The Misguided Songwriting of
San Diego Filipino American Artist Ken Perez
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You? A Singer?
What are you talking about?
It's something that's taken
me about fifteen years to accept. Only now, I can confess
this openly in public. Okay, here it is: I wanted to
be the next George Michael / Michael Jackson / Prince.
In hindsight, these weren't exactly the best role models
to pattern one's life aspirations around. What does
it say about a class of people that would present Prince
as it's standard of stability?
Regardless, I loved to sing. Sought out any opportunity
that would allow me the chance to do just that: a school
musical, a band, a choir. I sincerely believed that
it was my life's misson.
After the fever for a music career broke over me, I
felt lucky enough to come out on the other side with
a sense of normalcy.
These songs a sampling of the artifacts from that time
period. Recorded on a little Tascam 4-track, the sound
quality is somewhat haphazard, but these mp3s are surprisingly
listenable. I'm geniunely proud of some of the lyrics
(Special Note: "I Will Be Here"
is a cover of the original Stephen Curtis Chapman
recording and "Hold Me" appropriates the melody
from Julia Fordham's "Forever After.")
Most of these songs center around my emotional inadequacy
with the opposite sex. Think about it . . . anybody
who spends this much time recording would obviously
not be spending it with any women.
One last thing: I would like to thank to the people
who accompanied me on this journey: Tim, Shire, Astrella,
Lowery, Edwin, Carrie, Dante, Randy, Reynila, Joseph
and Khan. Although most of you are gone from my life,
you do cross my mind on a spare occasion. I hope you're