Tuesday evening around 9.15 pm, Renata Lim, a vocal instructor, also the head of Jakarta Singing School, was riding her car home. She went home late every Tuesday due to the Eliata choir practice, a Christian choir she established in 1980’s. There’s another passenger sitting next to her seat, one of her student, also a member of Eliata choir, an Alto to be exact.
It was me.
Traffic jam there was, all the way from Tomang to Grogol, a bit unusual at that time of the day. Yet, since we’re used to living in Jakarta, it needn’t be a surprise anymore. But it was okay. Renata laoshi, a classic vocal expertise, is a very nice person to talk to. One could never learn enough from such an expert like her!!! Renata laoshi has always been in love with classical music, that she doesn’t know much about pop, jazz, let alone heavy metal.
Suddenly I remembered “Zona 80”, one of my favorite TV program. It’s a nostalgic program that brings the audience back to the eighties. Several popular singers during the eighties would perform their hits during the show. It’s a really worth-watching program. Once, my favorite singer Arie Wibowo, perfomed “Singkong dan Keju“, a song I’ve never heard for the last twenty years! And the PSP (Pancaran Sinar Petromaks) singing their very famous “torerojing, torejing, torejing”, etc. Lovely!
However, I noticed that some of the great Indonesian pop singers of the eighties didn’t perform very well. I remembered clearly that they were much better singers back then. They still sound good, but they weren’t as great as they used to be. Maybe it has been years since the last time they practiced.
I asked Renata laoshi, what happens if, let’s say, a great singer stop practicing, and doesn’t sing again for many, many years. Will he or she lose the ability?
Then Renata laoshi told me, if you do love singing, give your love 100%!!! You simply cannot abandon it. Leave singing for a while, and you’ll find out that it has left you. You probably don’t really mean to leave it, but it will surely leave you. Singing is something you have to maintain. Only by giving your love 100%, practicing it regularly, then it’ll really be a part of you.
I love singing, I really do. But I must admit that I haven’t been practicing hard enough. Feeling tired from work is the hardest obstacle that keeps me from practicing everyday.
Can I give my love 100% to singing?
Only time will answer.