Thursday, September 18, 2008


"We tripped the light and danced together to the moon."
- David Gates

Related links:

Of Lyrics and Divas - The Warped Zone

The 20 Worst Lyrics Ever - Spinner

Songwriting 101

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posted by Señor Enrique at 2:47 AM


OpenID bw said...

that's a very pretty pic with the sunset in the background :)

September 18, 2008 7:17 AM  

Blogger mimi said...

ganda ng hair, haba.. ilang taon kaya nya yun inalagaan?

ganda ng composition.. pati pagka silhuette at ng bg.. galing!

September 18, 2008 8:38 AM  

Blogger NOYPETES said...

Salamat sa maraming ala-alan'g ibinalik mo sa pag-lathala mo sa lumang awitin ni David Gates na Aubrey.

September 18, 2008 11:18 AM  

Blogger ka tony said...

GREAT PIX!!! Eric,

...and a great line from David Gates' song "AUBREY" Love this song of The Bread.

Thanks Eric,
ka tony

September 18, 2008 12:58 PM  

Anonymous El Cineasta said...

Kay gandang pagmasdan ang mga ulap na unti-unting humahalik sa dagat
At ang mga kulay nama'y naghahalò
Animo'y mga talulot ng bulaklak sa malayò.

September 18, 2008 2:28 PM  

Anonymous rhodora said...

I read BW's post on "20 worst lyrics ever", Eric. LOL!

It never ceases to fascinate me how songs and verses can mean a lot - and there are those that even carry some history behind them.

"Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King's horses and all the King's men
Couldn't put Humpty Dumpty together again."

Now who would ever think that the Humpty Dumpty known to kids all over the globe referred to a powerful cannon of the English army?

I like the photo of the girl. Very poetic. :)

September 18, 2008 10:29 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

That was indeed a wonderful post of yours, BW. I was so inspired to post this entry in response.

I was searching my archives for an appropriate photo to go along with the entry, and found this one. Glad you like it :)

Thanks again for that wonderful post!

September 19, 2008 7:03 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Thank you, Mimi!

She must be between 14 and 16 years of age, and it probably took her many years to grow her hair at such length :)

This photograph, by the way, inspired me to someday shoot a pair of ballet dancers -- man and woman -- in 'poetic' poses against a glorious Manila Bay sunset.

September 19, 2008 7:07 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

May pleasure, Pete!

Goodness, lalim naman ng Tagalog mo. Nataranta tuloy ako at di malaman kung paano sagutin.

Ito ang isang himig ng dekada 70 na inangkin ng aking puso na para bang isang piraso na mamahaling ginto.

September 19, 2008 7:12 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I was saving this photograph for a special entry, Ka Tony, and upon reading BW's post about lyrics, this immediately came to mind as the photo to accompany a reciprocal entry.

This has got to be one of the most evocative songs of all time. It's reminiscent of the girls of my early teenage years whom I could only adore from afar, for I lacked the confidence or the "heart," so to speak, to even get near them.

I'm sure every boy will go through similar episodes. And this song, "Aubrey" by Bread, though melancholy, celebrates such boyhood experience in perpetuity.

Thank you, Ka Tony :)

September 19, 2008 7:23 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Kay ganda naman ng pagkasabi mo, El Cineasta.

Pasuyo naman ... maaari bang i-translate mo din sa Spanish ito. Gusto ko lamang makita kung papaano.

Maraming salamat.

September 19, 2008 7:25 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Hi Rhoda,

Humpty Dumpty was actually an English cannon? Whoa! I had no idea.

I really enjoyed that blog entry by BW. And thank God I thought of this photograph when I was thinking of an entry to post in response.

This one-liner from "Aubrey" has got to be one of the most romantic lines ever.

Can you imagine a boy having the chance to dance the night away with someone he could only worship from afar, or someone he could only be with for one single day or evening?

Ah, the hopeless romantic in me ... hehehe.

September 19, 2008 7:33 AM  

Anonymous rhodora said...

"This one-liner from "Aubrey" has got to be one of the most romantic lines ever."

You are so very right, Eric. I also think 'Aubrey' as a whole is the most powerful love song ever.

I also like these lines:

"But who's to blame?
For a love that wouldn't bloom
For the hearts that never played in tune.
Like a lovely melody that everyone can sing,
Take away the words that rhyme it doesn't mean a thing."

All David Gates' songs "If"... "Clouds"... hay naku, lahat talaga - they are all beautiful. :)

September 19, 2008 7:43 AM  

Blogger nutart said...

The beautiful silhouette here reminds me of a kolehiyala Sade :-).

I love songs with beautifully written lyrics. My father would always buy Broadway records as well operatic excerpts from great operas and so I grew up with these musical genres. When we siblings could earn, we would splurge on Broadway musicales in every form---cds, piano pieces and even other trivias of them. We treasure though a lot of Filipino compositions and one of them Ryan Cayabyab's full-lenght musical RamaSita!

September 19, 2008 8:05 AM  

OpenID bw said...

FYI, Jose Mari Chan had been collaborating in NY with Janis Siegel of the Manhattan Transfer fame, on a project that would allow Chan's compositions to be sang in the US by American singers.

Interesting what the outcome would be in that Siegel is a Grammy multi-awardee with Manhattan Transfer and as a solo jazz artist.

Chan's lyrics are OK for Pinas but too conservative for the folks in this part of the world I think. His songs have lyrics like :

"Like a child again
I'm out and lost for words
How does one define a crush combined with longing "

LOL.. I'm sure he'll change and "make it a bit rough " to suit the taste of the folks here :)

September 19, 2008 1:24 PM  

Anonymous El Cineasta said...


Here is my interpretation in Spanish.

¡Qué linda ver las nubes!
Va besando los mares
Y los colores mezclan
Como las corolitas
De las flores lejanas

September 19, 2008 2:25 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I agree with you, Rhoda!

Beautiful lyrics that seem to last forever and ever.

September 19, 2008 6:58 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Hi Bernadette,

Burt Bacharach and Hal David is another phenomenal duo. The very first Broadway show I saw was "Promises, Promises," which featured "I'll Never Fall In Love Again."

Another duo I admire most is George and Ira Gershwin :)

You certainly have a wonderful collection of fine music :)

September 19, 2008 7:03 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Darn! Too mushy.

You're right BW. He truly needs to put some edgy stuff in his songwriting.

I think Mr. Chan needs some salvia to get it going ... hehehe!

September 19, 2008 7:08 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...


Kay gandang pagmasdan ang mga ulap na unti-unting humahalik sa dagat
At ang mga kulay nama'y naghahalò
Animo'y mga talulot ng bulaklak sa malayò.


¡Qué linda ver las nubes!
Va besando los mares
Y los colores mezclan
Como las corolitas
De las flores lejanas

Thanks so much El Cineasta!

September 19, 2008 7:09 PM  

Blogger NOYPETES said...

Let me help Joe Mari Chan make his lyrics more appealing to the "Hip-hop" crowd.....

""Like a child again
I'm out and lost without my mutha f*&^%$# pants!
How does one define a crush combined with lusting for the fat biiaaatch "...JM Chuckie Chan

September 20, 2008 4:45 AM  

Blogger nutart said...

Another local singer who sings a lot of beautifully written songs is Basil Valdez! I love his song "tuwing Umuulan at kapiling ka..." I do not know if that is the title but when I heard the song again, I was just in tears of joy!!!

September 20, 2008 8:45 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

My cousin's wife loves Basil Valdez and plays his music quite often, Bernadette.

I have got to get more into our local talents and their works!

Thanks for sharing!

September 20, 2008 9:36 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Lol ... Jose Marie Chan writing lyrics for hard core mother*%^# gangstas!

That'll be the day, Pete. The Chinoy community might totally abandon him if he did that ... hehehe.

September 20, 2008 9:40 AM  

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