As the years go by, in my opinion, I feel that the National Day songs have lost their meaning.
If you were born in the 90’s, the national day songs were meaningful, one can sing along to it and you can relate to it. Isn’t that the purpose of the national day songs?
When I first listened to this year’s National Day song, I just had to stop it halfway.
I know the composer tried to make the song hip so youth will favour the song. Sometimes, when you try too hard, the result will backfire and this song is one perfect example.
Why can’t we just stick to traditional and meaningful National Day songs? Traditional does not equate to being boring.
Let me share with you some of the past National Day songs.
Home sung by Kit Chan.
Together sung by Stefanie Sun
Reach out for the Skie sung by Rui En and Taufik Batisah. I remember we had to learn this dance while we are in seondary school.
My favourite National Day song of all time, Where I Belong sung by Tanya Chua.
Just take a moment and understand the lyrics.
“Where I belong, where I keep my heart and soul
Where we’re one big family
I want the whole world to know, I want to shout it out loud
That this is where I know I belong”
Simple lyrics but it is very impactful. When you sing it, you can sing it with pride and it is easier to sing along to it unlike this year National Day song. All the above examples are perfect example of good National Day songs, in my opinion. While searching for these songs, memories of celebrating National Day starts to come back to me, I miss those times.
Before I end this post, I would like to wish Singapore, a very Happy 48th Birthday Singapore. I am thankful to be born in this safe country and having friends from all the different races.