A senior and seasoned figure, Ray CORDEIRO (Uncle Ray) hosts a programme that broadcasts old songs from decades ago. However, his story is not at all about a group of people looking back at the past and indulging in their own world.
The radio tuned in for Uncle Ray’s programme is a time machine. Play the songs chosen by Uncle Ray for his programme in any night to the young people nowadays and they will find it an absolutely novel musical experience, because those songs are completely different from the pop music they are familiar with. So are the world and the era those songs represent. If a youngster could travel back to the 1960’s, when Uncle Ray’s career took off, and come across the then budding local popular culture, they would be awestruck by their grandparents’ generation, whose curiosity about the world, enthusiasm for innovation, and drive to pursue dreams back then all rival, if not surpass, their own. Many things that characterised Hong Kong were developed from scratch in those years full of variables and vigour.
Uncle Ray has always been open-minded with music, exposing himself to the ever-changing musical trends all along. Still, he has certain preferences and insistence when it comes to music.
As time goes on, things change inevitably. Nostalgia is not necessarily the insistence on the old being better than the new. It is simply occasional reminiscence that enables us to better understand what it means to seize the moment and what should be cherished.