That ‘70s groove-A A +A
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
VICTOR Hugo once said, "Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."
I have always been a lover of music. Sometimes I have this weird thing of intently listening to the lyrics, evaluating what emotions the singer conveys, imagining what the songwriter’s inspiration is for coming up with the words. I have hundreds of favorite songs from different eras, although I do not really dig classical tunes, only (relatively) old songs. Corollary to this love of music is likewise a fondness for live performances. Unfortunately in my youth I was not adventurous enough to brave the streets of Manila to watch a good number of concerts; I was even so lazy to attend concerts at the Sunken Garden, save for one during a UP Fair, featuring bands like Eraserheads, RiverMaya, Introvoys, etc., during Paco Arrespacochaga-cuteness and Bamboo-rockstar-coolness days. I also remember being at the Araneta Coliseum in freshman year for a Vanilla Ice concert. (LOL)
But whenever I get the chance, I immensely enjoy listening to live music, in music lounges and bars. It warms my heart and kindles my soul to hear good performers sing pop songs, R&B, retro music and the like.
So when a good friend of mine mentioned the Greatest Hits Reunion concert scheduled in September, featuring former members of the New Minstrels and Circus Band, both popular bands in the ‘70s to ‘80s, whose members made it big as solo artists: Ray-an Fuentes, Basil Valdez, Hajji Alejandro, Tillie Moreno, Jacqui Magno, Pat Castillo, Eugene Villaluz, Ding Mercado, Chad Borja and Joey Albert, I started going into hyperventilate mode. I wanted to watch it so badly. Even just Joey Albert, who I consider the heartbreak-songs muse in my life story, will be good enough for a concert, but all these artists? I did not hesitate – but my “date” did. Hubby loves music yes, but not enough to go ga-ga over concerts. Nonetheless I went ahead and got tickets: I wouldn’t take no for an answer.
So we were there with the somewhat older crowd (it felt good that for the first time in a long time I was among the “younger” ones in the audience) last Thursday, the 26th. The show was amazing. They performed such a good repertoire of ‘70s hits: ballads, pop, jazz, retro grooves. The guys belted out Barry Manilow and James Ingram classics that made the audience swoon and sigh and remember days of youth (and folly). The ladies gave an energetic Motown number. Halfway into the show the crowd (well, some of us), gave into the beat and started dancing, standing when we could no longer contain ourselves. Hubby sank lower into his seat as I stood, with that cute smirk in resignation. (Did I just call Hubby “cute”? :)) It felt like a date. Hahaha.
It was all worth it, and I would have regretted not catching the show. Next on the agenda: Stephen Bishop (It Might Be You, On and On), Michael Johnson (Bluer than Blue, I’ll Always Love You) and Side A, on October 24. I can’t wait. (firstname.lastname@example.org/ www.serendipitycouch.com)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 03, 2013.