Saturday, October 05, 2019

Singapore 60s Music Opinions 'Trouble' (Elvis). 'We Can Work It Out' (Beatles): Belinda Poh's Thoughts

The cool, calm, collected characteristics of a sophisticated Belinda Poh. You can realise these natural sparkles in her writing below. These short papers are well-placed thoughts and gently persuasive. Thanks again Belinda:

Thought One:

Trouble passes. What has caused you to burst into tears will soon be forgotten. You may remember that you cried but not why you did so. As we grow up and go through life, we are often surprised at how we lie awake at night, brooding over something that has upset us during the day. 

We may fly into a rage at the spur of the moment over something, and later wonder what it was that we were so angry about, and be surprised to realise what a waste of time and energy it had all been. 

We may fly into a rage over something but it is a waste of time and energy.

Why should we allow others or our troubles to drain away our energy and make us unhappy? The answer is that they do not. It is we who make ourselves unhappy. 


You may have some trouble in your working place but never infect your home in a bad atmosphere. Whenever we fail to find a solution to a problem, we are inclined to find a scapegoat, on whom we vent our frustration. We are not prepared to admit our own shortcomings. It is easier to put the blame on others. 


We must not show resentment towards others. We should do our utmost and calmly resolve our own problems. The solutions could be found in achieving freedom from our selfish desires, by eradicating all forms of confusion and ignorance. Therefore, always stand strong and be prepared to face up to any difficulties that we encounter.
Elvis Presley sings 'Trouble' from movie 'King Creole'. Thanks to YouTube.

Thought Two:
The secret of happy, successful living is to do what needs to be done now, and not worry about the past or the future. We cannot reshape the past, nor can we anticipate everything in the future. There is only one moment of time over which we have some conscious control and that is the present. We tend to just worry about the future. We have to learn to adjust ourselves to the circumstances. Whatever castles we may build in the air, whatever dreams we may have, we must always remember that we are living in this world of constant friction and change. 

"There are no stars which we could trust,
There is no guiding light,
and we know that we must
BE GOOD, BE JUST, BE RIGHT."


(Written by Ms. Belinda Poh.)

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Thought Music:
I never look for trouble
But I never ran (Presley)

Life is very short, and there's no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend. (Beatles)

My own two interpretations of what Ms. Belinda Poh was trying to express with two 60s pop songs I know. The ideas could be miles apart. The above video is Elvis Presley's TROUBLE and the one below is the Beatles with WE CAN WORK IT OUT. Do you think the articles and songs have some parallels?

Comment readers?

This article is her second. You can connect to read her first:

https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2019/08/money-money-money-windmills-of-your.html
The Beatles with 'We Can Work It Out'. Thanks to YouTube.

8 comments:

Unknown said...

Belinda has tried to capture in 2 simple but profound thoughts what has eluded both the rich and poor. Can happiness be achieved with conditioning of thought processes? Perhaps it can but,I believe, only to a certain extent. Because it goes against the order of nature and deep-seated biological reflexes. Homo sapiens are wired with a great range of emotions.
A particular category of people who may find happiness and, in the same vein, peace of mind elusive,are the deep thinkers. They engage in more self-dialoge than most people. They may even have trouble sleeping at night as the incessant internal chatter continues unabated.
The age-old remedy could be meditation. With meditation comes clarity of mind. A restful mind is also less prone to agitation. I suspect both meditation and fasting may have something in common: cleansing of mind and body.
Belinda expresses her thoughts in uncontrived grace and beauty.

FACEBOOK CHATBOX said...

THE ABOVE NOTE (unknown) WAS WRITTEN BY EDDIE ENG, A FREQUENT CONTRIBUTOR TO THIS BLOG.
THANK YOU EDDIE.

Below are Facebook extracts from readers and friends:

Thanks again Belinda for your well-written articles. Connecting thoughts and pop songs, hopefully.

Andy Young
Hi Rose, thanks. Wow! That's only a minute after. :-)

Andy Young
Terima Kaseh Ms. Koh.

Andy Young
Hi Jocelyn. Nice to hear from you. Thanks.

Michael Lee
Hi Andy, **The secret of happy, successful living is to do what needs to be done now, and not worry about the past or the future.
We cannot reshape the past, nor can we anticipate everything in the future**
This is what I always say in a different way.
I have always said - the past is the history you can't change, the present is living where you can do something about it and the future is always a maybe - you can plan but can't predict what will happen.
Cheerio my humble philosophy of life.

Michael Lee
Hi Andy - I have posted this on another post on Facebook.
My humble opinion has always been, teach how to think out of the box rather than follow like monkeys.

Hi Andy,
Shaolin philosophy - Move away from a fight if you can and stay back to fight only if you have no other option. Cheerio
Cheerio

Stephen Han
Pretty writer and a nice topic. The best thing to do is to stay out of trouble. Like Elvis said “Don’t let trouble, troubles you

Andy Young
Wow, Michael. Philosophical thoughts and simply explained. Thank you. And Stephen. Best is to stay out of trouble. Very true. Thanks. And appreciate the others who LIKE Belinda's post. She's a rare gem alright.

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YEN CHOW said...

Oh wow. Perfect Trouble for the scene! Like this song instantly. Thanks Andy!

Lydia Kok said...

Hi Andy, I'm a fashion student from LASALLE College of the Arts. I'm working on a design collection that brings awareness for the 1960s music scene of Singapore. Your blog is a great reference point for me and it's extremely helpful for me learn more about the Singapore music scene back in the days. I'd love to know more about your thoughts on the local music scene (the joy and the restrictions) and the importance for the young generation to know more about these amazing hits from the past!

Please feel free to reach out to me if you're keen! My email is shuyee.kok@mylasalle.edu.sg, hope to hear from you soon! :)

Cheers,
Lydia

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Hi Lydia,

Thanks for writing in.
Glad to hear you're doing some 60s fashion ideas
around pop music.
Do write at any time.
Fashion is the second most popular post on this blog.
Lots of readers.

Let me know how I can help you?
And vice-versa?

Was at La-Salle some years back.
The guys there did a musical?

Cheers

AND THANKS TO ALL READERS FOR YOUR COMMENTS.
THIS POST IS BY BELINDA POH.
WE'RE ALL SO GLAD YOU'RE READING OUR ARTICLES.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

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