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Album:Black Tangerine 黑色柳丁
Artist: David Tao 陶喆
Released Date:2002.8.9
a Shock Records album
Producer: David Tao 陶喆

陶喆的黑色柳丁或许是我所听过的华语专辑中的最爱了.一张完整的专辑,没有哪首歌可以被舍弃.这也是我第一次听到"概念专辑"这个名词,让我了解到一张专辑整体性的呈现给人带来什么样的冲击和感受.从开场强烈的摇滚慢慢过渡到平和的情歌,一直到最后的摇篮曲.让我们重新找到力量,那蕴涵在平静中的爱的力量.很多评论把这张专辑里的情歌和以前david的一些情歌都笼统地概括为"陶氏情歌".那是我所不能接受的.因为在这张专辑里,我听到的是david关于爱的感受,而不只是给某个人或者为了某段感情的歌唱.我们聆听到的是他的感情,一种藏在人性里的东西,而不是个别的单独的某个情感.而正是那种无特别对象的感情,才是最后给我们力量,让我们感动的东西.它才能激发出你内心中所有的爱,或者是别的情感.而那是情歌形成的简单共鸣所不能给予的.正因为如此,才是david不同于华语乐坛其他流行歌手的原因.相比于普通流行歌手的出片速度, david并不因为自己的影响力而一味追求商业上的成功.普通流行音乐更像是一个大的制造工厂,完全地把音乐当作一种产品,在批量生产CD的同时也批量地生产着音乐.于是,模仿,雷同和滥情成为了不可避免的结果.一些音乐仅仅是对于其他音乐的简单复制和修改.而歌手的演绎只是对于歌曲本身,少许地加上自己歌唱方面的风格,那些音乐本身似乎与歌手的经历并没有太大的干系.我们看到的便是这样一个机械复制的流行音乐.有多少人性,多少情感?音乐的存在好象只是为了商业的目的.值得庆幸的是,仍然有那么些人热爱着音乐本身,而音乐更不是他们的全部,只是他们用来诠释自己情感的方式.他们更注重的,是自己情感的部分.感谢上天,给他们用音乐来诠释情感的天赋,得以使那些情感和我们一同分享,来发现我们内心的隐秘.对于我们这些没有音乐天分的人来说,david所做的,正是我们所想的,把那种情感表达出来.


One very early Tuesday morning last year I was awaken by a phone call from a close friend. She told me to immediately turn on the TV and watch the news. What I was about to see that morning was to change my life. Unfolding before my eyes was the destruction of New York City and Twin Towers. I watched the panic stricken faces and the tragedy unfold but for some reason my mind was a blank. I just lay there in my bed numb from the shock and disbelief. Everything looked like a scene from a movie but the horror was that it was a reality.

Many weeks passed before I could even begin to fathom the September 11th attacks. I came to realize that this wasn’t about politics, religions or an attack on one specific country but an atrocity committed against our world and on mankind. I was deeply hurt and somehow felt that this was an attack on me personally. As I helplessly watched the news that day at home I started to ask myself what I could do to help. Yes, I could fly to New York and volunteer as a relief worker or perhaps I could make donations to the Red Cross. But what could I do as a musician and public person ? Then I remembered something I had read when I about twelve. It was the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14) and it spoke of a story of a man who gave his talents (one talent was more than a thousand dollars in those days) to three of his servants before leaving on a journey. After returning from his trip, the man asked his servants what they had done with the money he had given them. Two of them had invested the money and made twofold the profit. However, the last servant hid the talent in the ground in fear of taking a loss in any kind of investment. The wealthy man was furious when he heard this and ordered that this servant be thrown out into the streets and his talents given to the other servants.
While I’ve always known about this parable I never fully understood how it applied to me or how I could put it into practice. I realized that God has given me abilities that I need to put to work. More importantly, I need to use these talents not just to make music but to make music that celebrates light, life and love. We are all given talents and abilities by God (or whatever divine power you believe in) but are we making the best of then and how ? This is a question I frequently ask myself.

After discovering this new meaning for making this album I began to worry and question about whether people wound want to listen to what I had to say or if it was even relevant. I knew one thing for sure and that was I couldn’t just act as if nothing had happened. The world is a different place today (and so am I) than it was five years ago or even a year ago and I simply couldn’t envision myself continuing to make music only for entertainment purposes that didn’t reflect the world we live in. I’ve always seen music as a responsibility and privilege but also as a gift from the Lord. Therefore, this album holds even more meaning to me., as I believe it is a gift of love and hope. And I firmly believe that love is what we need in our world today.

I am excited to finally be able to share this album wit you. Thank for being so patient and for believing in my music. Please accept these songs as a gift from all of us to you. God Bless.


August2,2002 11:56 a.m. Taipei

这是david写在专辑扉页上的话.所有的东西都这样呈现在那里,无须我们多说什么.

And last but NOT LEAST, I would like to thank all my fans and supporters everywhere and wherever you are. I’m not one to chat with you guys online and stuff but it doesn't mean I don't care about you guys. You're in my hearts and I made this album for you. Please accept this album as a gift frome me. It is a musical picture of my feelings and life but it is also about your life. Find the lamp that lights up your path and walk it with love and compassion. God Bless.

这是daivd在专辑最后写给歌迷的话.

在随专辑发送的<David Tao-Love#1>无声音乐摄影手记中,david写道:

Knowledge is love. They say knowledge is power. However, many people confuse knowledge with a college education or perhaps what they read in books. Knowledge is what you know in your heart and not just what you store in your brain. Knowledge is being spiritually wealthy.


We Chinese people invest very little money and time in the advancement of the arts and culture. Our national budget for the Arts and Culture is among the lowest of the "advanced" countries in the world. We see the arts simply as a form of entertainment or perhaps as a hobby. The Arts are ofter overlooked in schools and universities giving way to more "important" and serious subjects. Children are ofter frowned upon if they wish to major in the Arts or if they wish to pursue a career in the Arts. A career or major in the Arts is seen as unrealistic and useless. We fail to see, however, that through the arts and culture we learn to appreciate the beauty of life. Through the arts, we see the fragility of humanity and the importance of love in this world.

The importance of art and culture has long been ignored and underestimated by us for too long. Our government constantly steals money from its people and secretly puts it into its own pocket. What about our children? What about education? We spend millions building skyscrapers, banks, restaurants, etc. but when was the last time you heard someone building a new school? Or what about the advancement of the arts and culture in programs and classes taught in our schools, colleges and universities?

The mark of a great country and race is not how much wealth or power it has but how much love and tolerance its citizens have. I truly believe that this can only come through the education of our children in the arts and culture. A society with wealth but no love or knowledge is a violent society. Don't let our society and race fail to violence. It's already happening today. Do something about it.

这些本来与音乐无关,但当david的音乐与他那段时间的情感全然联系起来的时候,我们不能放下他的这些想法和关注.只是看这些话,从某种意义上来说,david更像是一个说教者,而他想用自己的影响,把自己的一些想法传播给大众.在专辑扉页中,他所说的I came to realize that this wasn’t about politics, religions or an attack on one specific country but an atrocity committed against our world and on mankind并非是指责某个组织某个人的某个行为,而是对于引起这种行为的原因的思考.它不是两个宗教或者国家之间的问题,不是谁对谁错的问题,在这个时候,我们感受到的是人性中某种痛苦的东西,一种扭曲,对于人性本身的灾难.人和人之间的和谐被破坏了.而维系人与人的,是他们之间的情感.

说一下音乐.

1. 黑色柳丁 Black Tangerine 04:15
曲: DT 词: DT&娃娃
"或许我,是个没有出息的小虫,不该一直做梦,你不是个英雄""我却躲在自己孤独的黑洞"
这是我心情很糟糕的时候经常听的一首歌,一开始作为一种发泄,后来成为一种怜悯.用如此的摇滚作为整张专辑的开场白或许代表的是某种不满.而我不想抬高什么,我只把它当作一种个人情感的发泄.一种茫然的发泄.对于自己在哪里,要去哪里的疑惑的发泄.完全的失落,迷失.甚至在这样的音乐里,感觉到仇恨,是的,尽管那是david不要的东西.但是,我不知道那对象是什么.或许所有的爱,所有的恨,所有的情感的对象只是我们自己.而面对自己的愤怒,自己内心的暴力,我们却没有任何力气,显得无力,只想哭,只想哭.
喜欢这首歌最开始和最后的部分:"我只想哭,只想哭,只想..."

2. 今天晚间新闻 The World Today 02:12
Edited in 4 days by DT
这是一段新闻的快速剪辑,全部来自真实的新闻播报的声音.贯穿整段新闻的线索是天气,最近什么时候才会下雨,一直到最后的下雨.而所有的新闻剪辑反映的都是人与人的冲突,暴力...展现的是一个悲剧的世界,听到这些,只是感受到沉重,因为那确实是我们所生活的真实世界(如果说媒体呈现的世界是真实的话).那些是真实的东西,似乎爱只是存在于我们的心里,存在于理想里.这是一种无奈.但我们不能坐以待毙.我们还有一些东西可以化解这些冲突.
妈妈,我好想你,我真的好想给你一个拥抱.
未来要如何重建,暂时还没有答案.
然后是沉重的鼓声,带我们进入一个新的世界.

3. Dear God 05:28
曲: DT 词: DT&娃娃
david在911以后写的歌.是对于晚间新闻的一个延续,但却加入了自己的情感.听这样的歌会让人心碎,我们的现实确实是如此的,没有办法逃避,这个鬼地方是我的家.人的自私,对他人的敌对,"计算逃避人人都在玩游戏""在这个世界上爱已经被忘记".仿佛是david求助于god,希望god能帮助人们重新找到那些失去的东西.在经历很多事情以前,我们都不能懂得一些事情的意义.那是一种对于现实的愤怒."是惩罚是考验"好象包含着一些基督教的东西.
这是专辑的转折点.

4. Angel 03:52
曲: DT 词: DT&娃娃
很多人喜欢这张专辑是从这首歌开始.好象angel是自己所爱的人,但我以为那只是自己所爱.是爱本身,而不是谁或什么.或许也不仅仅是爱,而是自我的一个镜像.我们在寂寞的时候其实并不寂寞,因为还有一个潜在的自己能够和自己交流.而angel好象是一个能够帮助自己度过一切的东西,让自己不再孤独面对一切.让自己的柔软有一个安静的地方可以躺下.在最迷茫的时候,在看到很多令人厌倦疲惫的现实以后,好象只有自我的情感的纯洁才能帮助自己离开,找到一个想要的自己.没有放弃,不放手.永远.

5. 讨厌红楼梦 Let's Fall in Love 04:02
曲: DT 词: DT&娃娃
爱得简单,一种决绝,坚定,拒绝复杂.通过一种性的表达好象否定爱的意义.在整张专辑中,我不得不承认的是,这是我最难有感受的歌.或许是制作的问题,或许是我自己的问题.

6. 蝴蝶 Butterfly 04:43
曲: DT&Brad Olynyk 词: DT&娃娃
一只蝴蝶飞过废墟,平静下涌动着的情感.所有的无奈和破坏,个人对自己的,或他们对自己造成的伤痕.自己被抛弃在荒芜中.却接受爱的治疗.以前和室友争论这首歌是写给爱的人还是写给自己不爱而爱自己的人.但那样的争论并没有太大的意义,因为在黑色柳丁的世界里,我们对所有的人情感才是被珍视的真实的东西.爱与不爱,这样的纯粹并不存在.当你了解了,理解了,懂得一些东西以后,自然会去懂得珍视.而这个时候,结果并没有很重要,重要的是对于情感的一种领悟.也许爱的存在并非是为了强求某个结果,某种遗忘也只是某种意义上的遗忘,而埋在心里的情感的种子却始终是不能被丢弃的.新的生命,只是开在这样的土壤上的花.

7. 宫保鸡丁 Kung Pao Chicken 03:54
曲: DT&ACDC 词: DT&娃娃
超可爱的歌曲,超可爱的情感.天真,有点童话,很夏天的感觉.全然的相信,没有任何其他的顾及和担心.那种对于感情的全然投入确实就是这样的可爱的.体会这样的可爱本身又是很可爱的事情.我只希望每天跟你在一起,我只要你做我的baby.那真的是我想说的话.尽管现实来临时并非如此,但那种纯真的想法正是我们所向往的.

8. Melody 04:28
曲: DT 词: DT&娃娃
对于逝去的爱的追忆就是一种对于爱的期待也是一种爱的状态.让我们感到幸福的不是爱某个人或接受某个人的爱,而是爱每身,如此美好的东西.所以即使当你伤感地去回顾去想,那说明你在爱.你在用自己的感情去影响别人,并希望别人得以分享自己的情感.并不是说你的爱可以被或应该被所有人分享,但是那种情感通过某个人或事物固定下来,并在自己的心里不断累积,或者被激发出来.失去后才懂得珍惜,但如果我们本就不曾失去呢?

9. 月亮代表谁的心? Moon Over My Heart 03:24
原曲:翁清溪 原词:孙仪
曲: DT 词: DT&娃娃
对于经典老歌的重新演绎,不只是翻唱,而只是截取了最精华的部分,撷取了那种感觉.爱情真的是坚定的吗?我们会有疑问?但是结果仍然是相信.我们必须相信.只有我们相信,它才会存在,才能成为我们赖以生存的氧气.

10. 二十二 22 04:21
曲: DT 词: DT&娃娃
告别简单的生活,进入现实.很多选择,很多麻烦,我们有些不知所措.在我们这样的年纪,听这首歌最容易让自己感动.好象所有的述说都是自己的身边一般.但不仅仅是如此.那是一种清涩,一种小烦恼的清涩.好象要回去,但是却没有办法回去.我们不应该抛弃希望,而应该去坚守,这些美丽的梦,才会让我们继续纯真,而不是被现实的烦恼弄坏了自己.如此简单的梦,有没有实现?

11. My Anata 03:47
曲: DT 词: DT&娃娃
最近才真的听出了感觉.以前只以为是一首搞怪的歌.对于爱的全然的依赖,无法离开.但同时却又有些迷茫,没有坚定.爱是不是真的能挽救我们?有怀疑,有疑惑,但是这都不重要,我们只是表达自己的爱,表达自己的情感,忘记其他很多东西.我说不出来那样的感觉究竟是怎么样的.就好象一个快要放弃的人,又回来,又重新回来.只是为了告诉你,我永远爱你.

12. 摇篮曲 Lullaby 04:14
曲: DT 词: DT&娃娃
平静.紫蓝的天.无限美景的缠绵.爱.乐园.梦.
要学着不怕黑,未来,要自己面对,生命中的喜悦与伤悲,记得爱永远相随
一个平静的收尾,却是充满着力量.好象所有的爱都在这个时候隐藏起来.但那样的平静的隐藏是为了延续,到很久很久,成为一种永恒的东西.只有拥有这样的东西,我们才有力量去面对黑夜,才能够看到你的美.最后的good night正如这张专辑中所有的歌曲的收尾一样让人充满希望,让人感受到力量在自己肢体的每一个部分存在.
Love Can.

Bonus Track: Katrina(Demo)
曲&词: DT
民谣的简单.含蓄的歌词.含蓄的爱.有些东西是我们永远无法表达出来的,那些东西深埋在我们内心.我不知道怎么样去表达,尽管我想染全世界都知道.这样的美,是东方文化在西方简单生活方式下的生产, 李安又何尝不是如此?有些东西,真的很美,只要你感觉到.
katrina,说的是那个女孩,还是那个羞涩的男孩,还是那份美?

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