Leslie Tay

"a tenor voice of remarkable control and clarity ... commits completely and entirely to his character"



Older Me, Younger Me

Looking at all the Eunoia Junior College students walking around the Ghim Moh hawker centre this morning, I was suddenly reminded of my time in National Junior College 22 years ago. I was having the time of my life back then. Life seemed carefree (that's why I did terribly at my studies!). I was surrounded by great friends and enjoyed singing in the NJC choir tremendously. I felt genuinely happy with life then.

Those two years were the end of my age of innocence. I started experiencing life's realities bit by bit once I graduated. The next 20 years comprised many lessons I wish someone had taught me earlier in life. But I guess you learn best through personal experience.

There are many things I would have told Junior College me to do. But I have the benefit of hindsight and life experience now. I think younger me always did the best he could along the way. Some of those decisions make me cringe now and some of those experiences still sting slightly. But I know they are mine and I am where I am now because those things happened.

I don't believe a singing teacher is simply one who imparts vocal knowledge. Music is life and I therefore use it as a tool to educate my students about life. I guess I am hoping they will learn to be bold and do the things my own fear and insecurities held me back from doing till much later in life.

Perhaps I am seeking reparation. But I am realizing more and more that I am probably exactly where God intended me to be. The only thing I can do is to continue keeping myself open to what comes my way and doing my best to stay teacheable, humble and malleable.

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