Can I be candid? I was really concerned about my NOISE mentee Maricelle Wong‘s performance at the NOISE Music Showcase. Not that I believed that she did not have the talent and ability to impress everyone on the day. It’s just that in the performances prior, she had experienced serious bouts of stage fright that compromised her ability to express herself freely. Then on the day itself, she casually mentioned to me that she had a Cajon player – Peep Show drummer Edmund Khoo – playing with her as well! Honestly I freaked out a little (it was the first I’d heard of this arrangement) – I asked her half in jest – “Does he know your songs?” but later found out from Edmund that they had rehearsed twice so I heaved a sign of relief.

Halfway through her set, I knew she was fine as she warmed her way into the hearts of every single person watching at the Esplanade Concourse. She was breezy, bubbly, vivacious and impossible not to enjoy. Her simple heartfelt songs connected easily with everyone and it was obvious that people liked Maricelle. Best part of all, she remained true to herself in the event and that was enough. Much credit to Edmund certainly for helping her to settle her nerves and just have fun – I have never seen her so relaxed on stage ever before. I especially loved the ‘fast’ version of “Apple of My Eye” – the song we wrote together – and the fact that songs like “Love is a Drug” and “Take A Picture” resonated strongly.

And that’s it for another year of NOISE TMM but it’s certainly not the end for my working with Maricelle and Ming See. Stay tuned because there will be more to come…

Picture (c) Thomas Tan