When I was a kid, my sister would play her tapes and I’d have to endure listening to her kind of music such as Grin Department and Parokya ni Edgar. Don’t get me wrong cause I have heard of Eraserheads, The Dawn, Wolfgang and many other bands during that time but I was more into boy bands such as Backstreet Boys and N’sync since it was the popular kind of music to my generation.
It was only in High School when I came to appreciate the OPM (Original Pilipino Music) band scene and it’s all because of my teachers’ influence, specifically the “Faculty Banned.” Based on the name, they are composed of faculty members from the English, Social Studies and Filipino department of our high school. If they weren’t teaching, they probably would have been in a band. They would perform original and cover songs during school events such as the annual fair.
I remember during Filipino class, when we were discussing a chapter in Noli Me Tangere, my teacher had the class listen to the song Burnout by Sugarfree in connection to the love story between Chrisostomo Ibarra and Maria Clara. In another lesson, he used a song by Moonstar88. My Filipino teacher was the drummer for the Faculty Banned and keyboardist for the Liturgical Choir. He started teaching at our school when I was in 3rd year and it was the same time that the Faculty Banned was formed. He was our class advisor so we’d support them whenever they’d hit the stage. We also had a band formed within our class and they were named “Short Notice.”
Years have passed and I’ve become such a musicphile because I listen to music everyday and it’s an important part of my life. I may not have any musical talent in my genes but I love music. If I were to lose all my senses except for one, then I’d rather retain my hearing. I’ve also met a lot of people from the music industry and I never imagined myself to have famous musician friends who have adoring fans screaming their name and asking for autographs. I was… or rather, I still am and forever will be a fan. It’s how I started before I became friends with them.
Anyway, this entry is getting too long and I don’t know how to end it because I feel like there is so much more to say. So before I forget, I just wanted to say that I am thankful to my teachers who taught me to appreciate and love OPM. We have a rich pool of talented musicians in our country that needs our support. I suggest going to gigs and listen to live music. It’s a must-have experience on your bucket list. 🙂