Stones & Singing

*Warning: post written on post-performance high*

Well, tonight, if you didn’t already know, we performed with THE ROLLING STONES. Yes you read that correctly. THE ROLLING STONES. Yes. THE ROLLING STONES. ROLLING STONES. STONES XD

XD 😀 😀 😛 XP

Awesome possum McAwesome! We shared the same stage as these legendary artistes! They smiled and wave to us! Mick Jagger called out our name and said we sang “beautiful”! *Faints*

Well so far in my short close to 5 years in SYC, I’ve gotten the chance to sing/support in many various events. There has been 2 weddings; 1 funeral; a Singapore Citizenship oath swearing ceremony; a Spanish Flamenco Mass; several church services in Europe; educated secondary school kids on music appreciation; exchanged songs with other choirs in dining halls; sang by the roadsides; sang while we waited for our food in restaurants… and many more. Well of course tonight we can add “sang with the Rolling Stones” to that list. (Y)!

So why do I list all this out?

Well there’s this general impression out there in Singapore (I feel) that choral music is kinda… detached. It’s something murky out there, only for the cultured or high browed to appreciate.

Something “atas”. Something inaccessible or far away, beyond reach of the common folk.

That, however, is simply not true.

As seen in the many occasions that call for song, music is but just another expression of life. We sing when we are happy, we sing when we mourn. We sing when we are with others, and we sing when we are alone. We sing to commemorate, we sing to let loose, to enjoy life to ROCK IT OUT!! An expression of life, something that resonates deep within us, that all of us have a personal connection to.

Of course when we sing about life, we inadvertently and unapologetically present various opinions and ideas, all at the wishes of the composers. Simply put, we are messengers. Opinions and ideas, as we all know, will sometimes be disagreeable. But this is where we learn how to agree to disagree, after all, in life you can’t always get what you want.

So next time you hear a choir sing, don’t just dismiss it as abstract music. Examine it, embrace it, and see how it speaks to your soul. If it seems like nonsense, so be it. But hey, who said life was logical?

Midst all the stuff and nonsense of our lives, let the song challenge you, and see how it might help you examine yourself deeper than you ever expect.

– Benlee

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