SG Music: Tay Kewei x Alfred Sim on When Duty Calls 卫国先锋

Whereas the Ah Boys to Men National Service-themed franchise is catered to heartlander tastes, the Mediacorp Ch 8 drama <When Duty Calls 卫国先锋> is a relationship drama which shines with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) as intriguing subtext. While the latter’s pop-rock theme song《以刚克刚》 by Desmond Ng 黄振隆 and 邱锋泽 is suitably gung-ho, it is 《以为的以为》 which resounds the way subthemes ideally should.

Tay Kewei 郑可为 x Alfred Sim 沈志豪《以为的以为》<When Duty Calls 卫国先锋>

Alfred Sim is the reigning Project Superstar Star Awards Best Theme Song winner – for《最美的时光》in <If Only I Could 十年… 你还好吗?> – and his vocal delivery is no doubt reliable. Yet it is his wife Tay Kewei who enchanted me here.

There is a gentle yet crisp texture to her voice, which really shines in the stream of pitch switches in the choruses. In the harmonizing sections, her enunciation takes on a magnetic quality. This perfectly mirrors the inner tension of the female lead Paige Chua, who is hesitant about a new romance due to an ex-boyfriend who died tragically.



要到心慌 才想起有些原谅只要拍拍肩膀
你以为的以为 只是你的以为 却因此把心锁上

要到失望 才想起有些争吵只是嘴硬心软
爱无需逞强 爱需要体谅
爱给的温暖 陪我们坚强

The celebrity couple had auditioned in the 4th season of <The Voice of China 中国好声音>, but were overlooked amidst strong competition. It’s a shame, considering how 4 Singaporean girls – including Joanna Dong 董姿彦 – have been picked this year (in an admittedly weaker field).

This is an excellent duet that stood out among recent others which perhaps also deserve mentions: 《信任指数》by Mediacorp regular Lin Si Tong 林思彤 and 杨敏 Yang Min in the preceding Ch 8 drama <Have A Little Faith 相信我>, as well as a classic remake《关怀新方式》by actors Desmond Tan 陈泂江 and Felicia Chin 陈凤玲 (complete with MV) in this highly-watchable SAF drama.

If you are feeling nostalgic for Mediacorp songs in recent years, check out these lists I’ve compiled for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016!

Socio Empath

Hi, my name is Eugene. I am a Sociology graduate from the National University of Singapore. This blog is an invitation: To see our selves as colored by cultures, and to brighten the colors of our society. I seek to help you create freedom in everyday life, with empathy and the sociological imagination.

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