For Mr. Eng, music, paintings and drawings have been his childhood passions. He was trained as an engineer but at ease with both calculus and poetry. His only addiction, he wrote, "is the printed word". Today, Mr. Eng is a retired businessman. You can read more about Eddie Eng from LinkedIn Singapore.
He has been a fan of the Silver Strings since our show at Orchard Road in 2013 and has been attending other ones too. We have not met personally and I have communicated with him via SMS through Audie Ng, bandleader and bassist when Audie mentioned Mr Eng's complimentary comment about the blog and me.
Thanks very much, Eddie, for the kind words. You've made my day. I have put up your comment to show my appreciation and hope others will be encouraged to write about Singapore's pop music history too. Such enthusiasm for popular culture from a person of your calibre is inspirational indeed.
Your writing style is highly readable. It captures the vibrancy of youth in that era where our country was still much in the process of nation-building.
Please consider to put it down for posterity in the form of an enduring print. Any scholarly research into the early days of our nationhood is not complete without this cultural dimension - the energy and vigour our youth in musical expression.
If I tell you that you are such a fine gentleman, I know I am not the first or last guy to say so. Social grace and decorum are hard to come by in our frenzied society. In this sense, you are almost an extinct breed."
Written by: Eddie Eng.
Images: A Personal Collection (Copyrights Reserved).