Spoken Word: In Loving Memory

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash performs at Kaleidoscope Studio HUMAN Open Mic at KHub
"I am nineteen. You are twenty-one."

It starts like every other story. A boy meets a girl. They are young, careless and free. Just how they should be. Smiles exchanged, and a feeling growing. It wasn't love. No, not yet but it was something. Something they wanted. 

It ends the way it shouldn't. A boy meets another girl. A girl becomes bitter. A girl writes a piece. And expresses it through an Open Mic Night a year later.

Whoops.

Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash performs at Kaleidoscope Studio HUMAN Open Mic at KHub
Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash performs at Kaleidoscope Studio HUMAN Open Mic at KHub

turban : Adlina Anis   |   earrings : (similar)
turtleneck shirt : Uniqlo   |   dress : (similar)
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I've worked with Kaleidoscope Studio before, all the way in 2015 for Shocktober. When I heard they were hosting an Open Mic night, I was compelled. I registered as a performer, and proceeded to freak out. I shouldn't have done this. 

I had written a few pieces but I haven't been onstage for almost two years. It's been a while since I've had an audience that wasn't watching me through a screen. I will admit, my tongue no longer spits out words, rather rusty and stutters often.

That didn't stop me from filming it though.

Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash performs at Kaleidoscope Studio HUMAN Open Mic at KHub

More than anything else, it was a cathartic release. I forgot how much I enjoy being on stage. There is a comfort to speaking in public, unabashed and unafraid. Perhaps you need a bit of bitterness in your heart, and a kinder audience to watch. 

Yet when you start speaking, all you can do is enjoy yourself. 

I hope you enjoy.
with love,
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