FREEZE| Paul Williams & Dennis Lambert: The Last two Great American Singer-Songwriters who came to Davao City

AMERICAN movies and music influence the Filipino psyche in many ways. Yet I bet that music has a longer lasting effect in the mind since one could listen over and over to a favorite song for years without getting tired of it. As one pirated DVD and CD vendor at Mantex, San Pedro Street, once said, “Ang movie, kaisa mo lang panoorin pero ang kanta, pabalik-balik mong pakinggan (You watch a movie once but you listen to a song many times over).” That may be true to romantic songs and thought-provoking rock ballads but, of course, many recent American hit songs could make some people cringe.

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PAUL Williams in concert

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DENNIES Lambert in concert

 Foo Fighters front man David Grohl mentioned in a speech that when the number one song in the USA is all about a woman’s behind, there must be something wrong with the music industry. Filipino kids and some parents seem unmindful of those twerk songs because many of them do not get the meaning. Also, there is a strange Pinoy way of thinking that anything said or sung in English is not offensive. You know, American movies and TV shows taught us to accept words referring to genitals in English as normal matters that prudes should not worry about at all.

 Those who love beautiful lyrics may enjoy listening to the songs written by Paul Williams and Dennis Lambert. Notable songs penned by Paul Williams include Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born) – number one hit for Barbra Streisand, Rainy Days and Mondays – number one hit for the Carpenters, Rainbow Connection – Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated song, Just an Old Fashioned Love Song – for the Three Dog Night, Save Me a Dream, and Waking Up Alone.

THE LATE Sonny TY Garcia introducing Paul and Dennis to his mother at Nanay Bebeng’s Restaurant

THE LATE Sonny TY Garcia introducing Paul and Dennis to his mother at Nanay Bebeng’s Restauranttw

 Dennis Lambert wrote Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got) for the Four Tops, Put a Little Love Away for the Emotions, and produced Hard Core Poetry for Tavares, the Rhinestone Cowboy album for Glenn Campbell, Baby Come back for Player, Nightshift for Commodores, Pink Cadillac for Natalie Cole, and the Love Music album for Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77. Lambert wrote and sung Of All the Things and Ashes to Ashes.

 The two great American songwriters performed at the Central Bank Convention Hall on February 11, 2007.  They have not returned yet to Davao City.

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