Tuesday, 3 November 2009

..p.ramlee and me..



..when he died in May, 1973, I was a 26yr-old youth madly in love ..his songs were always on my lips and his movies in constant replay in my mind.. and much later, when karaoke was the rage, any sessions was not complete without his songs being sung..'Gelora" being the top choice for duets with girlfriends andwives ...and when 'Bila Larut Malam' was played, friends present will automatically go into 'kura-kuca' mode..

..P. Ramlee will always be part of my life, even almost 40 years after his death..I have seen most of his movies..and know most of his songs..even those that I did not know, I know snatches of it..

..but as to whether his songs and films has had an influence on me, I cannot really say..even though his films had a message for everyone...from etiquette on living together in communal houses, renting individual rooms, to the comical disasters of having more than one wife..and to the conflicts of a prodigal son...

..who does not know and quote his famous, 'Aiya..hidup susah, mati pun susah'?

..I supposed, like everyone else, I watched his films and cried and laughed, but never really took to heart what he was trying to say.. contented to just escape for a moment into his world..

..yet everyone that I know had one time or other, sang his song, or watched his movies... I remember as a kid, sitting on the steps of my grandfather's house, bellowing 'Engkau Laksana Bulan' to the full moon with my cousins until a shout from grandmother put a stop to it..

..bits and pieces of him is in everyone of my contemporaries..and even in present generations, being exposed to countless reruns of his films on television..

..we know his songs..and we enjoyed his films..we can remember parts of the dialogue..but as to what he was trying to tell us, we do not hear..we just do not bother to take heed of his messages..
..and that is a pity..and, in a way, we had failed him..we failed him miserably..

..but one song and one scene that is forever etched in my mind is 'Joget Si-Pinang Muda.' ..the beat is catchy, foot-tapping and finger-thumping rhythm, the lyrics simple...and the teasing between a husband and a wife, complete with that tongue smirk of Zaitun, goes straight to the heart..

...yes, I enjoyed the joget... as he flirted with Zaitun..but the message, that the relationship between a husband and a wife should sometimes be fun..be flirtatious.. be sexy.. is lost..which is a pity..




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7 comments:

zX said...

semalam pun ada cito pramlee. "anak bapak".. byk hok dia sindir masyarakat melayu masa tu ..

1. arak bermaharajalela
2. bersekedudukan perkara biasa
3. etc

masyarakat tok sedar kot masa tu.. hanya lanie baru ore sedar apa yg pramlee nk bagitau..

rizal hashim said...

PakMat, there were a lot of underlying messages he was trying to convey. P Ramlee, according to people who knew him, was very sensitive towards his surroundings. He was also a sensitive individual. It is hoped that we as a society learn from the things he left behind - his stories and songs, all to be treasured! And PakMat, you posted the URL in response to my gem of life posting. Intan and I laughed while we watched the clip! I agree, husbands and wives must make it a point to behave as such occasionally (not all the time eh)! sometimes the situation calls for silent treatment! hahaha

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hazeleyed said...

Ass_salam Pak Mat
No doubt...He is a legend.
A very unique and special person...he is.
May Allah bless his soul.Amin

pakmat said...

zX..lanie pun masyarakat x sedar lagi..sedangkan pesanan dia banyak..

lc..all the time, lc..even during the silent treatment..

muhd.al fateh..terima kasih atas jemputan anda..

hazel..yes, he is a legend..may God blessed his soul..

razifembi said...

My father told me that he got a knife scar on his face because during his youth .. he had a fight with Indian . . .

Admired him so much ... would dare to say He is the best person in art and entertainment world ...

really great ... should be a analysis for his movie and song ...

pakmat said...

salam razifembi..selamat kembali aktif diblogsphere..:) ..tahniah status bapak..banyak pengajaran dari filem dan lagu pramlee untuk menjadi pendoman sebagai ayah baru..:)easy on the nasi kandar...
thanks for dropping in..take care and jdbb..jaga diri baik-baik...