National Day song sees covers

ONLINE HIT: A screen grab of the music video for Shine Singapore, composed and performed by singer-songwriter Lorraine Tan. Some have suggested that it be made the official National Day song.


    Jul 22, 2013

    National Day song sees covers

    THE official National Day song, One Singapore, garnered a flood of negative reviews following its release last week and many Singaporeans have gone online to post alternative versions of the song with reworked melodies as well as lyrics.

    Some have even suggested that a song called Shine Singapore, composed by Ms Lorraine Tan, 34, should be made the official National Day song instead.

    English and Mandarin music videos for Shine Singapore were shot and uploaded to YouTube last Sunday, with the English version garnering over 31,000 views as of 8pm yesterday.

    Shine Singapore will be performed at a National Day charity fund-raising concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall on Aug 6.

    Proceeds from ticket sales and merchandise will go to the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.

    Speaking to My Paper, Ms Tan said that National Day songs are “very difficult to write”, adding that “it is always very challenging to meet the expectations and standards set by the older songs”.

    Ms Tan added that the composition of National Day songs should incorporate public opinion to reflect what Singaporeans want in a song.

    One Singapore was composed by music director Elaine Chan, 42, with actress Selena Tan, 42, providing the lyrics.

    Another popular alternative which has gained traction was put together in less than a day by home-grown band Pitch Feather and posted online last Thursday.

    Their version has since received over 12,000 plays on music-streaming site SoundCloud.

    Band frontman Alberta Leong, 25, said that when she first heard the original One Singapore, she felt that its arrangement was too complicated. She said: “Certain parts of the (phrasing) were a little awkward. It came across as (a song from) a musical more than a theme song that common folk could sing along to.”

    Only after a few listens did she realise that the song had good chord progression and would sound better with a rearrangement.

    There is also an acoustic-guitar version of One Singapore by Ms Tan Siling, 25, lead singer of home-grown band The Animal Parade, which got over 17,000 views after it was posted on YouTube last Wednesday.

    A clip by home-grown songwriter and producer Eli T, who recorded a soulful organ cover of the song, has received over 10,000 views since last Thursday. In a prologue to the video, he said he initially “hated on” One Singapore, but felt that the song had a “really good melody line”.

    Home-grown music producer Leonard Soosay said that One Singapore’s composition is “weak” and that covers have emerged because of unhappiness among patriotic Singaporeans.

    He said: “It is not that (National Day Parade organisers) cannot produce good songs. They can, but the song needs to be given to the right people to compose.”