Camp Notes and Quotes: Granada!

(Part 4 na ito ng aking Camp Notes and Quotes. Check out the links at the end of the post for the other parts) Gary Granada was introduced by Trina Belamide in full production. Yung parang pagpapakilala sa mga ginagawaran ng Oscar. Sa totoo lang ramdam ko nang masustansya ang ibabahagi ni Gary Granada. Pero hindi ko inaasahang sasakit ang aking tiyan sa katatawa.

Punchline after punchline, it was difficult to take pictures and jot down notes as Granada’s witty discussion (and humor) escalates.


Granada opened his discussion with the following line, delivered after thanking Trina for the introduction and for playing his song: “Sarangola sa Ulan is a good example of how NOT to make a very, very good commercial song.”

Granada shared his bit about the following song elements.

Rhyme + Syntax + Logic + Symmetry + Tone + Imagery + Narrative + Delivery + Wit + Idiom

Parang formula ano? Yep yep! A formula to consider in writing a song. Sum of all the above approximates a good song.

Rhyme. Nakow, ito ang pinakamahaba sa lahat ng ibinahagi ni Granada. He talked about so-called “old school” rhyming techniques, i.e. congruent rhymes, immediate rhymes, deferred, and transient rhymes, which are essential in creating a song na masarap pakinggan.

Here’s what he has to say with the other elements:

Syntax. Wrong syntax ay “(h)indi nakamamatay, pero nakakahiya.”

Logic. “Hindi nakamamatay, pero nakakainis.” Correct! Kapag malabo, malabo talaga hindi ba?

About imagery, he told us to write imagining that “(a) song is a 3-minute movie.”

Narrative. “Kapag walang kwento, walang kwenta.”

Delivery. “A song is a particular form of joke.”

Wit. Obvious naman daw ito.

Idiom. “Words explain, idioms relate.”

“What’s good in writing without a commercial purpose in mind is that you don’t get pirated… Pero tandaan nyo, hindi ka naman pupunta sa recording company saying ‘I have a good rhyming song.'”–Gary Granada

“And please don’t write about what you don’t know” he concludes. In other words, be “(an) expert in things that you write.”

We gave him the standing ovation. Checking the photos in my camera afterwards, the first two individuals who stood up to applaud were Ryan Cayabyab and Jim Paredes. Photos below were shot in sports mode, and framing was approximated. No time to look in the viewfinder.

“My best song is the song that I didn’t think much about.”–Jim Paredes Afterwards he shared how the experience of hugging their first born for the first time inspired and sparked the composition of “Batang-Bata Ka Pa”.

Jim Paredes shared more about his songwriting experience that evening.

“Songwriting is an intuitive exercise for me… Songwriting is about making a big deal of what you feel… The elements of ‘surprise’ and ‘delight’ are essential to a song.”–Jim Paredes

“Successful love songs are situated. People relate to real things.”–Jim Paredes

“Remember: Your song is the state of your art for the moment.”–Jim Paredes

Ryan Cayabyab concluded the evening sessions with a 3 point synthesis: “One, importante ma-hone ang musician skills. Two, importante na maging mahusay na performer. At three, ang pagtangkilik will come pero in a long time.”

It was after that set of lectures that we were color grouped and instructed to collaborate in writing a song that each group will perform the next evening. Read about the collaborated song Lipad. Click here for Part 1 and Part 2.

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