Soundtracks of coming home

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Saturday, December 22, 2012


The holidays have always been one of the most anticipated times for a family during the course of a year. This Christmas season is no different.

Some people say that leading a wanderer’s life is a life that’s fi lled with adventure. Perhaps the foolish would then easily claim that there is truth to the saying that ignorance is bliss.

But whatever the case, every traveler longs for the feeling of being in the right company. For this issue, Live! recalls popular soundtracks that people can easily identify with going “home.” A mix of both the old and the new, here are some tracks that should make one feel like coming back—if one has been away far too long.

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• Home.

An easily recognizable track for modern alternative rock aficionados would be the hit single by former American Idol contestant-now-turned-rock-star Chris Daughtry. His song Home, performed by his band Daughtry, is an emotional piece of a seemingly repentant soul which longs to feel the love of being truly home.

“So I’m going home, back to the place where I belong, and where your love has always been enough for me. I’m not running from. No, I think you got me all wrong. I don’t regret this life I chose for me. But these places and these faces are getting old,” the singer belts out during a chorus.

• Home.

Speaking of the immensely popular reality TV contest American Idol, another song, with the same title, but by this time a winning contestant was launched just very recently. This version though, has a slightly different angle on the theme of feeling at home.

The song, which Phillip Phillips sang when he was declared the winner for the show’s 11th season, focuses rather on the company of a person that makes any place out there as one’s home.

“Hold on, to me as we go. As we roll down this unfamiliar road. And although this wave is stringing us along, just know you’re not
alone. Cause I’m gonna make this place your home,” the verse goes with instrumentation that obviously borrows from folk influences.

• Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree.

Although no one who’s probably reading this would like to go to prison, and then feel for himself what it’s like to be welcomed back with open arms after being pardoned—well this hit song from the 70s just talks about that.

The singer goes, “Bus driver, please look for me, ‘cause I couldn’t bear to see what I might see. I’m really still in prison, and my love, she holds the key. A simple yellow ribbon is what I need to set me free. I wrote and told her please, whoa, tie a yellow ribbon ‘round the ole oak tree. It’s been three long years, do ya still want me?”

Originally performed by Dawn featuring hit for the group in 1973.

“Now the whole damned bus is cheerin’, and I can’t believe I see. A hundred yellow ribbons ‘round the ole oak tree. I’m comin’ home.”

• I’ll Be Home for Christmas.

Another golden oldie, this song originally performed by Bing Crosby. The song, being a top ten hit, was covered by over a hundred international artists. The popular version right now would probably by crooner Michael Bublé, The song is sung from the point of view of an overseas American soldier during WWII, writing a letter to his family. The soldier sings, “I’ll be home for Christmas, you can count on me. Please have snow and mistletoe and presents under the tree.” But then sadly the song takes on a hint of melancholic uncertainty as he sings, “I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.”

• Babalik Ka Rin.

Originally performed by Filipino artist Gary Valenciano, this ballad dedicated for Overseas Filipino Workers is fittingly sang in the Philippines’ national language, Filipino. A hit back then, the song continues to echo the yearnings of family members left behind.

“Saan ka man naroroon ngayon, Saudi, Japan o HongKong. Babalik ka rin, babalik ka rin, babalik ka rin. Ano mang layo ang narating, Singapore, Australia, Europe o Amerika, babalik at babalik ka rin.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 23, 2012.

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