Philpop 2013 finalist: Raffy Calicdan
MANILA, Philippines - Music is your soul, believes Raffy Calicdan. As your soul feels emotions, music expresses it.
"Space," his Philpop 2013 entry, is about dealing with suffocating relationships — an experience Calicdan has gone through. It mentions all the little details of such a relationship: cellular phones (and tempers) ready to explode from a barrage of texts, and the transformation of a loved one from gentle being to paranoid fiend.
Calicdan dedicates all his musical endeavors to his mother who, ironically, has a hearing disability.
"Space" is performed by Kean Cipriano of Callalily and Kleggy of Banda Ni Kleggy.
General idea ko sa music is it's your soul. Kung ano yung nafi-feel mo, na-express mo sa music.
(Singing) Nung una tayong nagkakilala noon, ang sobrang gentle mo, di makabasag pinggan, ngunit bakit ngayon ay sakal na sakal, yan ba ang tinatawag na pagmamahal? (Singing stops)
I grew up in Bagiuo City, maaga rin nagretire yung mama ko kasi she has a hearing disability. So parang ironic lang na yung anak mo singer, yung anak mo songwriter pero hindi mo naririnig yung nagagawa niyang music.
I dedicate my success to my mother. Hindi ako nag-mature nang ganito kung hindi dahil sa turo rin ni mama.
Yung nasulat kong song is entitled “Space.” Naisip ko lang na lahat ng mga tao na dumadaan sa relationship, dumarating sa point na nasasakal na yung partner.
Ako rin kasi dumaan sa relationship na 'yun, so ako nakaka-relate ako mismo dun sa song.
(Singing) Sasabog na ang cellphone ko, nafa-flood na ako ng kakulitan mo, hindi mo ba ako titigilan ha? Bigyan mo naman ako ng space, my darling. Space… (Singing stops)
Sobrang gusto kong manalo. Sobrang gustong-gusto ko siyang mapanalunan. Gusto kong makuha yung grand prize, kasi once you aim, aim high.
Watch and listen to the music video:
- With reports from Pia Ranada/Rappler.com
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