Sunday, November 04, 2018

Singapore DPM Tharman Finds Andy's 60s Music Blog Most Interesting

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DPM Tharman on his Facebook profile picture. 
DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam, in his usual cool and unhurried way, could have browsed through this blog after I provided him with a copy of the Tharman Quotes Elvis article last week on Facebook. I have never sent a posting to any VIP, let alone a VVIP. It was my first time. But below is his encouraging reply. Thank you very much, DPM.
Sunday 4 November 2018 4.47pm. Dear Andy, Thanks for sharing the blog post with me. Your whole blog is most interesting. It adds to the memories of those of us who grew up with the music of the era. Best wishes, TS. The Tharman Quotes Elvis Article: https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2018/10/economist-elvis-presley-dpm-tharman.html

31 comments:

MERLIN LIM (FORMER RHYTHMIST SILVER STRINGS) said...

Good for you brother.

He is right. It's interesting, educational, facts and life as it was back then. Nothing sugar-coated, all told as it happened, the truth nothing but the truth Andy.

Keep it up and your blog can only get better.

BRAVO!!!

OLIVER BALASHINGAM (SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, DRUMMER) said...

Congrats Andy.
You made contact with (who should be) the next PM.

YEN CHOW said...

So sincere of him to read thru your blog.

STEPHEN HAN said...

Glad that DPM Tharman likes the blog you wrote.

JALANI MOHAMED (PIANIST). said...

Wow, Andy...
You just became a VIP member.
Congrats

ZAINAL ABIDIN (THE DUKES LEADER/BASSIST) said...

AWESOME!

LIM KUAN MIN said...

Endorsement of your 60s blog by DPM Tharman!
Awesome 👍

LAURENCE LIM (ACTOR: GRANDAD IN 'YOU'RE THE BOY' VIDEO) said...

Next step for you.

Come to join PAP and we will nominate you for the post of Minister for Youth and Culture.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thank you all for your endorsement.

Just like what DPM THARMAN said, it's an interesting blog. I am writing to an interesting audience who happen to love 60's music. Nothing political. It's just a fun blog and we all enjoy the melodies.

WINSTON KOH (SINGER: FLYING PHANTOMS said...

Congrats Andy well done!

JOHN CHER (SILVER STRINGS DRUMMER, FACEBOOK 60S MUSIC WRITER) said...

Andy!
You deserve his appreciation!
3 Cheers!!!

RODNEY TAN said...

Not only just a DPM, but the ONLY one I want to be my next PM!

JERRY SARAM said...

I have met DPM THARMAN two or three times.

I can assure he is a humble and great guy. He is liked and respected by many people in Singapore and in the world. As one of your correspondents said, he should be the next PM.

FACEBOOK said...

Thanks to all below who LIKE this special DPM THARMAN posting

JOHN CHER
STEPHEN HAN
JIMMY APPUDURAI CHUA
HIROSHI DEGUCHI
JENNIE LAW
ROSE KNOO
TAN TENG TENG
MONICA PESTANA
DAISY KOH
ALTHEA LIM
HERRY YUSUF
MALVIN CHUA

STEPHEN HAN said...

Andy,your blog has great endorsement

TIN LEONG LIM said...

Awesome

ANGELA LEOW said...

Good job!!!

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks again for kind comments.
I don't get many in life, ha, ha but appreciate it when I do. :-)
Especially from friends and a DPM.

Unk Dicko said...

Hi old kawan, as I posted not too long ago, your Music Blog is probably the most interesting and comprehensive Blog about music of the 60's-70's in Sg...today. Not at all surprised that someone like DPM Tharman connected so nicely with you. He is truly a down to earth person, no airs at all. You...sama,sama. Cheers !

ROSE KHOO said...

Andy...

keep up the good work to reach out to those who love n enjoy the 60s music!

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Hi Dick,

So wonderful of you to write again.
Appreciate your busy schedule to give your comment.

I've been in touch with your activities too on FB.
Very busy you are. All the more to thank you for keeping in touch.


And everyone else on this commentary page, thank you.

ROSE KHOO said...

Andy...
keep up the good work to reach out to those who love n enjoy the 60s music!

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Hi Rose,

Yes was watching him one night during an economic forum. In the end, Prof Tommy Koh quoted Bob Dylan in reply to DPM's Elvis quote earlier. I nearly fell off my couch.

Never in my years as a Singaporean have I heard an MP who knows pop music, let alone a DPM. He's an all-rounder, Mr Tharman, a good soul man, respected by the world economic community too.

That's why I had to write about his wonderful quote from Elvis when he tells the group, "A little less conversation... more action please."

Thanks, Rose for giving me your platform.

MS ROSE KHOO SHARES THIS POST ON HER FACEBOOK PAGES.

PETER EE said...

Wow!!!
DPM Tharman likes your blog.
Congrats Andy.

PATRICK CHAN (THE PATRICIANS, LEADER AND LEAD GUITARIST @ WHAMPOA CC SUNDAYS) said...

Congrats Andy!

Looks like your paper's being read at the Cabinet level by none other than the brilliant DPM Tharman.

WHATSAPP said...

And thanks for the THUMBS UP from

Gabriel Yu
Frankie Lee
Jackie Lady
George Chew
Tomy Gomes

VICTOR WOO (TRAILERS LEAD GUITARIST) said...

Well, Andy,

You deserve it. Coming from DPM (thumbs up).
A class above.

DR ANGELINE KHOO (LECTURER) said...

So happy Tharman finds your blog interesting.
I want him to be PM.

mattJSLtan (friend of Amir and Horace Wee) said...

gosh , with a hip cat like him ...quoting elvis, and others quoting dylan. wouldn't it have been awesome had these hip dudes been around in our hey days. perharps, horace wee, me, amir,would still be playing together spotting long hair and all.
but that was yesterday and yesterday's gone!
i heard from dear horace of amir's passing into the great beyond. he is jamming with jimi, elvis, even chopin and beethoven.
as for me, i am still recording one new song every couple of days, to leave a legacy when it is time for me too, to join jimi , miles, B.B.,etc
come listen to my channel..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhU0FXL_HPU&list=UUlODf7yR41gkAMO1dUD_98w
i have in 2 years accumulated 190 songs, all performed by me on guitar/guiitar/bass/vocals and percs.
104 original / 59 covers
the latest being my first original this month, "If You Love..Love Strong".
uploaded last night (cda time 8pm) also on fandalsim, an indie musician site, my favorite site to contribute because it is purely for musicians.
https://fandalism.com/mattjsltan. it just garnered me 197 views at this moment (2 pm cda time)from both musicians and fans alike. i think that is my best one day ever to date.
I AM TAKING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO DEDICATE THIS TO AMIR. have a safe voyage to the great beyond my brother. the last drummer i played with before leaving Spore.
yes, it was with Horace Wee at his Brimstone Studio for a LP by Reverend Jim Michin of New Zealnd.

EX-fried ice bassist /vocals /CO-FOUNDER ;) said...

I wish DPM all the best. For the future of young rock and rollers , may this be a good omen to bring back the music of 60s-70s before the music died.

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