30 Day Music Challenge Day 24: Ang Aking Awitin (Side A)

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In an effort to drum up some posting after leaving this blog essentially dormant for, well, too long… here’s me taking the 30 Day Music Challenge. It’s spreading well enough that it’s still interesting, and it’s relevant enough to my interests that it’s worth pursuing. I love music, and I’ve come to associate certain songs with certain parts of my life, and it’s a fun opportunity to talk about some well-remembered songs.

Day 24 is “a song by a band you wish were still together”. I’m fairly certain Side A fits the bill, as they stopped even doing concerts a while back. Icons of the era tend to be retired by this point in time, their legacy already being left (and consumed by hungry younger artists as covers.)

Ang Aking Awitin, I feel, is one of the most underrated Filipino songs. It has a lot in common with modern hugot nonsense, but the sheer artistry with which this is executed makes that forgivable to me — the care with which the vocal is delivered matches the poetic lyrics (the stanzas are so loaded with images and such that a simple la-la-la-la for the chorus is enough), and the layering of synth/violin and piano and clean, simple drums makes it all really come together.

Sure don’t make them like this anymore.