Writing on Air

Writing on Air by Jim Paredes


2 great artists, and their concerts

Posted on October 08, 2005 by jimparedes

Last Monday, I attended the album launch of Mon David, a dear friend and a person I admire. There are probably no more than 5 to 7 people in the world whose commitment to their art and craft I admire totally and Mon is one of them. He asked me to write a short paragraph for the CD. Here’s what I wrote:


I have known Mon David for a very long time now. We have practiced, sung, recorded, played, jammed performed, toured and have been friends for almost as long as my APO life. There are but a few people in my whole career in music from whom I have learned many valuable lessons about style, artistry, talent, dedication, versatility, musicality, generosity, joy, and perseverance, and Mon is certainly on top of this very short list. Life and Times is an album that says a lot about this man whose gift of music is wonderfully extravagant. If talent for music was like water that could be taken from a well, then it’s quite a deep and endless one that this album partakes of. The music is sweet, pure, refreshing, nourishing, and more than satisfies many musical tastes and wants. Mon abundantly serves his listeners a cocktail of many musical genres—ballads, sambas, traditional folk songs with a playful modern twist, and inspirational ones. And he does all this as composer, singer and instrumentalist, producer/visionary.

While the album is a triumph, alas, it is also an endangered one. It is triumphant since in today’s landscape of musical blandness brought about by extreme commercialism, the integrity, freshness and vibrancy of Life and Times easily towers above the musical flatlands of this new millennium. Endangered because no such albums are created now—albums with heart, albums which refuse to be shackled by the tyrants which most music artists these days kneel and bow to, such as sales reports, radio trends, and other ‘business ‘ considerations. To put it as simply as I can, it’s an album made by one who breathes, lives and loves music in all aspects and wishes to express it in the way it moves him. Period.

Salamat Mon. This is a real treat. Mabuhay ka!’

That night, Mon gave a great show at the Podium. He performed with a live band. Such a delight to watch a talent that is 100% real and enjoying himself as he switched from English to Tagalog to Kapampangan sometimes all within the same song. If you’re looking for something different, not trendy, but rich and soulful, you won’t go wrong getting his album. It is released under Candid records, the same label which released Mishka Adams.

Beachboys Rock!

Caught the Beachboys last night at the Araneta Coliseum. I was with Lydia and Mio. Let me tell you, when they came on stage, there was a palpable shock among the audience as they saw Mike love, former matinee idol now an old man, and his other fellow Beachboy Johnston moving slowly on stage. It must have taken at least the first three songs in their 15 song opening medley before the audience got over the shock. But inevitably, we all did since they still sang so well. They actually sound like their records! Remarkably, they rendered the songs in the same original keys theyn recorded them.. They definitely still had that solid sound that made them popular worldwide. It was hit after hit from California Girls, Little Deuce Coup, Good Vibrations—you name it, they did it. The audience sang, danced, grooved and had a great time. While most were baby boomers reliving their lost youth , many kids Mio’s age and a bit older actually rushed towards the stage and just got into the concert.

There was something incongruous about old men singing about the carefree Southern California culture of surfing, cars and young love of the 60’s, but at the same time, there was an integrity to it, and not so strangely. After all, they were singing hit songs they themselves made, sang and popularized that constituted a successful 44 year career. Few can come close to that. It was, to put it simply, an AWESOME concert. Regardless of how they have aged now, the BeachBoys–both the new younger members and the old fogeys ROCKED and RULED!

We purposely stood up early to leave and avoid the traffic that was sure to build up when the concert finished and people rush to go home, but we could not pull ourselves out of the dome. When they did their encore which was Kokomo, Mio said in all seriousness that we should watch since ‘these people could be dead soon’. I thought it was a funny remark but a solemn tribute to the Beachboys legendary status. It was a night worth braving the rain for.

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  1. AYEZA says:

    My Dad loves Beach Boys too thats whay its was just a fiiting Fathers day gift for him to watch his favorite band.

    He even wore a Hawaiian top to go with the theme.

    I can remember the name Mon David but sadly cant remember some of his songs. But im pretty sure he is one of the Philippine great musicians.

  2. Jim says:

    Hey ayeza,

    ha ha ha! I forgot to mention how many people in the concert were in Hawaiian shirts, Your dad must have been one of them. Glad he enjoyed himself!

  3. Anonymous says:

    jim :

    It was really a nice experience…. I brought my kids to the show. Initially they refused to see the show but I prevailed upon them. I saw that they were hesitant to join me in the Beach Boys concert but after the first few songs of the Beach Boys medley, they started to dance and rushed to the front of the stage. It was really a night of fun with my kids. No fights, no violence.. so unlike in today;s concert. Will I see you in Gary Lewis and the Playboys concert? Goodluck Jim in your US Tour.

  4. Mec says:

    how i wish my nephew will have his chance to grow up and realize the great potential he has in music (he easily memorizes melodies at age 2 pa lang)… and enjoy such legends as the Beach Boys 🙂

  5. Jim says:

    anonymous, glad you enjoyed it too. It was good music without attitude, yabang and gimmick. Just good singing and memories. My kid was quite impressed as well.

    mec, there’s nothing like exposing kids to good music. My kids to this day love the Beatles and so much of the 70’s stuff.

  6. ang says:

    oh i love the beach boys!! that must’ve been an awesome show!

  7. teng says:

    hi sir jim, this is teng of tenggay.blogspot.com, thanks for the beautiful music last time for our taping in my segment for unang hirit.. 🙂 you guys rock!

    the taping segment was posted here
    have a wonderful US tour! 🙂

  8. Jim says:

    ang–I love the beachboys too. They are a real classic.

    Teng– we got quite good feedback from that episode.., We got texts from friends who saw it. Salamat! Thanks also for the feature on your site.

    Jim



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