Bayan Ko : A Remembrance

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1898 june 12 proclamation of philippine independence in kawit, cavite

Not a lot of Filipinos remember that Bayan Ko was originally written in Spanish.  Long before it became an anthem to the EDSA Revolution and covered by folk singer Freddie Aguilar, it is a song that has spanned generations, imperial colonists, and even internal revolutions.  

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Al Jarreau: A Tribute

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Young people perhaps would not know how Al Jarreau has contributed to music.  He holds the record as the only Grammy winner in history who has received  the award in four different decades (70’s, 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s) and across different genres (pop, R&B and jazz).  As a seven-time Grammy award winner, Al Jarreau is known for carrying on the evolution of scat as a vocal jazz expertise.  

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“Knee-Deep in Daisies With You”

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There are certain songs that bring simple joys. It reminds us to be lighthearted, content and breezy … even crazy despite the hustle and bustle of everyday life…
All great loves experience their share of running barefoot in the park and playing knee-deep in daisies, the summers of our lifetime.  This song reminds Teki of her first trip to Camp John Hay with Marg.  Happy moments are like daisies whatever the season.
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I Found Love!

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And then it happens.  And when it does, you just know it.
Because Teki can’t contain her happiness, she’s just like anyone who is giggly and excited in love.  For Marg, who in all of my shortcomings, found me and kept me.
A happy song for an extremely happy day for a happy girl….
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Lisa Loeb | Geek Girl Music of Cool

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Before, when Ingrid Michaelson was still unheard of, or Priscilla Ahn and a whole host of indie-rock girl musicians, there was Lisa Loeb.  During the 90’s, when girls with glasses in the music industry were considered utterly rare, Lisa represented a kind of geek music that was refreshingly cool and had attracted a cult following within a generation. It may be said that her music wasn’t much of a standout, but it was the simple lyrics and the feel-good manner that characterized a lot of her songs.

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A Tribute To The Voice: Whitney Houston

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Whitney Houston will always be a music icon.
A whole generation of those growing up in the late 80’s will remember Miss Houston’s songs most for her pop, soul, R&B and jazz renditions.  She belongs to a class of performers that lifted music to a whole new level.  Mariah Carey and all the other divas past the 90’s have very little when compared to the pure power of Whitney Houston’s voice.  Despite the demons that have plagued her life, her performances still bring a kind of collective memory of a time when R&B was at its mainstream finest.
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Versions | Down The Backstairs of My Life

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Soul and groove musicians William D. Smith and Eric Mercury composed the song Down The Backstairs (of My Life) which they both recorded separately in their albums.  Smith (aka Smitty) would record the song in his A Good Feelin’ album in 1976 while Mercury would included it in his self-titled 1975 album, originally released in Toronto.    Sadly these albums have become particularly rare even on iTunes.
The song was covered by Joey Scarbury in the album America’s Greatest Hero.  Although the best version in Teki’s opinion is Kenny Rankin‘s.  The track was included in his album After The Roses.  This version has a fuller orchestration and elevates the melancholia associated with the song with a kind of hopeful plea.  A nice song as this new year has started and as one has tiptoed in the background of our lives. Read the rest of this entry »