Advent 2017: Day 22

It’s the first family Christmas party! I always look forward to the family Christmas parties because of all the singing. That’s my favourite Christmas activity.

Unfortunately, poor J is suffering from an upset tummy today, so although he’d been looking forward to the Aged P’s roast turkey, he wasn’t able to eat more than a small slice of it. He was very sad, but the music seemed to cheer him up.

P.S. We are following the Advent calendar from Truth In The Tinsel this year!

P.P.S. Check out our other Advent posts here with lots of crafty fun for the season and subscribe to our YouTube channel!


In conversation with the Barn Owl: Modern Music

Editor’s note: I’ve inserted the links for the songs mentioned in this post – for the full multimedia experience, play the music videos as you continue reading.

(We’re in the car listening to the radio. It’s playing Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time”.)

Barn Owl: What’s with this song? The words are terrible. He sounds like one of those clip-board people.

Debs G: What people now?

Barn Owl: The survey people. The ones who stand on the street with clipboards going, “Ah, ‘scuse me, can I take 5 minutes of your time? Just 5 minutes.”

Debs G: Actually, I thought he was saying, “I just wanna waste your time.” Because he doesn’t sound like he wants to do anything worthwhile in this love song. Is it a love song?

Barn Owl: It’s not a love song, I’m telling you. It’s a street surveyor song. Songwriters are running out of things to write about.

Debs G: You might be right. I’ve noticed this trend in songs where there are references to another pop musician.

Barn Owl: That is not new, people have been inserting references to other musicians in their songs since forever. Like that song about Buddy Holly’s death by that country singer.

Debs G: No, not like that, I mean, that the song uses another pop musician’s name as part of the title and main lyrics and it’s supposed to be a compliment or something. You know, like ‘Moves like Jagger’. The whole chorus is all about being able to dance like Mick Jagger.

Barn Owl: Mick Jagger is NOT known for his moves. That guy cannot dance.

Debs G: There’s a song called ‘Walks like Rihanna‘.

Barn Owl: She has a nice walk?

Debs G: Beats me. I’ve never heard anyone talk about Rihanna’s walk like it was anything special.

Barn Owl: Then wouldn’t saying ‘she walks like Rihanna’ be kind of the same as saying ‘Walks like a normal person who has legs’? I don’t get it.

Debs G: Oh oh oh and I just heard on the radio, a song where the main chorus is like ‘Let’s Marvin Gaye and get it on’.

Barn Owl: Maybe it’s popular now to make reference to retro musicians.

Debs G: What do you mean ‘retro’? Rihanna is not ‘retro’. Rihanna is new. Rihanna is current!

Barn Owl: Rihanna is NOT new. She’s been around for, what, ten years now?

Debs G: (spluttering now) What? No, wait, what? She’s not retro! Is she? She’s not!

Barn Owl: Your younger cousin, the fashionable one, started sporting that Rihanna hairdo when? About 6-7 years ago? Around the time when her song on came out on Glee?

(long silence)


Midweek Break: Epic Rap Battle of Manliness by Rhett and Link

We’ve been watching Good Mythical Morning, a daily show on Youtube run by best bro buddies Rhett & Link, which never fails to entertain and put a big stupid grin on our faces. Rhett & Link are also pretty talented songwriters and I love their music videos, but my forever favourite is the Epic Rap Battle of Manliness!

My favourite line is “I killed the first man that I met with just my firm handshake”.

What’s the manliest line you can think of?


An SG50 Playlist

In preparation for the upcoming SG50 celebrations, here’s a little playlist of my favourite bits of music on youtube which I feel are most representative of what Singapore means to me.

In this playlist there’s a little complaining song (about a home that you love), a tamil song played on a traditional chinese instrument by a malay boy, a malay song played by a chinese orchestra, a song showing how far our public healthcare system has come, a song about home by people living in various care homes, and a song about a legacy.


P.S. Let me know in the comments which was your favourite song in the playlist, or if you have a favourite National Day song!