Avenue Of Rebirth - 10
[Selling all you can sell, just for the sake of comfort.]
Liu Xiaoyun turned on the TV.
Today was Friday night at 9:10 pm, the day the second season of The Voice of China begun.
Liu Xiaoyun watched the first season of “The Voice of China” with his grandmother in the nursing home, although his grandmother had severe Alzheimer’s disease, but she was particularly happy to watch this program, and Liu Xiaoyun, who originally just watched with his grandmother, became a big fan of this program after watching the first season. He loved to see the young people chasing their dreams on the brightly lit stage, just like a beggar secretly admired the jewel-encrusted crown in the window.
This was the first time Liu Xiaoyun had watched The Voice of China in his own home, on his own TV, and he looked down at his hand holding the remote control, his fingers, which had been somewhat bony, had grown some flesh. Once again, Liu Xiaoyun told himself that he was having the best day ever, all because he had met that man.
The innocent teenager couldn’t help but take a sideways glance at the door, waiting for the long commercial and the host’s speech to pass before starting to watch the show in earnest.
The second season and the first season’s mentors were exactly the same: Lu Yu, a 48-year-old music king and one of the few singers to have won the grand slam of best male singer in China’s three major music award ceremonies, but the most popular gossip was about his daughter, the popular Lu Shuangshang; Chen Yu, from the mainland’s The “four Mandarin divas”, her unique husky voice swept the country; sitting next to Chen Yu, Zhang Hui was another diva from Taiwan Island, contributing to the music scene, countless classic songs, many people sang to Zhang Hui’s songs; Wang Zhao was the music scene’s new rock overlord.
His favorite mentor has always been Lu Yu, whom he admired as a child, but now he was a man who had grown older and more refined and calm.
The first contestant on stage was a somewhat chubby girl who introduced herself in the previous VCR as being from a rural area and had liked Lu Yu since the beginning. The girl chose an old classic song by Lu Yu, but could not get Lu Yu to turn around for her, and was finally chosen by Chen Yu.
The second person on stage was a young boy, he sang a love song and with his unique mature voice, he made the four mentors turn around, the boy finally chose the queen of the song Zhang Hui.
The four contestants who came on stage one after another were all outstanding, but Liu Xiaoyun was mildly disappointed. Compared to the singers who appeared in the first episode of the first season, Liu Xiaoyun felt that there were no contestants who stood out to him.
Perhaps he liked the first season too much and as a result, his expectations were too high.
Liu Xiaoyun, who was thinking like this, suddenly saw the fifth group of contestants appearing on the TV screen, the group was comprised of two young boys.
Liu Xiaoyun was a little surprised.
After following Chen Hao to the Wang’s Tide hunting nightclub, Liu Xiaoyun met a lot of different kinds of beautiful men, wheat skinned strong boys, almost neutral pale boys, smiley sunshine sport boys … hunting tide nightclub as A city’s famous gold cave, the various needs of the guests could always be provided! The best merchandise. Although these young boys with good skins were in an extremely shameful business for various reasons, but with the luxurious background and brilliant lights of the nightclub, the beautiful faces were like epiphanies that only bloomed at midnight, so fascinating.
Liu Xiaoyun almost thought he had seen the most beautiful boys and girls in the world, and would never be touched by a pretty face again, because in his opinion, the more beautiful the face, the more dirty it was. Like a flower blooming in the rotting mud, you saw his flawless petals, but not the filth that sunk deep into the mud.
The two boys were good-looking, and Liu Xiaoyun, who had seen countless beauties, still thought they were good-looking, but he couldn’t help but think of the empty sacks of youth and beauty consuming themselves under the neon lights, the self-satisfied young people including himself.
He didn’t want to hear these two sing, and even suddenly looked forward to their direct elimination with malice.
Until the two boys, who call themselves The Other Side Group, took the stage and started singing.
“I look forward, one day I’ll be back
Back to my first love, back to the virgin glory.
I look forward to the day when I understand.
The love of the world, understanding the original feelings.
I would rather, the helplessness of separation, can be exchanged for the heavenly music of the spring night.
I’d rather that the present and the future be filled with the cool crispness of autumn…”
Liu Xiaoyun widened his eyes.
The voice of the cat-eyed teenager was very catchy, so unique that he didn’t know how to compare it at the moment, yet what was even more appealing was the energy in the teenager’s voice that was full of a shocking sense of life.
Liu Xiaoyun looked into the eyes of the teenager who was singing, and the cat-like beautiful eyes shone with incomprehensible and inspiring light. Pure, persistent, with an indomitable sharpness.
He felt something begin to stir in his chest, erupting with the first high – the wave of the next two teenagers’ chorus.
“Say goodbye, say goodbye.
Backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards.
Say goodbye, say goodbye
Hold your head high and leave no regrets-”
The other singing teenager was so white that he even seemed a little weak, Liu Xiaoyun had seen this type of teenager in the nightclub, and this charming temperament was very popular with some of the macho customers.
However, after this teenager opened his voice, Liu Xiaoyun could no longer produce any dirty suspicion of him, because an impervious person could not have such a clear and pure singing voice, as clear as a stream that could even wash others.
Liu Xiaoyun suddenly began to tremble.
He felt that he looked bizarrely dirty, vile, and malicious in such a contrast.
He betrayed himself, the people around him betrayed him, and living in the filthy mud, he maliciously thought that everyone was unclean, that all youthful and beautiful people would have some hidden secrets, and betrayed all that they could, just because he was greedy for comfort.
Like him now, though he used to be starving, and if he could really afford to suffer, selling his body was by no means the only way out, only it was the easiest way to get money. And now, he wasn’t poor anymore, he was even doing well, but he was still drowning in darkness, because of an unwillingness to acknowledge the desire for comfort.
The two young teenagers in the TV were like opposites, they were also young and beautiful, yet they had firm and confident eyes, unlike him who always had low self-esteem; he accepted everyone’s gaze freely, while he only dared to stand in the shadows, feeling afraid of being looked at by others; their song was full of hope for the future, while he spent the whole day numbing day after day.
Liu Xiaoyun was a little desperate, and he stared at the TV.
The cat-eyed teenager in the TV had been looking at the camera, his sight seemed to go through the glowing screen straight to him sitting on the couch.
The kind of determined and even seemingly stubborn eyes that Liu Xiaoyun had never seen in himself who had almost considered giving up on life, like a rope was thrown into the abyss and draped over his hand, could save him from the endless darkness.
Snap, snap, snap.
The four mentors with their backs to the youths turned one after another, and even the always straight face of Lu Yu, whom Liu Xiaoyun had always admired, surfaced with the joy of discovering a diamond in the rough.
Many of the audience couldn’t help but stand up and cheer in clear, high-pitched voices, and both Chen Yu and Zhang Hui couldn’t help but stand up in excitement.
Liu Xiaoyun just looked at the cat-eyed boy singing in the constantly changing camera, everyone else in the camera seemed to be just a foil under his iris.
Liu Xiaoyun deeply memorized his name fondly.
Another popping sound. But it was the door opening.
As soon as Chen Hao entered the door, he saw the clear-eyed young man who seemed to be frightened and stared straight at him, so he smiled and ridiculed, “What, did you think it was a door-to-door robbery?”
The teenager, however, was still somewhat stunned, unlike usually when he ran to the front to welcome him.
Chen Hao was a little surprised, but not too concerned, he took off his shoes and walked over to sit next to Liu Xiaoyun, picked up the cup of water on the coffee table and drank it all and casually glanced at the TV screen–.
Chen Hao sprayed out all the water, and there was water stuck in his windpipe, Chen Hao coughed violently as he said to Liu Xiaoyun, “Quickly – quickly back up -“