30 Day Music Challenge Day 27: Paglisan (Color It Red)

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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 27 is “a song that breaks your heart”, and while so many certainly manage to do that, I’m giving the nod to a song that — like Minsan and Good Riddance before it — does so in such an artful manner that you can’t help but appreciate it anyway.

Color It Red’s Paglisan will always be one of the best things about the alternative-band wave of the early 90s. The whole onslaught of group after group brought on a much-needed infusion of musical and lyrical creativity, and for what is essentially a sawi song to be done so artfully (I can’t find another word for it!) is quite impressive. While an acoustic guitar offers much of the accompaniment along with simple percussion, it never, ever comes across as lazy (a true feat considering most acoustic acts only ever come across as lazy/overreliant on the appeal of one instrument). I keep running into songs whose lyrics are simple but don’t sink the quality of the song, and this is certainly similar to that — while there is some straightforwardness, there’s some quite striking poetry in it as well (I defy you to beat “Kung ang lahat ay may katapusan/itong paglalakbay ay makakarating din sa paroroonan.”)

It’s not quite laslas-inducing “heartbreaking” on its own, but you can’t no-sell it either. No way.