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Monday, 29 September 2014

Song choice and Music styles

I can still remember clearly the day when I discovered I can sing (in tune at least).

I was in Sec 3 and was sitting in the toilet doing my "big one".

Feeling bored, I started singing the chorus bits of "Always on my mind" by Willie Nelson.

The night before, I was watching the Grammy awards where Willie Nelson and this song won several awards... I guess it sunk in unconsciously.

When I opened the door out of my stall, I got a loud round of applause and whistles from my school mates that were present. (It's not my singing, it's the acoustics in the toilet)

The simple pleasures of these impromptu moments! Of course we have to be in the here and now to recognise these sprinkling of stardust that were unplanned and unrehearsed.

For those of you who enjoy singing, would you agree that we quickly realise there are some songs and music genres, that no matter how hard we practice and try, it just sound weird or bad when we sing them?

And yet, when we sing certain songs and music styles, it just fit us perfectly?

Strange right? It's not exactly that we do not know pitch, melody, rhythm, and beat....

For eg, I love this song "Stand by me", but it always came out bland and terrible when I sing it. On the other hand, when I sing "Amazing Grace", I can sing it with so much soul and conviction that you wouldn't believe I am agnostic.

What gives?

When it comes to investing and trading, what's the first thing that we should ask?

No. It's not about song choice and selecting the right music styles for us. 

That comes after.

It's whether or not we can or want to sing!

Not everyone have to sing.

We can let others sing to us. We do the listening.

However, music appreciation may need to be cultivated and learned.

And yes, it perfectly OK too if you don't like to sing nor listen to music.

I was glad that a female reader wrote to me recently sharing with me she is not really into financial stuffs... 

The smile on my face was wider than the Cheshire Cat's.


  1. Replies
    1. CW,

      I know what you mean! Sometimes I will stop abruptly into a song and talk out loud that sounded horrible!

      And mom, ever so supportive, would laugh in the background :(

  2. SMOL,
    Everytime I sing, i feel sorry for my audience. They must be thinking: 你的快乐就是我的痛苦

    1. ckw-I99,

      I know!

      That's why I try to lessen the damage by singing in the shower and toilet. With echo effect, anything sounds nice :)

  3. Hi SMOL,

    I pity your Neighbour and your family members, when you sing (scream) ! Hahaha.

    Agree that it is difficult to get "Stand by me" so correct. Similar Bryan Adams or Rod Stewart songs (if you know). You had to have a little bit of sore throat for all 3 of them. Precisely why different people have different portfolio.

    That's why I prefer "Stand Up for Singapore" easier to sing. I sang it during my primary school days, and still sing it today! That is my style! Haha

    Rolf Suey

    1. Rolf,

      Hee hee. Lucky no one from my town council knocked on my door yet ;)

      I like Country Roads by John Denver.

      We were involved in the Mass Display during my secondary school days. While on the bus, I will break out with Country Roads and the rest of my school mates will join in the chorus!

      Good times!


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