my sister texted to tell me about the typhoon that struck several areas in the Philippines and how her domestic helper, Mari is worried about her family back home. She told me about how Mari’s family home – where her family (including her children) lives in, is built with bamboo for walls and the roof gets blown away whenever they’re struck by natural disasters and that broke my heart.
It’s really sad that they have to live in homes that can’t protect them ‘cos they simply cannot afford to build one that’s safer.
While I have little, some people have nothing.
At least I don’t have to worry about my roof flying away whenever the wind blows.
Some of these people are so poor, they can only afford to built brick walls, brick by brick each time they can afford to get some. And in that tedious process, still have to worry about putting food on the table.
With that in mind, I wrote a song and got together with a bunch of Singaporean artistes to record a song. All proceeds of this song will go to the victims of the recent Haiyan Typhoon.
Life gets a lot better when we can rely on the kindness of strangers.
“We want to give you a platform for your talent.”
I already have a YouTube account which allows me to perform in the comfort of my own home and still hit a pretty comfortable audience number. The only difference is, you won’t get a cent exploiting my talent; which you claim to admire but refuse to pay for. Bottomline: you’re a cheapskate.
Sure, there are many other people who are willing to sing for free ‘cos money is not as important as putting their music out there and they don’t care whether they get paid or not. Unfortunately, I do. I care about not spoiling the market, I care about not making people think it’s okay to bully musicians and not pay them ‘cos believe it or not, it’s a real service, it’s a real job.
I care that I will be able to buy my next pack of cigarettes, my next meal so I can write my music. Music is not really free. So don’t take food and cigarettes out of my mouth, and say you’re helping me by “giving me a platform”. With piracy and easy digital downloads on various sites, the least you can do is pay the musician who’s singing live.
Go to my facebook page to check out the teaser track. :)