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I write songs, I sing them... I play the piano and a little bit of the guitar.. I've released 5 albums of music, I love the scent of freshly fallen rain and the scent of lavender on bedsheets. I would drink tea all day long if the caffeine didn't keep me up at night. I hate driving in L.A traffic. I would love to one day catch the squirrel that steals the plums from my tree and make him a pet. I don't watch TV anymore. My 3 year old daughter is more entertaining than any TV show could ever be :)

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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

sisters in learning and sisters at heart, life lies before's luck to the start.

There are some people who say that the friends you make in school
are some of the best friends you will make in life.
I tend to agree with that notion.

I've always wondered what ever happened with the friends
and classmates I had from school, especially the ones
from back when I was in Primary and Secondary school.
Yup, the teen and pre-teen years...the growing-up years.

It's hard to keep in touch with people sometimes, especially
if, like me, your family kept moving every 2 years while
you were going to school and your telephone number and address
kept changing.

I've found that one good outcome of being in the public
spotlight, is that you become the conduit through which
lost relationships and friendships are rekindled.

This past trip to Singapore in August 2005 was amazing for
the very fact that I re-kindled many friendships that I had
lost touch with over the course of years.

Old school mates and friends I hadn't been in touch with for years
sent emails to the Corrinne May website inquiring if
the singer-songwriter 'Corrinne May' whose songs
they had heard on the radio or whose face they had seen in the newspaper
was the same bespectacled Corrinne Foo who was a prefect,
or the same Corrinne who sang with them in the church choir
,or perhaps the same Corrinne Foo
who was in the National Cadet Corps back in Raffles Girls' School.

"Yes!" I wrote back, excited over the possibility of catching up where
we had left off, memories of slogging over schoolwork, sending girls
to detention class for having too short hemlines,
marching on parade grounds carrying AR-15's and
hours spent at choir rehearsals suddenly
sweeping through my mind's eye like
a movie playing with the fast-forward button pushed down.

Over the course of the next few the scurry of emails from
friends getting in touch with friends...a whole network of lost friends
was found, everyone contributing ideas of where to find so-and-so.
Ahhhh...the wonder of the internet.
I don't think we could have found everyone in such a short time
without the internet.

We set a time and a place to meet ; a pot-luck gathering.
I could hardly wait.

I had carried these images of each of them as 16 year olds in
my memory for so long, and I now wondered how each of them had
changed over the course of the past 16 years.
Would I be able to recognise them?
Would they still have the same personality quirks?
would we still be able to pick up from where we had left off 16 years ago?

The day finally came.

I walked into the meeting, carrying a tupperware of the
freshly sauteed vegetables that my mum had helped me whip up
to contribute to the pot-luck dinner.

And there were the faces I knew...all still recognisable...all amazingly
the same people...yet now with grown-up jobs, new families...
the same giggly awkward girls from yesteryear were now the upwardly mobile
single career women, the new mothers, the new wives,...we had all grown
to take on new roles, new responsibilities...but to me....we were all
still the 16 year olds from yesterday and it was such a joy to get
back together with everyone to reminisce on the good old days.

We even managed to remember some of the old school songs
we used to sing together on the school buses.

Amidst the chatter and the food and the singing and the catching
up, a sense of warmth, a sense of joy enveloped the room and
it was wonderful to behold.

I think of that night as an amazing reunion, women,
successful career women,
entrepreneurs, mothers, women all in our 30's who knew each other back
when we were on the cusp of discovering ourselves and our potential,
back when we were gawky, geeky, awkward, wearing braces,
and I feel so honoured to know that even today,
we are a part of each other's lives, and I am amazed
to see how each of us has blossomed, walked our path,
taken different roads,
grown with the maturity of our 30 something selves,
and yet we are in so many ways, still the giggly,
pinafored classmates from 16 years ago...
and there is a certain comfort and a joy from knowing that...

and suddenly, that old school song,
the one we sang so many years ago,
morning after morning,
bleary eyed,
year after year,
by route and not really realising
the words/meanings....

suddenly, the words of the song ring true and I re-discover
the beauty in the words of the old school motto
'Filiae Melioris Aevi'....
'Daughters of a Better Age'

"Rise sisters rise, the world is all before ye,
Fear not to grasp what fortune sends.
Sisters in learning and sisters at heart,
Life lies before us,
Here's luck to the start."

And what a wonderful start it is.

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Blogger marianne said...

Now I feel nostalgic too. Although sixteen wasn't even all that long ago for me!

Good post. =)

Thursday, November 10, 2005 7:05:00 AM  
Blogger darylchng said...

heh ur blog is v inspirational. i like ur entry on the funeral one. and this touching entries on friendship is just fantastic. happy performing!!

Friday, November 11, 2005 8:15:00 AM  
Blogger Miss Nonentity said...

i like reading your blog. and your music. (:
hee i was at your aug concert in singapore and i enjoyed myself lots.. have fun whereever you are!

Friday, November 11, 2005 11:40:00 AM  
Blogger Alphabet Moppet said...

I love your music, Corrinne. And i hope that i will be able to find more people i've lost touch with over the years. It's only when you lose them you realize that you actually miss them.

Saturday, November 12, 2005 1:34:00 PM  
Blogger shirley said...

I would want to have a pot-luck gathering with my long lost friends too. :)

I'm listening to your music right now, so pardon me coz that brings me to ask when will you be having your next concert here in sg? I feel so bad that i've missed the previous one. :(

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 1:00:00 AM  
Blogger The P$YCHO Bitch said...

I must agree with your post. Oh, crap. Now I'm getting all nostalgic.

I was at your concert in August, by the way. I really enjoyed myself. :)

Monday, November 21, 2005 11:30:00 AM  
Blogger cybergal said...

Hey there! I'm a fan of your music =) Just wanna say that I really really love and appreciate your songs esp 'Safe In A Crazy World'. Reading your entries seems like I've taken a journey into your thoughts realm and such. Yeah, the wonders of internet... Sometimes I wonder whether it's a good thing or a bad one. Haha :D Anyway, continue blogging, this society needs more proper entries like yours! Don't worry, I promise to be a regular reader of yours!

<3 Sara

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 7:16:00 AM  
Blogger Claire said...

hmmm.. i've never seen the school song in such a wonderfully positive light till now. i've always thought of it as terribly prideful and self-obssessed but i guess in a weird way, it's very affirming and confidence-boosting.

i love your songs for the truth that they speak. am at the stage in life where 'everything in its time' and 'safe in a crazy world' are apt reminders of God's grace and sovereignty. thanks. :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2005 3:38:00 AM  
Blogger Jiayin said...

hey i really enjoy your blog!

great entries! (:


Saturday, December 03, 2005 6:04:00 AM  
Blogger Saffy said...

Hi Corrinne!

Firstly I'd like to say that I love your music. I've been a fan ever since I first heard your songs a couple of years ago. I used to listen to them from your website until I could finally get my hands on a copy of your CD.

I can't believe it's taken me so long to actually come and tell you how much your beautiful and inspirational music means to me. And your music just continues to grow and become stronger.

I can somewhat relate to this blog entry as well. I'm originally from the UK, but I used to go to school in Singapore before coming back to the UK. But over the summer, I went back to visit Singapore, and seeing old friends again after so many years was really surreal and nostalgic, and I loved every minute of it.

Well as much as I would love to rant on, I'll stop here for today ^_^ So finally... thank you.

--,<@ saffy

Monday, December 12, 2005 3:42:00 PM  
Blogger Riky said...

Ciao Corrinne May ! Non potevi esprimere meglio il tuo pensiero riguardo a sisters in learning and sisters at heart, life lies before's luck to the start. . Complimenti per il tuo blog, è davvero bello! Continua a tenerlo aggiornato! Se ti va di visitare il mio sito che riguarda scommesse clicca su questo link: qui troverai solo scommesse !

Monday, December 19, 2005 4:25:00 PM  
Blogger jia said...

oh gosh.. thankfully they dont display the date here.. i am so hopelessly late in finding this blog.. (ok they did display the date) well cause i am into ya songs.. but hehe.. never read the bloggie.. newbie here! *salute* well the 1st time class 95 aired your song 'fly away'.. i was like WOW.. must find this singer..

now judgin from my manner of speech.. i am from singapore.. heard u will be back in FEb 2005 !? yes yes come more often =) yet to get a photo with you!

well i do hope to hear from you soon=) god bless love! just wish i could sing too=) take care!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005 11:58:00 PM  
Blogger kimmi said...

corrinne!!! why haven't u updated in such a long time? I can't wait to read your next entry... it's such a pity that i got to know about your blog only recently. if only i had come across it earlier....

Thursday, December 29, 2005 8:12:00 AM  
Blogger  said...

really love to read your entrys ...

Saturday, January 14, 2006 1:25:00 AM  
Blogger me said...

just found your blog! update soon!

Sunday, January 15, 2006 1:09:00 AM  
Blogger souill√© said...

That's a wonderful tale of reunion, especially with CNY just round the corner. =)
Thank you, for your contribution of music, and for being such a genuine person--just like you've shown here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 5:12:00 PM  
Blogger child.of.God said...

lovely voice u have.. reallie touches my soul.. Kp up the gd work!!

Sunday, January 22, 2006 10:55:00 PM  

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