Halloween entry? Sorry, but I have another important, more relevant event to document here.On 31st October 1948, a talented young gentleman debuted in his first big screen episode, a movie entitled 'Chinta' (Love) & that was the mark of history in the Malay entertainment circle. That very gentleman was none other than Tan Sri P. Ramlee (RIP) who went on to become one of the most formidable actor-director-composer & I see his accomplishments as remarkable.
I recently read this book about P. Ramlee & thought that he was very lucky to be talent-spotted by BS Rajhans, otherwise, that latent talent in him would have been a total waste. There is much potential in many of us, if this is developed at a younger, tender age, we would, I believe, grow up to further manifest this talent & much good will entail. P. Ramlee was a natural, he had no formal music education. He was very much self-taught & developed his multi-instrumental talent along the way, always redefining his accomplishments at every opportunity. This is a great gift indeed.
I would certainly wish that someone had spotted my talent in music & art earlier in life so that I wouldn't end up engaged in this repulsive profession. Going to work & hating what you are doing is not going to do much good for you; your job satisfaction is non-existent. The moment you set foot in the office, you'd wish the day would end in a flash but this isn't the case. You suffer every moment of the way till the day's end. Thankfully, my guitars have kept my lucidity in check.
P. Ramlee, RIP, March 22, 1929 – May 29, 1973.