Tears In Heaven

Sometime in 2010, Camino Real, Arcadia, California

In the afternoon of May 12, 2008, earthquake struck Wenchuan, China (汶川大地震). Measuring 8.0 magnitude in the Richter scale, 69,000 people lost their life. A very sad day in China as it was around the world.

 

Papa started googling on the internet (as he always does), and came upon a youtube video about the earthquake with a tune playing in the background. When I walked in, I asked, "what are you listening?" He wasn't sure, and we both watch the video. I said, this is one of my favorite 'slow' song of the nineties, Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton.

I started telling and expounding about the story behind this song. Papa was very touched. I knew then when I bade goodbye that evening, he will surely be researching about the music, about the writer, and about the story behind.

Two weeks later, he showed me his works. His work includes Pictures of beautiful Wenchuan (before and after the earthquake) in Powerpoint, and the English to Chinese translation of the song,  Not only did he researched on the subject, just as I knew he would. He actually transcribed the tune into Finale Notations, add instruments, add orchestra and and started playing the song. His own rendition of Tears-In-Heaven.

He did not notice, but I was already in tears. I loved you Papa (silently I must have said).

灑天堂 - Johnny K Lima rendition of Tears in Heaven
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He later shared the Powerpoint presentation with his own rendition version to friends during the church service.

-- Walden, 2/16/17

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