Song: The Mangrove Tree v2

We dedicate this song to our friends A. & S.

“Live long and prosper”.

Listen/ Download the higher quality track at

Creative Commons LicenseThe Mangrove Tree v2 by Adrian Loo & Ivan Chew is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Singapore License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at starfishstories [at]

This song was composed and performed entirely by Adrian. He emailed the initial version to Ivan, who decided to do a little re-arrangement, editing, remixing and sound engineering (based on the ideas expressed in the song). Adrian also specifically asked for the Gamelan to be incorporated (you hear bits of that at the start, middle and the end).

Here’s Adrian’s original version:

Adrian elaborates:

… I was mucking around with my guitar the other day to discover some tune that would come naturally to me.

I picture a mangrove tree out in the open sea away from the main mangrove forest. its about existence and being true to oneself however odd/insignificant one may be.

We live our lives trying to hard to be significant to have a certain ascendancy. I think the fact is, everyone is interconnected so like the insignificant mangrove tree, one may find a mudskipper, a tree-climbing crab on its back, humans using it for charcoal, the stilt-roots as hiding places for fry.

The mangrove is salt-tolerant and pan-tropical, it has to adapt to the anoxious silt substratum by aerial roots that have to come out of the oxygen poor mud to take in oxygen for respiration. The mangrove is also viviparous, meaning the seeds are germinated on the parent tree and are already miniature plantlets waiting to be dispersed and once they take root, development is already underway.

“Anoxious”, “substratum”, “viviparous”… Heh, Adrian’s PhD in biology shows, doesn’t it?


8 thoughts on “Song: The Mangrove Tree v2

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  2. Yes Lynn and Divya, thanks for the comments!!! I feel happy with the style we found in this one. Hopefully can stick to it for a while and experiment. Gamelans are such beautiful instruments, nice additions to the song Ivan

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