I Won't Leave You

I had a real moment in the studio recently that I didn't quite understand at the time. I was in a session with my cowriter, Stolar, working on a song for my upcoming album. The song is based on a concept I had for a music video about a woman who saves a stranger's life. We were listening to the music and discussing the lyrics when Stolar asked how the concept related to me; I told him it didn't. After Stolar probed some more, I was suddenly overcome by a long-forgotten memory of when I tried to save a man's life. As we got deeper into the song, I burst into tears and kept repeating, "People are stupid, people are stupid…" I struggled to understand why I was so upset about an event from a few years before when things that were going on today sometimes barely registered with me; it just didn't make any sense. Explaining my intense reaction in that moment was made even more difficult because as an Aspie, in addition to having delayed reactions to traumatic events, I often struggle to find the words to express my emotions. This is a big part of why music is so important to me. After finishing the song, I was an emotional mess, but I felt grateful the songwriting process had brought something to light I had inadvertently hidden away. 

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I Am Human

“Saya Manusia,” which means “I Am Human” in English, first came to me in a dream. During this time, I was (and still am) deeply affected by the devastating war in Syria. I was also seriously considering quitting the music business as I was very ill at the time and just could not see how I could go on. Consequently, I refused to put any melody that came into my head down on paper, put all my notebooks away and begged the universe to release me from my calling.

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You Are My Land

The first song that we are working on is “You Are My Land.”  "You Are My Land," is a very personal song to me. I composed it during a big turning point in my life when I had to make a big decision. I thought a lot about my country, Malaysia, during this time. This song is about courageOften, to make a change, we must make sacrifices. We have to have the courage to make difficult decisions. Often, it may involve taking the unbeaten path.

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