That wonderful sound…

Men could not stand him but women would go all weak in the knees at the sight of him and his singing. HRH Prince Philip said that he sounded as if he was gargling with pebbles. Still, Tom Jones has survived all these years…

Tom Jones 1Tom Jones 2

It was not his first hit but he became a household name in these parts with the karaoke favourite, “The green green grass of home”. I used to like it until I had to undergo hours of aural torture at karaoke lounges where many would love to sing the song…and murder it! LOL!!! Then came other hits of his like “Delilah”, “I’ll never fall in love again”, “Love me tonight”, “Funny familiar forgotten feelings”, “I’m coming home” and “She’s a lady”. I remember those Decca vinyl records that my father used to buy and I would play them on our radiogram.

But those are not my favourite Tom Jones’ songs though. I love “That wonderful sound” which Shagul Hamid sang on Bakat TV ’70, prior to the Bintang RTM days and also “One day soon“.

Tom Jones 3Tom Jones 4

For a while, he disappeared from the music scene and in the late 80s, he came back – older and as some women might claim, sexier than ever and released an album, if I’m not mistaken, on the 30th anniversary of his involvement in the music industry. From this particular album, I love his cover of Prince’s “Kiss” and this one… You can click this link to find out which song I am talking about but at your own risk. You especially, Stella! I will not be responsible for anything that happens after this! ROTFLMAO!!!

Have a nice week, everybody!

My little girl…

I stumbled upon this song by Tim McGraw on youtube and I wanna share it with everybody. The lyrics go like this:

Gotta hold on easy as I let you go.
Gonna tell you how much I love you
Though you think you already know.
I remember I thought
You looked like an angel
Wrapped in pink so soft and warm.
You’ve had me wrapped around your finger
Since the day you were born.

When you were in trouble
That crooked little smile could melt my heart of stone
Now look at you, I’ve turned around
And you’ve almost grown.
Sometimes you’re asleep, I whisper “I Love You!”
In the moonlight at your door.
As I walk away, I hear you say,
“Daddy Love You More!”.

Someday, some boy will come
And ask me for your hand.
But I won’t say “yes” to him unless I know
He’s the half that makes you whole
He has a poet’s soul
And the heart of a man’s man.
I know he’ll say that he’s in love.
But between you and me,
He won’t be good enough!

You’re beautiful, baby, from the outside in.
Chase your dreams but always know the road
That’ll lead you home again.
Go on, take on this whole world.
But to me, you know you’ll always be,
My little girl.

Mel's 18th birthday

I guess anyone can tell why I fell in love with the song…..instantly, and here, I’d like to share it with all of you! Hugzzz!!!!


I was driving to my tuition class the other afternoon when I heard this song on RedeFm – the RTM station in Kuching. They have English programmes from 10.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. and you can get to hear a lot of very nice songs – from my point of view, at least.

This was the first time that I’ve heard this song which, if I’m not mistaken, was released in 2003 and I liked it instantly. Nope, it’s not the one with the same title by Billy Joel. This one is about an estranged married couple breaking up and getting divorced and I think the lyrics are really nice. You can click the link on the song title to listen to it and I have the lyrics for you as well below…

Single cd cover

Honesty (Write me a list) – Rodney Atkins

He said, “Just think it over,and write me a list
So we can figure out what we both deserve”
She hardly could believe it, their love had come to this
Dividing and deciding his and hers
But she grabbed a paper napkin and asked the waitress for a pen
And one by one, she wrote down what she wanted most from him

Honesty, sincerity, tenderness and trust
A little less time for the rest of the world
And more for the two of us
Kisses each mornin’, I love you’s at night
Just like it used to be
The way life was when you were in love with me

She reached across the table and placed it in his hand
And said, “You know this isn’t easy for me”
As he thought about the new car, the house and the land
And wondered what that bottom line would be
And a thousand other things that she’d want him to leave behind
But he never dreamed he’d open up that napkin and find

Honesty, sincerity, tenderness and trust
A little less time for the rest of the world
And more for the two of us
Kisses each mornin’, I love you’s at night
Just like it used to be
The way life was when you were in love with me

Well, he fought back the tears as he looked in her eyes
And said, “I don’t know where to start”
And she said, “Everything on that list in your hand
Is written somewhere in your heart”

Honesty, sincerity, just like it used to be
The way life was when you were in love with me

Do post a comment to tell me whether you like the song or not. I would think that this is certainly something that all husbands and wives, as well as everyone intending to tie the knot, should take note of.  Have a nice weekend, everybody!

Slipping through my fingers…

This song did not leave an impression at all when I saw Mamma Mia- the musical in Singapore. In fact, I could not recall it being in the show even. I guess it did not have any significance then as my daughter was still in school and the time had not come yet for her to leave the nest. But when I watched the movie recently and another time with my daughter when she had come home for the holidays, it was a different story altogether. Let’s just say I went into an emotional overdrive…and reality does bite!  I can vividly remember the time when she was just a baby…

Baby Melissa

…and before we knew it, it was time for her to go to kindergarten…

Schoolbag in hand
She leaves home every morning
Waving goodbye
With an absent-minded smile

Mel in kindy

and then came the years in primary school…

I watch her go
With a surge of that well-known sadness
And I have to sit down for a while

Melissa in primary school

…and after that, secondary school…

Do I really see what’s in her mind
Each time I think I’m close to knowing
She keeps on growing
Slipping through my fingers all the time

Mel in secondary school

Along the way, there were the awards and prizes…

Slipping through my fingers
I try to capture every minute
The feeling in it
Slipping through my fingers all the time

Mel and awards

Mel and prizes

Through the years, we were together most of the time going to school in the morning and coming back together, stopping at places to eat her favourite food or I would cook for her things that she loved to eat…

Sleep in our eyes
Her and me at the breakfast table
Barely awake
I let precious time go by

STP's breakfast for Mel

and we travelled here and there and had fun. She has a lot of cousins…

There’s that odd melancholy feeling
And a sense of guilt I can’t deny
What happened to the wonderful adventures
The places I had planned to go
Well, some of that we did
But most we didn’t
And why I just don’t know…

Mel and cousins

…but they are all in other towns so most of the time, she was stuck with her old daddy for company…

Mel and Daddy

…and then the time came when she had to leave home to pursue her further studies…

The feeling that I’m losing her forever
And without really entering her world
I’m glad whenever I can share her laughter
That funny little girl

Mel at IPSAH, Sg Petani, Kedah

My little baby girl has grown up now and gone out into the world on her own but one thing’s for sure, she will always be daddy’s little girl…

Sometimes I wish
That I could freeze the picture
And save it from the funny tricks of time
Slipping through my fingers…

“As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children’s children.”  (Psalm 103:15-17)