It can be deafening most times, especially on
Friday, June 18, 2021
It can be deafening most times, especially on
Wednesday, June 09, 2021
Why... Because I cannot understand the lyrics. I don't need to, I know, especially with their delightful choreography, youthful music and exceptionally beautiful and imaginative video clips.
''Oh, wait til' I do what I (do)Hit you with that ddu-du ddu-du du (ah yeah, ay yeah!)
Hit you with that ddu-du ddu-du du (ah yeah, ay yeah!)...''
But more than a BILLION viewers can't be wrong. So I spoke to a special fan, a teenaged lady who is a blink [a Blackpink fan]. And she tries to answer my questions.
I told her, ''They are just eye-candy.'' She stared at me and promised to explain why Blackpink is so popular.
Now, that would be nice...👍. After all Elvis was more than a pelvis...
Part 2 soon...
Monday, June 07, 2021
Naomi and the Boys were actually formed in 1960 and the original members were Peter Richards [Keyboard], Henry Richards [Bass], and Joe Ahmad [Drums] with myself on lead guitar. We toured East Malaysia, Kuching, Miri and some other islands. Naomi did not go but The Boys toured. We had completed our first EP with Naomi in Singapore before we left for Malaysia in 1963.
After being contacted by Mr. Lee H. King [AR Manager of Philips Records] to record our next EP, It's All Over and since it was a big hit for us, I needed to make a change in the music we were doing. So I reformed the group, with a newer feel to suit Naomi's voice and style.
I reformed the group with Naomi, Robert Suriya, Moses Tay, Alphonso Soosay and Peter Thomas. This is when, Happy Happy Birthday Baby, hit number one on the Malaysian Charts followed by another one of my compositions, I Know.
Naomi had many hits. It's not that she is my sister that we did the recordings but it is because she had a tremendous feel in the songs. We rehearsed at my home at 14 Lim Ah Pin Road in Singapore. It was also great to play and write for my brother Henry Suriya who had some hits too.
So the years went by, as quickly as a wink...
Then 1969 came around. Some of the members started showing interest with other plans. I felt really bad and like most bands it happened. Like the Beatles and the Shadows and many more. But the band lasted for a while. So we did an LP, The Best of Naomi and the Boys. It contained fourteen songs.
In 1970 I did a recording with Naomi on the Polydor Label. The four songs which I wrote showed the real Best of Naomi, The Life I Wanna Lead, Today, He's Mine and I Call Your Name. The musicians had Quests percussionist, Lim Wee Guan on drums and flute, Steve Bala on electric bass and I did the rest, the Leslie organ, the piano, the guitars, acoustics and the electronics.
I thank God for the blessings in music.
Bob Wickeremasuriya [Robert Suriya].
My late wife Fumiko Suzuki Wickeremasuriya [3-7-1942 till 2-4-2019]. We were married in Tokyo, Japan on 6th December, 1976. We had two children, Carla and Carl. She was a wonderful wife and mother and was with me for four years before we got married in Japanese tradition. We were together for 39 years afterwards. I miss her.
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Tuesday, June 01, 2021
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Only for a moment, and the moment's gone
All my dreams
Pass before my eyes, a curiosity
All they are is dust in the wind
Just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do
Crumbles to the ground, though we refuse to see
All we are is dust in the wind
Nothin' lasts forever but the earth and sky
It slips away
And all your money won't another minute buy...
Friday, May 21, 2021
By Chow Wen Hing
I recently commented on Andy’s blog about the band leader of a local band – the Dukes; Daniel Abidin, as follows:
“Sounds like an amazing guy, wonder what he thinks about the music and original Singapore songs of recent year? Would be interesting to hear his thoughts 🙂. I was watching a documentary about local musicians and a name cropped up a few times - Jimmy Wee. He took a chance on local acts when he was told again and again that there’s no profit in it!
I think the cost of such endeavors have gone way down, as technology has closed the gap on the process. What is needed is a “moral-boosting” Jimmy Wee, no deep pockets needed but a deep appreciation of the Singapore music scene is crucial. Of course, good contacts and entrepreneurial spirit is a big plus!
Many musicians are turning to home studios - affordable and accessible gear, technology and know-how (YouTube) has sprouted tons of “artiste”. So we would need a modern day Jimmy Wee to sieve out those who have potential and put resources behind them to support them as far as they can go.”
This prompted Andy to suggest that I share further thoughts on the local music situation – seeing how I am now a self-proclaimed “song-writer”. Thanks for the vote of confidence Andy! I am really just a novice – a late starter, and not a historian like you who is well-informed about the music scene over the last 40 years or so. But in the spirit of our shared love for music, I will put down some of my personal thoughts. A caveat here – these are just my own observations based on anecdotal evidence, so don’t take my word for it.
With that, let me make a call to everyone who is reading this to:
Let’s Make Music – Singapore Style!Juice - Whatever It Takes - Wen Hing - An original composition. YouTube by Music MAN.
I think one of the main reasons why Singapore music – that is local compositions in English, did not really take off is probably due to a lack of a cultural identify. We Singaporeans do not know who we are, euphemistically speaking. Our social diversification and multiculturalism have been so successful that, we; as the Beatles said, “are here, there and everywhere” – in a word: nowhere. We can’t really identify ourselves with Western cultures. It just doesn’t sit right with our Asian sensibilities; but neither do we clique well with the Eastern cultures; we fall short of the richness that these cultures can offer and represent.
As such, musically we are torn, struggling artistically to find our voice, our sound, our unique genre that we can be proud of. The closest to a culture is the “beng” culture - the slightly rebellious, mostly callous and care-less attitude that supposedly at its core lie the soul of the sons and daughters of Singapore. But this is giving in to a self-perpetuated myth that a “Beng-titude” is in all Singaporeans. It neglects to embrace the more wholesome, the serious, the studious, the avant grade and the “converted” amongst us.
So although deprived of a deep history, we Singaporeans nonetheless feel that we have a special identity that has been forged over our short 50-year history, that we are a melting pot of culture, practices, behaviour and abilities. But despite this, and perhaps as it is the progenitor of the “beng” culture; we sprouted something that clearly make us stand out amongst our Asian brothers and sisters. For at the very moment we speak, we are identified straightaway as being a Singaporean! It is in our style, our accent, our mannerism and our composure. Singlish has given us an identify which make us highly recognizable.
It is my personal big-beautiful-audacious goal, but it is getting rather lonely just two years into this endeavour. But I am pressing on, with encouragement and the occasional jousting from friends like Andy, and reading about past successes and glories in our musical heritage. Matched with how music making has progressed in the 21st Century, I am discovering opportunities and uncovering new sounds. Come my friends, join this journey wherever you are and whatever you are doing.
Let’s make music – Singapore style!
An original song done by Shirley Nair and the Silver Strings in the 1960s. Sung by Rene. Video from YouTube by Rene.
Siva Choy's Original Singlish hit, 'Why You So Like That -https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2012/07/why-you-so-like-that-uh.html
Friday, May 14, 2021
Your posts are so exciting, and I learn about some music that I don't know much about. I live in Montreal, Canada and was born here as well, but I absolutely love vintage... from the 1930's to the 60's, and I love to reminisce about days gone by. Thank you so much for sharing, your blog is such a fun place. :)
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My music professor is interested in getting to know more information about music in the 60s and would like to meet up with both of you (separately if preferred) over coffee or lunch. Please let me know if both of you are able to meet up with him. We are both music enthusiasts and my professor has done many research in the music field and would like to expand his knowledge of music in the 1960s.
What you're doing is great Andy! just like you've said, it really does good for a younger generation like myself as I did research on Singapore musicians in the 1960s.
Please email me at xxx.com and I will leave his contact if the meet up is possible. Thank you so much in advance. :) cheers to furthering music education in Singapore!
NB - Vincent Patton is the son of Maurice Patton from The Melodians [60s band].
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