Category Archives: Music

Perfect Angel Minnie Riperton: How A Lullaby Became A Legacy

By N Mark Castro


She was black and drop dead gorgeous.

She married a white man in an era when racial tensions in America was at its height. She bore two children that grew up well, adjusted well, but left behind at the age of 31.

And although she had recorded several albums, collaborated with other musicians, it was her one hit song that went global that continues to find new fans 35 years later.

Hip-hop fans might recognize samples of Riperton’s music in songs from artists such as A Tribe Called Quest and Mos Def. Her voice is everywhere — on your oldies station, your favorite hip-hop song, in the background of Stevie Wonder hits — and you might not have even known it was her.


What set Minnie Riperton apart from most solo female acts is that she’s naturally a coloratura soprano. Her ability to sing in the whistle register (the highest vocal register for a human voice) was a rare talent for most human beings, musically trained or otherwise. Some say her vocal range spanned five to five-and-a-half octaves, but what made her a cut above the rest was her ability to enunciate clearly and beautifully among other whistle-register singers, as evidenced below.

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I’ll Remember You

By N Mark Castro

A momentary break from all the political turmoils and natural disasters around the world … to reminisce on the beauty of music that brings home the soul …

ONE of the most poignant songs I’ve ever come across is this ballad from Hawaii … not so much for the song in itself, but the story behind it: one man’s testament to his undying love for his family, his life, and what he would leave behind.

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Dissecting Hoax Viral News: Eminem Stabbed in NYC

By N Mark Castro

The Web is abuzz with the alleged stabbing of Grammy-award winning Rapper Eminem (Marshall Mathers) in New York City.

This is not the first time it’s happened. There have been several versions of the same message in the past, with Justin Bieber as the victim which, personally, should be done to his music. Read the rest of this entry

PADI and Indonesia’s Kasih Tak Sampai (Unrealized Love)

By N Mark Castro

After the recent national elections in Malaysia and the mid-term elections in the Philippines, the next step would be to assess the exciting presidential elections of Indonesia in 2014.

But let’s drop that.

Instead, let’s talk about what painfully woke me up on the radio this morning.

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Life Is A Chubibo

Maraming beses na kitang nilayasan
Iniwanan at iba’ang pinuntahan
Parang bababeng ang hirap talagang malimutan
Ikaw lamang ang aking laging binabalikan

(Quiapo Quiapo Quiapo, isa na lang ah, aalis na. Para!) Read the rest of this entry

Heroism of Menchu De Luna Sanchez

In light of the heroism of Menchu De Luna Sanchez, this music wishes to be inserted at this point.

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First Cut Is The Deepest

By N Mark Castro

Foreword: To fully appreciate the song, you must play each video to feel the difference.

I would have given you all of my heart 
But there’s someone who’s torn it apart 
And she’s taking almost all that I’ve got 
But if you want, I’ll try to love again

Sometimes you find strange wisdom from the youngest of minds and you realize that …

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The Sierra

Rediscovering Sierra Bogges musical talent is a soothing pause amidst all the heavy pouring of the rain.

Her fresh attitude towards her craft brings in the “one-of-the-guys” campy feel about her, never alienating her peers, nor detaching herself from the audience, although her talent elevates her.

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The Phantom In the Opera

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By N Mark Castro

Gerard Butler, a Scottish trained lawyer and actor, has etched some memorable characters in his films, ranging from action to romantic comedies, including his caricature-like body in the film 300, with his infamous scream “This Is Spaaaarta!”

He has found continued work in Hollywood, earning the respect of his peers, the admiration of the film critics, and the adoration of fans.

That’s as Hollywood as it can get.

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A Tale of Two Thénardiers

By N Mark Castro

Multi-awarded comedian SACHA Baron Cohen has taken on the role of Monsieur Thénardier in the latest film adaptation of Les Miserables. Sacha is known for the four popular characters he’s created: Ali G, Borat Sagdiyev, Brüno Gehard, and Admiral General Aladeen, so it’s quite refreshing to see his own take of the character Monsieur Thénardier.

And this University of Cambridge graduate delivered quite well with his performance as Monsieur Thénardier Read the rest of this entry

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