I Remember - Single (2022)
Review By Kimberly Raschka Sailor
August 3, 2023
Amanda Ong (group member from New Recording 47) has a flair for composing reflective songs. In I Remember, she pens an ode to her husband by taking us through memories of their love story.
It's positively adorable but doesn't feel like it's meant for us to witness — more like we're strangers peeking in as intruders and not invited guests. I love the jaunty melody, I love her tender voice, but find it hard to connect to her singing about the nitty gritty, the near diary entry tales, such as:
I remember all the time
When I'm going through it all
Y'know the monthly reminder that tells you you're not pregnant
You would warm me with your body heat
Until the cramps admitted defeat
Then you'd bring me so much food to overeat
I'm not sure under what context I'd give this repeated listens. I appreciate a good love story, I am glad we're still singing about love with strife abound, but again, this one's just not a universal tale. I'd encourage Ong to think of themes that will resonate regardless of who is listening. What do we have in common? What do we fear? What do we ache for?
We definitely need more voices like Amanda Ong. A cappella is short on original composers, and as she grows as a solo musician and alongside New Recording 47, I'm sure she'll deliver us handcrafted art soon.