Shamrock – Filipino Rock Band
Besides Gary Valenciano, I find it difficult to like Filipino music.
Although, I love Anak by Freddie Aguilar, sometimes the insipid way of singing that the musicians have and the equally sugar syrup words that they sing grates on my nerves. I’ve never gotten into Martin Nievera and Sharon Cuneta.
So, when I stumbled upon Shamrock, guess my jaw dropping experience. Did I know all the words? No, but I got the gist of it. I had to ask people I know for translations. But the likes of Alipin, Paano, and Ngiti. OMG! I’m ready to melt into a puddle of goo. No, they’re not visually aesthetic like the Korean boy bands, but the songs touch some emotionalism within. And for that, I’m glad that Shamrock has taken me past the mediocrity of Pilipino Music. The words are challenging yes, but it’s the way he sings. Whoever he is. I haven’t researched him out yet. The songwriter is also very good. Sandata is a particular favorite… But I’m currently under the spell of one “Sana” which translates loosely “I Hope”. The lyrics go:
“Sana’y hindi ipagkait sa akin ang sandali…
namasilayan ka at marinig man lang ang tinig…
laging bukas ang puso ko upang ibigin ka…
laging wagas ang aking pagtingin at aking pagsinta…”
Which translates to:
I hope I’m not denied a second’s glimpse of you
Or hear the momentary note of your voice
My heart is open and waiting to love only you
My admiration, my deepest love is pure and true…
Wow! That’s all I can say… Deep… to the core of ideal grace. I hope Pinoy music keeps churning out voices and music like this. Then if that is so, I’ll find you and keep you in my arsenal of world music. You’re lucky there’s an online dictionary. Maybe I’m lucky there is an online dictionary for Pilipino. For how I discovered them? YouTube. Same way I discovered KPop. So, my Filipino lovers of music, put them out on YouTube. I may discover one that I would truly support. The only caveat, because I have such eclectic tastes in Music from the musicals to jazz, to rock, to alternatives… truly only unique genius need apply. After all, they have to compete with the likes of Sting and Jon Bon Jovi as well as new comers like Jung Joon Young or CNBLUE in my playlist.
If you like music, for music’s sake, try them. Even without knowing what the translated words say.
The translation for Alipin is on my pages. It is titled “Your Servant”.
A/N: pictures aren’t mine. Any pictures of artists and the like are never mine. The belong to the various people that take them and post them on the internet. Thank You!!! Selamat Kepay!!! Gracias!!!! Merci beaucoup!!!! Maraming Salamat!!!