The purpose of this blog entry is to introduce Fully Booked music ambassador, muscian Ely Buendia.
It was only natural for Fully Booked to approach Ely to be their music ambassador. He is a familiar figure in the store, and can often be found prowling the graphic novels section, the architecture section, and of course, the music section.
His upcoming workshop for Fully Booked entitled Aural X (click on the link for details) is original and unique, just like the musician who conceptualized it. Ten individuals will be selected to participate in a workshop and be closely guided by Ely Buendia into creating their own musical masterpieces with an iPad and the GarageBand application, and will involve everything from creating beats to recording and engineering the music to the lyrics of the song!
Buendia has always had a knack for writing music that speaks directly to the Filipino experience, and has done so without being self-conscious. When asked about this, he demurs, “I come from a provincial background where everything is still steeped in tradition, and there’s a strong communal identity, but I’m a city boy at heart. I only write about the things I’ve done and seen in the streets. I don’t know if that has anything to do with the Filipino psyche.”