Friday, April 18, 2014

MUSIC OF YESTERYEARS

Songs of the 60s  by legendary singers like Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, Matt Monroe, Andy Williams, Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, and many more, stood the test of time. Now, music of the yesteryears are re-recorded by many new artists. Songs of the 50s by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and others, have recently been revived by new generation singer, Michael Buble, turning him into an overnight star.  

Most of the old songs were sing-along favourites, catchy, and melodious. Vocals, melodies, lyrics, and music arrangements, were pleasing to the ears. Lyrics were often based on everyday life, mostly on innocent love, boy met girl, heartbreak, sadness, undying love, etc.


"Running Bear" by Johnny Preston 
 No.1 hit song worldwide (early 60s)

These songs were able to transport young listeners to an imaginary world, portrayed through lyrics, vocals and instrumentations. Yes, I was once, one of the young listeners. Today, when I hear the songs, I relive those moments. They bring tears of joy, and sadness,  and, I feel rejuvenated!  

I now understand, and appreciate the statements made by my fans,  who have this to say,  “ we  grew up with your songs.... you remind us of our past ... our joy and sorrow...”.  I feel truly blessed, that my songs have touched their lives.

“Pergilah sayang” - is my version of an evergreen "Kiss me goodbye". Visuals featured in the video, are legendary persons, in the entertainment industry, in Malaysia, and Singapore. We once walked the same path, although for a moment, they are forever remembered. Sadly,  some have departed. May their souls rest in peace.

Journey with me, as I share some nostalgic moments of my life, in this video. 


Photos of personalities featured in the video (in sequence)
The late Kartina Dahari, the late Ahmad Jais,  the late Ismail Harun, Julie Sudiro, Anita Sarawak, the late Rafeah Buang, Kalsom Hashim, the late Yusof Ahmad (RTS, TV Producer), the late Normadiah, Sanisah Huri, the late Azean Irdawaty, Norzie Nani,  Uji Rashid, the late Latiff Ibrahim,  Sharifah Aini, Jins Shamduddin,  Sarimah,  Noor Kumalasari, the late Saadiah, Mariani, the late Abdullah Chik, and, the late Saloma.  

Below, lyrics and  interpretations, written by me.


PERGILAH SAYANG                                     PLEASE GO MY LOVE 
                                                                     
Ku tahu sejak dulu,  cinta mu kepada ku       I know from the start,  your love for me
Hanyalah sementara,  tak kekal tak setia       Was for a moment, never lasting, nor sincere

Pergilah sayang,  pergilah kasih ku                Please go my love, leave me my love
Janganlah kau kenang kepada ku                  Do not look back, or even think of me
Pergi sayang jauhlah dari ku                          Please go  my love,  stay away from me
Cinta mu bukan lagi untuk ku                         For your love is no longer mine

Sungguh sedih hendak ku lepaskan               I feel so sad to let you go  
Ku lepas dengan penuh duka                         I now let go, with sadness and sorrow
Sekiranya aku tiada di dunia                          So, whenever I am no longer in this world
Jangan kesal                                                  Just don't regret

Puaslah rasa hati, cukuplah hingga ini             I am relieved,  cos I can no longer bear 
Derita yang ku rasa,  ku jadikan pedoman      The misery I go through, is a lesson in life
Pergilah sayang, pergilah kasih ku                   Please go my love,  leave me my love
Janganlah kau kenang kepada ku                    Think of me, no more
               
Pergi sayang jauhlah dari ku                            Please go my  love, stay away from me
Cinta mu bukan lagi untuk ku                           Your love is no longer mine
Sungguh sedih hendak ku lepaskan                 So sad to let you go  
Ku lepas dengan penuh duka                           I now let go, with sadness and sorrow
Sekiranya aku tiada di dunia, jangan kesal       So,whenever I am no longer in this world
Oh sayang,  jangan kesal                                 My love, please never ever regret


WE WERE ONCE EMI'S TREASURES
(from Malaysia and Singapore)

Potraits on album covers  - the late Refeah Buang, Sanisah Huri, the late Sharifah Aini,  and yours truly, (again, with the silly hat)! Those were the days! We are now separated by time.

(Rafeah Buang departed in 2002. Sharifah Aini in July 2014).

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