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…

Fig. 17 – MF&TG Facebook Page

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Published by Ramon H. Enriquez MIE&M, RME

Ramon ("Mon") Hojas Enriquez is a retired business executive who now spends his available time sharing the wisdom that he gained from his post-graduate academic preparations and 35+ years of hands-on industry practice here (Philippines) and abroad; as an Independent Management Consultant and as a Professional Lecturer/ Resource Speaker. He now focuses on management consulting, education and training---in the fields of Supply-chains, Strategy-execution, and Decision-support. His affiliations with relevant leading global industry associations such as: The Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM), Project Management Institute (PMI), Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), American Society for Quality (ASQ), International Institute for Business Analysis (IIBA), Institute for Supply Management (ISM), System Dynamics Society (SDS), among others) keeps him informed and updated on the current and future developments in his above-mentioned fields of specialization. Mon is a lifelong Systems Thinker and an avid micro-Blogger. His hobby includes Photography and the Graphics-arts, Singing, Guitar-playing, Songwriting, and Audio recording & mixing. When not traveling or visiting Clients, he normally spends his time at his office cum studio or, QC-home with his Wife and dog.