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1st Elements Songwriting Camp

Posted by on Nov 28, 2010 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

1st Elements Songwriting Camp

The experience was amazing and truly remarkable! It was like I was at a different planet where talent and passion for music was overflowing. Definitely a place where I felt that I belonged to.

Being around some of the best mainstream composers like it was just nothing was so unbelievable. And there was a fuunny incident where Joey Benin – whom I really admire in terms of songwriting and is responsible for so many great songs with Side A – just casually ate breakfast with us. My roommate did not even recognize who he was, thinking that he was just a camper!

1st Elements Songwriting Camp

1st Elements Songwriting Camp

I can still remember my favorite spot during the lectures, right beside OPM greats Jim Paredes and Ryan Cayabyab:

Sitting in with the greats! Jim Paredes and Mr. C

Sitting in with the greats! Jim Paredes and Mr. C

Here is a pic a very prolific songwriter whose songs have that unmistakable “Filipino” element:

Ebe Dancel

Ebe Dancel

I could go on all day naming names: our mentor Joey Ayala, Jay Durias, Ebe Dancel, Top Suzara, Noel Cabangon, Jimmy Antiporda, Jungee Marcelo, Rico Blanco, Chito Miranda, Gabby Alipe, Yael Yuzon and the list goes on! Everyone was so inspiring, sharing experiences and valuable tips for amateurs like myself. My favorite among the mainstream artists however would be the two Gary’s – Gary G. and Gary V. Both showcased tremendous talent, wisdom and passion that I will probably never get to fully understand.

With Jay Durias

With Jay Durias

I remember that we asked Jay Durias if he was classically trained, and to our surprise he said no.

Group meeting with mentor Joey Ayala

Group meeting with mentor Joey Ayala

Our wise and funny mentor shared a lot of deep wisdom as well as funny jokes to our group:

The venue – Bahura Resort – was served as a great back drop for awesome learning and amazing performances. The 7101musicnation staff along with the mighty generous My. Jun Sy was always supportive and kind – even when the campers and the artists at times get to their nerves. Oh and the food – it was definitely a feast! The cooking and service was great and everything went smoothly.

Bahura Resort

I also enjoyed late night jamming with the talented campers, whom each have the same passion for music as I have – if not more.

Late night jam with Louie Ocampo looking over

Late night jam with Louie Ocampo looking over

Graduation

Graduation

It was definitely an experience I’ll remember. Hopefully more and more activities such as this will be available for Filipino musicians to help propel Original Pilipino Music back to its rightful spot. Here is our “graduation” shot at Siliman University in Dumaguete:

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