‘5 Answers’ is a simple, no-frills written series where we ask five people one same question and share them with you, the readers. A quick read aimed to spark conversations and share perspectives.
I asked a university student, yoga instructor, banking personnel, chef and a retiree this question, “What’s your favourite song and why?”
“I See Fire -Ed Sheeran. I mean first of all, it’s Ed Sheeran. He’s a genius when it comes to music. He wrote and sang this song for The Hobbit movie and ever since I heard it, I knew it was going to be on loop. And it was! For at least a month before I added it to my other playlist that I call ‘favs’. Something about his voice and the way he composes and writes lyrics, they can evoke certain emotions in the listeners.” – Jia Ying
“Only Time – Enya. It’s a timeless classic, the number one song on my Spotify playlist. Everything about this song is a masterpiece, from her voice to the poetic lyrics and beautiful tune. It has a very calming effect, perfect for meditation. It may sound like a stretch but I find comfort and healing in her voice and through this song. I hope it does that for others too.” – Abby
“Traitor – Olivia Rodrigo. I feel very relatable to the song. Every word she said actually feels like something I’ve been through and it makes me feel less lonely knowing I’m not the only one going through this. And at the end, there’s always light after the tunnel ❤️“ – Cheryl
“Can’t Hold Us ft. Ray Dalton – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. I’ll never get tired of this song. Seriously it’s such a feel good song that gets my energy pumping! When I’m in my kitchen, it’s one of those songs that I can leave it on repeat and just groove to it while I cook. Macklemore’s raps are insane and I’ve wanted to learn it since the first time I heard this song. After playing it countless times over the years, I’ve mastered it. Great party trick to show off to my friends hahaha!” – Haikal
“Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi. I still remember it was during the mid 80s. Last time before that I was more Chinese speaking but my later education was more English speaking so I started listening to English songs in the 80s.The very first time I heard Bon Jovi songs, I knew this band was going to make it very big. I was right, until now they still making music. Their songs are really different, you know? Back then, we didn’t have a lot of money. I was in my thirties but only my brother and I were working at that time and we had to look after our wives, parents and our 2 younger siblings. With the little money we had after spending on essentials, we saved up and bought the ‘Slippery When Wet’ album and a discman. My brother and I sat side by side and shared the earpiece, one took the left side and one took the right. We would sing along and sometimes got too excited and moved too much then the disc would like ‘jump’ and we would instantly freeze then adjust the discman so that the disc would get back in position. When the music resumed we were right back at it. Those were the good, simpler times.” – Ming Hua
What about you? What’s your favourite song and why?