I’d like to say that’s it’s been a long time coming, but I do still feel the pull of it – music. Making music. Writing my own music. Thing is, thought, I can objectively say that I was never really good at it compared to the two other passions I have (writing and photography.) It’s been a long time coming, but it’s time to finally give up on the dream of being a musician.
I’ve lived as a musician enough in previous years. I wasn’t playing festivals or secret shows, nor was I playing huge stages and crowds of upwards of a hundred, but I’ve lived that dream enough. To want more would be selfish, and would make me lose focus on what I aim to do in the present.
This is a farewell to a life once lived to the fullest.
One of my dreams in life is to be have an article I wrote be published on a major national website. It finally happened.
On February 19, 2016, I covered the Dama 3D Danao Dancel Dumas Anniversary Concert for When In Manila.
Here’s what went down:
It all started with three guys and their acoustic guitars banding together to pool their collective stories into one epic tale. Like the bards of old who wove their experiences and anguish into works of art, Johnoy Danao, Ebe Dancel, and Bullet Dumas has done the same in modern times. And it is all for the love of their craft. Pure unadulterated love. Of all the instruments made by man, there’s no instrument more primal and simpler than the acoustic guitar. In its own, it’s a tool to deliver the user’s emotional quandaries. Married with the unmistakable voices and exceptional lyrics of Danao, Dancel, and Dumas, it becomes magic. It becomes an experience.
You can read (and view the photos) here:
2015 marks the year of my return to music photography after a 6 year absence. The photos below are just some of the songs and moments that I’ve captured on my still not fully paid for Canon EOS 60D. lol
It’s been an uphill climb since January. Learned a ton from the local photographers that I admire. Got immersed in the scene once again. Made lots of new friends. Got to shoot behind the scenes photos from today’s most talented musicians. Two of my photos have made it to an actual album inlay. Some photos have been published on websites. And a couple of my photos might get printed on a local newspaper AND a local music magazine.
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