“One By One” - a song I composed with lyricist Aaron Lee for “Stories We Sing” (2017) - sung by 360+ children from 12 schools at STAR’s Engaging With Songs Day 2019, featuring an amazing orchestra of teacher-musicians.
For most of these children, it was their first time experiencing the tonal colours & dynamics of an orchestra. What a thrill for us too, to be energised by the exuberance of their singing ⭐️🎵🌈
Special thanks to Suriati Suradi & Jo Chan , the architect & curator of EWS Day, & Mrs Rebecca Chew, the visionary behind the EWS programme, for this exciting opportunity to engage & enlighten children through music.
Let’s do it again 🐠 🦀 🐢 🦑🍠❗️
#OneByOne #StoriesWeSing #EWSDay
- Kelly Tang's Facebook Post, 8 September 2019
It was a great pleasure to return to guest lecture at the Trinity Theological College and to meet a roomful of thoughtful students seeking a holistic theological view of arts and culture today. All of them are readers and some of them are writers. I spoke about literature's foundational impact on culture, poetry as the "chiselled marble of language" (Ann Shalaski) and went deep into its mechanics and magic, introduced the writings of William Franke ("the Bible is both revelation and humanities text"), posited common problems of interpretation, and shared thoughts about the writer's vocation. A student asked for examples of writers with the Christian worldview, and I mentioned JRR Tolkien, Flannery O'Connor, TS Eliot, Eugene Peterson, Malcolm Guite, Edwin Thumboo, Eric Valles and some others. - AMDG, Aaron
Tell me again where home is
where inhabit all the holy hours
where someday you will find me.
- lines from 'Time Lapse', published in "Coastlands" by Aaron Lee
My friend Reggie from SYFC invited me to meet with a group of his volunteers, all who have recently graduated from tertiary education. Despite their busyness they have been committed to community engagement to young people. I shared some Sabbath principles from the Bible (Hebrews 4), and also gave some practical tips to build rest into their weekly and monthly routines.
"The Sabbath helps us know experientially that nothing we do will make God love us more."
- Lynne M. Baab
There is a special joy and depth of mutual understanding when conversing with a kindred spirit. Such is Raphael Samuel, a Singaporean Anglican priest who has served abroad for nearly 25 years in Bolivia. He is the first Asian missionary to be consecrated Bishop in the Spanish speaking Anglican world. Since he and his wife Michelle are presently on home visit, we took the opportunity to catch up and enjoy some art and local food together. Bishop Raphael loves reading literature and writes poetry too. I told him about the book by Craig M. Barnes "The Pastor as Minor Poet" that impacted me greatly in my writing and ministry. Apart from King David, there is a tradition of Christian poet-priests; including Donne, Hopkins and the contemporary and inimitable Malcolm Guite of the UK.
A wide-ranging lunchtime conversation with my friend Jenni Ho-Huan about how art-making and meaning-making are inseparable for human beings, and also about the work we do at the Laniakea Culture Collective.
We met lots of artistic and talented young people over the weekend. Hope that they are encouraged to discover and pursue their calling to a creative life. Thank you Reggie, Hakna and friends for having us!
Aloha !!!! I am so blessed to be able to share my journey of aloha through Hawaiian hula and visual art. Catch me on 938NOW with Stanley Leong as I unpack what it means to be on this journey of aloha. Mahalo Ke Akua. Mahalo e ke Kumu Hula Kumu Leihiilani Kirkpatrick. -Namiko
Part 1 of The Champion's Mind - Namiko Chan-Takahashi (20 May 2019)
Part 2 of The Champion's Mind - Namiko Chan-Takahashi (22 May 2019)
Part 3 of The Champion's Mind - Namiko Chan-Takahashi (24 May 2019)