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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Noor Quek Re: [ACSians] Happy New Year, and Reminiscences

Hehe indeed words did not mean a thing then and perhaps not even now except for Dont Worry be Happy. What's impt was and still is the song and sometimes the singer/singers. Remember the Shmoos?




Andy Liew Re: [ACSians] Happy New Year, and Reminiscences

Hi Rose,
Stop apologising!
Wat's important is that Blowing is a beautiful song, relevant then, relevant now, and relevant always.
Warmest regards from the what must be the coldest place in China (Tang-minus 16 degrees- shan)

Rose VAITHINATHAN Re: [ACSians] Happy New Year, and Reminiscences

er... and words, even if we didnt fully comprehend them...

Rose Vaithinathan Re: [ACSians] Happy New Year, and Reminiscences

ya but then again i think i may have sounded rather pretentious
and prob got my dates a bit upside down, not being a history student and all...
i spose I couldnt resist some reminiscing too...

cant be as comprehensive and correct as LInda

hey Linda , forgot to say well done !

Dr Rose Vaithinathan

Noor Quek Re: [ACSians] Happy New Year, and Reminiscences

Was certainly nice to be so innocent then and sing because we loved the mood , company and tunes.


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Noor Quek


William Meyer Re: [ACSians] Happy New Year, and Reminiscences

So true Rose!!
I remember listening to Dylan for the 1st time at Letty's house - I've been a fan ever since, although his more recent stuff doesn't grab me as much.  Listening to 'Chimes of Freedom' prompted my first REAL understanding of the word 'underdog' 
Have you ever heard Edie Brickell's version of Hard Rain?
Pity about the album cover!!
Peace for ALL in 2010,
William Meyer


Rose VAITHINATHAN Re: [ACSians] Happy New Year, and Reminiscences


re  "Blowing in the Wind " I think it's not correct to say that " ...we didnt realise (it) was anti-Vietnam war".
It was impossible, almost, to be unaware at that time.  '67- '68 was probably the height of the  war , which was in the news all the time with recurrent reports about draft dodging, flag burning, the antiwar movement in the US, Martin Luther King's and others' views, the offensives and Spore's (evolving) position on the war. We had US soldiers' R&Rs in Spore (Serene Centre  near Eugene's house where we used to practice was involved ) and other daily reminders. We knew that hundreds of 'protest' songs (besides B in the W ) were spawned from that war and Joan Baez and other singers were arrested for their protests .

But the lyrics of B in the W (and other 'protest' songs) were also true to what we and most (idealistic) young people could identify with - ie anti-war in general , and pro-peace, freedom and feeling a fellow man's suffering . So the songs became universal, and, may I say, a wonderful privilege to sing .