At the point of me writing this, Chinese New Year (CNY) isn't quite over yet. After all, it's supposed to be celebrated over a period of fifteen days. I know what you're asking: What sort of a new year is this? Well, only the best one...or at least to me, my FAVORITE one, regardless of our faith, nationality and religion.
I was invited by TV2 on CNY's Eve to talk about the CNY spirit and to perform one of my songs on-air. I hesitated about taking up the slot because the request came at the last minute. Okay, I have to admit that it was because I shuddered at the thought of my father's angry face flashing before me. My father, like most Chinese parents, is very strict about us (his children, even if we're really adults now) being home for the CNY Eve reunion dinner. Missing out or being late for that dinner would be as good as suicide. Thankfully, the slot with TV2 was scheduled for the morning, so I hopped on board. I performed my self-written mandarin song on the piano and the response from the audience as well as the TV crew were better than I had expected - immediately after, TV3 invited me to do another interview and performance with them, this time, on the 2nd day of CNY.
It was great news, but, truth be told, my first reaction was, "NooOoooOO!!!" I mean, which Chinese (or even half-bred Chinese) would actually like to work during CNY? Nevertheless, I realised I should make the appearance because TV3 has been very supportive of my music (they've been airing our music videos quite frequently) and also for the sake of my other bandmates who have worked so hard to get constant airplay and exposure -, it'd be a waste to turn down this given opportunity. After all, it'd only take about half an hour, for crying out loud! So, kicking myself in the butt, I agreed.
When I got there, I found out that I had to do a different song at the very last minute due to some technical issues. Instead of sticking to the familiar songs I've done so many times, I decided to perform a song I have not even rehearse beforehand - a song I've written, of which the lyrics I couldn't even recall then! So I struggled to sort this problem out but in less than 10 minutes, I was made to seat on stage, and the producer had already started counting down to my air time! Eek! I went on to perform live nationwide just like that - underprepared. Unexpectedly, that very performance generated additional fans following me on Facebook.
Looks like my new year's already off to an incredibly good start...yippie!
But rabbit year and what not, how can any CNY not start well with the good ol' fifteen days of celebration? Fifteen days of food, family, food, family and food? Do forgive your Chinese friends if they come back to work behaving like zombies after this season. It's just a serious hangover from all the merry-making we go through annually.
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Janice is the Songwriter and Vocalist of the band, Janice and the Supertank.