A Brief History and Introduction to Ou’s Musical Creations
It is not an exaggeration to call Ou
WenWei a gifted musician, but how he arrived at this status
is an interesting story.
He did not like to study music when he
was a teen. He missed all the knowledge taught by teachers
in the music classes because he skipped most of those
classes. Even when he was in music class the information
just passed by his ears and never had a chance to be
retained in his memory. As a result, when he was in his
early twenties, during the era when everyone was able to
sing “quotation songs” (songs had to be learned and sung
during the culture revolution in China from 1968 to 1978),
he could not even finish the simplest song, “Making
Determination,” which only had four lines. Luckily, he was a
soldier at that time and could pass himself off as one of
the singers in a group.
Nevertheless, while he could not sing
the common songs of the time, he had many songs in his
heart. He has always been a person of great sentiment. He
first expressed his rich emotions through his poems. Many of
his poems are the crystallization of profound insight on the
subtle relationships between the kindness and evil of human
nature, his vision of the mystery of the universe, and his
love and expectations for mankind.
These beautiful verses, which seem
effortlessly and skillfully in written, condense Ou’s
exploration of the universe and life. These poems are
beautifully worded, easy to understand, and yet profoundly
insightful. They empower one with strength, idealism, and
enlightenment. The images transport the listener,
connecting with magical landscapes that somehow seem
In love with Ou’s poetry, some of his
PanGu ShenGong students found a senior music professor to
compose a score for his poems, and some even tried to do it
themselves. However, they could not faithfully convey the
poems’ abundant sentiments. Therefore, Ou made a commitment
in 2004, “I must sing the songs I compose next year!”
He was no doubt asking for trouble and
taking a great risk because it was his weakest field.
However, motivated for people to have another way to adjust
and improve their physical and spiritual health, he embraced
such difficulty as if it were malt sugar—taking adversity
with a smile.
In the beginning, because of the poor
conditions for composing, and because he did not know how to
write down music notations, Ou had to memorize every single
line of music arising from his heart. He continually hummed
his musical creations everywhere — in the garage, the
bathroom, the kitchen, while working in the backyard, during
driving, and even while dreaming.
For each song, he sang and hummed it
no less than a hundred times until he considered that it
sounded satisfactory. After that he recorded his singing of
the song and asked some of his PanGu ShenGong students who
had some musical knowledge to write down the notes and sing
according to the scores to see if it matched his original.
This process was repeated until he was satisfied.
Later, he obtained a keyboard, with
which he was able to locate the keys according to the sounds
in his mind. Gradually, he was able to play one line, then
one song, then songs in different keys. Eventually, he was
able to approximate the musical scores and write down the
music of some songs. The process sounds easy, but in reality
it was extremely difficult.
Finally, (a good grounding ensures
success in what he does), in the four years from 2004 to
2008, he composed a total of forty songs which are all
beautiful melodies and profoundly insightful! In August
2006, Ou gave a concert in Guangzhou Youth Center in
Guangdong, China where over 600 attended. As a result of
this great progress, four albums were published in January
In February 2008, Ou gave a concert in
Yellow-flowers Theater in Guangzhou, China, this time 1600
were present in the audience.
In May 2008, Ou gave two concerts, one
in Yellow-flowers Theater in Guangzhou and the other in the
People’s Theater in Zhongshan, China. Over 2800 people
attended in total.
In October 2008, 600 people attended a
social gathering party in Xiaoshan, China principally
featuring Ou’s singing performance.
Peace and calmness are the principal
features transmitted by Ou’s songs. Many people report
feeling relaxed, serene, and integrated in mind, body and
spirit while listening to the songs. Some report that they
are healed from their illnesses by listening and singing the
songs. Currently, Ou WenWei is directing a project that uses
his songs to augment treatments for special needs children.
The effects on those children have been very positive.
From knowing nothing about music, to
playing keyboard while singing, from unaccompanied singing
to being accompanied by a back-up band, from using an MP3
recorder to do self-recording to professional recording in a
studio—Ou WenWei has been blossoming in the path of music.
He never hired a professional tutor to teach him, but he
considers everyone he meets his music teacher. He combines
pieces of what he learns from everyone with his observation
and experience, transforming the elements into his own
knowledge, which then directs his practice. Ou’s poetry and
music can perhaps be best appreciated as an example of how
nature takes energy and creates something beautiful, a white
lotus in a dark pond, as one of his verses says, “From deep
in the universe, comes a friendly voice.”