Reliving the Cactus Song

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Yesterday, I received an email from a US based song writing and artist development company.

They’ve stated in the email that they were fond of one of my song series – The Cactus Song, which I have written last September on my 2nd month of blogging.  They offered me a package into buying my lyrics but I have to pay an upfront.  The company will then complete the lyrics with vocal and music to compile the song and do the advertising for me.

Though this is a brand new experience but I’m not sure why I felt uncertain about it.  Perhaps I can take this opportunity to relive this song and recap my inspirations to my lover – the Cactus Song

Baja California Desert in the Cataviña region,...

I live in Texas my homeland, a desert an untouched ground

I love the sun being my clothes

And I love the sweet, warm breezy blows

With a grouchy cuckoo on my head

No autumn leaves or winter snow

No splashing stream or falling rain

Just an empty Paradise on my own,

With the rocks and stones.

I like to dance in the falling night,

With the cowboys dancing around

That is my homeland, a desert an untouched ground

I live in Singapore IKEA my homeland, a concrete desert ground

I love the air-conditioner being my jacket all year round

And I love the halogen light giving me a good shine

With a grocery shopper passer-by

No autumn leaves or winter snow

No splashing stream or falling rain

Just a perfect Paradise within my reign

With my color and little sands deco

I like to sing in my own shadow

With the shopper’s cajoling around,

This is Singapore IKEA my homeland, a concrete desert ground.

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40 thoughts on “Reliving the Cactus Song

    wolfgangpowerpoint.wordpress.com/ said:
    April 6, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Super Fotos.
    Gruß, Wolfgang

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 6, 2013 at 12:26 am

      Thank you! It wouldn’t be bad to think of your smiley face! 🙂

    kaligrafinusantaraonline said:
    April 6, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Very nice fotos

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 6, 2013 at 12:29 am

      Hey! No offend, you have a very sexy eyes!
      Sydney can’t bear to stare at you too long!
      Have a great weekend! 🙂

    Long Life Cats and Dogs said:
    April 6, 2013 at 12:16 am

    I love them. They are fantastic. Maybe it’s the upfront payment that makes you nervous? Would be absolutely wonderful if they made a song out of your beautiful writing though.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 6, 2013 at 12:31 am

      I’m ready confuse! Frankly, I got no deep pocket, and I’m totally new in this industry!
      Just don’t know what to do! 😥

        Long Life Cats and Dogs said:
        April 6, 2013 at 12:33 am

        Let’s hope that some of the other bloggers have experience with this and can give you advice.

        Sydney Fong responded:
        April 6, 2013 at 12:41 am

        That’s why I love Blogging! Yahoo!

    Gretchen Del Rio said:
    April 6, 2013 at 12:25 am

    This could be a wonderful opportunity for you, Sydney. You are a talented man but most of all you have great compassion. I would wish only the best for you and I think that you would be wise to research this company which wants upfront funding.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 6, 2013 at 12:35 am

      You know internet can be all fake! I did but still uncertain! Sigh… I think is something to do with my character not the offer! 😦

    Fantelius said:
    April 6, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Don’t be conned by their offer. As a rule, never pay anyone to buy your stuff. Think about that! Pay someone to buy from you. I know it’s tempting and flattering, but that’s part of the con game. Whatever you think of this advice, it’s free. 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 6, 2013 at 12:40 am

      I find strange about this too! Is just like what you said, I had to buy back my own stuff! 😦
      But on the other hand, they are very sincere to write up the invitation.
      Thanks for your advice, you are right! Your words is free! 🙂

    Bernice said:
    April 6, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Be careful if they are asking for money. You may end up paying a lot of money and not getting a return on your investment. Your uneasiness with this opportunity should be a red flag for you. 🙂 Take Care….

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 6, 2013 at 8:14 am

      Yes, I’m trying to figure out what troubling me, maybe you are right.
      My instinct is telling me something.
      Thanks, Bernice! Sydney hug, hug… 🙂

        Bernice said:
        April 6, 2013 at 8:30 am

        Whenever I do not listen to my instincts I typically regret the decision. I wish you the best! Bernice…. and hugs back to you! 🙂

        Sydney Fong responded:
        April 6, 2013 at 8:43 am

        Thanks Bernice! I got a clearer picture now! 🙂

    Be Well And Happy said:
    April 6, 2013 at 3:41 am

    My son is a songwriter and has people looking out for him – doing all the business stuff. You have to be very very careful…..I really would trust your gut feeling. You have such a pure spirit, and there are plenty of people out there who I fear would exploit that….

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 6, 2013 at 8:26 am

      Hey, thank you for giving so much supports and compliments to me! You info is so precious and I can get insight of the picture.
      I started to realize why I’m so uncertain…
      May you and your families be well and happy! Cheers! 🙂
      Love

    Julia said:
    April 6, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Sydney, I join the others who would warn you about people who want you to pay money up front. It’s a very common scenario for all sorts of writers, and every professional I’ve ever known has told me that those who want to use your words should be paying YOU, not the other way around! I think you are right to be uncertain. Nevertheless, I am happy this gave me a chance to view your lovely cactus post!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 6, 2013 at 8:41 am

      Thanks, Julia! This is one of the reason I feel strange, but on the other hand cause I’m new in this line, so I thought of maybe it practice in this way.
      To what I know , song producer is no longer a good money business, at least it happens locally.
      So by saying that, I thought this might become a trend.
      And I feel is okay by paying people to do me a ‘test’. I mean let’s be reality, we all have to live and eat. Of course, some people like me don’t so much food! 😦
      Thanks again, Julia! You words makes me feel so secure that I’m belong to the Blogging path.
      Sydney wish you all the best and stay healthy in forever!
      Have a good day! 🙂

    Lusiana Njo said:
    April 6, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Hi Sydney. I agree with others about being wary of anyone who asks you to pay them money up front to use your work.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 6, 2013 at 8:50 am

      Hi, Lusiana! Sydney thank you for your words and supports!
      The pleasant moment with you all is my greatest gift! 🙂

    tchistorygal said:
    April 6, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Hi Sydney,
    I agree with the rest of your blogging friends. If you’re going to pay money up front, go find a good agent. But if someone is coming to you asking for you to pay money, don’t trust them! To get published, you do sometimes have to pay money for something you really want to publish. but you are already published – right here!! And we all enjoy it! 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 6, 2013 at 9:00 am

      You are enlightening me, Marsha! I’m already here, why should I go somewhere where don’t belong to me?
      And I own a garden, why should I be the gardener for others!
      Thanks, Marsha! Sydney feel that sometime he think like a foolish kid… 😥

    h0tchocolate said:
    April 6, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    well written, Sydney. So, what is your decision? Take it or leave it? 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 6, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Not sure yet! I switch off my brain and go a bar of chocolate for the time being! 🙂

        h0tchocolate said:
        April 6, 2013 at 2:27 pm

        good 🙂 good luck !

        Sydney Fong responded:
        April 6, 2013 at 2:28 pm

        Hope so! 😦

    PLANTING HAPPINESS.COM said:
    April 6, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Hi Sydney,
    I hope you are enjoying a very nice weekend!
    You know me from my Planting Happiness blog, however another side of my business is Entertainment and Special Events. I work for already 25 years in the entertainment industry with amongst others, live show production companies, special events as well as recording labels in the USA. Am glad to see that others already warned you for this con. Don’t pay anything! This is not the way business rolls in the entertainment industry when people are interested in your works. If you want to chat about it more, please feel free to send me an email offline: info@thruconnections.com. It will be my pleasure to answer all your questions (free of charge, no upfront payment hahaahahah ;-)).
    Take care and have a good weekend my friend!
    Gera

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 6, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      Hi Gera! Today, is a very special day for Sydney who receiving so much warm and caring words from his Blogger friends!
      Thank you for your insight information, as you know I’m new in musical industry so what I most concern is the real picture of the scene behind.
      And you have given me so much so is free of charge!
      The thought is always count!
      I thank you for all these you have done for me and I cherish your friendship very much.
      I wish you have a very best weekend! Cheers! 🙂

        PLANTING HAPPINESS.COM said:
        April 6, 2013 at 11:23 pm

        You are very welcome Sydney! We are here to help each other out in the world!
        You can always ask me any question you have and if you want to make sure that I am ‘for real’ hahaha, just google my name and look at my LinkedIn profile. 😉
        Take care, hug, Gera

        Sydney Fong responded:
        April 6, 2013 at 11:43 pm

        Thanks, Gera! Sydney hug back! 🙂

    Bams Triwoko said:
    April 6, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Great captured my friend. Have a nice weekend… 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 6, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      Hi Bams! You are welcome!
      And I thank you captures the vibrant side of my country!
      Cheers! 🙂

    JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing said:
    April 6, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Reblogged this on lost creek publishing and commented:
    I don’t think I would do it! You all should let him know your opinions.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 7, 2013 at 12:20 am

      Thanks! I have already received! 🙂

    pujakins said:
    April 7, 2013 at 9:23 am

    You are wise to avoid anything that seeks to take advantage of you and your pocketbook, preying on your vanity and inexperience–not that you are vain, of course, I just mean it can be appealing to have someone imply you are special. You are more or less a “cash cow” to them. You have a fine future, just keep on with your wonderful blog and stay cool. Warmly, Tasha

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 7, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Haha! I like the word “cash cow”!
      Thank you so much for your inspired words!
      Sydney will do his best to show the appreciation in return.
      Thank you, Tasha! 🙂

    ryan said:
    April 9, 2013 at 10:06 am

    just read this one.. and i’m totally agree with others. be careful for that.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 9, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks, Ryan! Sydney trust your view! 🙂

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