This record is 10 years in the making and my first full-length. It was indeed a journey and an awakening.
My previous years revolved around experimenting on sounds, songwriting, recording, playing at our local church and a little bit of charity work. These have become a cycle of my life and I never have imagined the long journey all these took. From a pile of songs I’ve written, I have thought of releasing a full length album. The past years were more of searching and anticipating. I eagerly went through an unorthodox process of writing and recording. I was just sure of this passion and work that kept progressing. It has been impelling to be impregnated with songs waiting for full birth.
I still remember those days of discovering, learning and trying as teenager. I remember that song I wrote where I won in a songwriting contest in high school. I remember those early days I was recording songs on casette tape. I have witnessed the sunset of cassettes and VHS’s, the rise and fall of CD’s and the emergence of digital music.
And here we go. The album is out within this internet-hyped era. Thank God I would not have been able to afford releasing an album during the days of labels and compact discs.
Life is a series of waking up and this is what this record is all about. It is about rising above our existence, impossibilities, needs and struggles. It is about the tangibility of joy, pain and everything in between. It posts the questions of what and how we wake up and live for each day. It tells that there is a soul that has to be awakened more than just this physical body. It took some inspiration from Psalm 57:8 “Wake up, soul! Wake up, harp! wake up, lute! Wake up, you sleepyhead sun!”
I thank God for the opportunity and freedom to write songs about this life as it all will resound back to Him. Check out my sounds out and feel free to share it to your world…
On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ph/album/bagong-gising/id1079713277
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