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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Do they still make songs like these?

I know, I have been remiss in updating this blog. Sorry. Anyway, just to make up for lost time, here's a load for you to read. Be patient, read on.

There's a shower going on outside my window as i write this. Rain sometimes makes me feel sad. Everything is wet and cold, one is left to lurk in his/her own private space as there's nowhere to go or a better ting to do. (Unless one is ready to get wet and bathe under the rain - - that can be fun. Not if you're more than 40, i guess.)

I have never known a song that spoke to me of sadness as stronger than Janis Ian's At Seventeen and Simon and Garfunkel's Sound of Silence. Yeah, I know, these songs are old. At Seventeen was released in 1975, while Sound of Silence was during the 60's. So, if you're about twenty years younger than I am or more, you're probably saying, "what the hell are these songs?" or "What is he talking about?" However, indulge with me a bit and see for yourself.

At Seventeen speaks of what it's like to be a plain and ordinary girl in her teens when the world is all about being beautiful. This is the time when pimples get heavy on your face, you feel awkward and confused as to how to react in certain situations. We have all been there and Janis has adroitly captured that moment. Just read the lyrics of the song. You need not be a scholar to figure out what she's talking about. And wait till you hear the song! Her voice will haunt you as you remember feeling the angst in each and every note that she sang.


AT SEVENTEEN
(Janis Ian)

I LEARNED THE TRUTH AT SEVENTEEN
THAT LOVE WAS MEANT FOR BEAUTY QUEENS
AND HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS WITH CLEAR SKINNED SMILES
WHO MARRIED YOUNG AND THEN RETIRED
THE VALENTINES I NEVER KNEW
THE FRIDAY NIGHT CHARADES OF YOUTH
WERE SPENT ON ONE MORE BEAUTIFUL
AT SEVENTEEN I LEARNED THE TRUTH

AND THOSE OF US WITH RAVAGED FACES
LACKING IN THE SOCIAL GRACES
DESPERATELY REMAINED AT HOME
INVENTING LOVERS ON THE PHONE
WHO CALLED TO SAY - COME DANCE WITH ME
AND MURMURED VAGUE OBSCENITIES
IT ISN'T ALL IT SEEMS AT SEVENTEEN

A BROWN EYED GIRL IN HAND ME DOWNS
WHOSE NAME I NEVER COULD PRONOUNCE
SAID - PITY PLEASE THE ONES WHO SERVE
THEY ONLY GET WHAT THEY DESERVE
THE RICH RELATIONED HOMETOWN QUEEN
MARRIES INTO WHAT SHE NEEDS
WITH A GUARANTEE OF COMPANY
AND HAVEN FOR THE ELDERLY

SO REMEMBER THOSE WHO WIN THE GAME
LOSE THE LOVE THEY SOUGHT TO GAIN
IN DEBENTURES OF QUALITY AND DUBIOUS INTEGRITY
THEIR SMALL-TOWN EYES WILL GAPE AT YOU
IN DULL SURPRISE WHEN PAYMENT DUE
EXCEEDS ACCOUNTS RECEIVED AT SEVENTEEN

(INSTRUMENTAL)

TO THOSE OF US WHO KNEW THE PAIN
OF VALENTINES THAT NEVER CAME
AND THOSE WHOSE NAMES WERE NEVER CALLED
WHEN CHOOSING SIDES FOR BASKETBALL
IT WAS LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY
THE WORLD WAS YOUNGER THAN TODAY
WHEN DREAMS WERE ALL THEY GAVE FOR FREE
TO UGLY DUCKLING GIRLS LIKE ME

WE ALL PLAY THE GAME, AND WHEN WE DARE
WE CHEAT OURSELVES AT SOLITAIRE
INVENTING LOVERS ON THE PHONE
REPENTING OTHER LIVES UNKNOWN
THAT CALL AND SAY - COME ON, DANCE WITH ME
AND MURMUR VAGUE OBSCENITIES
AT UGLY GIRLS LIKE ME, AT SEVENTEEN


lyrics taken from here


Simon and Garfunkel's Sound of silence is a little older. I believe it was released in 1964. The duo split sometime in the 70's but only after having made several hit tunes that are as equally profound. Who haven't heard of the famous "Bridge over troubled water?" Personally, Sound of Silence is very profound. The images of the song are so vivid that one can almost see them. The song is full of metaphors and very paradoxical. Who would've thought of associating sound with silence? And the song does not fail to incorporate more paradoxisms - i.e.
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,


What the song tells me is that our sadness is brought about by too much materialism and our penchant for consumerism. This is how I interpret the lines:

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon God they made.


Not that there are those who tried to stop it but to no avail. People would not listen:

Hear my words that I might teach you,
Take my arms that I might reach you.
But my words like silent raindrops fell,
And echoed
In the wells of silence


Maybe I am wrong. You tell me.




Sound of Silence

Hello darkness, my old friend,
I’ve come to talk with you again,
Because a vision softly creeping,
Left it’s seeds while I was sleeping,
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence.

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone,
’neath the halo of a street lamp,
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of
A neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence.

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one deared
Disturb the sound of silence.

Fools said i,you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows.
Hear my words that I might teach you,
Take my arms that I might reach you.
But my words like silent raindrops fell,
And echoed
In the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon God they made.
And the sign flashed out it’s warning,
In the words that it was forming.
And the signs said, the words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.
And whisper’d in the sounds of silence.



lyrics taken from this site

And since I am at it, allow me to share with you what I consider to be the best protest song of all time. I am talking about I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die-Rag by Country Joe McDonald. I first heard this song when I watched the film of that famous three day festival/concert in Yasgur's farm known to the world as Woodstock held in 1969. This was the height of the flower people, or what we call the hippies. If you see that Peace sign which is actually a "no nukes" sign designed by writer Bertrand Russel, this is the era I'm talking about. The song is a protest against the Vietnam war which America lost anyway. The song is lively and with a very catchy tune.

I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die-Rag
[Take 1 - 09 65]

Oh this is, this is just a try out. It's not ...
'Fixin'-To-Die-Rag', 'Fixin'-To-Die-Rag', Take 1.
One, two, three, four.
Well, come on all of you, big strong men,
Uncle Sam needs your help again.
Yeah, he's got himself in a terrible jam
Way down yonder in Vietnam
So put down your books and pick up a gun,
Gonna have a whole lotta fun.

And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam;
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

Yeah, come on Wall Street, don't be slow,
Why man, this is war au-go-go
There's plenty good money to be made
By supplying the Army with the tools of its trade,
Just hope and pray that if they drop the bomb,
They drop it on the Viet Cong.

And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam.
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

Well, come on generals, let's move fast;
Your big chance has come at last.
Now you can go out and get those reds
'Cause the only good commie is the one that's dead
And you know that peace can only be won
When we've blown 'em all to kingdom come.

And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam;
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

Come on mothers throughout the land,
Pack your boys off to Vietnam.
Come on fathers, and don't hesitate
To send your sons off before it's too late.
You can be the first ones in your block
To have your boy come home in a box.

And it's one, two, three
What are we fighting for ?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam.
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.



lyrics was taken from this site.

Now, if you've gone this far, you would have known what good songs I grew up with. I must admit I do not know what kind of songs are being written these days. Too bad I don't know how to incorporate sound in my blog but if I was able to tickle your fancy, there're a lot of downloadables in cyberspace where you could listen to these songs.

Although I have four teen-aged children who are into music, too, I have not listened closely to the lyrics of the songs they listen to. It would be interesting if we can compare notes. Maybe you'd like to share them with me. Drop me a line in my comment box.

Better yet, why don't I start a tag of some sorts. And who is there better to tag than my good friend, Batjay who is just a music addict as I am. He'll kick this one up a notch, you'll see.

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31 Comments:

Blogger BatJay said...

great post tito rolly.

alam mo naman na very very close to my heart ang musika. thank you for tagging me, i will do justice to the post. abangan mo sa monday sir.

maraming salamat ulit. na excite tuloy ako.

10:30 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

Batjay I know you will. Ikaw pa. mas marami ka pang alam na kanta sakin. And you have podcast and you can attach sound in your blog, ano pa hahanapin diba?

I eagerly await for your post on Monday.

6:32 AM  
Blogger BatJay said...

balak ko ngang gawing one whole week na posts about music. i probably will kasi hindi kasya sa isang entry ang gusto kong ipaliwanag.

salamat nga pala at na feature mo ang "sound of silence". poem ni paul simon on alienation. memorable itong kanta na ito dahil ginamit ni mike nichols sa opening scene ng "the graduate".

sa tingin ko, ang isang dahilan kaya naging classic ang pelikulang iyon ay dahil sa music ni paul simon.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous bugsybee said...

Hi Tito Rolly - My ringback tone is Sound of Silence. If there is any one song I would choose to represent the 60s, it's that Simon and Garfunkel song. As for Janis Ian, I was already a dj when that song came out and altho it came out in 1975, it became a big hit here in the Philippines in 1976. It's a pity she hasn't come out with another hit although I notice that she has a new CD, the title of which escapes me now.
And as a music BUG, my answer to your question is an emphatic NO. :)

7:35 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

Batjay Sabi ko nga ba't kulang pa sayo ang isang araw to discuss music e.

Oo nga pala. That was one of the songs in "The Graduate" together with another famous song "Mrs. Robinson". Thanks for mentioning that information.

Bugsy Yung ringtone ng aking nawalang celfone naman e yung "Light my Fire" ng The Doors. YEah, if there's any music that can represent the 60's, that would be Simon and Garfunkel's. Remember "The Boxer?" Naging theme song yan sa mga folk house during the 70's till the 80's.

Kakatuwa that my first commenters are both former dj's. Sabagay that was what you basically do, play music. Ako, taga pakinig lang.

Janis Ian, I think, teaches song writing now in Nashville. Sayang at nabaon siya sa utang when her accountant failed to file her income tax. Na charge siya for tax evasion and had gone bankrupt. Buti nakaahon siya ulit and is still writing songs.

3:22 AM  
Blogger cathcath said...

Naku titorolly,
may collection yong eldest brother ko niyan. Yon bang nasa plaka na malaki. Noong nagmigrate siya sa Australia, naiwan niya sa bahay.

Ganda naman talaga.

May mga old concerts silang pinakita noon sa TV dito. Akala ko current, yon
pala matagal na. Kaya pala behave pa ang mga crowd.

Talking about old songs, every Christmas until last year , pinapalabas yong mga old Christmas specials ni Andy Williams. Batang bata siya including the brothers and the Osmonds.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous mickey said...

ahahaha! siguro nga hindi mo magugustuhan ang ibang mga pinakikinggan namin ngayon lalu na yung mga maiingay! pero alam mo naman na nakikinig din naman ako ng mga musikang pinatutugtog mo lalu na yung tuck andres.

sa tingin ko kasi ay pinaka mabuting gawin ang pakinggan ang musika na ginawa ng mga tao. lalu na ang mahalin ito. kasi pinag hirapan din naman nila ito. nakaka awa naman ang isang musikero kung walang papansin sa kanila.

pero hindi ko talaga matutunang mahalin ang rap! sorry... ehehehe

2:34 PM  
Blogger basangpanaginip said...

Review #1: The Doors

Pasintabi na tito rolly, at sa mga mahilig sa Doors, ngunit kahit ilang beses ko ng napanood ang kanilang DVD at mga CD, hindi ko talaga sila magustuhan.

Ang boses ni Jim Morisson palaging kinakapos, kulang sa octaves. Walang silang malupet na gitarista (walang pang bass player!), at ano itong keyboard player nila, parang pinulot lang kung saan?

At pag dating naman sa lyrics - eh, huwag na... magbibigay lang ako ng example: iyung Break on Through halos di marinig iyung lyrics. Light my Fire naman, bagamat nakakatuwa ang guitar section, ay kinatay naman pag dating sa CD (Take note ang CD ko orihinal).

Review #2: Simon and Garfunkel

Noong una kong marinig ang Bridge Over Troubled Water noong grade school ako, akala ko kanta ni Bob Dylan. Kuha kaagad ng gitara at paturo sa lolo ko - folk song daw sabi niya. Tapos, narinig ko iyong koleksiyon ng lolo ko, "ang lupet ni Simon" sabi ko. Pero si Garfunkel "bleh." Parang si Ringo Starr si Garfunkel - pinalad lang na maisama.

Pero ngayon, pag naririnig ko sila, naalala ko ang Beatles. Iyong "Bookends" ang pinakamaganda nilang album, pero parang kinopya lang sa Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club.

Iyong "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme" na album parang kahawig ng Rubber Soul. At iyong mga mas maaga nilang album parang kaangas ng tono ni Bob Dylan. Iyong parang jazz nilang album, katunog ni Joni Mitchell.

Magaling sila, at gusto ko sila, ngunit isang parte ng sarili ko ang nagsasabi na hindi sila kasing rebolusiyonaryo ng mga tunay na henyong katulad ni Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Beatles, Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, at Rolling Stones.

Wala rin sila ng kakaibang enerhiya ng The Who, Earth Wind & Fire, Sleater-Kinney, Parliament, Queen, Nirvana, Prince, at Velvet Underground.

Wala rin silang mahusay sa instrumento katulad ni Jimi Hendrix at Jeff Beck.

Wala rin silang sense of humor na gaya ng Tenacious D., Spinal Tap, Parokya ni Edgar, at Beatles.

Wala rin local cult following na gaya ng Eraserheads, o Run-D.M.C.

Di rin naman sila kasing-galing sa tahimik na katulad ni Joni Mitchell, Radiohead, at Bob Dylan.

Para sa akin tulad sila ng Led Zepellin, The Eagles, The Police, U2, at si James Taylor - puwede na, pero kulang.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oohh wow... "sounds of silence" is one of my favorite songs of all time :)

panalo talaga ang simon and garfunkle XD lalo na yung "scarborough fair"

I'm a big fan of 60's and 80's music :)

I guess there are a few songs nowadays that are similar but not as good as those :D

~eri

7:59 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

cathy You must be talking about a 33 rpm. Ang dami kong sinirang ganong plaka kasi during my time, uso yung pina plaka yung kanta, which meant, you had to figure out the song note for note. swerte mga bata ngayon kasi hindi lang nasa internet ang mga notations, minsan naka tabs pa.

The Osmonds? hahaha, naalala kong bigla yung "I'm a little bit country, I'm a little bit rock and roll"...

mickey On the contrary, sa time namin nag-umpisa magkaron ng gap between the parents and children's taste for music. Puro sigaw lang daw ung music namin. Actually, I can take any music as long as hindi paulit-ulit.

basangpanaginip Hmmm, I don't think i'd agree to everything you said but that's you're opinion. Fine. Many considered JIm Morrison as a poet. Actually, I like the introduction to Light my Fire na ginawa nung organista nila, and incidentally was composed by the bassist yata.

#2 Yung kumanta ng Bridge over Troubled Water ay si ARt Garfunkel. I can understand the comparison with Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. It's called genre. That is the style they were using. Now, is it comparable to Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Clapton, Rolling Stones? hindi siguro. Magkaibang class e. Kasi pag ako ang magco-compare, I'll use genre - kunyari, blues - I'll compare Clapton with BB king, Muddy Waters, and all the other blues players. Kung jazz, I'll compare Tuck Andres with John Mclaughlin, Al di Meola, Joe Pass and even Chick Corea na hindi naman gitarista - parang ganon baga.

Ewan ko kung ano ang hinahanap mo pero para sakin these artists served their purpose, musically or song writing is concerned. But then, sabi ko nga, it's your opinion and I shall respect that.

eri Wow, you're soo young to have known the music of Simon and Garfunkel. I'm also a big fan of the 60's and the 80's but I"m even a bigger fan of the 70's. Believe me, the music they claim to belong to that era is not what it's all about. One time, I'm going to explain it to you in school. :-)

#3

10:35 PM  
Blogger Luchie said...

Happy Holidays Rolly!
I like your choice of songs. My husband is a Simon and Garfunkel fanatic especially paul Simon.
You are right. I also believe our sadness is brought about by too much materialism for most of us associate LOVE with material things.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Dr. Emer said...

yung sound of silence gives new meaning to what sadness is all about....

great song and great discussion! thanks, tito rolly!

12:30 PM  
Blogger Dr. Emer said...

pahabol....just a passing thought:

how do you think will janis ian's 'seventeen' compare with say,
alanis morissette's 'you oughta know'?

parehong angst yan, tito rolly.

12:35 PM  
Blogger basangpanaginip said...

Salamat tito rolly, sa pag-respeto sa gusto ko.

Iyong iba gusto nila ang the Doors, so nirerespeto ko rin ang gusto nila.

Kagaya mo tito rolly, pag ako bibili ako ng CD, isinasaalang-alang ko ang anino ng banda o musikero, kumpara sa nakaraan ng genre nila.

Pero, mas malaking genre ang sa akin. For example, pop-rock ay isang genre lang sa akin. Classic-jazz, ay isang genre din sa akin.

Minsan may overlap, katulad ng kay Joni Mitchell, pop-jazz, ilalagay ko ito sa pop-rock, dahil sa pagkakaalam ko sa style ni Joni. Nandiyan din ang style, iyung Sgt. Pepper psychedelic rock ang style, pero pop-rock pa rin sa genre ko.

Bukod sa genre, tinitignan ko rin ang kabuuan ng CD, may unity ba? Kung hiwahiwalay, o sinadyang magkakaiba ang tema ng mga kanta(gaya ng White Album ng Beatles), dapat may magandang dahilan. Dapat mas maraming magandang kanta, kaysa sa pangit(sayang kasi sa pera at panahon).

Tsaka ko pa lang ipapasok iyong mga teknikal na konsideryason (boses ng vocalist, instrumento, produksiyon, atbp.).

Ang pinaka-malaking konsiderasyon sa akin ay originality. Iyong tipong wala pang nakakagawa noon. Iyong tipong gagayahin ito ng mga susunod ng henerasyon. Iyong halos umalingaw-ngaw sa buong mundo iyong ginawa ng musikero dahil sa sobrang kakaiba. Mga tunay na henyo at visionary lamang ang nakakagawa nito. Iyon ang hinahanap ko.

4:10 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

luchie Happy birthday! Yes, my preference between the two is Paul Simon, too. he's still up and about and making songs.

I have nothing to worry about being materialistic. I cannot afford to be so. I am happy with what I have. Simple living is happier and healthier. :-)

Doc Emer Thanks. hmmm Alanis Morissette, yes, angstsy nga mga kanta nya. i believe she belongs to the same league Ian is in.

basangpanaginin I also look for the same thing. Incidentally, did you know that the White Album created a serial killer? Charles Manson - creepy no? Just the same, I love that album. Ang daming innovations ng album na yun. One of my favorites is Rocky Racoon, Revolution 9 (parang mantra) Happiness is a Warm gun ,, man, I can go on and on...

8:30 PM  
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10:48 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

anonymous kung sino ka man, thank you. Hindi ka lang duwag dahil hindi ka man lang magpakilala, wala ka pang modo kasi nagmumura ka sa maling lugar.

12:07 PM  
Blogger basangpanaginip said...

Ang ganda nga ng White Album. Gustong gusto ko nga iyong Rocky Racoon, nakakatuwa iyong lyrics.

Nakaka-takot talaga ang mga kulto, tito rolly. Ang daming documented cases na ganyan - tawag nila diyan ay propaganda sheperd mentality - sa madaling salita kung saan nakakarami doon ang ibang tao.

Si Charles Manson, nalaman ko lang ang tungkol sa kanya sa DVD na Helter Skelter.

Salamat sa info tito rolly, biruin mo White Album pala ang inspiration niya, creepy talaga.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous tagasilipnglitratonggumagalaw said...

hello bossing rolly, am a regular reader of your blogs and bos batjay's, ngayon lang ako nagparamdam..shy kasi ako he he..i can say i am tuned in to your frequencies and bos batjay's, and my passion for music may be as yours as it gives me a good feeling knowing that there are people on that wavelength generous enough to share their passions so that like minded people can meet.
i just want to share one of steely dan's single in their new album "everything must go", a song with such cryptic lyrics that may bring to mind the mighty usa, terrorism, abuse, vengeance, destruction etc..does this song qualify?

In the beginning
We could hang with the dude
But it's been too much of nothing
Of that stank attitude
Now they curse your name
And there's a bounty on your face
It's your own fault daddy
Godwhacker's on the case

We track your almighty ass thru seven heaven worlds
Me, Slinky Redfoot
And our trusty Angel-girls
And when the stars bleed out
That be the fever of the chase
You better get gone poppie
Godwhacker's on the case

Be very very quiet
Clock everything you see
Little things might matter later
At the start of the end of history

Climb up the glacier
Across bridges of light
We sniff you, Big Tiger
In the forest of the night
'Cause there's no escape
From the Rajahs of Erase
Better run run run
Godwhacker's on the case

Be very, very quiet
Clock everything you see
Little things might matter later
At the start of the end of history

Yes we are the Godwhackers
Who rip and chop and slice
For crimes beyond imagining
It's time to pay the price
You better step back son
Give the man some whacking space
You know this might get messy
GodWhacker's on the case

- donald fagen / walter becker - steely dan

12:05 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

tagasilip iigsian ko na lang ang pangalan mo, ha. Ang haba e. Mabuti naman at nag-comment ka na kung ganon. I like hearing from others.

Steely Dan, yes, malalim din yang bandang yan. Pamula pa sa Reelin in the Years. Si Batjay ang talagang kompleto nyan. Siya lang parati hinihingan ko ng kopya ng musika e.

Again, thank you sa dalaw.

10:18 PM  
Blogger space cadet said...

tito rolly! or should i say, sir rolly? hehehe. link you up.

4:32 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

space cadet tito na lang. Sanay na ko sa ganong tawag. Madami kasi akong pamangkin and my relationship with them is wonderful. Sige lang, link ka lang.

10:31 PM  
Blogger BatJay said...

bossing,

ipinasa ko na ang tag kay misis p. i am very sure she will do justice to what you've started.

next week baka mag post ulit ako tungkol sa beatles. gusto ko rin ikwento yung mga nakukuha kong mga bagong musika. ang sarap kasi rito, kahit anong genre makukuha mo.

maraming salamat ulit, ang galing ng nasimulan mo.

3:25 AM  
Blogger joyce said...

sir, ibang klase talaga ang mga kanta noong araw. natitipa ko pa sa gitara yang AT 17 nung teenager ako. and i remember that we used to have a simon & garfunkel album of their concert at times square, unplugged. favorite ko naman ang scarborough fare...basta acoustic, da best talaga! miss ko na tuloy yung kantahan natin sa faculty room.

by the way, a special friend sent me an mp3 of shirley bassey's never, never...i'll be writing about it. ma-upload ko sana sa blog...nakaka LSS.

salamat sir sa mga sulating tulad nito.

7:40 AM  
Blogger BongK said...

Ka Rolly

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

May all your wishes come trues this holiday! May the good Lord continues to grace you (and your wife and kids) with lots of love and compassion.

11:35 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

Bong K May you be showered with all the blessings in the world on Christmas Day! HAve a more prosperous and happy life ahead!

2:31 PM  
Blogger Chet said...

Rolly - are you up-to-date with Janis Ian's music? Her most recent album is Billie's Bones and she will be releasing a new album in February 2006.

1:24 PM  
Blogger melai said...

i love the song at 17 mang rolly :) kahit na yung ibang song na naipost .... naalala ko noong bata pa ako ..kahit mas matanda pa sa nanay ko kinakanta ko :)

3:02 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

Chet I've read about them but have not actually heard any of the songs. I wonder when they'll hit the airwaves here. Thanks for the visit.

Melai Ako din gustung-gusto kong kantahin yng mga kanta ng nanay ko. hahaha Welcome to my blog.

5:58 PM  
Blogger melai said...

salamat sa welcome mang rolly
kaibigan mo pala c batjay lol lakas tama din yun ano? :)

2:32 PM  
Anonymous stef said...

hehe.... nadagdagan na naman tuloy ang listahan ko ng ida-download. we've been busy downloading digital music para maidispatsa na namin ang collection namin ng tapes (inipon pa mula mag-boypren kami).... da best talaga ang mga kanta noon....

11:58 AM  

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Jack of all trade, master of none. First a disclaimer. My students have discovered this blog and they might think that what I write is gospel truth. Worse is they might find an argument that they think they can use, for some reason or another, against their teachers. So, to set the record straight, it is NOT. As a matter of fact, I write and open it to feedback to get another view in the hope that somebody would tell me if I am wrong and reenforce my thinking if it is right. Not that I will accept anything thrown my way, though. Just so I can think about it some more and decide whether my original stance is right or definitely off tangent. So there. I hope that clarifies everything. Now, on to blogging.


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