Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Baliktanaw

photo by Eben


Anumang bagay na ating sinimulan,

Dapat alam natin kung paano wawakasan.

May mga panaghoy tayo tungkol sa biro ng buhay,

Sa kung paano ito naging hindi makatarungan,

Hindi naging patas sa lahat ng mga dinanas.

Kaya ngayon ay sumisigaw tayo ng pagbabago.

Subalit hindi ba’t matatapos lamang

Ang isang bagay na nasimulan,

Kung naroon ang kagustuhan na ito’y matapos,

Ang kahandaan ng puso at isipan

Sa pagyakap sa pagbabago.

Dahil kung hanggang litanya lamang ang lahat,

O kaya naman ay pagtakas, paglinlang,

Pagkubli o pagsasawalang bahala,

Kapag papairalin ang pagmamalaki sa sarili,

Tiyak ay may isang bagay lamang na maaasahan.

Ito’y ang walang humpay na pagmumulto ng kahapon.

Hahabulin ka hanggang sa hindi mo na mawari

Kung paano pa makakaigpaw sa mga naipong pagkukunwari.

Ang katotohanan, nasabi na sa atin ang mga kawikaan,

Mga gasgas na salitang napagtanto na natin ang kahulugan.

Subalit tila ang hindi natin tunay na matutunan,

Ang paano ito isasabuhay upang magkaroon ng kabuluhan.

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"Nakakapagod", first published 11 sept 2008


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Disclaimer: Hindi ako nagyoyosi.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

What I've been up to lately...

Last year, I joined an all-filipino choir based here in the Land of Lah. Since then, listening to MIDI guides and studying music pieces has been a part of my daily routine. Twice a week we have sectionals and group rehearsal during Saturday night. The choir has been a part of my lifestyle, and I'm very thankful for that because I found new friends and most of all, a family.

This month, we will be celebrating our 1st anniversary on the 14th, Valentines Day. A thanksgiving concert will be held on the 3rd Sunday of March, although we were yet to be informed of the exact time and venue for this event. Also, we're preparing for our "dream performance" at the "Big Durian" and that's about three months from now.

We had a short but very intensive workshop last week headed by a choirmaster we invited from Manila. She's an alumna of the world renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers. For four days, we were trained about vocal technique, dynamics and the proper way of studying music pieces. The training was very hard, even I was on the verge of giving up but gladly each one of us made it through the end.

As I listened to our sample recordings during the workshop, I really can't believe that we were able to produce such good sound. We may not be as good as compared to most of the award winning choirs in the Philippines, but considering the fact that all of us members are working professionals with varying job schedules and lifestyle, still we were able to gather in one place to share the same passion for music.

Here's an audio clip from our choir rehearsals as we sang a choral setting of a Roger Whittaker original that was covered by Gary Morris, and later on by Bette Middler. Happy listening! :)

Fly, fly, fly away...