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Hwa Chong Alumnus’ Music Stems From Rich Life Experience

01 Dec 2020
Arts & Culture General

Golden Horse Awards

Translated by: Ethan Sim (20A12)

金马奖是对陈文华(左二)长期努力和坚持的认可

We would like to congratulate Hwa Chong alumnus Tan Boon Wah for being the first Singaporean who has clinched the Best Original Film Song award at the recent 57th Golden Horse Awards. His song entitled Your Name Engraved Herein has since then, garnered more than 14 million views on YouTube.

In an interview with Mr Tan, he shared how his school life made a lasting impact on his career and life. Discovering his flair for composing during a Secondary 2 school camp, Hwa Chong’s rich Chinese heritage and bilingual culture led him to have a better understanding of the prosodic features of the Chinese language; which in turn made it easier for him to match his Chinese lyrics to his composed melodies. The school’s core value of having a relentless pursuit for excellence has also been deeply embedded in him, becoming a philosophy that he stands by in both his work and life.   

Mr Tan started spending more time on musical composition at university. However, this passion took a hiatus for more than a decade till 2016 due to work commitments. Yet, the extensive life experience that he attained due to this respite made his musical pieces more replete with deep emotion.

In his interview, Mr Tan expressed his hopes for his juniors in Hwa Chong. To him, the period of youth is the best time to find one’s passion in life, and he hopes that his juniors can make the best out of their youth. His advice to his juniors is to do their best and seize opportunities that come their way, so as to live with no regrets.


在理性与现实间守望初心和真情
黄俊恒 、赵陈安新 20A12

     陈文华认为梦想是给自己一个期许,也是人生努力的目标

      11月21日,在台北举行的第57届金马奖颁奖典礼上,陈文华凭着《刻在我心底的名字》捧走“最佳原创电影歌曲”,成为首位在金马奖拿下此项大奖的本地音乐人,一鸣惊人。这首歌在视频分享平台YouTube的点击率两个月内就突破750万, 荣登各地流行金曲排行榜榜首宝座。

       日前载誉返国并居家自我隔离的陈文华学长,在线上接受采访时,回忆起青涩的年少岁月,愉快地和我们分享了母校对他的人生和事业的深远影响。求学时期,文华是理科生,但处于文艺氛围浓厚的校园,他在潜移默化下加入了英文戏剧学会。有趣的剧场体验和同侪互动调剂了他的学习生活,让他找到同样热爱舞台的好友,身心得以平衡发展。

       升上大学后,文华开始了音乐创作之路。他卖出的第一首歌是台湾实力派歌手周蕙唱红的《不想让你知道》。不过,很多人其实并不知道,文华早在中二时就绽露创作才华。当时我校每年都会在圣淘沙举办常年露营活动,年仅14岁的他独自在沙滩上散步时有感而发,写下了生平的第一首歌。

       大学毕业后,文华踏入职场,全身心投入律师工作。虽然期间有十余年因工作而暂时搁下写歌,但对于音乐的热爱促使他在2016年再次出发,谱写属于自己的梦想之歌。这十来年里,世事变迁丰富了他的人生阅历,让他对音乐创作有了新的领悟与看法,也使他的曲风更加成熟,流露出来的情感愈发细腻。

       身为律师事务所的合伙人,文华平日忙于处理商业与房地产类案子,但每个周末早晨,他都会忘我地投入创作。文华多次提到母校的双语环境对其音乐事业所起的助力。他感恩学校为他打下扎实的华文基础,让他能更好地把旋律与华文歌词相结合。文华也透露他在台北隔离期间写了8首歌,准备明年1月独挑大梁,发行个人单曲。

       在结束访问前,文华表示华中校训“自强不息”犹如他的人生灯塔,在他前进的路上指引方向,让他拼尽全力,为了自己所想的生活而活,为了自己心中的梦想而活。他勉励学弟妹把握时间与机会,在最好的年代勇于涉足热爱的领域,亲手为自己的生命涂上色彩,不让人生留下任何遗憾。
 

图片:金马执委会提供

Photograph Credits:Taipei Golden Horse Festival

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