Music to our ears
Saint Augustine once said that “to sing is to pray twice over”. So it is with our CatholicSG Radio. Since our debut, we have about 1,200 songs on our music playlist. Other than familiar hymns and contemporary praise songs, we have also added
Gregorian chant as well as some instrumental pieces. There are also a small number of secular songs that are part of our playlist, with meaningful lyrics that could inspire people to God. Thus far, the response to the music has been positive from our listeners. We want to thank those who have written in with suggestions. Currently we have yet to define the music profiles for the various time slots, and this is something we’re looking at to improve so we can better address the needs of our listeners.
Of course, we strongly support our local musicians and choirs as well! Some have generously come forward with their music to be played on CatholicSG Radio. Our local musicians and songwriters like Corrinne May, Chris de Silva, Boni De Souza, Julie Sim, Trevor Nerva, Kenneth Ngo, Winnie Jane, Joseph Chng and Genevieve Toh are regularly featured. In fact, we make it a point to play at least two songs from our local artistes each hour of the day! Choirs that have shared their music with us include Novena Church’s Blessed Sarnelli, St Francis Xavier’s St Maximillian Kolbe and the Soli Deo Gloria Chorale from the Church of St Ignatius. In fact, the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour contributed songs from their 2001 musical production ‘The First Disciple’ based on the life of our Blessed Mother.
And if you tune in to the 3pm hour, you will also get to hear Chinese songs sung and produced by our Chinese community under the Archdiocesan Commission for Apostolate of Mandarin-Speaking! In fact, listen out for Fr Henry Siew as he sings a beautiful song for Singapore in the month of August when we celebrate National Day! This Chinese song for Singapore will debut on CatholicSG Radio on Aug 1 at 3.15pm immediately after the recitation of the Divine Mercy.
Interestingly, through our call out to ask listeners what their favourite song is, we have also gotten great suggestions on Spirit-filled songs that are uplifting and inspirational. Songs from international Catholic artistes are regularly sourced for inclusion in our music playlist so that we also provide exposure to great contemporary praise songs by Catholics for Catholics. These include Audrey Assad, Matt Maher, Jesse Manibusan, John Finch and many more. Familiar favourite artistes like Dan Schutte and John Michael Talbot are already very much part of the playlist!
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