Pet Sounds: James Au

Pet Sounds: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a piece of music or song. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.]

YesterdayOnceMoreAlbumIt was yesterday, if my memory did not fail me, yes, it was yesterday that I first heard the Carpenters’ “Yesterday Once More”. I distinctly remember that by chance, I picked up a dust-covered CD, and unexpectedly, or almost subconsciously, I put it in the CD player.

Every word of the lyrics is as simple as the letters A, B and C, but they form a strange language almost incomprehensible to an eight-year-old boy.

When the refrain was played the second time, my mom came back from the wet market. Surprised by the song, she asked, ‘Why are you listening to this?’

‘I just grabbed…

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