Saturday, February 20, 2016

3D: Danao, Dancel, Dumas

i rarely get to watch any gigs now, so when i saw this, and that i had carry over leaves i could not convert to cash, i asked Chris if he would go with me to see it.

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that these three are all talented men with guitars is an understatement.  each one is unique in terms of their songwriting and each one of them will cut you so deep you never know if you can recover. with  all of these songs, you might want to kill yourself.

i only know one of Johnoy's songs, "Ikaw at Ako",  used for the indie movie Kasal.  the movie was about an independent film director who cheated on his lawyer-boyfriend.  while they stay together, it's one of those things they never really stop fighting about.  the song gets played at the right moment, that whether you are the cheating director or the closet lawyer who was cheated upon, you would want to get the first pointed object that you find and cut yourself.  his other songs are equally good and sad but some are hopeful plus the guitar-playing is admirable.

i first saw Bullet Dumas perform on the farewell show of Cynthia Alexander four years ago.  i thought he was, is a great storyteller, not to mention a very fierce guitar player.  whether singing in Filipino or in English, the themes are catchy and unpredictable and in between songs, he will say something humorous.  he is neither awkward or arrogant, and he will slowly touch your heart without you noticing.  i'm probably even crushing on him.

of course, i have been a fan of Ebe Dancel for as long as i can remember.  i was, still am, a big fan of his former band, Sugarfree and i even went as far as exchanging emails with Ebe not too long ago. i adore him.  his songwriting is impeccable and the way he performs each and every song is so powerful.  he is truly a great artist.

i came out of that concert alive and i look forward to see more of them.  even if it kills me.


Ebe Dancel had spoken about his depression publicly and i thought it was so brave of him to come forward and encourage everyone, anyone, who is afraid to seek help, or someone who might know someone who needs help, not to take depression lightly.  truly, he knows there is pain and he is channeling all that pain to good use, so that simply by writing and singing these songs, he touches our lives, and maybe, gives us hope too.

i hope performing in front of all of us was a blessing to you, Ebe.  i know, seeing you and listening to you, not just to your songs, but to your story, gave me strength. thank you.  i needed that.