The month of August seems to have slipped by so swiftly. This month seems to be unseasonably cool. The temperature right this moment here in Paris is 14 degrees Celsius or 57 degrees Fahrenheit. It really feels more of autumn than summer. This kind of weather makes me feel nostalgic. And good heavens, school is opening soon.
Since childhood, majority of us have dreamed of becoming someone or somebody, someday. In our innocence, it really did not matter much whether our dreams will become a reality or not. Some are driven to make their dream comes true. Nevertheless, others just let it die or just accept it as a passing fancy.
I would like to ask each of you to go back to your childhood years, and rewind the events. Try to recapture those days when you wish you could be someone you idolizes. Your wish that you could be a professional like, let say, a doctor, a pilot, a nurse, a dentist, an astronaut. or a singer. I learned from a kid that his childhood dream is to become Superman. He wanted to be able to fly, and have super strength to help people. His childhood desire to save the world from any kind of disasters. The manifestations in our brain is so real that we thought of even tasting the reality of achieving our dreams. I am one of those kids that ever since I could recall, I could see myself treating people of whatever is ailing them. As a kid, my friends would play as patients and I would attend to their needs of treatment. That dream is still alive inside of me. I am bound to work hard and study to become the professional that I want to be.
We all follow Charice Pempengco, whom all of us knew came from a broken home. She and her brother were raised by a single parent. At the age of four, Charice was groomed by her sweet mother to learn the art of singing from the heart. To evoke the right emotions as the lyrics of the songs dictates. As she belts out those songs, she was able to capture her audience and bring them to tears. The choice of powerful ballads pays off. Charice was able to win legions of fans, male and female, young and old.
Her genre of heart-wrenching ballads earned her the most fitting title of “Diva” as she emulates the likes of Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Beyonce, Jennifer Holiday, Gloria Gaynor, and Toni Braxton. As she hold her fans from around the world captive, it must be a reminder that these same legions of fans are the demographics whose taste of music give credence to the fact that her renditions of those powerful songs are the ones that appeal most to those people. At this point of her career as an international singer awaiting for the release of her much awaited debut U.S. album, it won’t be wise to change genre into rap music or whatever other style of singing she desires.
Although, it seems that she is trying to prove her versatility to gain fame in rapping, however, this is not the right moment to drastically leave those ballads. I, myself got drawn to her because of her powerful voice when she sang those songs like, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” or the haunting difficult song, “Run To You.” And the contagious song “And I am Telling You I’m Not Going,” by Jennifer Holiday.
Please do not misunderstood, no one is saying that she should just sing those Whitney songs. Not the least.
Powerful, excellent ballads can be written for her by those famous song writers. Being a balladeer have more longevity as a proven genre by icons like Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin and of course, Celine Dion and Michael Buble’. These artists have managed to stay put in their genre and had made it big through the years.
Mariah Carey stayed in her original genre of pop ballads for over 20 years before she finally try singing those hip-hop music which most of her fans still think that they love Mariah and her powerful ballads before.
Charice got the pipes that could connect with her audience. Listening to her video performances could bring her viewers to tears. I do not think Rappers could have the same lasting effect on her audience. As I could discern, majority of Chasters are into a more mellow, sensible music style that will make their hearts respond in a tender loving way. Far-fetched from rapping which most of the time sounds angry, rude, and defiant. Not to mention the off-color lyrics filled with filthy words. For a sensible person, I will not waste my money buying albums filled with songs that are rude, angry, and defiant and the lack of melody but mainly someone screaming out a cacophony of nasty lyrics over and over.
I do believe, music do affect a persons sense of well-being. If you constantly listens to music that soothes your soul, it leaves you calm, loving and most of all positive. However, if you listens to music filled with angry lyrics, it excites you aggressively, and at times will affect on how you will conduct yourself towards others.
As Charice reached the culmination of her dreams, it is still too early to be changing from one genre to other. We are all waiting for the release of her David Foster produced album. Knowing how great of a master, Mr. Foster is, I am more than confident that the release of this debut album will eventually put Charice among the likes of Celine, Whitney and Mariah. But again, let us wait what’s in store for us, the fans.
I would like to extend my warmest regards and hope that Charice’s first U.S. produced album will be a big hit. Again, that is the power of a dream. Don’t ever let your dreams die. One could overcome all the adversity of life, if you believe in your dreams.