Should Have Sang Don’t Stop Me Now!

my mom, my sister & me with the deadly bangs!

What are some of the songs you were exposed to during childhood?  Like Zoey Clarke of the musical tv series, I got quite a lot. Try recalling your childhood playlist.  It is believed that the songs and music you heard during your early years, in some bizarre way, shapes your personality today.  But do you have a song that you regret not singing during your carefree childhood?  I got one.

I can lucidly remember during my elementary days every time our teacher is suffering from a terrible migraine, a cruel dysmenorrhea or bouts of laziness to teach, she would robotically call for a “program”.  A “program” is a short spontaneous talent presentation inside the classroom in which the teacher would assign the class President to act as the emcee and call out the class Sergeant at Arms to list the names of students on the blackboard who has gone talkatively noisy during the program.  These raucous students whose names are listed on the board will later be castigated by the teacher when she’s feeling better.

This brief talent presentation would always comprise of singing, storytelling or rendition of a poem.  I don’t know why the patriotic yet very boring song “Ako Ay Pilipino” (translation: I Am Filipino) is always performed by someone.  Other Filipino 70’s classics were also commonly sung during a program, the likes of Mamang Sorbetero, Mr. DJ, ABaKaDa and Bato Sa Buhangin.  Another habitual and regular number presented is the rendition of the classic poem Trees by Joyce Kilmer.

my love for hugging trees may be attributed to my constant early development hearing of the joyce kilmer poem

Each time I am called to perform, I am prepared to either sing a song or tell a story.  I no longer remember the number of times I would tell the tale about the Alamat ng Mangga (translation: The Legend of the Mango Fruit) or the Alamat Ng Pinya (translation: The Legend of the Pineapple). 

I seldomly sang.  But when I am coerced to croon, the usual song that I would sing is not a Filipino-melody but from Annie’s “Tomorrow”.  Yup, bet your bottom dollar, I can hit those high notes when I was a kid!  I love the message of hope that Tomorrow conveys, but I have one regret though.  Back then, I should have studied and memorized Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now. And added it to my very limited repertoire. Haha! 

This song could have been so appropriate because it’s singing and storytelling at the same time! Aside from its fun and exuberance, it also conveys self-worth and self-regard.  For sure, singing Don’t Stop Me Now would give further head ache to my teacher and my singing could have been such a show stopper!  And since the tune is super bouncy, I am pretty sure at the end of my singing, every body’s name is listed on the blackboard.

26 thoughts on “Should Have Sang Don’t Stop Me Now!

  1. I like your teachers activity although it must have been challenging for shy students. When I was about two on, I used to make up songs all the time. I remember dancing to “I’m a little tea pot” as we had a record of it. I always loved to sing and dance and was in choirs. As a senior in high school I was part of an 8 person a Capella singing group and we sang in various social service clubs around town and in musical performances at the high school.

    I do like that Queen song.

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  2. I had something like that experience in school but a few years ago my corp VP threatened that anyone who made a mistake on the project at hand would have to sing. I took the preemptive move if immediately belting out “Hand me down that can of beans” from Paint Your Wagon… I song I frequently sang to torment my neighbor/BFF years prior.

    There are legends about fruit?

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    • 🤣🤣🤣 poor neighbors…

      Yup. There are legends about fruits. Our weird culture has this weird notion that all things has their bizarre origin.

      Legend of the Mango is about a bird who was allowed shelter by a lonely fruitless tree and as a sign of gratitude the bird gave its heart to the tree which eventually bore fruits (reason why a Mango is shaped like a heart) while Legend of Pineapple is about a lazy indolent daughter (named Pinang) who never used her eyes to search for items she needs in their house and would always asked her mom to search for it. Tired and upset the mother cursed her daughter that she grew lots of eyes in her body but she instead turned into a plant that bears a fruit that seem to resemble to having lots of eyes and was then called Pinya (Pineapple in English)

      Goodness! I can still remember those tales! Haha!🤣🤣🤣

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