Today, the music stopped playing

Francis Magalona, known to be the “King of Pinoy Rap”, the artist who successfully introduced hiphop to the local market, with his mixture of strong chants, relevant messages and rock-infused melodies (thus the reason why I like him and his music), has succumbed to leukemia today at age 44.

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Thanks for the songs, Francis M.

Francis M., as he was often called, will always be part of my life’s fondest memories: my sister’s huge collection of his mix, studio and live cassette tapes; a Royal Tru-Orange commercial that reminds us that we are free to choose what we want in life; sharing the stage with him in 1998 for a promo that Unilever, my Client, had for Mother’s Day; my friends covering his songs a few years back during their “watch-our-gig-you-get-booze-for-free” nights; seeing kids one night out on the streets, dancing to his song, shouting with him that they are proud to be Filipinos; being introduced to the world of weblogging through his Multiply account which I read for years, and;working on his son Arkin’s contracts for my final advertising project.

(I’ve edited this write-up the day after his death, and up to now, I still couldn’t believe he is gone.)

Francis M., the artist that everyone loved, will surely be missed. And just as how I end my posts regarding great talents that have moved on – His music lives on.

Notable songs:

“Cold Summer Nights”

I keep on blaming my self
I should have eaten my pride
how can i convince you
its just a matter of time

many times i’ve hurt you
with my foolish ways oh girl
now i know i have to pay the price

is there a way for u to turn around,
turn around and come back baby
ohh baby cant u see

CHORUS:
its been cold summer nights since we drifted apart
cold summer nights since you walked out that door
cold summer nights here on my own
coz i miss you baby, i need you here

RAP:
cold summer nights girl, i really miss you
you rocked my world
i wanna touch you and kiss you
its my fault
i never called you at home
i’m on the phone, wishing you could call
i’m all alone
is there a way for you to turn around and
come back to me
i hope you understand
that i’m your man and together we can
kiss and make up
‘coz you know i cant stand

Repeat Chorus



“Girl Be Mine” (My fave)

let the sun shine
let the rivers run away
coz its a beautiful day now
to play now
as i close my eyes and pray
lord have mercy on me
coz im feeling kinda lonely
would you be
could you be
my one and only

took a train at a station
and almost lost my patience coz i was waiting
damned rain delayed the train
now im waitin in vain
just to see your face
is this the one that im supposed to be afraid of
is this the one that im supposed to be ashamed of
hard as a rock not soft like play-do
everytime i hear a song playing on the radio

let the wind blow
let the wind touch my face
i wanna take a little break now
shake now
this is what i have to say
i feel so fine
so fine that it blows my mind
tell the truth
when will you be mine

and in my dream you are so real
so it seems
inside my head a giant screen
plays every scene
while i scream
i feel you everytime i go to sleep
wake up in the middle of the night
and i weep
gotta be mine
that girl is so fine
girl be mine
girl be mine
all it takes is a matter of time

and in my dream you are so real
or so it seems
inside my head a giant screen
plays every scene
so you see
i feel you everytime i go to sleep
all it takes is a matter of time
tell the truth
will youl be mine

sun shine
let the rivers run away
coz its a beautiful day now
to play now
as i close my eyes and pray
lord have mercy on me
you know im feeling kinda lonely
could you be
would you be

let the wind blow
let the wind touch my face
i wanna take a little break now
shake now
this is what i have to say
i feel so fine
so fine the it blows my mind
tell the truth
when will you be mine

let the sun shine
let the rivers run away
coz its a beautiful day now
to play now
and as i close my eyes and pray
lord have mercy on me
you know im feeling kinda lonely
could you be
would you be
could you be
would you be
could you be
would you be
be mine


Kaleidoscope World

So many faces, so many races
Different voices, different choices
Some are mad, while others laugh
Some live alone with no better half
Others grieve while others curse
And others mourn behind a big black hearse
Some are pure and some half-bred
Some are sober and some are wasted
Some are rich because of fate and
Some are poor with no food on their plate
Some stand out while others blend
Some are fat and stout while some are thin
Some are friends and some are foes
Some have some while some have most
Every color and every hue
Is represented by me and you
Take a slide in the slope
Take a look in the kaleidoscope
Spinnin’ round, make it twirl
In this kaleidoscope world
Some are great and some are few
Others lie while some tell the truth
Some say poems and some do sing
Others sing through their guitar strings
Some know it all while some act dumb
Let the bassline strum to the bang of the drum
Some can swim while some will sink
And some will find their minds and think
Others walk while others run
You can’t talk peace and have a gun
Some are hurt and start to cry
Don’t ask me how don’t ask me why
Some are friends and some are foes
Some have some while some have most
Every color and every hue
Is represented by me and you
Take a slide in the slope
Take a look in the kaleidoscope
Spinnin’ round, make it twirl
In this kaleidoscope world



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