Having been singing publicly for twenty years, the release of this CD fulfills another one of Su’s many dreams – becoming a doctor and backpacking around the world being among them.
S, a friend who helped me purchase this CD from Bras Basah, asked me what is so special about this CD, especially since the singer’s photo on the shrinked-wrapped cardboard package isn’t exactly that attractive.
When I first heard him sing in the 2010 重逢8 concert, I was thoroughly enthralled by his voice. I try not to miss any of his performances, which unfortunately, is one too many times. A check through the web makes him out to be someone extremely likeable, even admirable. Su works as a psychiatrist in the mental hospital and despite his busy schedule, continues to pursue his other passion, singing, by giving many charity concerts and in support of 新谣.
While I have no complaints on the quality of the CD, I question the choice of his songs, which ranged from Japanese (Nadasousou, to the tune of a Joi Chua’s hit), English (If, Vincent), to the songs by diva such as Faye Wong’s 王菲- 我願意, A-mei’s 听海, Kit Chan’s 担心, and local lass Joi Chua’s 有一天我會. Some may argue that his tenor voice may be suitable but there were some high notes which sounded strained. I would much rather he had chosen the 新谣 he had sung in concerts before.
An unexpected surprise was his recorded words on how he was not feeling well on the day of the recording, and how he had just seen a lady who was sent to him by her relatives, as she had recently lost her son and might be suffering from depression. It reminded me of the doctor in the singer.
I’ve done what he wants me to do – 灵听.