Step back in time to the music
The Stephen Francis Band, actor and singer Henry Heng, singer Yati, and veteran recording artist Irene Yap are taking a walk down memory lane in this live performance of Oldies but Goodies that’s part of Silver Arts 2021, organised by the National Arts Council.
The concert features pop songs from yesteryear – from Connie Francis hits from the 1950s like Frankie and Stupid Cupid, to Teresa Tang’s 1970 Mandopop classic Thousands of Words and P. Ramlee’s beloved Getaran Jiwa.
Jeremiah Choy, who put together the 10th Silver Arts line-up of live and streamed concerts for 2021, says the overarching theme – TENacity – is apt. Not only because of the difficulty in putting on live events in the face of pandemic restrictions, but also the stress and loneliness endured by many seniors who are unable to see their children and grandchildren the way they used to. “Tenacity is what we really need in this period of time,” he remarks. “The difficult thing is to get our morale up and be really resilient.”
Discussing one number, originally recorded by Teresa Teng and covered by Faye Wong, he observes: “They don’t write songs like that anymore. It’s very melodic and it’s got very meaningful lines so, no matter whether you are old or young, I’m sure you will enjoy.”
Irene Yap believes the enduring appeal of this music lies in its emotional sincerity. “The old songs are very heartfelt,” she says. The concert marks her return to the stage after a lengthy break, giving a new lease of life to a stellar career that saw her put out seven EPs and three LPs for White Cloud Records by the time she was 14.
Tickets for Oldies but Goodies have already sold out, but you can find the rest of the line-up for Silver Arts 2021 here.