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Richard Clayderman was born Philippe Pages on December 28, 1953 in Paris, France.Born to a father who was a piano teacher, he started playing the piano at age 6. He recorded a single, Ballade pour Adeline in 1976 and it was considered an instant hit. It remains as number one in his top 100 selling albums.

I have always been  fascinated by his music. I simply love listening to him every chance I get.  Sadly though, I only have three of his CDs entitled Ballade pour Adeline (composed of 27 cuts in French), The Love Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber and  The Carpenters Collection.  The Love  Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber  features Phantom of the Opera, Love Changes Everything, All I  Asked of You, Don’t Cry for Me Argentina and Another Suitcase in  Another Hall to name a few.  These were  taken from the popular musicals like The Phantom of the Opera, From Aspects of Love and Evita. His  Carpenters Collection is equally good.

He was dubbed as the Prince of Romance and has recorded over 1,200  melodies popularizing classics and pop standards. richard clayderman

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I can’t believe I wrote this at exact same date a year ago.  I am re-posting it here. It’s Father’s Day again in about a week. For all dads and fathers out there, Happy Father’s Day to all of you!

Jun 11, ’08 8:35 AM

Yesterday, on my way back to Manila from Pangasinan, I brought home the Kodak Easy Share digital picture frame which contains more than a hundred pictures of dad when he was still alive.My brother painstakingly collated every picture he has in his own album and uploaded it. It’s only more than six months now since we lost him but when I watched and viewed the pictures once again, it seems as if he is never gone. Some pictures have captured him vividly –  a few months after he retired, his daily routine there in the province with mom, his joys in seeing his grandchildren in every important occasion that we had, his delight in meeting old friends and contemporaries, and always, his ever ready smile for everyone. It made me miss him all the more.

I am the only girl in a family of three boys so you could say, I am Daddy’s girl through and through. I’ve always found it easier sharing everything with Dad,be it simple things like the news headlines, how to plant and take care of a vegetable garden,how to fix things at home when the hubby is not around and yes, how to throw a ball in one of our rare baseball games in the province. One thing I could never forget though were his stories on how he struggled as a teenager to find work so he could finance his studies. He worked for thirty one years in UST and that pretty much influenced all of us (his four children) to study there and embraced a true Thomasian education. He taught all of us the value of hard work and the value of always treating other people with respect.

It was through him that I learned the basic skills of cooking and he was the one who taught me how to make a rough estimate when it comes to preparing dishes for special occasions like birthdays and Christmas. I must say, dads really come in handy when they are in the kitchen. For him, it was  “hands-on” all the way. He will just watch you if you are doing it right or not and who would not learn from that? I think guys do cook better, there are more  guy chefs that I know and heard of. Or maybe, they do love to eat that is why they are more successful in the kitchen.

I was envious of his skills in playing the guitar together with my uncle (his brother) who used to play the violin.  One thing vivid in my mind was when we were still young and  televisions were not yet in fashion, nights were spent listening to him playing the guitar accompanied by his best friend in our neighborhood who played the ukelele. He even composed a song or two in our vernacular language. Those were the days, quiet ones seeing the other side of my father.

Dad was a disciplinarian but he was never strict with us. He would always say,”you know what is right or wrong, follow what your conscience tells you”. Learn from your mistakes, such familiar words that have shaped my view of things. Yes, I do remember one thing that he always reminds us,

“you carve your own destiny”. That was my dad, the ever practical but ever loving one.

I miss you Dad…..happy, happy Father’s day!

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