I am nowhere near completing the sorting of notebook scribbles and photos in my documentation of the first ever Elements National Songwriting Camp initiated by Ryan Cayabyab and the cool team of 7101 Music Nation. At hindi ako mapakali! Sa tingin ko ito ang unang dapat kong i-post.
Akala ko hindi dadating si Rico Blanco sa songwriting camp. He was in the program, and his name was even written in the module. But when that particular module was discussed wala sya doon to contribute.
Pero mali pala ang akala ko. He did arrive the next day at nakasama namin sa mga activities sa Lake Balanan at marami syang ikinwento tungkol sa kanyang musika at paggawa ng musika. Pero sa ibang post na natin yan pag-usapan along with the other lessons learned and thoughts that came to mind during the 1st Elements.
Participants were color grouped and an artist was randomly assigned sa bawat grupo. Rico was my room mate’s group mate. Si Yael Yuzon naman ng Spongecola ang naka-assign sa grupo namin. We (5 of us plus Yael) made this cool inspirational song with the title “Lipad” with the chorus going “Lilipad din, lilipad din ang diwang inaalipin!” and the chords D G Bm A pero itinanghal sa gitarang ang tuning ay D A D D A D. More on that sa ibang post.
After performing “Lipad” with the acoustic-vs-traditional-vs-rock style, Rico asked me about the unique tuning and how to do the accompaniment for the song. Ebe, Rico, and the Row4 guys gave us the thumbs up sign.
Lucky for me, Rico was also taking the flight back to Manila along with the rest of the Luzon delegates and facilitators. Kaya while waiting for the plane at the Dumaguete airport, I approached Rico and chatted with him about a lot of things. We talked about rock, we talked about protest rock, we talked about the Makibaka album, we talked about fusing elektronika and rock in rendering protest songs, and finally we talked about political detainees and the 43 health workers.
I told him that his songs moved me as an activist and protest musician. I told him that Ka Bel’s apo is one of the illegally detained health workers. Then he agreed to write this simple note, a thumbs up to those struggling for change. A short note for Jane Balleta and the 43.
Syempre nagkwentuhan din kami about Elian. Heto naman ang isinulat nya.
I promised Rico a copy of the Makibaka album. To be sent to him one way or another. Pero just in case you read this Rico, heto ang aming rakenrol tungong pagbabago www.makibakathealbum.com.