Leonard Cohen,RIP.


  1. Chelsea Hotel
  2. Anthem
  3. Dance me to the end of love
  4. I am your man
  5. So Long Marianne
  6. You want it darker
  7. Did I ever love you?
  8. Love itself
  9. Poem:?Villanelle?for our time
  10. Tower of the song
  11. Hallelujah
  12. Suzanne
  13. Famous Blue Raincoat
  14. Closing time
  15. Everybody knows
  16. Waiting for the miracle
  17. A thousand kisses deep
  18. In my secret life
  19. Bird on the wire
  20. The Future
  21. Almost like the blues
  22. Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye
  23. Democracy

This is a must read about Leonard Cohen by David Remnick of New Yorker

Here is another excellent review on Leonard Cohen by The Guardian

Stage Time and Wine @ The Red Room on Taipei Times

Here’s an article about Stage Time and Wine on Taipei Times written by Diane Baker.

Red Room

Ayesha Mehta grew up in Taipei and went off to Sydneyto study music and voice at a conservatory, became a jazz singer and a vocal coach — and fell in love with the spoken word. “When I first arrived in Sydney from Taipei, I found a poetry night at a pub, hosted by Tug Dumbly [organizer and host of Bardflys, Australia’s long-running spoken word night]. He’s become an icon … I came back six years later and there’s no place I can go to read books except in the living room,” Mehta said in a telephone interview on Wednesday.

Missing Bardflys, she was looking for a way to create a similar experience here. Then she met Ping Chu (朱平), the well-known pharmacist-turned-entrepreneur who brought the Aveda cosmetics franchise to Taiwan and established Nonzero restaurant. It was kismet. “I went to volunteer for Typhoon Morakot in Taitung. The first night I walked into the [Dulan] Sugar Factory (都蘭新東糖廠藝術村) and Ping was standing there with a big smile on his face. ‘I know your mom [businesswoman and artist Roma Mehta],’ he said. I met him a couple of times in Taipei and then I told him I had been thinking about doing a ‘Red Room’ since I came backing in April,” Mehta said. Ping loved the idea and told her that his girlfriend organizes reading nights in Hong Kong and he had been “waiting for something like this to happen in Taipei.”

Mehta had been looking for a space like a large living room that would be big enough to hold several dozen people yet could still feel comfortable and intimate. Ping just happened to know of some, since this is what he builds as training spaces for Aveda.

Having found a space and a very willing collaborator, Mehta organized musician friends to perform two sets, put up posters and sent out e-mails inviting people to read, sing, but most importantly, listen.

“Bring something you have written or choose a passage from somewhere else that you are moved to read aloud,” she told people, but keep it at five minutes, while musical participants were encouraged to bring their instruments for jam sessions at the beginning and end of the night Attendees were also told to bring something to drink, and after the first event, also a washed and peeled vegetable ready for the stewpot.

The first Stage Time and Wine@ Red Room event was held in November last year at a space right next to Nonzero and Aveda’s office. The second night, held last month, was just down the road at another Aveda venue, the company’s “learning space.” The first event drew 60 or 70 people, maybe more, Mehta said, while the second one attracted 40 to 50. She described the first event “as a laugh,” while the second was “like a living room, people meeting each other, really wonderful.”

Metha said she wanted to keep the events low budget to make them accessible to everyone. “If you go out for a drink, you spend at least NT$400, if you go out for coffee it’s at least NT$100,” she said. “Here you spend NT$200, you can drink as much as you want, eat as much as you want.” Thanks to Ping, Nonzero provides the glasses and kitchen supplies — along with some complimentary cookies.

Though Mehta stressed that Stage Time and Wine@ Red Room III is an event for listening, it is open to whatever people want to do. She noted that at the first event “one person came and shrieked like a banshee,” while at the second a woman came and read in Taiwanese, French and English. Asked about the Red Room name, Mehta laughed and said it was a long story but basically it’s “a name for the space.” “Each one is so different, I’m looking forward to seeing it
evolve,” Mehta said. “People get what they bring.”

WHAT: Stage Time and Wine@ Red Room III
WHEN: Tomorrow from 6:30pm to 10:30pm
WHERE: 2F, 117, Da-an Rd Sec 1, Taipei City
ADMISSION: NT$200 at door. For more
information, send an e-mail to red.room.taipei@
gmail.com or pingc@canmeng.com.tw

Reading Night 002 – Saturday, Dec 12, 2009


是的,許多人要求Ayesha跟我能否將Reading Night變成常態的聚會。我們決定在12月12日舉辦第二次Reading Night。如果您想增加您的英文能力及認識更多不同文化背景的創意人,並能做到下列事情:

帶自己名片,並決心在Reading Night結交兩個好朋友
NT$ 200門票


Update on 2009-12-30 Here are some photos from the 2nd Reading Night.

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Reading night for lovers of words and sounds


現在請問問自己,您最近一個月有曾參加過一個能激發您對生活中有不同選擇的活動嗎?您願意投資時間,走出安全舒適的習慣生活,體驗自己從不曾體驗過的活動或生活方式嗎?如果沒有,您沒有任何人可以埋怨,因為您選擇沒有take time, take risk, take action. 沒有選擇,也是一種選擇。

我決定跟好友Ayesha共同主辦一個讀詩及即興音樂的晚上,Ayesha跟我都覺得目前的台灣社會,缺少深度聆聽 (Deep Listening) 。Reading Night是一個機會讓我們真實的給他人我們專注的聆聽,分享我們對文字及聲音的喜悅。每一個人帶他自己寫的或所喜歡的一首詩,朗讀給大家。在讀詩的空檔,我們會邀請愛音樂的人帶他的樂器,即興的跟我們分享一段他的音樂。




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BQ Conference

Chu Ping talks about making a life rather than making a living from BQConference

我在2008年11月,一個偶然的機會,認識一群年輕人(Jason, Keli, Eric, Kevin)希望能以美國TED的模式在台灣用問大問題的方式, 成立Big Question。推動一個新的覺醒運動。在兩天的會議中:


Pierre Loisel and Chu Ping Q&A from BQConference


2009-03-28 Update

Our TEDxTaipei event is featured on TED website now. http://www.ted.com/pages/view/id/263

Check it out.

Leonard Cohen: Anthem

在某一期的ICB我曾介紹過Annie Lennox給年輕的讀者。 今天我介紹一個我在年輕時就崇拜的詩人歌手-Leonard Cohen。

最近我終於圓了年輕時之夢想:“有一天能親身參與Leonard Cohen的演唱會。” 當得知他要在歐洲舉辦演唱會時,急忙上網 訂了他在柏林演唱會的票。也順便造訪我一直很喜歡的Berlin和 Copenhagen兩個城市。(我鼓勵大家要專注旅行,不要走馬看花,我通常都是在一個城市住一陣子,來真正認識這個城市的文化及一般人的生活。)

回到Leonard Cohen 柏林O2 Arena 的 sold out 演唱會,原來期待都是中年歌迷,很意外的有許多許多年青觀眾。真高興年青一代也開始追尋這種如詩如畫的歌詞及他特殊低啞 呢喃的聲音。(我發覺我更喜歡他現在老年的聲音。)我年輕時就是被他這種唱腔,批判及挑戰主流,充滿意境,有點黑色的歌詞所吸引。詩人所做的歌詞就是如此之豐富。不同的人會被不同的一句話所觸動和感動。

現在一起來欣賞一首Leonard Cohen 的歌“Anthem”。他最有名的歌曲是Suzanne和Hallelujah。

1。請仔細聽讀一遍 “Anthem”. Click Anthem by Leonard Cohen to listen (link will open in new tab or window, if the song doesn’t play automatically, click the PLAY button)

The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government —
signs for all to see.

I can’t run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
a thundercloud
and they’re going to hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring …

You can add up the parts
but you won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.



  • Leonard Cohen的長者風範。脫帽向他的樂手一一致敬,並用獨特的句子來介紹他們, 如he is the ambassador of the breath (saxophone player), he is the priest of precision (drummer), he is the guardian of the clock (bassist).
  • 他的專注(閉眼),尤其他單膝跪在一位年長的吉他手前,崇拜這位吉他手的樣子。看到他們兩位長者樂手的互動,讓我感動不已。
  • 被一位坐在後面的德國觀眾勸告,不要只顧拍照,要用心看,不要用照相機看。(謝謝他的提醒,於是將照相機收起來。)

真希望有更多人開始欣賞Leonard Cohen的歌。我相信他的歌會一直有人唱下去。他是我的英雄。

“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”

您對這句話 有甚麼回應及感想?

不知您喜歡Leonard Cohen嗎?歡迎分享。

Sally Potter: Tango Lesson

Sally Potter的Tango Lesson是我極喜歡的電影。每當我需要pick up我的心情時, Tango Lesson的音樂就是我的選擇之一。我鼓勵每個人都要有意識的找到一首歌,一曲音樂,成為自己心情的守護者。您可以跟我分享能pick up您的心情的音樂嗎?

Annie Lennox – Why

許多人都知道Annie Lennox 是我最喜愛的女歌手之一。每次聽到 Why 這首歌都讓我有不同的感動。你看完她的powerful performance 後,可否跟我們分享您的感動,也歡迎跟我們分享您最喜歡的 music video.


How many times do I have to try to tell you
That I’m sorry for the things I’ve done
But when I start to try to tell you
That’s when you have to tell me
Hey… this kind of trouble’s only just begun
I tell myself too many times
Why don’t you ever learn to keep your big mouth shut
That’s why it hurts so bad to hear the words
That keep on falling from your mouth
Falling from your mouth
Falling from your mouth
Tell me…

I may be mad
I may be blind
I may be viciously unkind
But I can still read what you’re thinking
And I’ve heard it said too many times
That you’d be better off
Why can’t you see this boat is sinking
(this boat is sinking this boat is sinking)
Let’s go down to the water’s edge
And we can cast away those doubts
Some things are better left unsaid
But they still turn me inside out
Turning inside out turning inside out
Tell me…
Tell me…

This is the book I never read
These are the words I never said
This is the path I’ll never tread
These are the dreams I’ll dream instead
This is the joy that’s seldom spread
These are the tears…
The tears we shed
This is the fear
This is the dread
These are the contents of my head
And these are the years that we have spent
And this is what they represent
And this is how I feel
Do you know how I feel ?
’cause i don’t think you know how I feel
I don’t think you know what I feel
I don’t think you know what I feel
You don’t know what I feel

Doing well while doing good

肯邦是我的第一家公司。每年都會舉辦一次美髮設計師節。2007104日我參加第11屆肯邦設計師節,那是我最驕傲的一天。因為我知道一個公司是可以同時擁有成功與靈魂。我非常喜歡這首歌 “We bring beauty to the world” 歌詞是由肯邦公司孫希均先生所做,主唱者是一群台灣設計師。

肯邦設計師節緣起 www.hairhelp.can.com.tw



今年肯邦更有感於地球溫室效應,已嚴重地 改變我們所處的環境及氣侯,我們有責任站出來身體力行,將環保確實落實在生活中,讓越多人知道且採取行動,就是為我們及後代子孫做最最大貢獻,這不僅是國 家和政府的責任,實際上這是我們所有人的責任。肯邦並非專業的環保團隊,但肯邦代表的是一群關心環境、社會公益的企業及個人。為了加強活動的專業度並擴大 影響層面,肯邦特別邀請「行政院環保署」為此次活動的上級指導單位,另外也結合長期推動環保的民間單位荒 野保護協會的資源,尋求專業上的資源與協助。肯邦在推動這次的環保活動之後也立即獲得各界的迴響與認同,如美髮誌、誠品台北信義店、方思整合行銷、尚虹公 關、奧堤公關等單位相繼成為此次活動的協辦單位,各方資源因公益而結合,共同為此次的關懷行動付出心力。透過這次環保活動的舉行,有為數多達550名的愛心美髮人資助金錢,以表達他們對此次活動的支持。肯邦也公開宣布,這次活動所募集的贊助款,將撥一部分給予「荒野保護協會」,肯定該機構長期投注在環境保護上的心力,其餘款項將用來捐助「中華民國身心障礙藝文推廣協會」,藉此磚引玉,讓該協會在今後擁有更多資源,以持續協助國眾多的身心障礙民眾。