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石黑一雄:夢想是玩音樂,最後成了小說家|cacao 可口雜誌

諾貝爾文學獎(Nobel laureates in Literature)2016年頒給巴布·狄倫(Bob Dylan),2018年又頒給一個曾以音樂為志的小說家石黒一雄。授獎原因:他的小說富有激情的力量,在我們與世界連為一體的幻覺下,他展現了一道深淵。

獲獎的石黑一雄,因為2015年出版《被掩埋的巨人》,幾乎遭到主流媒體一致惡評,所以當他知道獲得諾貝爾文學獎時,表示不可思議。在接受BBC的採訪時,石黒一雄說:是個被嚇到的驚喜。很多人可能不曉得石黑一雄年輕時候是個嬉皮,留著長髮、背著吉他在美國到處旅行,寫了不少歌寄給唱片公司,都石沉大海。如今他依然彈得一手好吉他,喜歡爵士樂。

1973 年,石黑一雄從高中畢業,隨後出外遊歷了一年,參與過巴爾莫勒爾的Queen Mother 樂團。他熱衷作詞作曲,他希望自己能夠像具有詩人氣質的歌手李歐納·柯恩(Leonard Cohen)那樣,創作出深邃動人的樂曲。他開始時,用很多華麗的辭藻創作歌詞 ,但後來石黑一雄傾向使用最簡單的旋律、語言創作歌曲。他聊到:彷彿在寫作,寫歌詞就算是寫作的練習吧!現在雖然沒能實現自己的音樂夢,不過現在的小說也算是長版本的歌曲。

石黑一雄曾經為爵士女歌手Stacey Kent 填詞與作曲,二人合作在2007年出輯的的爵士樂專輯《電車上的早餐》( Breakfast On The Morning Tram)在法國非常暢銷。音樂雜誌《 JAZZ TIME》評論:《電車上的早餐》作詞者,出人意料的是Kazuo Ishiguro(石黑一雄),他天才般的創意塑造了Kent 大膽,勇敢的新形象。Stacey Kent 對於兩人在新專輯裡的合作,她表示:宛如電影《口白人生》(Stranger than Fiction)的境遇情節來形容,我就像他小說創作裡的筆下人物,他寫下我的過去與未來。對此,石黑一雄則是開玩笑地說:Stacey Kent 也讓我知道,原來除了小說創作外,我還可以開拓歌詞創作,作為副業經營呢。石黑一雄在2009 年出版的短篇小說《小夜曲:音樂與黃昏五故事》就可以看見他與音樂的種種關聯。

《電車上的早餐》(歌詞節選)

此刻,你身處這座城市

似乎懷著一顆破碎的心

不過當你到達的一瞬間

依舊期待夢想中的假日

你曾在深夜哭泣到睡著

但現在整夜無眠

因為你需要醒著

迎接第一縷晨光

……

車窗上的霧氣開始消散

太陽緩慢地爬上天空

你帶著咖啡牛奶坐在車廂

外面流動的城市流淌而過

很多事情並非你我預料之中

但是你會在反思之中想明白

你沒有理由需要去在意

只需要好好照顧自己

再來一個肉桂煎餅

在晨間電車吃早餐

很快你就會忘記曾經的心碎

(完整歌詞)

So here you are in the city

With the shattered heart, it seems

Though when you arrived, you thought you’d have

The holiday of your dreams

You’d cry yourself to sleep if you could

But you’ve been awake all night

Well, here’s something you need to do

At the first hint of morning light

Walk right across the deserted city

To the Boulevard Amsterdam

And wait there

For what the citizens here

Refer to as the Breakfast Tram

Climb on board

You’ll soon manage

To find at the far end of the carriage

The most wonderful buffet

There’s everything you’d want to eat

You can take a feast back to your seat

Whatever you can fit onto your tray

And the mist on the windows will start to fade

As the sun climbs higher in the sky

And you can sit back with your café au lait

While outside the waking city clatters by

So things didn’t quite meet expectations

But you’re bound to conclude upon reflection

There’s no reason you should give a damn

Just treat yourself

To a cinnamon pancake

Very soon you will forget your heartache

When you have breakfast on the morning tram

It’ll be quite quiet when you first get on

But as that tram keeps moving along

It’ll fill with people starting on their day

They’ll be laughing and joking as they eat

There’ll be passing plates along the seats

Your night of heartbreak will soon seem far away

And even though you are a stranger

They’ll make you feel

Right at home

They’ll be offering to refill your coffee

They won’t have you

Sitting there alone

Cuz they’ve seen many others just like you

And each one of them has had it happen, too

So just enjoy your scrambled eggs and hamJust treat yourself

To a cinnamon pancake

Very soon you will forget your heartache

When you have breakfast on the morning tram

And even though you are a stranger

They’ll make you feel

Right at home

They’ll be offering to refill your coffee

They won’t have you

Sitting there alone

Cuz they’ve seen many others just like you

And each one of them has had it happen, too

So just enjoy your fresh croissant and jam

And don’t neglect

The Belgian waffles

You’ll soon forget all your troubles

When you have breakfast on the morning tram

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