Of different ages in any types of music, experiencing it live is incomparable. With Bamboo, I pretty much adored his kind of music, everything from rock, pop and soul. Lively and lovely! I’ve never imagined the challenges it could take for Bamboo to really nail such a beautiful benefit Christmas concert fit for a rock icon. I’ve never known such true artistry, the classic Christmas carol arrangements, and the perfect vibe that a Christmas musical performance can bring until I saw his concert billed as “Believe: Christmas @ Home with Bamboo” held at the Music Museum last 6 Dec. 2013. Musically directed by Kakoy Legaspi.
Christmas @ Home with Bamboo is a concert to witness in awe and that has given me chills not just once but twice. Its repeat #unwraphope happened on the 20th of Dec. 2013, which aims to raise more than a thousand toys for children affected by the super typhoon Yolanda.
“I would like to impart my heartfelt support and prayers to our kababayans in the Visayas thru music and thru this concert. Let the [Christmas] spirit inspire us to help others and to believe that there is hope for our country,” says Bamboo in partnership with Tattoo dedicating this musical event to them.
It’s a sold out first Christmas concert of Bamboo. A purchase of a pair of children’s toys is equivalent to one free concert ticket. The concert is a Western Christmas as the stage setup suggests: a home with Christmas tree on the center under a big box of present, elegant frosty windows, decors and ornaments at Christmastime.
“I wish you all a merry, merry Christmas. Thank you for coming here tonight,” tells Bamboo to the huge screaming crowd. “The first thing that influenced me is Christmas music. Christmas and music mean so much to me; it’s about traditions and it’s about doing something different.”
What Christmas and music mean for Bamboo? It’s spending time with family and friends and making people smile. His early memories of Christmas includes listening to holiday songs by Frank Sinatra and Nat “King” Cole while having merienda and a sip of wine.
Every song has drawn a smile to each and every person present at the concert, maybe it gives back the magic of Christmas we all once had. And ensuring that the toys given for the homeless children of Eastern Visayas might also bring happiness to them. We are all at home, safe and loved.
Backed up by an orchestra, they let the audience appreciate every distinct instrumental sound featuring a fusion of classic and traditional Christmas favourites and his OPM hits; Bamboo has rendered his own twist of songs and made them his own. His collaboration with the Sta. Maria Children’s Choir entitled “Happy Christmas (War is Over)” is a very heart warming piece.
Video below by kyroes.
Have a taste of what really happened in this one Christmas night with Bamboo in the videos below. More photos HERE.
Here’s my favorite part, the Morning Rose beat, video by kyroes.
The eargasmic Noypi / Maligayang Pasko, video by kyroes.
Hallelujah, video by kyroes.