SONGS WITHOUT WORDS: Optimism Pessimism

悲观乐观 – 严爵
(Pessimistic Optimistic – Yen-J)


another piece for Songs Without Words. there’s another version but apparently Im bad at photo manip (gahh!) so let’s forget about that. I came out with different edits tho, mixing different downloaded actions (yes, Im lazy and I don’t bother to hide the fact) and experimenting with exposure. and yea, apart from photo manip I realize Im bad at doing light leaks blahhh.

for the reason above, I can only hope that viewers are smart enough to get the picture. heh, sorry. I actually did this once but wasn’t that satisfied so.

anyway, I like Yen-J’s songs especially when he’s still new in the industry although this one’s not popular. it’s basically about being optimistic in his style of lyrics-writing (a lil Crowd Lu-ish). pretty straightforward.

I’ve been an optimistic kid for my whole life until I started to see things differently recently. you know, as the saying goes, rose-coloured glasses have their thorns, you have to pay the price for everything in life, including being optimistic. optimistic people always think things are not at their worst, yet. like what my friend used to told me two years ago, “whatever shit happens it’s not as bad as the sky falling right? even if the sky falls, it’s only fluffy clouds.”

one day, the sky will fall (like in Chicken Little) and you will realize that clouds aren’t fluffy at all. one day when the worst has come… I don’t know, maybe you’ll be broken into pieces so irretrievable that you give up on any hopes.

although being optimistic hurts (sometimes), I don’t see any good in being pessimistic. yes, go worry about the empty half of the glass, but no one’s gonna fill it up for you.

maybe we should be the realist. or maybe we should just be the opportunist. drink the water to quench your thirst, use the water to water plants so you get more oxygen, etc. though I still dunno what’s the price of being the opportunist or realist. please tell me if you know.


SONGS WITHOUT WORDS: Yellow

Yellow - Coldplay

“Vincent Van Gogh used to eat yellow paint because he thought it would get the happiness inside him. Many people thought he was mad and stupid for doing so because the paint was toxic, never mind that it was obvious that eating paint couldn’t possibly have any direct correlation to one’s happiness, but I never saw that. If you were so unhappy that even the maddest ideas could possibly work, like painting the walls of your internal organs yellow, then you are going to do it. It’s really no different than falling in love or taking drugs. There is a greater risk of getting your heart broken or overdosing, but people still do it everyday because there was always that chance it could make things better. Everyone has their yellow paint.” – anonymous

something I read from Tumblr a while ago. and yeah, I agree with that. everyone has their yellow paint.

haven’t been using my brain for some sorta conceptual shoots for quite some time yea this was supposed to be done in February and the original idea was totally different but the concept still the same and I want it to be more Instagram-ish and when I told this Van-Gogh-eating-yellow-paint story to my friend we had a debate on what paint tastes. she said bitter I said sour. I dont know maybe we should really try it.

anyway, most of the time Im inspired by the songs I listen for the ideas I come up with (or crap, whatever) so one day, I have this idea of taking photos and naming them with song names and this whole thing is also named after “songs” (not really sure if it could be considered “songs”) which is Songs Without Words by Mendelssohn yea I know Im good at linking stuffs up I think I deserve an award. but Im not really sure how much Im into this (demotivated, forever and always) maybe after this I will ditch this whole idea. man, I really dont know.

anyway (ahem), this is Yellow because when I read the lyrics it felt like it’s written for some sorta depressed person (I checked it up, nope, it’s not but I happened to follow a bunch of teens on Tumblr who kept reblogging all these depression-related stuffs) and the first line of the lyrics is “look at the star, look how they shine for you” it reminds me of Van Gogh’s Starry Starry Night so yeah.

wow, this is one long post. have a good day. :)