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The Best of Mon Enriquez & His Guitar – the playlist/ album.

I. Introduction

This blog is about my recent 16-tracks playlist that were extracted from the solo-acoustic tracks that I have released during the past six-years, after getting-off the fastlane of my corporate career i.e., about 51 minutes playtime of my personal choice acoustic songs and music.

Unawaringly, I now have uploaded well over 200 recorded songs and music tracks to my Soundcloud sites, cutting across the classical, folk-rock, slow-rock, pop-rock, and to some extent latin-jazz-rock genres—in both their solo-acoustic and full-band renditions.

A. Rationale

The idea of developing this solo-acoustic playlist came about from a fan-inquiry that was brought to my attention recently i.e., the possibility of publishing some of my songs collection either by online-streaming and/ or CD-formats.

Secondly, I also longed of expressing my “Harana” (Eng.: Serenade) instinct that I acquired during my youth. The Harana culture has been long gone and forgotten, but it provides us with a romantic heritage that we could nostalgically look back to.

My provincial teen-life back in the 70s, revolved around my studies, house-chores, basketball games and nighttime serenade sorties—more particularly, during school-breaks when pretty lasses from the various city study-centers flock to our province, to spend their vacations. That was the time when you really have to bring/ hand carry your Guitar if you want to showcase your guitar-playing talent i.e. there were still no internet, no wifi, no music streaming, no facebook etc.

Because of its accessibility/ inexpensiveness, simplicity, mobility, and (most of all) romantic multi-timbre capability, my musical tool of choice back then was the Guitar. Undeniably, it has contributed a lot to my musical awareness, growth and maturity.

B. Track Selection, Processes and Resources

Selecting the sixteen tracks posed a great challenge to me. I loved all the song that I covered, so it was with a heavy heart that I did it with the help of the following criteria:

  1. The song must be already available in my current Soundcloud archives;
  2. The song must be acoustic-friendly, particularly with the Guitar;
  3. The song has been released prior to the turn of the century—more particularly, during the 1960-1990s; and
  4. The playlist must maximize the participation of musical artists that I idolized during the above mentioned era—at least, one track each.

All the selections in this playlist were recorded, mixed, and mastered by MIDWAV Audio Arts—a few instances, with a little help from my friends at Soundtrap; the necessary Graphic-support was provided by PASGARTS; Guitar music- and/ or tab-sheets courtesy of GuitarPro/ PowerTab; and I personally performed and directed their respective productions, this playlist included.

II. The Playlist

Based on the above mentioned criteria, I managed to include the following great artists of the 70s, in the same sequence that they are presented in the playlist:

  1. The Animals – House Of The Rising Sun,
  2. Simon & Garfunkel – For (Emily), Wherever I May Find Her,
  3. Elton John – Your Song,
  4. Michael Johnson – I’ll Always Love You,
  5. Cat Stevens – Sad Lisa,
  6. John Denver – My Old Guitar,
  7. James Taylor – Something In The way She Moves,
  8. Eric Clapton – Tears In Heaven,
  9. Gordon Lightfoot – If You Could Read My Mind,
  10. Don McLean, – Castle in the Air
  11. Jim Croce – I’ll Have To Say I love You In A Song,
  12. Peter, Paul & Mary – Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright,
  13. Sting – Fields of Gold,
  14. Stephen Stills (CSNY) – See The Changes,
  15. *Mon Enriquez – Hug and Handshake, and
  16. Francisco Tarrega – Capricho Arabe.

I, however, took some exceptions of including one of my original musical creation, “Hug and Handshake” (Track#15), and two of my acoustic-guitar-solos: a.) “The House of the Rising Sun” (Track#1), which started me off with my “oido” (by-ear) guitar-playing, as a Kiddo; and b.) “Capricho Arabe” (Track#16), which culminated my formal guitar trainings and (in the process, by choice) aborted my aspirations of becoming a classical guitarist—under the erstwhile tutelage of Maestro Jose valdez.

A. Listening directly to the playlist

Uninterrupted sequential-listening to this playlist can be achieved by clicking on the White PLAY-button in the Soundcloud-player below, which also toggles as a PAUSE-button.

Soundcloud Player

Selective playing can also be done by scrolling the tracks-gallery above and click-toggling on the selection-icons at the left side—this, may require clicking on the X-icon at the player’s top-right corner when moving back to the selection-menu.

B. The Soundcloud playlist-site

If you are brought to/ happen to land at the Soundcloud playlist-site, you may do the following:

  1. PLAY/ PAUSE a particular track by clicking on its image-icon which will automatically convert into a play/pause-button.
  2. MORE SONGFACTS can be viewed by clicking on the song-title.
  3. Clicking the webpage’s BACK-ARROW (<-) will bring you back, to the webpage where you came from.

III. Track Contents

More information on each of the playlist-contents are presented in the same sequence below, and listening to each can likewise be done by clicking on the corresponding artwork-images.

A. House Of The Rising Sun – Guitar Solo (1:37′)

Fig. 1 – House of the Rising Sun Artwork

This is a guitar-solo rendition of The Animals’ 1964 slow-rock hit “The House Of The Rising Sun”—the guitar-piece that started it all, as it initiated me into the world of guitar-music. Merely 11-yo, my interest was so keen that I had to borrow my neighbor’s guitar (I didn’t own one until I was 14-yo) to practice it by Ear (“Oido”) and at the same time utilizing/ transitioning from my self-taught Ukulele-skills. More song-facts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Nylon acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Words and music by Alan Price/ The Animals.

B. For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her (2:06′)

Fig. 2 – For (Emily), Wherever I May Find Her Artwork

This is an acoustic-cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s 1966 folk love-song release “For (Emily), Wherever I May Find Her”—noting that Emily could be anyone whom you cared about. Its lyrics and more songfacts can be viewed by clicking here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Vocals and nylon acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Words and music by Paul Simon.

C. Your Song (4:02′)

Fig. 3 – Your Song Artwork

This is an acoustic-cover of Elton John’s 1970 slow-rock hit “Your Song”. Its lyrics and more songfacts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Vocals and nylon acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Words and music by Elton John/ Bernie Taupin.

D. I’ll Always Love You (3:31′)

Fig. 4 – I’ll Always Love You Artwork

This is an acoustic-cover of Michael Johnson’s 1979 soft-rock ballad “I’ll Always Love You”—three audio tracks and as simple as it can be, where my minimalistic instinct reigned supreme. Its lyrics and more songfacts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Vocals and nylon acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Steel acoustic-guitar by Romy R.; Words and music by Eric Kaz and Tom Snow.

E. Sad Lisa (2:33′)

Fig. 5 – Sad Lisa Artwork

This is an acoustic-cover of Cat Stevens’s 1971 pop-rock release “Sad Lisa”. Its lyrics and more artistfacts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Vocals and steel acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Writer/s: Cat Stevens.

F. This Old Guitar (3:21′)

Fig. 6 – This Old Guitar Artwork

This is an acoustic-cover of John Denver’s 1974 folk-rock release “This Old Guitar”—a tribute to the several-guitars that I owned, starting with the first-guitar that I bought when I was 14-yo (a Php40 Mactan-made guitar*, from the Christmas-gift proceeds given by my Uncle Celso). I always brought each of them wherever I was deployed around the world. Its lyrics and more songfacts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Vocals and nylon acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Words and music by John Denver.

G. Something In The Way She Moves (2:59′)

Fig. 7 – Something In The Way She Moves Artwork

This is an acoustic-cover of James Taylor’s 1968 folk-rock hit “Something In The Way She Moves”—the song that inspired The Beatles’ George Harrison to create his own pop-rock version “Something”, which also became a hit in its own right. Its lyrics and more songfacts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Vocals and steel acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Words and music by James Taylor.

H. Tears In Heaven (3:13′)

Fig. 8 – Tears In Heaven Artwork

This is an acoustic cover of Eric Clapton’s 1992 slow-Rock hit “Tears In Heaven”, which he penned as tribute to his four-year-old son Conor who died after falling from a 53rd floor window of his Mom’s NY-apartment. Its lyrics are being provided below, and more song-facts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Vocals and nylon acoustic guitar by Mon Enriquez; Words and music by Eric Clapton.

I. If You Could Read My Mind (3:50′)

Fig. 9 – If You Could Read My Mind Artwork

This is an acoustic-cover of Gordon Lightfoot’s 1971 folk-rock hit “If You Could Read My Mind”. Its lyrics and more songfacts can be viewed by clicking here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Vocals and 2nd steel acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; 1st/ lead acoustic-guitar by Romy R.; Words and music by Gordon Lightfoot.

J. Castles In The Air (3:35′)

Fig. 10 – Castle In The Air Artwork

This is an acoustic-cover of Don McLean’s 1969 folk-rock hit “Castles In The Air”. Its lyrics and more songfacts can be viewed by clicking here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Vocals and steel acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; 2nd-guitar by Romy R.; Words and music by Don McLean.

K. I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song (2:09′)

Fig. 11 – I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song Artwork

This is an acoustic-cover of Jim Croce’s 1973 folk-rock hit “I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A song”—a posthumously-released single for the American singer-songwriter Jim Croce who died in a small-plane crash in September of 1973. Its lyrics and more songfacts can be viewed by clicking here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Vocals and nylon acoustic guitar by Mon Enriquez; Lead nylon acoustic guitar by Romy R.; Words and Music by Jim Croce.

L. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (3:22′)

Fig. 12 – Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright Artwork

This is an acoustic-cover of Bob Dylan’s 1963 Folk Rock hit “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”, which was further popularized by the Peter, Paul & Mary trio shortly thereafter. Its lyrics and more songfacts can be viewed by clicking here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Vocals and nylon acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Words and music by Bob Dylan/ Peter, Paul & Mary.

M. Fields Of Gold v2 (3:30′)

Fig. 13 – Fields Of Gold Artwork

This is an acoustic-cover of Sting’s 1993 slow-rock release “Fields of Gold”—also covered by Eva Cassidy. Its lyrics and more songfacts can be viewed by clicking here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Vocals and steel acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Lead steel acoustic-guitar by Romy R.; Words and music by Gordon Sumner and Ragupahty Dixit.

N. See The Changes (3:01′)

Fig. 14 – See the Changes Artwork

This is an acoustic-cover of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young (CSNY) 1977 folk-rock release “See The Changes”. Its lyrics and more songfacts can be viewed by clicking here; and about the CSNY band here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Vocals and nylon acoustic-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Words and music by Stephen Stills/ CSNY.

O. Hug and Handshake (3:17′)

Fig. 15 – Hug and Handshake Artwork

This is one of my earlier creations which was based on my poem “Ode To Bro Ed”, both of which are tributes to the 62nd-birthday of my younger brother Eddie. Its lyrics and more song-facts can be viewed by clicking here.

Performer(s)/ Writer(s): Vocals, Nylon acoustic-guitar, Words and Music by Mon Enriquez; Acoustic bass by Boni B./ Drums & percussions by Mike D.

P. Capricho Arabe – Guitar Solo (4:00′)

Fig. 16 – Capricho Arabe Artwork

This is a guitar-solo cover of Capricho árabe (Arab Capriccio), considered to be a showpiece and classical guitar standard by Spanish composer Francisco Tárrega in 1892. This piece culminated my formal guitar-trainings and (in the process, by choice) aborted my aspirations of becoming a classical guitarist. Its music-sheet can be downloaded here, and more artistfacts can be viewed here.

Performers/ Writer(s): Classical nylon-guitar by Mon Enriquez; Music by Francisco Tarrega.

IV. Concluding Remarks

I only did covers of great songs, a number of which were Grammy award-winning songs. That is why limiting the choice to sixteen tracks was really a difficult challenge for me. Depending on the feedback that I will be receiving, a second-volume may be justified in the near future.

Plans are already underway for possible CD-publishing and online-streaming. Updates will be posted in our Facebook-page—do Visit/ Follow/ Like us there…

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Remembering “Tiyo Celso”, my brave hero.

This blog is a tribute to my very own hero, in commemoration of today’s “Araw ng Kagitingan”event.

My Uncle (“Tiyo”) Celso is one of them heroes who participated in defending the beaches of Matina (Davao) against the invading Japanese forces during the early-days of World War II. He later on, took command of a bunch of guerrilla-fighters in the hills of Cebu, and continued the Filipino resistance movement against the Japanese up until US liberation day.

World War II adventures

When we (I and my siblings) were kids, after taking supper and doing our respective school homework, we then gathered around Tiyo Celso who was a great story-teller—remember that televisions and gadgets were not yet in vogue during those days.

Admittedly, as I have observed, my Tiyo Celso was gifted with above-average memory especially when recalling the minutiae of his war experiences; and he was able to maintain that ability even deep into his senior years. I would surmise, it must have been due to the peanuts and dried “dilis” that he is fond of taking, and his good physical conditioning (he loves to walk, a lot)

We were so fascinated and amazed by the war-adventure stories that he narrated to us, just like watching some war movies; and I would like to summarize them as follows (feel free to click on the web links, for more detailed information): 

Fig. 1 – The Mindanao WWII invasion theater
  • From his recruitment and military training in Marawi at the onset of WWII (he was in his mid-twenties then) as a USAFFE Philippine Scout trainee, where and when he was brain-washed by his American drill-masters that “a good Moro, is a dead Moro”; to his
  • Rush deployment to the beach-defenses of Matina (Davao) when they were transported from their Marawi camp by a military convoy under night-cover. He was emphatic in telling us his amazement upon seeing the speed and agility of the then newly deployed Willy’s Jeep military service vehicle—the precursor of our world-renowned Jeepneys; to his
Fig. 2 – The Willy’s Jeep military service vehicle
  • Retreat to a nearby schoolhouse after the beach defenses of Matina (Davao) succumbed to the superior invading Japanese forces. It was in this place and time that he and his comrades, having ran out of bullets, came face-to-face with the pursuing Japanese soldiers and engaged them into hand-to-hand combat. Consequently, he was injured and subsequently captured and imprisoned; to his
  • Escape from the Japanese prison-camp, trekking back to his home province Cebu by foot, and crossing the sea (a la island-hopping) via a small “banca” sailboat.  After making a surprise and quick visit to his family, he then enlisted and joined the guerrilla forces under the overall command of then US Army’s Lt. Col. James M. Cushing; to his
  • Ambushes of, and skirmishes with the occupying Japanese forces in the hills and roadways of Cebu island. He was also duty-bound in locating, identifying, and to some extent executing proven Japanese spies/ informers. He also took note of the fact that the Korean-recruits (of the then Imperial Army) were more cruel to the Filipinos during WWII; and his
  • Rendezvous aboard a “banca” sailboat (under night-cover) with a US submarines in the waters between Negros and Cebu islands. That particular submarine brought war materiel, personnel and vital US-liberation intelligence information; and on its departure, brought with them some American citizens who sought refuge among the Cushing’s guerrillas.

Military awards

In consideration of the above-mentioned combat incidents and actions, he was awarded recognition medals from both the US and Philippine governments, prominent of which are:

  1. The Purple Heart Medal, for the wounds that was inflicted on him during battle, and
  2. The Bronze Star Medal, for his acts heroism and meritorious service in the battlefield.
Fig. 3 – Purple Heart Medal
Fig. 4 – Bronze Star Medal

Of course, they were in addition to the usual benefits and privileges that were granted to bonafide WWII-veterans.

Post-war career

After the war and with support from the war veterans educational funds, he pursued his university studies and earned bachelor degrees in Commerce from the University of San Carlos(USC), and Law from the University of Visayas (UV). He eventually joined the civil service and pursued a career in the Bureau of Customs (BOC), where he rose to the position of BOC Collector, Port of Dadiangas City prior to his retirement from the government service.

Personal life

Tiyo Celso remained single by choice, and was so generous in supporting me and my siblings through college. As a parent (and brother to my Father), he was a strict disciplinarian. He used what he learned from the military in molding us kiddos. It took some time for me to appreciate his methods. I realized later on, and fully understood him when I had a family and children of my own. In fact, I’m convinced that the military way is still the more-effective method in molding the character and mission-orientation of a person.

Tiyo Celso migrated to the US in 1986 to pursue his dream of becoming a US-citizen, and reaping more benefits and privileges of a US WWII veteran. He decided to settle in San Diego CA where Filipinos abound, and was granted his US citizenship the following year—a dream that he cherished throughout his lifetime. I recalled that he actively campaigned for the Philippine statehood movement back in 60s.

Coming home

Tiyo Celso suffered a massive stroke at his San Diego apartment while taking a bath, and was brought to the hospital by his building administrator friend, who dutifully informed us of his predicament. He eventually died of multiple-organ failure on October 1, 2001 at the Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego City CA at the age of 85. He was dutifully cared-for at his deathbed by my wife, Gay; and my elder brother’s wife, Zoraida.

Fig. 5 – Scripps Mercy Hospital

The cardiac-arrest incident was so sudden that we (my siblings and I, Tiyo Celso’s nearest kins), after considering our respective options and prior commitments at that time, decided to urgently dispatch Gay and Zoraida to provide the necessary care/ assistance to the bed-ridden Tiyo Celso. Fortunately, Gay who was visiting his sister in Las Vegas at that time, arrived  in San Diego first. Zoraida, on the other hand, has to work his way from Iligan City, Northern Mindanao, Philippines. They faithfully executed our family’s decisions that were remotely relayed to them over the phone and internet. (I have to recall Gay a few days later, after learning of her Mom’s death on October 7, 2001 i.e., six-days after Tiyo’s death.)

Tiyo Celso’s remains was cremated and the ashes were brought by Zoraida on her homeward trip, and was eventually interred at the Cebu Memorial Park.

Fig 6. – Tiyo Celso as a young Philippine Scout cadet

I will never forget my very own brave and generous hero, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Celso C. Enriquez—may God rest his soul in eternal peace.

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April Come She Will, the song.

This is MF&TG’s acoustic-cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s 1966 folk-rock release “April Come She Will”. Its lyrics are being provided below, and more facts about the song and artists can be viewed by clicking their respective live-links.

Soundcloud.com link

TO LISTEN, click the play-button below…

Contributing Artists

Vocals and acoustic steel- guitar by Mon Enriquez; Keyboard synthesizer by Romy R.; Drums and percussion by Mike D.; Electric piano by Dexter C.; Precision Bass by Bonnie B.; Words and music by Paul Simon; Music/ Guitar Tab-sheets courtesy of PowerTab/ GuitarPro.

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Fig. 1 – MF&TG Logo

This project was remotely collaborated, and audio-recordings were done utilizing Soundtrap’s online recording facility. The mixing and mastering activities, however, were executed by MID-WAV Audio Arts; and the graphic artworks by Portraits and Stills Graphic Arts. The project was directed and produced by Mon Enriquez.

Lyrics

“April Come She Will”

(Intro)
April come she will
When streams are ripe and swelled with rain;
May, she will stay,
Resting in my arms again.
(Bridge)

June, she’ll change her tune,
In restless walks she’ll prowl the night;
July, she will fly
And give no warning to her flight.
(Bridge)

August, die she must,
The autumn winds blow chilly and cold;
September I’ll remember
A love once new has now grown old.
(Intro, fade & end)
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Writer/s: PAUL SIMON
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

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