[“Stärker” By Tenny Tsang]

Hi guys, welcome to episode ten of Tenny’s Tunes. I am your host, Tenny. Before we dive in, I want to wish everyone a safe, healthy and successful 2020.

For some time, I've been thinking of getting a good MIDI keyboard to make some simple music, and it just so happens that our current NBN editor-in-chief was selling one. So I got it from him and made this instrumental adaptation of “Stronger” using the piano and erhu, a Chinese string instrument. The original song was by Daft Punk and Kanye West.

Inspiration: 2020 is not a chill year given the coronavirus season, wildfire, diplomatic tensions, etc., but it boils down to one thing that has endured the test of time: Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stärker (which means, "that which does not kill me, makes me stronger").

Creation: At first, I just wanted to record a piano version, but it turns out erhu is such a magical fit to piano, so then the rest of the elements fell in one by one. This piece is called “Stärker” to pay tribute to the original work.

Message: As always, you figure it out, dude. Interpretation is not up to the creator but to the receptor, though it should be obvious enough. Whether you can always remember this line, however, is yet another test of time. Enjoy.

Music by Tenny Tsang. All copyrights reserved.