Tuesday, August 09, 2011

National Day Parade theme songs from 1998 to 2011!! (And 5 interesting trivia which are not trivial!!)

Yes, for a change. I'd not use the usual 'Arial' font, but 'Times'...because it's now 'time' to say "Have a great National Day, Singapore!!". And that now is the right 'time' to revisit those enchanting National Day theme songs.

Some trivia:
1. The tradition of having a National Day theme song was started in 1998 with the unforgettable song, "Home" by Kit Chan. (This song was 'recycled' as 2004 National Day theme song beautifully performed by Young Voices. Also equally impressive, the song is lampooned this year as "Another Home" by Chua Enlai--no, for sure not used as the theme song, nevertheless it's a great clip really!!)

2. Stefanie Sun sang the official theme songs for Singapore's National Day Parade: "We Will Get There" (2002) and "One United People" (2003).

3. In 2003, a significant split took place when the National Day theme song of that year was not the Sing Singapore theme song. Stefanie Sun's "One United People" was used as the NDP theme song to better suit the theme of "A Cohesive Society" while Sean Wang's "A Place in My Heart" was chosen to lead the Sing Singapore 2003 Festival.

4. The year 2007 marked for the first time in NDP history there were two official theme songs instead of one. The first theme song was "There's No Place I'd Rather Be" performed by Kit Chan. The other song, "Will You", was performed by eight local singers of different music genres: Janani Sridhar, Asha Edmund, Emma Yong, Lily Anna Rahmat, Jai Wahab, Shabir Mohammaed, Sebastian Tan and Gani Karim.

5. In 2008, the National Day theme song was performed in English and Mandarin by Hady Mirza and Joi Chua respectively...and separately (they're two songs is what I mean!)

Enough of the trivia, here are the National Day theme songs from 1998 to this year! Love them all, even the one in 2009, "What Do You See" by Electrico--although it's mercilessly parodied as "Le Kua Simi". Heh.

The following songs & the quoted are from YouTube:

NDP 2011 Theme Song - In A Heartbeat
"NDP 2011 Theme Song - In A Heartbeat"

Music by: Goh Kheng Long
Lyrics by: Haresh Sharma
Performed by: Sylvia Ratonel
Directed by: Brian Gothong Tan

The National Day Parade (NDP) 2011 Show is presented in an integrated musical, showcasing the Singapore Spirit and Singapore's progress over a prologue and five acts. Stringing the acts together are several main characters and various renditions of this year's theme song "In a Heartbeat". The show tells the story of Singapore from the perspective of a family, centre-ing on two main characters- Mother and Son, whose story brings out different elements of the Singapore Spirit, with Singapore's history as the backdrop.


NDP 2010 Theme Song - "Song for Singapore" by Corrinne May!
Beautiful song by Corrinne May, check it out!


NDP 2009 Theme Song - What Do You See
"NDP 2009 Theme Song - What Do You See". Performed by Electrico.


NDP 2008 Theme Song: Shine for Singapore by Hady Mirza AND NDP 2008 Theme Song: 晴空万里by Joi Chua
Shine for Singapore (晴空万里) is a song commissioned for Singapore's National Day Parade, 2008. It is sung by Hady Mirza in English, while it is sung by Joi Chua in Mandarin.


NDP 2007 Theme Song: There's No Place I'd Rather Be by Kit Chan
For the first time in NDP history, there were two official theme songs instead of one. The first theme song was "There's No Place I'd Rather Be" performed by Kit Chan. The other song, "Will You", was performed by eight local singers of different music genres: Janani Sridhar, Asha Edmund, Emma Yong, Lily Anna Rahmat, Jai Wahab, Shabir Mohammaed, Sebastian Tan and Gani Karim. Both songs were composed by singer-composer Jimmy Ye.


National Day Parade 2007 Theme Song - Will You
Singapore National Day Parade 2007 Theme Song - Will You Music Video

Lyrics:
Will you make this island
Amazing in all ways?
Surprises every corner,
Delightful nights and days.

Will you take this country
And turn it from a place
To a home that greets you
With smiles on every face?

Will you come on this brave journey?
Will you help to make it real?
Will you write us grand new stories,
Songs that everyone will feel?

So... Will you swim the current?
Will you scale new heights?
Will you make it happen,
Will you let your dreams take flight?
And... Will you make the difference?
Will you seize the day?
Will you live each moment,
Will you dare to find new ways?

Will you take this city
And turn it into a place
To a home that greets you
With smiles on every face

Will you come on this brave journey?
Will you help to make it real?
Will you write us grand new stories,
Songs that everyone will feel?

So... Will you swim the current?
Will you scale new heights?
Will you make it happen,
Will you let your dreams take flight?
And... Will you make the difference?
Will you seize the day?
Will you live each moment,
Will you dare to find new ways?

Dare to find, dare to find, dare to find new ways!


NDP 2006 Theme Song: My Island Home by Kaira Gong
The official theme song of the National Day Parade was sung by upcoming Mandarin pop singer Kaira Gong, known as "My Island Home". The song was composed by local composer Joshua Wan.


NDP 2005 Theme Song: Reach out for the Skies by Rui En & Taufik
NDP 2005's Theme is "The Future is Ours to Make", which the theme song "Reach out for the skies" fitting the theme, featuring local celebrities, Rui En and Taufik Batisah


NDP 2004 Theme Song: Home by Young Voices
Home, sung by Kit Chan, was the first in a series of yearly songs commissioned for Singapore's National Day celebrations. In 2004, it was remixed for 3 child soloists and a girls' choir and reused as that year's National Day song.


NDP 2003 Theme Song: One United People by Stefanie Sun
In 2003, a significant split took place when the National Day theme song of that year was not the Sing Singapore theme song. Stefanie Sun's "One United People" was used as the NDP theme song to better suit the theme of "A Cohesive Society" while Sean Wang's "A Place in My Heart" was chosen to lead the Sing Singapore 2003 Festival.


NDP 2003 Theme Song - A Place in My Heart
National Day Parade 2003 Theme Song
Sean Wong - A Place in My Heart


NDP 2002 Theme Song: We Will Get There by Stefanie Sun
In 2002 and 2003 Sun sang the official theme songs for Singapore's National Day Parade: "We Will Get There" (一起走到) and "One United People" (全心全意).


NDP 2001 Theme Song - Where I Belong
National Day Parade 2001 Theme Song
Tanya Chua - Where I Belong
蔡健雅 - 属于


NDP 2000 Theme Song - Shine on Me
National Day Parade 2000 Theme Song
Jai Wahab - Shine on Me
许美静 - 星月


NDP 1999 Theme Song - Together
National Day Parade 1999 Theme Song
Evelyn Tan & Dreamz FM - Together
陈毓云&梦飞船 - 心连心


NDP 1998 Theme Song - Home
National Day Parade 1998 Theme Song
Kit Chan - Home
陈洁仪 - 家

1 comment:

JC said...

Nice. If only they can have mp3 downloads.