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Dec 22, 2011

Music Never Die

The "Live Band Singing Activity for Senior Citizens @ Bt Merah Town Centre" banner displayed at the entrance of the Bukit Merah Food Centre.

When I visited Bukit Merah Food Centre on 13 December, 2011 (Tuesday) for my favorite "teochew muay" stall for dinner, I was attracted by the melodious sound of music from a concrete stage platform facing the Bukit Merah Central: Amphitheatre in front of Blk 166 Bt Merah Central.

Sections of the audience seated on the concrete steps of the open-air amphitheatre to enjoy their free entertainment with the family after their dinner. (Photos above and below).

The stage was well-lighted with good quality sound system. On the stage were also four musicians - a drummer, an electronic organist, a trumpeter and a base guitarist for musical accompaniment.

Jin Siang, 64 belting out a Mandarin sentimental song in his loud and powerful voice. He is a retiree and enjoyed his singing activity at the Radin Mas Community Centre.

Although retired from regular job, his love for music doesn't retire with him.

Mr Francis Woo, 50, Director of Red Star Musical Band, is the leader of the "Senior Citizens Singing Group" of the combo band. The 10 members, ladies and gentlemen aged over 50, practise regularly at the Radin Mas Community Club in the evening. Most of them are now retired.

The singing activity at Bukit Merah Centre commenced on 6 December, 2011 and scheduled every Tuesday from 7.30 pm to 9.45 pm at the same venue. The details are mentioned on the publicity banner (the mast photo above).

The weekly event is jointly organised by Radin Mas AAC, Bukit Merah Central RC, Bukit Merah CC, Radin Mas CC and Bukit Merah Central Merchants and Hawkers Association.

On a separate topic related to music lovers among friends, my "Friends of Yesterday" (FOYer) meet occasionally for sing-along sessions as The Happy Wanderers .

Fellow FOYer Andy Lim, creator of the Singapore 60s: Andy's Pop Music Influence blog inspires our music lovers, young and old.

William Shakespeare said:

If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it.



Blogger Lam Chun See said...

Is this a make-shift platform in between the food centre and the NTUC Fairprice. I thot I know this place very well, but I have never seen this 'concrete' platform?

December 23, 2011 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

Yes, Chun See. Its a permanent concrete platform as shown in the photo, not a temporary make-shift stage. I found this a new feature at the Bukit Merah Central too.

December 23, 2011 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger Lam Chun See said...

Must be a recent additon. I was there just a few months ago.

December 23, 2011 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger FL said...

Hi, everyone, the mentioned platform is concrete and permanent, and not a makeshift one. I'm residing in the Bukit Merah area for many years and still do our shopping at NTUC FairPrice supermarket at Bt Merah Town Centre. This platform, I recall was built about two years ago or so. There used to be line dancing performed there frequently during weekends, but it had ceased for about a year or two ago.

December 23, 2011 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

Hi FL,

Thank you for keeping us updated on the development and new feature in Bukit Merah Central as both myself and Chun See did not notice these changes in these areas.

Much appreciated.

Best wishes for Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2011 at 10:38 PM  

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