January 31, 2010
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Author, music historian and music journalist Joseph Clement Pereira is a Singaporean gem, if not a little known national treasure. In his masterpiece, Legends of the Golden Venus, Joseph documented the history of Singaporean popular music in the 1960’s. Joseph plans to follow up this tome on the Singaporean music scene with another in the near future. Joseph has also been busy compiling CD collections of popular local Singaporean acts of years gone by so that this part of musical history with be available for posterity. He also has been the go to guy for big name interviews in Singapore of major international stars such as Eric Clapton, John Mayall, B.B. King, former members of The Tubes, Procol Harem and others. Joseph also is an international “vinyl collector” who has a taste for old Vietnamese pop music, to which I can personally attest.
I have known and been friends with Joseph since 1994 when we met in Vietnam. He and I are great friends and have visited one another in four cities in three different countries. I think what we find mutually appreciative is that we have varied interests and love to share these interests through long, leisurely conversations.
Look soon for an interview I conducted with Joseph Pereirra about his writing and research!
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July 15, 2009
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One thing I have learned as a writer, whether it is a book, article, web posting, blog or whatever it may be, is that writing in and of itself is an exploration of my mind. This is not to say that I am actively looking into my mind as I write, although that might be fun to do some time, but what I find is that almost always in retrospect I have learned something new.
Many people would think that I am a very methodical writer. I plan out what I want to write beforehand in most cases. I do this for several reasons:
1) I can easily keep the point that I start out with if I have already predetermined a structure;
2) The planning helps me to write faster because I already know what I am going to write about; and
3) Having the planned out or mapped out structure is one of the best defenses against writer’s block.
All that having been said, during the planning process I discover so much more about my subject when I am considering all the angles of the material. Then I also notice that during the writing process itself, while I am banging away at the keyboard, my mind wonders throughout the subject matter and sometimes even crosses the borders into other subjects. I normally finish my writing not only with a sense of accomplishment (for getting the words to paper) but also a small sense of enlightenment.
If you feel the same way whenever you do anything, whether it is writing a novel or pruning roses, then I say you are a lucky person.