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12 蔡輝陽 / Jazz /

55歲 / Jazz Club 老闆

我提供給喜歡爵士樂的青年朋友,從他們年輕時代到現在,老客人起碼都四十歲以 上,現在年輕的又下來, 這對我來講是一個喜悅,看他們成長,看他們很喜歡,那我 自己做的會把時間忘掉。我覺得玩爵士、聽爵士,是不要讓自己有壓力,也不要讓 來欣賞爵士樂的人有什麼壓力,起碼可以解脫一些白天的不愉快及壓力,聽聽爵士 樂就會覺得很快樂,很自由。 就像他們在上面玩的,爵士樂並沒有固定的模式,每 個樂團都可以玩同樣的曲子,但是每個玩出來的感覺都不同,我是覺得近代生活必 須要有這樣的感覺,不然的話,每天這麼忙,每天壓力這麼重,生活就沒有意義,聽 音樂不一定要花很多錢,也不一定要買很好的音響,有時候必須要選一張好的唱 片,直接輸入到MP3或DVD Player 隨身聽,都很舒服。 我們對音樂的直覺就是要 去接近它,不是要當神去供養,買幾百萬幾千萬的音響,我覺得不用,音樂與人應該 是沒有距離的, 只要你願意靠近,它就會很接近,不願意靠近,就沒有辦法。 這是一棟看似公寓,也像辦公大樓的建築,每一個經過這建築的人都可以看到在它 四樓外有一個BLUE NOTE的招牌。BLUE NOTE這個名字讓我回想起1997的紐約,那 時我也拜訪了那裡一家名叫BLUE NOTE的爵士酒吧。一開始,我覺得這家酒吧的地 點有些奇怪,因為我一直以為酒吧都設在街道兩旁,而非像台北的這間還需要搭電 梯上到四、五樓才會到。這棟大樓裡除了設有酒吧外,還有商業辦公室與一般住 家。這樣的地點對台北來說,十分常見的。由於我們是一群人來到這酒吧,所以找 了一個可以看到樂團表演的角落坐下。一會兒,我注意到了一個男子穿梭在各桌 之間,時而注意他的顧客,時而送上飲料。突然,我了解到這名男子正是這間酒吧 的老闆,同時我開始思索該如何向他闡明我的來義,讓他參與我的計劃。起初,我 以為他是很難接近的人,但當他開口說話那一刻,我發覺他其實是個熱心、溫和而 且十分隨性的人。

Hui Yeung Tsai / Jazz / Age 55 / Owner of Jazz Club I like to provide Jazz to young people. Old customers have been coming since they were young and are at least 40 years old now. And now young people come also. This is joyful for me to see them grow. Seeing they like it, I would even forget the time when I do the job. I think to play Jazz and listen to Jazz is no pressure and not to give pressure to those come to listen. At least the Jazz can relieve some unhappiness and pressure in the daytime. Just listening to it can be simply happy and free. Like what they are playing up on the stage, Jazz has no standard style. Every group can play the same music but with different feeling. I just think modern life needs this kind of feeling. Otherwise, life wouldn’t be meaningful if everyday is so busy and stressed. Listening to music does not need to spend a lot of money and no need to buy expensive equipment. Sometimes just choose a good record and input to MP3 or DVD Player would be very comfortable. Our instinct to the music is just to access it. No need to buy millions or tens millions of sound system and worship it like a god. Music and people should have no distance. As long as you are willing to get closer to the music, this distance wouldn’t be so far. One can see the sign BLUE NOTE on the fourth floor of the façade of what looks like an apartment or office block. It’s name took me back to 1997 when I visited a Jazz Club in New York with the same name. At first, I wondered about it’s location. I always imagine that a night club is always on street level but not in Taipei. One has to get an elevator to the fourth or fifth floor to get to this place. The entire block will also include a whole range of different businesses and apartments. This is very usual in Taipei. We were a whole group of us so we sat down in one of the cozy corners so we had a good view to the band playing. Then I noticed this man who was going around from table to table, sometimes serving drinks, seeing to his customers. Immediately I realized he was the owner which led me to investigate how I could involve him in my project. At first I felt it difficult for me to approach him but once he started to speak I realized there was a kind, gentle and totally relaxed person behind his misleading looks.

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