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Rey Valera: Art Must Have a Purpose



Singer-songwriter Rey Valera does not subscribe to the modernist concept of "art for art's sake."

In an interview with Bro. Jun Banaag on radio dzMM on Friday (March 2), Valera revealed that he's sharpening his pen once more to write new material targeted towards the youth, abs-cbnNews.com reports.

The motivation came from friends and colleagues who have been urging him to write new songs to add to his repertoire of OPM Classics, including "Mr. DJ," "Maging Sino Ka Man," "Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako" and "Pangako Sa'Yo."

"Ngayon, inuumpisahan ko na ulit mag-flex ng muscles eh, songwriting muscles, mga creative juices, kung paano ko siya aatakihin (writing new music), anong mga klaseng [kanta] for this kind of generation," he said.

For music to serve a purpose, Valera says a careful study needs to be done in order to connect with his audience, which, he says, does not equate to selling out.

"Ibig sabihin hindi ko naman binenta 'yung kaluluwa ko para bumenta siya. No, I just want to connect, gusto ko siyang... tina-target kong audience 'yung Pilipino eh. Kailangan makuha ko 'yung sentiment niya. Pinag-aaralan ko siyang pilit, para nang sa ganoon, naiintindihan [but] at the same time 'di ko naman siya jina-judge. Para lang ma-gets ko kung paano siya kakausapin," he clarified.

To connect, songs must be understandable, otherwise it serves no real purpose.

"Ibig sabihin, kung isa siyang picture na wala namang nakakaintindi, para ano siya?" said Valera. "Ganun din ang music. Kung walang makakaintindi niyan, masyadong mataas at hindi naman maintindihan ni Juan dela Cruz, para ano siya?"


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