Earth Flight

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Although ethnic-styled music doesn't attract much attention in the Philippines, more people should listen to the music of Filipino group Waling-Waling, whose 1997 release, Earth Flight, is a meaningful, substantive effort. It also often penetrating, contemplative, and enjoyable. The group's name is significant, as it is the name of an endangered Philippine flower, and can be considered a metaphor for the group's concern for humanity, nature, and the gift of life. As with any Waling-Waling album, the lyrics of Earth Flight (written mostly in Tagalog, the Philippines' national language), embrace the nobility of man and nature, as heard in such songs as the opening "Manampalataya" ("To Believe"), which exalts the power of faith, fortified by positive action. "Maamong Paro-paro" ("Friendly Butterfly") tells how God's love is evident everywhere, from the sparkling dew of early morn to the joyful chirping of the birds. The music is often rendered in a slow, contemplative manner, as the male and female vocalists trade lines and passion, accompanied by acoustic guitar and ethnic stringed instruments, often accented by the tender cry of the wooden flute.