Music is alive in the small house.
I am in my late 30s and I used to listen to the music I grew up with. Not the usual ’80s songs but the music I often hear my mom would play over her cassette player and then CD player. On company sing-alongs and family get-togethers, I would sing those of the ’50s and ’60s because these are the songs I am very familiar with. And I know the lyrics by heart.
Living with five boys in our small house somehow influenced me not to change my music preference but widen my selection. With two tween boys and the other pretending to be a real grown up, I now wake up to pop music, drive with them over rock songs and sometimes heavy metal and sing along with them over some rhythm and blues and alternative rock.
About a week ago, I got an invite to a Summer Music Festival featuring indie scene’s finest. And when I showed to Second son the line up of artists, he egged me to come, even joked that I bring him with me.
True enough, the first ever gathering of independent music artists at the open parking of SM Marikina last May 20 was such a big hit. Despite the persistent downpour, guests sang along and even danced in the rain that night. Everybody donned a cute hairband and colorful face paint and cheered loudly as each artist came on stage.
This Indiefest Summer Music Festival was part of SM Supermall’s celebration of 30 years of shopping. The fun and music started in SM Taytay as some of the country’s notable bands in the music industry like Parokya ni Edgar and Mayonnaise performed live. SM City San Mateo followed with its Summer Music Party with Tanya Markova and other musicians as guests performers.
At SM Marikina were Never The Strangers, She’s Only Sixteen, Techy Romantics, Taken By Cars and Franco among others. The audience went gaga over Franco’s performance.
The almost four-hour music fest ended with colorful fireworks, again much to the delight of the spectators. I bet everyone went home all wet but happy. Everybody had his sizzling dose of OPM music on a rainy Saturday night.
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* photo credit to SM Marikina Facebook page