Jose Mari Chan on revival of his songs: "I’m complimented, because it means that my songs can live on to the next generations."

During his acceptance speech at the recently concluded 4th Star Awards for Music, Jose Mari Chan thanked all the people who helped him in his musical career.

(Photo inset) Jose Mari Chan with wife of 42 years, Mary Ann Ansaldo


Si Jose Mari Chan ang ginawaran ng Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) ngayong taon ng Lifetime Achievement Award sa 4th Star Awards For Music na ginanap noong Linggo, September 9 sa Meralco Theatre.

Napili ng samahan ng entertainment writers ang pamosong singer and songwriter dahil sa kanyang hindi matatawarang kontribusyon sa larangan ng Philippine music.

Sa halos limang dekada, hindi pa rin tumititigil sa pag-awit at paglikha ng mga kantang nagpapaligaya at nagbibigay-inspirasyon sa kanyang mga tagahanga si Jose Mari.

Pagkatapos ng awarding ceremonies, nagbigay ng mensahe ang 67-year-old singer-songwriter sa kanyang interbyu sa TV, at sinabing bukod sa kanyang Lifetime Achievement Award ay masaya rin siya sa award na Concert of the Year para sa concert niyang It’s Complicated, kasama ang grupong The Company.

"I waited forty-five years for it!" aniya tungkol sa kanyang mga parangal.

Taong 1967 nagsimula ng kanyang career sa local music si Jose Mari.

Nagsimula sa pagsikat ng kanyang kantang “Afterglow,” na sinundan ng iba pa niyang hit songs tulad ng “Deep In My Heart,” “Refrain,” at “Let’s Stop And Talk A While.”

Nakagawa rin siya ng TV commercial jingles para sa Alaska, Knorr, sa TV station na BBC 2 (ABS-CBN, Martial Law era), at Philippine Airlines.

Naging musical scorer din siya sa mga pelikula nina Nora Aunor at Hilda Koronel nung 1970s.



HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH. Sa kanyang acceptance speech, mababakas sa mukha niya ang saya at pasasalamat sa natanggap na award.

"You know, [a dream and its fulfillment or success] in one’s lifetime, is never fulfilled single-handedly.

“It’s always with the help of many, many people along the way.

"And, first of all, I want to thank my parents for giving me the love for music.

"And I’d also like to thank my grade school, my high school, my college teachers.

"All the recording companies, through all of forty five years, starting with JBL, with Vicor, with Dyna, with Universal Records

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"I wanna thank also the musicians and arrangers who have worked with me all these years for making me sound good

"I wanna thank all the singers, all the singers that I’ve guested with. One of them, of course, is here tonight—Ms. Regine Velasquez!

"All the back-up singers, all my sponsors, concert producers; Pelita [Peralta-Uy na producer ng It’s Complicated concertunder Beginnings at 20+Plus], Carmela Honrado [co-producer din ng concert].

“I also want to thank all those other singers who have covered my songs, like Christian Bautista…”

"But, most of all, I want to thank my wife and partner for the past 42 years, and my children, who now have children of their own.

"Mabuhay ang Musikang Pilipino! Mabuhay tayong lahat!

"Thank you."



COMPLIMENTED BY TRIBUTE. Nung 2009, ni-revive ni Christian Bautista ang mga awitin ni Jose Mari sa pamamagitan ng album na Romance Revisited: The Love Songs of Jose Mari Chan.

Ano nga ba ang pakiramdam niya sa ginawang tribute na iyon ni Christian sa kanya?

"Tribute? As a songwriter, that is a compliment," sabi ni Jose Mari.

"I believe that each era produces its own group of singers.

"I’m fortunate that I’m also a songwriter. So, how do I feel that Christian Bautista recorded an album consisting of my songs?

"I’m complimented, because it means that my songs can live on to the next generations."

Ayon pa kay Jose Mari, bukod sa uso ngayon ang pagre-revive ng mga kanta, malaki rin ang naging pagbabago ng panahon ngayon lalo na sa mga local singers at performers.

"Ngayon, ang mga singers that are doing well, and who are connected with the TV networks, meron silang ASAP [ ABS-CBN], o Party Pilipinas [GMA-7],” patungkol niya sa variety programs kung saan nakikita ang talent ng new singers.

"So, nagkakaroon sila ng concerts. They continue to make money and have a weekly take as part of the roster."

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Ganunpaman, naniniwala si Jose Mari Chan na patuloy na tatangkilikin ng publiko ang mga kantang malapit sa puso.

Kahit marami ang nagsasabing naghihingalo na ang recording industry sa ating bansa dala ng piracy at diumano’y hindi united na OPM o Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-aawit.

Ayon sa singer-composer, positibo pa rin ang kanyang pananaw sa lahat ng bagay lalo na sa usaping kantahan at musika.



NEW CHRISTMAS ALBUM. Kaya nga maglalabas siya ng bagong Christmas album, dahil sa positibo pa rin niyang pananaw sa lokal na industriya ng musika.

Matatandaang nag-record na siya ng mga awiting Pamasko na tinangkilik nang husto ng mga Pinoy.

Ito ay ang Christmas in Our Hearts nung 1990 na naka-double Diamond Record status sa sales.

"Music builds up on itself," aniya. "So, this new Christmas album is mature, talks about family, what is essential in life.

"That the real meaning of Christmas is giving and sharing," nakangiti niyang pahayag.

Magkakaroon ng 18 kantang Pamasko ang bagong album, bilang handog ng beteranong musikero sa kanyang mga tagasubaybay.

"Kasi, sabi ko, ’I want the public to get what they pay for,” kaya marami-rami ang kantang nakapaloob sa naturang album.


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