Tuesday, 22 September 2009
A Plea for Recognition
During his sojourn in Malaysia and Singapore in the 1960s, the spouse took loads of black & white photographs. He wandered uphill and downhill, in rainforests and concrete jungles, in urban centres and rural seaside, took pictures of all sorts of people and places. Today he gave me one of them to use for this blog. I've been nagging him for some time for this lovable photograph - a picture of creative imagination, innocence and fun on the part of these little boys.
This photo was taken in a kampung off Changi Road in Singapore sometime in 1968. That drumset and guitar says a lot about the nature and mindset of children in those days before TV took over the imagination, before rampant materialism consumed their lives and home is where they are surrounded by trees and bushes, and sticks and stones are easily gotten for making sophisticated toys and where they know the grammatical difference between Boys and Boy's!!
I know I am guilty of romanticizing the past but why not? There's a lot in the past to be proud of including a drum set made of old tin cans. I do salute you marvellous members of The Tol Boys Band.
My one wish. If there are people out there who recognize themselves or these boys in the picture, please come forward.
I know you can't stand Jefrydin, Mus. But if you care for future mugs of Iain's teh tarik, you had better hide your opinion.
Long Live Pop Yeah Yeah!