Furthermore, during the live streaming of Wish Connect, several OPM artists have also shared their insights on how songwriting has become beneficial to them and how it helped make their quarantine period worthwhile. According to some singer-songwriters, their latest offerings reflect not just their real-life experiences, but the experiences of those whose lives were greatly affected by this global pandemic. These artists are also continuously collaborating with other artists virtually to allow their creative juices to continue flowing while following the government’s call to stay at home.
Here are five handpicked quarantine-produced OPM songs that help spread positivity and combat anxiety:
Christian Bautista & Janine Teñoso – “Bukas Wala Nang Ulan”
Pero ang ‘di mo alam, hindi ka nag-iisa Nakaagapay sayo, tiwala lang Masisilayan mo din ang bahaghari Dahil bukas ay wala nang ulan
Asia’s Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista and OPM songstress Janine Teñoso collaborated in their latest uplifting track “Bukas Wala Nang Ulan,” released under Universal Records. The light and sweet song ushers in the unmistakable feelings of calm and relief, which are in high demand especially in challenging times.
“I hope it helps you a bit, it inspires you a bit, it gives you a little bit of hope during these trying times,” Christian shared during his live guesting on Wish Connect last month.
Bea Lorenzo – “With A Smile” (Eraserheads)
Lift your head, baby, don’t be scared Of the things that could go wrong along the way You’ll get by with a smile Now it’s time to kiss away those tears goodbye
The classic OPM hit from esteemed rock band Eraserheads “With A Smile” has been given a fresh, inspiring interpretation by singer-songwriter Bea Lorenzo, and for a noble cause at that. Lorenzo partnered up with the Department of Tourism to transform this hopeful track into a fundraiser for the University of the Philippines National Institute of Health (UPNIH), which will allow the organization to mass produce Covid-19 test kits and enable them to conduct further research on the illness. The song reminds us all to be optimistic despite the challenges that we face, and to dare to put a smile on our faces in the midst of the unknown, just like what our brave front-liners do on the daily.
Munimuni – “Nawa”
May makikinig ba kung ako ang magsasalita? May halaga ba ang boses ng isang maralita? Kung sino man ang nakakarinig, mapagbibigyan mo ba ako?
Makata-pop outfit Munimuni’s “Nawa” makes us understand the plight of the less fortunate, whose lives have been greatly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The band labels the track as a “cry for help” and serves an eye-opener to everyone.
“We’ve always said that we’re writing songs based on our own experiences, but there’s something unique about this time — we are not just writing about our personal experiences, but we are also able to write about the experiences of the majority of the people today,” Munimuni’s vocalist and guitarist Adj Jiao explained during their stint on Wish Connect on May 11, 2020.
“When you think about the people who are living on the streets, the less-fortunate families, it’s really saddening. And that’s what basically the song “Nawa” is about,” he added.
Pagkabigo’t alinlangang Gumugulo sa isipan Mga pagsubok lamang ‘yan Huwag mong itigil ang laban
Four-piece pop rock band Iktus breathed new life to an Orient Pearl track titled “Pagsubok,” which was recently released under Ivory Music & Video. The powerful song gives its listeners the boost of positivity and encouragement needed to overcome even the hardest of struggles. It reminds you that quitting is not an option. It encourages you to finish what you’ve started. And it reminds you to always keep your head up.
Reese Lansangan – “My Sweet Hometown”
Do you feel alright? Smiling hello, hello my love Oh how long How long since I’ve been home
In these trying times, let us fill our hearts with love and songs that spark hope and togetherness. Let us always keep on wishing and praying.
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