David Yoong – Finger Guitarist Up Close

It totally slipped my mind that David would be coming to Penang today. When the phone rang at 8.54am and a chirpy voice at the other greeted me with a “Hello” I thought it was a phone call that I have been expecting. It was David instead and he said he wanted to come over in thirty minutes. He was here on a day trip for a friend’s convocation at USM. We have met twice before at both the bloggers meet in Kuala Lumpur.

He was punctual, something about that being drummed into him by his mother when he was in school many years ago. David is a linguist. I do not know exactly what that is but from what he described, it sounded like a pretty interesting vocation. He came with Annette who is a blogger too. Surprise, surprise! And the most interesting thing was that he came by train and had lugged his guitar and SLR camera all the way from Kuala Lumpur.

As soon as both of them settled down, David took out his guitar and started playing. I gawked in awe as his fingers glided across the struts as if they were part of him. Having played guitar for period of fours years a long time ago, that was the first time I saw up close how tunes were coaxed out the wooden box and steel wires in ways I never thought possible.

It was a privilege to watch him play at such close distance. I was sure Annette was mighty impressed too, although I believe she has witnessed such impressive guitar play by David many times before. When David took a breather from all that plucking, we chatted a while about blogging, life and things of interest. Before they left, David played a few more songs, among others, Bring On The Good Times, the name he has adopted for his blog. It was good meeting him again. I hope to be able to watch him play like that again soon.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Minion to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. Columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. Principal Trainer at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

9 thoughts on “David Yoong – Finger Guitarist Up Close”

  1. Peter

    Reminds me so much of my school days where guitar strumming was big. Anyway, hope you are getting well. Do take care – especially the hazy days that could be encroaching our beautiful soon.

    Jeffrey

  2. as sashi would say (scream): pixelise!! haha.. aiyer..i look so…’yong suih’ in the pictures. haha 😛 anyway, it’s been a pleasure meeting you again. take care ya.

  3. hi peter…
    it was nice meeting u yesterday…sorry i was rather quiet. what to do? i am shy when i meet new people 🙂

    anyways, david’s impressive ‘performance’ was my first too. i have only heard him play the piano. but he’s very talented, no?hahaha…if he reads this, surely his head would swell up!

    take care, cheers to u!

  4. KY,
    Now we know why.

    Jeffrey,
    Thanks.

    Dave,
    You look good. No need to mask. See comments below. Was good meeting you again. Imagine this, Annette and I got to view a private performance from one of the Nescafe Kickstart finalists. How ubercool can that be?

    sue-n,
    Indeed he is. And he is a blogger too!

    Annette,
    It was a pleasure meeting you too. No worries. I am usually quiet too as you must have noticed. We know who was the chattiest one among the three of us that day. i did not know Dave plays the piano too. Must make him perform on that for me too one day, hehe.

    Reta,
    Blogosphere is full of interesting people ya.

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