What's love got to do with it?
In a few days, we will be celebrating our 50th year of Independence from England. In 50 years, we'd expect the echoes of England to be gone for good and be replaced by our own sounds. But what to make of the band named Divine Echoes, which was set up by former prime minister Mr Patrick Manning?
I'm asking the question because last night on TV, there was an interview with the group, and one of its members, a woman whose name I didn't get, was complaining the group shouldn't be disbanded as she was invited to join because she "loved to sing".
I never knew that was a reason why someone gets hired to sing in a professional choir. "They like to sing"? Shouldn't it be, "They could sing"? If "love to sing" is the qualification to join Divine Echoes, then I and all could have joined. Even my neighbour, the hairdresser, who is always singing happily while she works.
I can't understand the fuss over Divine Echoes since the director and members themselves said they haven't been doing anything but "practise" for a long while now.
Whoever is responsible for keeping them in existence needs to explain to taxpayers what benefit we have gotten from them because 30 members at $3,000 or $4,000 a month for five years since 2007 adds up to much of our money given to people simply because they "love to sing".