Voice on Vacation

Voice on Vacation

It’s been more than a week and I’m happy to say that the voice is coming back. Although not in tip-top shape, somehow, I know it’s getting better. I’ll be visiting my voice doctor later and hopefully he’d give me the go-signal to start singing again.

Of course, I’d start from square one and do vocalisations before getting back to my normal singing. Remember, the vocal chords are muscles and mine has been at rest for quite some time and just like any regular muscle, you’d have to warm them up. Baby steps.

The last few days were quite difficult for me. This was the first time this has happened! Yeah, I’ve lost my voice in the past but after a day or two, I’d be back belting out all those notes. This time was different. It was really bad… really bad.

Looking back, I did push myself too hard. I thought to myself that If I don’t think about getting tired too much, maybe I won’t get tired. I thought it was all in the mind. But no… the body, when tired, also gives in. I think it all started with ALL REQUESTS 3. Long hours of rehearsals plus the actual show did take a toll on me. I recall struggling during sound check on the actual day! People would say… “Pffft! Kaya mo yan! Ikaw pa?? Jed Madela ka eh!” (You can do it! You ARE Jed Madela!)

Let me side-sway a bit. That comment really stresses me out. Whenever I say, “Im not in tip-top shape”… or “My voice is really bad today…”, no one seems to believe me. Ah, guys, I’m human too, you know. I have bad days. But nope… I still get that… “Suuuus! Ikaw pa! Kaya mo yan!” (You can do it!). Then I just get pressured.

Anyway, going back… I just found out that ALL REQUESTS 3 ran for around 3 hours and a half! Geez! Yeah, I was having so much fun belting out all your requests that I forgot about the time… and I forgot that I was straining my vocal chords too hard. Then after that concert, I had to travel to Baguio (which took us around 5 hours) for the Lani Misalucha concert. There, I started feeling it already… I was very careful with my notes because I knew If I just let it go carelessly, I’d crack. Then a couple corporate shows followed… then I did ASAP… then taped KrisTV belting out Lani Misalucha hits… then off to the Aliw Awards. THERE! I already felt that my voice was giving up. Sound check was fine. But during the actual number, I felt my throat getting tight… and my voice disappearing! And I was singing side by side Philippine Icons, Dulce and Pilita Corrales! Geez! Triple the pressure!

That didn’t end there. I was required to stay because I was nominated for a couple awards and I was told to prepare another song just “in case”. Well, now I know what that “in case” was for… In case I won ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR! Well, I did! But by the time they announced my name, my voice was gone. I was supposed to sing “ Climb Every Mountain” but ended up singing a simplified version of “The Past”.

Geez! Of all the days to disappear?!! When I am announced ‘Entertainer of the Year’ and I can’t even entertain?! I was so frustrated!!

After that, we just had to cancel shows. As goodwill, all I could do was still attend the events but only do an appearance. That was to just stand onstage and wave. That was so frustrating and disappointing on my part. I couldn’t even absorb the feeling of being on stage and not doing a number. I felt useless.

But in this entire week, it made me stop and realise that you really don’t know what will happen next. At one moment, you’re on the go and in a snap, it just stops and changes to another course. I think God was telling me  to slow down and not abuse his gift. He was telling me not to take seriously the “Hindi ka tao!” (You’re not human!”) comments that people were giving me.

I am human.

And I get tired.

So now, I just have to change my stand. Everything should be done in balance and in moderation. No more 3 hour and a half concerts (it’s just too tiring!)… song line ups should be planned… No more high pitched songs sung one after the other… a few is fine… and most of all, when feeling tired… REST!

And one more thing… learn to say “NO”.

Well, everything happens for a reason and somehow I now know why this happened to me. Again, I should accept the fact that I am not a machine. I am not Superman. I am human. And I get tired. I get worn out. And I also need rest.

In closing, I just want to thank everyone who sent their well-wishes and ‘get well soon’ greetings to me through text and through postings on social media. You just don’t know how much that really helped me cope with the frustration of not being able to sing. Your messages made me feel that I was indeed, important and that you guys cared for me. From the bottom of my heart… thank you.

I may not be fully well yet and I still need your prayers but I’m getting there. And I’m looking forward to that day I go back onstage and sing once more.

 

 

Bad Days, Good Days, Great Days!

I’m on Day 2 of my voice rest and til now, though a bit better, my voice is still MIA. All I can do is whisper and to those who don’t know, is more damaging. So, I’d rather text or write down things if I need anything.

I still haven’t had the chance to really “enjoy” the recognitions I received last Monday from the Aliw Awards Foundation. I can’t even shout for joy… or celebrate out with family and friends. That’ll have to wait. All I can do for now is just stare at these three pairs of hands on my bedroom shelf. An affirmation of a job well-done.

2014 Aliw Awards

To those who really know me, I put 101% into what I do. A perfectionist if you must say. In all my concerts and performances, I have to be hands on and give it my best. That is what people came to watch… that is what people paid good money for… and that is what I want to give. Aside from them hearing my voice and my songs, I want everyone to leave the venue with memories of a great show and not feel short changed.

 

X: THE JED MADELA 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT: 2014 BEST MAJOR CONCERT

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I am very happy that X : The Jed Madela 10th Anniversary concert won BEST MAJOR CONCERT for 2014. I am humbled, actually, because I know I was nominated alongside with great concerts this year who were equally, or even way grand than mine. 

When we were conceptualising this concert, I just wanted to stay true and sincere to my audience… what happened in those 10 years? That was the concept of X… the story of my journey in this industry.

I just want to thank my producers headed by Ronald Pineda of Folded & Hung for believing in me that they invested so much in this anniversary celebration.

To the staff and the entire backstage team… I owe this to you guys! To my musicians headed by the amazing Mel Villena (who was also nominated as Best Musical Director for this concert), hats off to you for such amazing music that night.

To my director, Mr. Johnny Manahan who also won Best Director in a Concert for this show… Mr. M… thank you!

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To my family in Iloilo who played a big part in my journey… whom I dedicated a segment in that concert called “Proud of Your Boy”… Thank you. And you guys know how much I love you. I hope you are proud of me…

To my manager and aunt, Tita Annie, who I bantered with when we were coming up with the concert… our efforts paid off! … and I’m looking forward to more crazy ideas on the kitchen counter! Hahaha

And to everyone who went out of their way to buy tickets and spend time with me at the Philippine International Convention Centre for that anniversary concert… THANK YOU!

 

ALL REQUESTS 2 : 2014 BEST PERFORMANCE IN A CONCERT 

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Another concert I am really proud of is ALL REQUESTS at the Music Museum! It was designed for the intimate venue and to be more interactive with the audience.

If there’s one thing that I don’t find comfortable in a concert, it’s that gap between me and the audience. That idea of “you sit there and listen while I sing onstage”… No. This concert wiped that away. Everyone was part of the show.

To those who weren’t there for the 3 shows, (yeah, it has been done 3 times and another repeat is on its way), every song I sang in the show were requests from the audience who posted them online may it be through Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Some may say it has been done… Yes, it has… but here’s the twist… on the night of the concert, as people queued their way into the venue, they’d write their request on a piece of paper and drop it in a fishbowl… and in the middle of the show I’d randomly pick a song and perform it on the spot! That was the most fun part of the show! I’d never know what I’d be challenged to sing!

For this concert, I would like to thank my producer Moises Manio and his entire team for making this show a reality.

Also, I would like to thank my amazing musicians & back up vocals for ALL REQUESTS because you guys are just simply amazing! Imagine, playing and singing songs on the spot?!!

I also would like to thank my special guests that night… Y-Fi, Xtreme Dancers and the Darren Espanto.

I hope and pray that you come to the next staging of ALL REQUESTS next year! And a Philippine Tour??? Why not?? We’ll keep you posted!

 

2014 ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Jed Madela Aliw Awards 2014

Now this was really unexpected!

In my speech I said that when I won in 2005 at the World Championships of Performing Arts  and when I was inducted into the Performing Arts Hall of Fame in Hollywood in 2013, I considered it a highlight of my career. To be recognised by such is already an honour. My name would be in the books forever!

But last night, when I received the award for 2014 Entertainer of the Year, it gave me another thing to be proud of. Not because I received another award… but because that award came from my fellow Filipinos… my colleagues in the business. To be acknowledged and recognised by your own in your home country is something to be proud of!

I share this award to everyone in the industry whose only goal is to entertain. That’s how it should be, right? That should be in the mind set of every performer who steps onstage. People may know you to have a wonderful voice… or a set of wonderful dancing feet… but if you only do it to show off and not to connect, then it’s no use. What matters is that when you’re onstage and when people watch you, they will be entertained… and leave the place with only good words about your performance.

Also, a great big shout out to all the producers of live concerts! You guys are the reasons why it is possible for us to perform live! We know that producing a concert is painstakingly difficult and requires a whole bunch of money but if you have the heart of a true artist, you’ll get through! All with the right mind set… and of course the right planning.

Again, thank you to Madam Alice Reyes and the men and women of the Aliw Awards Foundation. More power to you!

And to everyone who has supported me in my journey, I share these awards with you. Here’s to another great year ahead of us! More live performances!

Love life. Love music. Just love. -JM

 

BAGUIO For A Change: Next Stop

 

After checking out the Laperal White House, next stop was the Bencab Museum. I have heard a lot about it and being a lover of art, I was very excited to visit the place.

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Traveling to the museum was around 20-25 minutes from Baguio City.

Benedicto Cabrera, or “Bencab”, is one of the ‘best-selling’ painters of his generation and has been awarded National Artist of the Philippines for Visual Arts in 2006. Looking at his work, I would not doubt why he has been dubbed as such. His works are just amazing!

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When you get to the place, the modern industrial inspired architecture welcomes you with the iconic red Bencab signature on the imposing wall. For an affordable entrance fee of P100, you get to enter the museum and admire the artworks.

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Aside from the Bencab masterpieces, other works from Filipino artists are also on display.

 

And if ever you get worn out walking around, they have “Cafe Sabel”, their in-house restaurant overlooking the lush mountains.

 

The Bencab Museum is located at Km. 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet, Philippines.

 

BAGUIO For A Change: First Stop

Baguio City has always been known as the summer capital of the Philippines and I have been up there for quite a number of times. Aside from looking forward to the cool weather, it has always been an automatic thing for us to visit the usual spots… Mines View, Burnham Park, Good Shepherd, etc.

We wanted this trip to be different.

Last November 22, right after my concert at the Music Museum, we drove up to the summer capital to be part of the Lani Misalucha Philippine Tour; the second to the last leg of her tour. (The last one is in Iloilo slated for next year).

The reception of the crowd was warm and full of energy and that fuelled my performance. I had sore throat and was feeling under the weather but I was thankful and happy that the vibe of the people gave me the strength to perform. I just can’t wait to go back for my own full concert! There are initial talks of me doing one in February 2015.

Anyway, after the concert, I decided to stay an extra day to recuperate since I was sick a few days back. (Yeah, I was sick the entire ALL REQUESTS 3 concert… but as what they say, the show must go on. Good thing I had enough voice left for the Lani guesting).

The entire Sunday was spent going around the city but we didn’t want to go to the usual tourist spots. First stop, the Laperal Mansion.

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The Laperal Mansion earned its reputation as one of the most haunted houses in Baguio City. Stories say that a little girl is often seen sitting on the steps of the house. Also, a crying woman, who is said to be the kid’s nanny, has been reported to be seen standing by the window on the 3rd floor. Also, caretakers and tourists have sworn to have heard footsteps, moans and eerie sounds throughout the house.

 

In the past years, the mansion was off limits to public viewing but lately it has drawn so much attention that they now allow tourists to visit the said place. For a very affordable amount of P50 per person, you are given the opportunity to explore the entire house!

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My experience was pretty different. I am very much sensitive to everything around me… and when i say everything, I mean, everything. (You get what i mean). But just because my cousin wanted to check it out and take pictures, I gamely obliged. My first few seconds in the house was kinda uncomfortable. In a snap, my skin felt ice cold and I started having cold sweat. Not the usual normal sweating… I was dripping like a faucet! And it was just me! I told my cousin to take all the shots we needed and leave. Yikes! But to those who’d love a little scare, you should visit this place!

 

Oh did I forget to mention that there was a skull of a kid on the window sill beside the staircase? (Look closely in one of the pictures)

The Laperal White House is located at Leonard Wood Road, Baguio, 2600 Benguet.

 

Generation: Powerhouse

5th Gen(5th Gen: Reymond Sajor, Lady Onnagan, Rhap Salazar, Marielle Mamaclay, RJ Buena)

 

Imagine five individuals with distinct, powerful voices sharing the same passion in singing and performing join forces into one group. You get a powerhouse that’ll just blow you away the moment they step onstage and open their pipes. That is 5th Gen.

5 world champions from the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood who has brought pride and honour to the Philippines when they came home with awards and medals from the respective singing categories they joined in.

The first time I heard them perform live was in one of my shows and while I was backstage, I was howling and applauding them as they belted out. These five reminded me of me… very different offstage but once they take the spotlight, they all transform into legit performers.

Performing solo is a feat and it ain’t easy but to be in a group, you have to work doubly hard to work as one… and sound as one. One cannot afford to have a weak link. Everyone has to be a team player.

I can talk on and on about them but it’s best to see and hear them perform live. Catch them as I share my stage with them in ALL REQUESTS 3 on November 21, 2014, 8PM at the Music Museum.

For tickets, call Ticketworld at 891-9999, SM Tickets at 470-2222 and for special seats, call 09175223873.