Eric Celerio

Ode to My Father

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In 2001, instrumentalist Eric Celerio released An Ode to My Father. The album is so named because Eric Celerio's father, Levi Celerio, co-wrote six songs on the album, which are time-honored Philippine evergreens. Eric Celerio plays guitar and piano and also arranged and produced the album. Eight of the album's 12 songs are instrumentals, which mostly keep the original melody intact, but also contains interesting improvisation played over the songs' chord changes, thus providing a jazz sensibility. Eric Celerio also sings four pop songs which he co-wrote with Glazen Gwen Zemana. While the pop songs have potential, Eric Celerio has a raspy voice and isn't much of a singer. "Kahit Konting Pagtingin" (Even a Little Tension) contains a pretty, folk-styled melody played on piano. The song starts in a minor key and finds consonance in a major key. After approximately three quarters of the song has been played, Eric Celerio plays a hard-edged electric guitar solo, giving the song a jazz-rock feel. Another instrumental, "Ay Ay Pag-ibig" (Oh Love), sounds like a polka with Philippine influences. A number of instrumentals, such as "Sapagkat Kami Ay Tao Lamang" (Because We're Only Human), "Saan Ka Man Naroroon" (Wherever You Are), and "Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal" (How Much I Love You) contain dazzling, Oscar Peterson-like improvisation played over the songs' chord changes. The jaunty Eric Celerio-composed instrumental "Sea Sharp" contains some uplifting horns (presumably played on synthesizer). This is an interesting album.

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