Monday: Butch Dalisay listens to Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas! He said so himself in his latest Philippine Star column. (“I’ve never been an iPod freak, and have been quite happy with a one-gig Shuffle that I keep tethered to the car radio, containing all the 250 songs I truly ever want to hear, from Dein Ist Mein Ganzes Herz to Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas.”) Ask me what the most romantic Pinoy song is, and this Willy Cruz masterpiece is on top of my list. (Dein Ist Mein Ganzes Herz? Go listen to Placido Domingo's version in the original Three Tenors concert to know what Mr. Dalisay is talking about.)
Tuesday: Was browsing through my old ArtsJournal e-mails and read something about scientists offering various hypotheses on why 18th-century Stradivarius violins seem to sound better than anything else made before or since. Long winters that slowed the growth of spruce trees in Stradivari's time, said one. Borax, said another--used to treat the wood. Fiddle-dee, fiddle-duh.
Thursday: Lisa Macuja, Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas, violins. What's the probability of these three elements coming together in one sublime moment? Hmmm. How about this--the country's prima ballerina dancing to Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas as played (entrancingly) on the violin by Zambales-based virtuoso Coke Bolipata?
Something different for Valentine, eh? Remembered this clip and unearthed it from my baul of moldering VHS tapes (now transferred to DVD, though the quality is rather shot, haay) of long-ago TV musical specials. This one is from a one-night-only show by Ayala Corp. and ABS-CBN called The Music of Dreams. Watch.