Lee Hom holding Yvonne for a photo together

I had the privilege of attending Wang Lee Hom’s Music Man II Round II concert at the Arena of Stars, Genting Highlands last Thursday. I was given a free ticket, so I gladly went to watch Lee Hom perform despite not being able to hear him. Attending the concert with me were several members of Homaniacs – the official Malaysian Lee Hom fan club – who provided me with physical and logistical support on top of a delightful companionship.

When my friend checked whether I would like to go, she asked if I could see well. If I could, then I could enjoy it by watching. Hence, I went there expecting to enjoy the show mostly visually. I even brought a monocular along.

I have not attended a live music concert since losing my hearing completely by the end of 2005. Because, I thought it would not be worth the money to attend a music concert when you can’t hear.

When I was invited, though, I was open to the idea, probably because I have made peace with myself and my deafness over the past eight years. I was open to the experience of discovering how I might enjoy a music concert in my present physical, mental, emotional and spiritual condition.

As soon as hall lights went out and stage lights came on at 8:30pm, something told me a memorable night was ahead. Indeed, I was impressed by the entire show’s choreography. It was a two-hour non-stop performance consisting many songs of different genre, each accompanied by elaborate and varying performances. The main dance performer was always Lee Hom himself, utilizing the entire stage. An energy-taxing concert no doubt. No wonder he is well built for endurance.

I did hear the songs. I heard them with all of my other senses. Hearing with our physical ear is only but one way of appreciating music. At Music Man II Round II, I heard Lee Hom by feeling the music beats – the beat of his ‘East-meets-West hip-hop’ music, and the flow of sound waves that vibrated in the air. The light displays and screen shows added to the experience by giving me a better idea of how the songs were. I also felt the emotion and energy with my heart. Seeing Lee Hom in person through my monocular was touching even from a distance. It was very different from seeing his picture or watching him in video. It felt like seeing an old friend at last.

That’s how Lee Hom is to me. Someone I enjoyed listening to when I could hear. I was a teenager – a lifetime ago. I have grown so much since then. But despite having grown and experienced much, my liking for Lee Hom’s music compositions remained unchanged. I will never hear the songs that he composed post-2005. But I am happy just playing the songs I have heard in my mind. I still sing his songs to myself and to whoever that doesn’t mind off-tune singing.

I took a special liking for Lee Hom not because he was good looking, although I like his looks too. Rather, it was his music’s originality. Not every pop singer is a musician. They might write their own lyrics now and then, but not compose their own music. Lee Hom is a musician first and foremost. He has proper and concrete music foundation, and a college degree to prove it, while his singing and popularity came later.

Lee Hom’s singing is naturally produced, not forced. Many singers stretch their vocal cords beyond limit to achieve a wider vocal range and complex sound vibrations. Lee Hom doesn’t bother too much. His focus is in the music composition’s dynamic. And I admire him for this reason. A true musician.

The concert was so comprehensive and elaborate, that I was filled with satisfaction to the brim by time stage fireworks exploded. Little did I know, that there was something more in store for me. I have yet to experience the best of this evening.

My friends and I slowly inched through the crowd of exiting audience. But instead of turning right towards the exit like everybody else, my friends led me to turn left, towards the stage below. When we reached the stage barricades, I thought we were just there to meet up with a friend so we may head home together. But one of my friends said something to the guards who let us through the barricades, more security personel, and finally, into a room at the side of the stage.

This was where, I met Lee Hom, face-to-face.

I told Lee Hom that the last time I attended his concert in Genting, I could still hear him. That was eight years ago. I can no longer hear him now. Yet I am amazed to see how much his performance has improved (evolved).

Lee Hom then calmly wrote to me by paper and pen. I could tell, though, that he was understandably tired.

Lee Hom, if you are reading this, know that I am supporting you in spirit.

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Yvonne Foong

As a child, Yvonne Foong dreamed of growing up to help others. To achieve her ambition, she began studying to become a psychologist. But things changed when tumours were discovered in her body at the age of sixteen. She was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 2 -- a genetic illness with no cure. Fighting for survival, Yvonne turned to fundraising and embarked on a medical odyssey to the United States. Her experiences since then have transformed her into a motivational speaker; inspiring hope, faith and strength. Yvonne is currently working to establish a humanitarian foundation that provides NF patients in Malaysia with financial and logistical support. Visit Works of Gratitude to learn more.

93 Comments

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 11:41 am

Mable Tan, love and joy received! 🙂

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 11:42 am

Kate, I found it incredible too. 🙂

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 11:43 am

jurren, I will tell him “Someone in Chengdu is waiting for you.” 😉

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 11:45 am

Alice, then I have to thank Lee Hom for giving you that extra nudge to check out my blog. ;P I am just kidding.

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 11:47 am

Esther, I was surprised by his patience (down to earth) that night myself. He did not hesitate to write. A lot of people have difficulty writing to me because they are not used to writing to comunicate with someone. They don’t have the patience.

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 11:49 am

Caroline in Chengdu , you must be a perceptive person. It does require an open mind to appreciate music even when you lose your hearing completely.

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 11:50 am

Fiona, thanks! Yes, I saw them..

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 11:51 am

Huiping, yes some thoughts need not be said. I’ve waited for so long to express and share my appreciation for Lee Hom’s music. I am glad that when I finally did, many can relate. 😀

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 11:53 am

aunchian, you wrote a very touching poem. I hope Lee Hom sees it.

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 11:55 am

Laura C. wow, thanks for tellinh me. I didn’t know his music is appreciated by people who can’t understand chinese at all.

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 11:59 am

Elsie Cheong. Thank you. Amen to what you said. When I lost my hearing, I became more perceptive in many ways. Hence, I was able to appreciate Lee Hom’s music with an inner joy. 🙂

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Jane, if you want to meet me, I will be running a workshop at Taylors College Subang Jaya on April 25th. Do you live nearby?

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 12:02 pm

李静, thanks! I am happy that you would consider me as a dear sister. I really am short and petite. 😉

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Raine, thank you. We all have to be strong minded to face life, don’t we? 🙂

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Ky, thank you for telling me how you feel. 🙂

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Applebutterfly, I am confident that you can express yourself well in words too. Read lots of books, such as those by American authors such as Nicholas Sparks. 😉

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Louelle, I have to admit we look endearing in the photo. 🙂 I am glad that I didn’t leave you feeling sympathy for long. Empathy is okay. Empathy means you relate with me. 🙂

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm

zhang yong yi, I can’t read Chinese. Do you mind explaining t0 me what you were saying? 🙂

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 12:14 pm

fyyicy, yes, I witnessed his kind and gentle disposition that night myself. 🙂

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Jeremy, thank you for the words of support. It is true that we will know how strong we are when we are tested.

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Dew on the way, there was once a comic strip. A deaf individual went to the nightclub with her friends. The friends wondered what a deaf person was doing in the nightclub when she can’t hear the music.

But later, the friends’s ears were stuffy from the loud music and they couldn’t hear well. The deaf person wondered why people go to nightclubs when they can hear. The music’s too loud. 😛

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Summer, I agree with you on the fact that I am incredibly blessed. 🙂

Yvonne Foong · April 8, 2013 at 12:21 pm

yslee, indeed so. 🙂

nicole koh · April 8, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Dear Yvonne,

I get to know about you through Wang Lee Hom’s weibo. I was at the same concert and I start listening to his music when I am a teen too and I can totally relate to your story. Just letting you know I just print out the pledge letter and I will send it to you later. Keep up the good work and wish all the best.

静子白羊 · April 9, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Thanks for your reply. Happy to see it. I want to do something meaningful in future like you. Though a graduated student now, I have beautiful wishes. Hope to try to make it come true.

Yvonne Foong · April 10, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Dear nicole koh, we have something in common. We both started listening to Lee Hom in our teens. How old are you now? I will be 27 this June 5th.

Yvonne Foong · April 10, 2013 at 8:04 pm

静子白羊, you are most welcome. Would you like to share some of your wishes?

Hannah · April 13, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Dear Yvonne,
I was directed to your blog by Lee Hom’s post on fb and just wanted to leave a quick note to say you are such an inspiration with such positiveness and wisdom. I wish you all the best and God Bless!

静子白羊 · April 17, 2013 at 11:14 am

Yes, I’ d like to share some of them. I can do something helpful to environment in my daily life, maybe small power, but Ithink it’s good. In future, I want to have an experience of being a volunteer teacher who could bring knowledge and happiness to children, also want to help people in trouble. I will try to make it cometrue. Thanks for reading and replying.

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X
-Jasmine

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It is inspring..thank you yvonne… a person like you make the world become better place.

Love from Indonesia.

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