The Philippines is legendary for its endless provide of distinctive singers and performers—however, Basil Valdez, the nation’s premier balladeer, is a lower above the remaining.
The 65-year-old OPM icon can train younger singers a factor or 10 about interpretation, classes in humility and longevity, and sustained ability. This is exactly why you could watch “Basil Valdez @ Solaire” at The Theatre in Solaire on April 29 at eight p.m. (name 552-7473/891-9999).
The live performance marks the singer’s 40th 12 months as a recording artist: He recorded “Ngayon at Kailanman” and the album containing it in 1977.
Joining Basil are particular company Sharon Cuneta, the Ateneo Chamber Singers, frequent collaborator Ryan Cayabyab and the 42-piece ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra.
We can inform you 100 extra the reason why there’s no person like Basil, however the balladeer’s astounding physique of work speaks for itself: “Ngayon at Kailanman,” “Say That You Love Me,” “Hindi Kita Malilimutan,” “Hanggang sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan,” “You,” “Iduyan Mo,” “Kahit Ika’y Panaginip Lang,” “Lead Me, Lord,” “Let the Pain Remain,” “Nais Ko,” “Salamin ng Buhay,” “Sana ay Ikaw Na Nga,” “Tanging Yaman” and these peerlessly sung film theme songs from the ’80s.
The listing of enduring hit songs is lengthy and prodigious—and Basil will likely be singing many of them on Saturday.
“This is a very simple concert,” he informed us with nary a touch of braggadocio. “The solely distinction is, this time, I’ll
be presenting an all-Filipino repertoire. All of the songs that I will likely be performing are my songs.”
In this uncommon and revelatory Q&A, Basil shares with Inquirer Entertainment his ideas and recollections about his collaborations with George Canseco, Ryan Cayabyab and Willy Cruz, his hit-making contemporaries, his greatest errors in life and a “singing” and “crying” Sharon Cuneta at age 12—really a treasure trove of classes, revelations and trivia:
What do you assume makes your songs immortal? It’s a mixture of fortuitous luck and the fitting formulation. I used to be tapped to sing the songs of gifted composers like Ryan Cayabyab and the late George Canseco—that in itself is a blessing.
I recorded 25 of George’s songs, and Ryan’s preparations had been nothing quick of spectacular—they nonetheless are. This is the explanation why I’ll be singing my classics on the 29th.
If you had been requested to sing simply three of your classics, what would they be? That’s a troublesome query. But, I’d select George’s “Salamin ng Buhay” and Ryan’s “Nais Ko.” “Ngayon at Kailanman,” additionally by George, can also be a private favourite, pero na-overtake na ’yan after I began singing “Ikaw” (by George and Louie Ocampo), which was really written for me, kaya lang it was given to Sharon as a result of, on the time, she wanted a theme track for her film.
Sharon Cuneta will likely be your particular visitor. What does the Megastar have that different prime feminine singers don’t? May magic talaga si Sharon. I vividly bear in mind [the first time I saw her].
I used to be recording a track at Cinema Audio. I took a break to go to the CR, and there was this 12-year-old lady seated on the steps of the studio. She stood up and began singing my songs—and I didn’t know who she was! Little did I do know that that lady would ultimately change into Sharon Cuneta, the Megastar.
I additionally bear in mind Sharon crying once we had a live performance on the Folk Arts Theater dahil sa sobrang stress backstage, as a result of she was younger and new within the enterprise. She carried out “Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok Ko.”
Later, she sang one of my songs, ’yung “Tubig at Langis” by George Canseco and these Willy Cruz tunes—and the remaining is historical past.
Describe the next OPM luminaries in a phrase or two:
Rico J. Puno: Husky voice
Hajji Alejandro: My buddy
Celeste Legaspi: Great performer
Kuh Ledesma: Magical voice
Regine Velasquez: Biritera
Martin Nievera: A very good buddy
Gary Valenciano: A singer and a dancer
Zsa Zsa Padilla: Nice associate onstage
Nonoy Zuñiga: “Never Ever Say Goodbye”
Anthony Castelo: Balladeer
You’ve caught with Mr. C (Ryan Cayabyab) for about three many years now. What’s the key to your enduring partnership? It’s really apat na dekada (4 many years). The secret? We respect and respect one another’s expertise. Ryan was manner forward of his time, napaka-creative n’yang mag-isip.
Any ideas on Willy Cruz’s passing? Could you speak about the way it was recording “Let the Pain Remain”? Willy was an important composer and conductor. Humingi ko sa kanya ng Tagalog track just like these he wrote for Sharon, who sang quite a bit of his songs. He determined to present me this English track, “Let the Pain Remain,” as an alternative.
I want I knew him higher as an individual, as a result of that was what we had been by no means in a position to do kahit na matagal na kaming magkasama. I by no means actually knew the actual Willy Cruz. But one factor is for certain—his music will stay perpetually.
How completely different is your voice now from the way it was within the ’70s and ’80s? A singer’s voice, particularly for males, is like wine: Habang tumatagal, lalong sumasarap (It will get higher with age). Experience brings knowledge, and it makes a performer extra clever and delicate to what he’s singing about.
This is noticeable within the tone and texture of my voice each time I carry out or document a track these days.
Of course there are modifications: There had been excessive notes that I may simply attain after I was youthful. But, there aren’t main changes—you simply preserve singing. If the notes are too excessive, I simply ask them to carry them down.
Given an opportunity to vary one thing in your previous, what would you alter in another way? I’ve made quite a bit of errors and dedicated sins [I’m not proud of], however I’d wish to preserve them to myself. Sana, ang mas maaga kong nagawa, I ought to have “discovered” the Lord sooner—and a lot earlier in life.
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get entry to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & different 70+ titles, share as much as 5 devices, take heed to the information, obtain as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.