I received a a link to an SG50 song submission that was ultimately rejected. It wasn’t, however, rejected because it was a bad song. In fact, it’s pretty good.
Trust me, go ahead, and have a listen.
What I like about this song is its focus on the what it means to be Singaporean. It didn’t just recognise our unity, but our shared history. This song is saying exactly what we all need to hear now: Be United.
It’s also a timely reminder of the steel required to forge this island. While some people might despise Lee Kuan Yew, we have to remember that this man led the turnaround.
“Whoever governs Singapore must have that iron in him, or give it up! This is not a game of cards! This is your life and mine! I spent a whole life-time building this, and as long as I am in charge, nobody is going to knock it down.”
The country went from an island abandoned by Malaysia, to an island state respected by those who once viewed it as nothing.
So, why was it rejected?
I was told that it was rejected because it wasn’t written by a Singaporean. I didn’t want to let a song go unlistened to, just because it was not written by a Singaporean.
I think there’s a lot at stake in the coming few years. How we treat each other and how we accept the differences in opinions will make all the difference. In other words, our unity will make a severe difference.
Its message is exactly what Singapore needs to be reminded of, right now.