As a self-proclaimed ‘artistic’ spirit (in my own, Yanna-Faye-way of course), a day wouldn’t pass without me encountering or interacting with art. Whether it be a literary text, a trailer for a film, a painting I would pass by in one of the halls of a college building, or even music, I would take some time to digest it, to appreciate it or just simply look/watch/hear it.
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I like to think that most of these art forms were created with a much deeper meaning or essence to them. It might reflect what the artist, composer or director was feeling at the time of its inception. It might speak of words hidden in its colors, melody or story. Or there’s just something down there, something in between the written and/or the stroked lines.
But then I hear this ‘song’ from my eleven-year old sister:
Isa kang malaking libag na tinubuan ng pisnge! Alam mo? Mukha kang tuhod na may bukol, na may sugat, na may nana!
It has a far longer verse and chorus, from what I heard my sister sing, but these few lines really caught my attention. These lines are from a popular Philippine song called “Gayuma” by Abra. “Gayuma” in English, might translate into love potion, so the song simply talks about how the narrator is being hoodwinked by an extremely ugly girl that he can’t help but love.
I have nothing against the song. What I have against is the lack of better quality of music being played on the radio. The degeneration of music. The sad thought that today’s generation would only hear songs about scabby knees that look like faces. The extremely sad thought that today’s generation don’t hear enough of worthy, meaningful songs – songs from the old days – and more so, songs that praise God.
I remember Brother Eli Soriano, my favourite evangelist of all time, talk about songs. He says that songs are used to express people’s feelings. Like the fact that married people sometimes love another aside from their spouse, hence the song, “Release me, let me go. For I don’t love you anymore.” Then there are songs about spoiled food, “Hopiang di mabili, may amag sa tabi.” And then there’s Gayuma as well.
He meant to point out the abundance of numerous songs all dedicated to numerous, mundane things. Why not make more songs dedicated to the One who made all of those? In this article, Brother Eli gives inspiring thoughts to attendees of a Music Summit held by the MCGI last May. To quote Brother Eli, he says:
“Singing to God is one of the few things that we can do directly to Him. We cannot serve God with our hands. But we can offer him the fruit of our lips, praising His name.”
Brother Eli and Kuya Daniel Razon, CEO of Breakthrough and Milestones Inc. are also behind the popular UNTV show, A Song of Praise Music Festival, which adheres to their vision in encouraging people to listen and compose music that gives glory to God, as well as promoting Original Pinoy Music. It airs every Sunday, 7:00pm Philippine time. You can watch it via live streaming here.
Like what I said about art forms having deeper meanings into them, aren’t songs that praise God speak about what our hearts might fail to say? Aren’t these songs greater means to express our gratitude to the Lord? If only today’s radio would take some time to play songs such as these, and we people would make the effort to listen to them, then everyday would not only be art-filled, art-inspired days, but also worthy, meaningful days – days spent in serving the Lord through the fruit of our lips.