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Striking A Chord: The Songs That Made Singapore

Home’s melancholic tune and opening lyrics, ‘Whenever I am feeling low’, got NDP organisers in 1998 thinking it was too much of “a downer” for a National Day song. But it’s become many Singaporeans’ favourite. What’s yours?
Striking A Chord: The Songs That Made Singapore

Striking A Chord: The Songs That Made Singapore - S1E2: Kit Chan on NDP song Home: ‘Whenever I am feeling low' was thought a terrible start

24 Aug 2021 03:21pm

Home’s melancholic tune and opening lyrics, ‘Whenever I am feeling low’, got NDP organisers in 1998 thinking it was too much of “a downer” for a National Day song. But it’s become many Singaporeans’ favourite. What’s yours?

Striking A Chord: The Songs That Made Singapore

About the show:

Earlier this year, netizens caught a composer from India plagiarising a Singapore national day song - "Count on Me, Singapore". His claim that he came up with the tune first, sparked incredulity in most Singaporeans but also planted the seeds of doubt in others: Could our beloved national day song possibly be a copycat? The doubt betrays just how little some Singaporeans know about the backstory of our national songs.

In this two-parter, award-winning singer-songwriter and one of lead singers of the 2021 national day theme song, Shabir, goes on a journey to document the origins of some of Singapore's most beloved national tunes. He uncovers how, from next to nothing, the republic came to possess such a repertoire of national songs and exposes a few skeletons in the island's collective closet along the way.

 

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