The Poem of Life

Sunday, May 17, 2015

There are times when I want to just...disappear. Well, literally, disappear. Disappear like being invisible or something; a condition when no one can see or find me yet I’m still here somehow. Those are times when I don’t want to talk to anyone, be seen by anyone, meet anyone; I just don’t want to be bothered. Those are times when I want to be free, in loneliness; to find peace, in solitude. Time when I want to think about anything without being distracted by work or people or everything that could come in between. Those are times when inspirations usually come to mind; reflection, redemption, resolution; a poem of life. For me, those are peaceful times, full of freedom; a freedom of silence.

In this time I want to be drifted again, flying high up in the clouds, leaving the Earth right here.” –Ahmad Albar, The Poem of Life (Syair Kehidupan)

Today’s song for Free Spirit is coming from one of Indonesian icons of free spirit rock star, Ahmad Albar. The song is titled “The Poem of Life (Syair Kehidupan)”, and it was first released in 1980 as the title song of his second solo studio album of the same name. The rock acoustic ballad song was written by Areng Widodo, with music and arrangement by Ian Antono, whom the latter was also a guitarist of Albar’s legendary rock band, God Bless.
There are times when people want to disappear. Perhaps in a deserted place, among the crowd, or maybe just inside their own minds. The lyrics of “The Poem of Life (Syair Kehidupan)” tell about it; when a person lost inside his own thought. And sometimes, people can disappear at night, in their solitude. “In this time I want to be drifted again, flying high up in the clouds, leaving the Earth right here. In this time I want to create again, I will write a song while reminiscing your face.” Night is indeed a magical timing. It’s when a certain memory can come out just like that. It’s when a certain wish can pop up just like that. It’s when someone’s mind can be really free, in the depth of their thought. It’s when someone’s soul can be really free, in the thought of their lives. “A long dimly lit night, in the darkness I hear a poem of the song of life.”
I know that this month’s song should be cheerful as it is the month of Free Spirit. But, come on, the freedom of our spirit could also be celebrated in solemnity, right? Moreover, “The Poem of Life (Syair Kehidupan)” is one of my favorite Ahmad Albar’s songs. Call me old fashioned, and indeed Albar was coming from my parent’s generation, but yes, I grew up with his songs, and this one is everlasting. Albar’s vocal is the best, still, and it will always be.

A long dimly lit night, in the darkness I hear a poem of the song of life.” –Ahmad Albar, The Poem of Life (Syair Kehidupan)



“Di saat ini ingin ku terlena lagi, terbang tinggi di awan tinggalkan bumi di sini
(In this time I want to be drifted again, flying high up in the clouds, leaving the Earth right here)
Di saat ini ingin ku mencipta lagi, ‘kan kutuliskan lagu sambil ku kenang wajahmu
(In this time I want to create again, I will write a song while reminiscing your face)

Malam panjang remang-remang di dalam gelap daku dengarkan syair lagu kehidupan
(A long dimly lit night, in the darkness I hear a poem of the song of life)”

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