Friday, 20 December 2019

600 sec by Philip FM



The text read within this episode is an adapted excerpt of 天涯歌女 (singing girl at the sky’s edge) lyrics made up of official translation and bad google translate results read by Mimi Bahk. The rest is written by Philip FM himself, dedicated to his ageing mother



From the end of the world to the furthest sea
the companion, the younger sister
singing, playing the zither


the two of us, we have the same heart
the heart of the mountain, the tears of the north
the tears of the younger sister


tears fall and wet my blouse


I miss you, affliction of love
I am like the thread, you are like the needle
we are held together, never to be apart





I had a friend called Mimi in school and she told me, about 12 years ago, a story about her grandparents. 


She was telling me about how after her grandma died, she'd find her granddad sitting alone at night in the dark, listening to recordings of her singing, over and over again.

She was a singer.


I am 28 years old, almost 29... Mum is nearly 70..

I feel like I'm 15 right now, probably because I'm at home with my parents, in the house I grew up in, in the bed I slept in for nearly all of my life as a child and a teenager and later on when I didn't have anywhere else to go.


I think about death - and dying a lot. I feel pretty ok with the idea of death. Maybe it's because it's never happened to anyone very close to me, which is lucky, but it will, someday soon.


I always think about when my mum finally dies, I'll be just like Mimi's granddad, sitting in the dark.


Mum isn't a singer... she never sings actually, and there are no recordings of her singing.. But I'll be listening to all the music she loves, music that I love because of her. Music that I listen to to remind me of her. I think about how much of a wreck I'll be all the time, listening to all the music she loved.



Tears fall and wet my blouse

I miss you, affliction of love
I am like the thread, you are like the needle
we are held together, never to be apart



Tracklist:
Queena Cui - 天涯歌女
黃齡 - 天涯歌女(前奏)
bela - HNY, AM10:45
Koda Kumi - キューティーハニー
Crystal Kay - LOST CHILD
Rina Sawayama - Time Out (Interlude)


Artwork by Anna Marl
Voice by Mimi Bahk