Ignore the title!
I am just having a LSS and humming the song like crazy while writing this. Perhaps most of you won’t remember the group who sang this song way back in the early seventies (I was in high school then). Sounds of Sunshine are more popularly known for their song Love Means (You Never Have To Say You’re Sorry) . It was that line I so clearly remember from Erich Segal, the author of the book Love Story and the film of the same title. But that’s another story worthy of another blog. I am getting a little sentimental right now, watching film clips of the movie, the best scenes and lovely dialogue.
I do all my crying in the rain.
That’s how it starts, thinking of the good old days. And before you know it, your tears are falling just because the song reminds you of something precious, memories of the past that you wish you could just forget but it is in their very essence that makes you remember. And the rain outside doesn’t help.
Actually, I found this song by accident last night while looking for something else on YouTube. And I had a blast listening to all the songs I found, songs of yesteryears, songs from my childhood, songs that I associate with the first stirring of love and the first heartbreak.
It started with Cocoy Laurel.
Yeah, do you remember him? He is that talented guy who’s the son of our former Vice-President Doy Laurel. Remember him in Miss Saigon? He studied at prestigious conservatory schools like the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Juilliard School in New York and The Facultad de Bellas Artes in Madrid. And we are friends on Facebook. I thought it was a fan page but I was surprised to see that it is his personal account. I am a fan and he accepted my request. What could be lovelier than that? Don’t tell but I got this picture from his site.
What I remember was his debut movie with Nora Aunor (that long ha?), Lollipops and Roses. Lollipops and Roses was also his signature song in the movie. So you can imagine how he captured the heart of a seventeen-year-old-me. Here’s one of his earlier songs, I think it was also recorded back in the seventies when most movie theme songs were played non-stop over the radio.
Traipsing down memory lane.
I also found Walter Navarro’s videos while searching YouTube for more earlier recordings of Cocoy. Now I know who resembles Walter, it’s Enchong Dee, Walter was just a little fair and Enchong is chinito. Walter was one of the top ten matinee idols of the 70′s.
Yes, it felt like I was watching a mini concert last night, listening to the likes of various local artists like Novo Bono, Jonathan Potenciano and Julius Obregon. The best Filipino artists of the 70′s, where are they now?
(Big thanks to Wilbert’s Music Library for the two videos uploaded here and to Cocoy’s Facebook account for the picture)