via Daily Prompt: Bewildered

Bewildered was a song by one of Asia’s most popular singers Leslie Cheung, who sadly took his own life in 2003. (I have worked in the area of suicide prevention for years, but even though I know the technicalities of suicide, I am still bewildered by it, which, I guess is hardly surprising as I’m not in that space).

Cheung was a very gifted person, a successful singer and a successful actor. He had/has a huge following. I recognize his name from acting – if you ever saw the movie ‘Farewell My Concubine’ then you have seen Leslie Cheung in action. I couldn’t find a version of ‘Bewildered’ with English subtitles, but even so, I quite liked the experience of listening to him sing in Cantonese, and watching him perform/act on the clip. Cheung is considered to be one of the fathers of Cantopop, which is a genre of Cantonese music. Which reminds me of personal truth – I don’t always need to understand something in order to enjoy it. In fact, I can sometimes enjoy the unknown or not understood more than if I did understand or know. Which is an even greater truth, I don’t need to understand everything. Sometimes mystery is good for the soul.



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11 responses to “Bewildered

  1. I enjoyed this very much. You are so right, we don’t always need to understand in order to appreciate. Thank you for sharing it!

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  2. I think it is very personal – but I will tell you this – after my father and Uncle (his brother-in-law) died leaving me almost familyless I seriously thought about ending it all – mainly because I couldn’t get out of the emotional pain I was in. I decided that all I wanted was an end to the pain, and that death would not actually end it – so I decided to live. BUT that might not be true for anyone but me, I don’t know. I figure there is still work for me to do here and now. Amazing song by the way. I wonder if Leslie Chung had difficulties having real relationships, having people around him he really could trust – I think though I don’t know it to be true, that that is one componant.

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    • I’m sorry to here your family have almost gone, mine are nearly all gone and the good ones too. Yes, I know from research that the entertainers do suffer from identity and intimacy issues and that is certainly a contributing factor. Loneliness even in a crowd.

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  3. I enjoyed listening to this. For some reason it made me think of Julie Andrews in Sound of Music with a pop beat. A lovely melodic happy sound. Sorry to hear that he was that unhappy and chose to leave this life.

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  4. Music transcends countries and languages.
    I can relate to it as I listen to Polish sings but don’t understand a word

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