Month: April 2014

DON’T SUCK: Words of Wisdom from //Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry//

“Baby, we have no choice of what color we’re born or who our parents are or whether we’re rich or poor. What we do have is some choice over what we make of our lives once we’re here.” Mama cupped my face in her hands. “And I pray to God you’ll make the best of […]

Performance vs Precision

One of my old band members once said of me: “The reason I like Kevin’s playing is not that he’s technical. He’s not. He’s not the fastest player I’ve ever seen, I think (our old bassist) was faster. But while (our old bassist) was faster, Kevin’s playing is just more entertaining. With (our old bassist), it felt […]

AWARD: Most Creative Lyrics (Homesongs 2014)

New news! I’ve won the award for “Most Creative Lyrics” at the Homesongs competition, with my song “Kopitiam”. I’ll attach the lyrics below, and if there’s some kind of demand, perhaps I’ll post a recording 😉 I’m wondering if there’ll be any demand for a “learn English via lyrics” kind of workshop in schools, hmm.. […]

The Metaphor of the Monk

tl;dr — see end of post, plus YouTube vid at the end! A monk — one who has taken a vow of poverty to dedicate his life to the Good. I know of a monk who wouldn’t like being labeled a monk. He has dedicated his life to what he views as the highest Good, as […]

You Never Know (a story about breathing)

This story is adapted from Jack Kornfield. I used this short story in a guest lecture I delivered in NAFA recently. Enjoy! There was once an army general, who had just come back from numerous tours of duty in an active war zone. As a general in the war, he had seen many horrible things […]

Robert Fulghum — underrated master of the short story (or so I say!)

Robert Fulghum’s writing saved me. When I was in university, I was a little bit of a nervous wreck, as I was pushing myself a little bit too hard. I didn’t know how to stop, rest, and smell the roses — but I definitely knew how to read, and it was only through reading that […]

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