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A while…

 
…ago, I was caught up with work.
 
I took a break from it. Merely one day. But a break nevertheless.
I spent that day listening to one song (乞食调).
 
The song was sung by Singapore’s blind minstrel – Mr Tan Wei Lian, Kelvin. He won the first god-knows-what Star contest. It wasn’t his singing as much as the song acting as a handle for memories of the movie (881). The song is in Hokkien, long associated with army fatigues, heavily tattooed gangsters and tiger beer guzzling old men.
 
Yet both tune and lyrics were poignant and heartbreaking. Even more so than songs sung in other languages.
 
Go listen.
 
Other songs: 念念不忘
Resources: Kevin Wikipedia Entry
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