New on Blog De La Musique: Ely, Rico, Raimund, and Barbie’s 21st Century redux of a 70s classic

imaginemoreMy new music blog, “Blog de la Musique” (at has just kicked off with a post on a cool new TV Commercial that debuted this Feb 2. This tv ad debuted on YouTube and featured 90’s Pinoyrock icons Rico Blanco, Raimund Marasigan, Barbie Almabis, and Ely Buendia. Yes, it is a Smart commercial – but I had nothing to do with it, I swear!  

All disclaimers aside, the ad is an interesting collaboration of four now-mature artists (who all emerged during the 90’s Pinoy band boom), covering a 70s folk song (Heber Bartlome’s “Tayo’y Mga Pinoy”) using 21st century mobile technologies, like LTE broadband, tablets, video conferencing, all for the sake of some remote harmonizing.

Sounds like science-fiction? This is actually how a lot of music is made today, with musicians collaborating over the Internet. Maybe having record their vocals on a Nexus 7 while joy riding on a pickup in Bicol might still be far fetched – but the possibilities are all there.

Full review and blog post on the site here:

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