3 SAD things about spoken word in the Philippines.

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What comes to mind when you hear “spoken word”?

Something nice and smushy? Lol. – I hope not.

Here in the Philippines we had a boom in the scene around 2014. I started sharing at spoken word events at mid 2013. No one really listened then – it was the same artists that listened to each other at every event. It was awesome though to hear works of art way past midnight. We started at Sev’s place, it was a hidden coffee shop/bar in a parking lot somewhere around Malate in Manila. It was a great and friendly place for artists.Slowly, the scene opened up to the masses through the works of great artists shared on youtube.

As the popularity grew though, I believe some diversity was pushed out of the space for writers. The scene was dominated by works about heartbreak we call “hugot”. A LOT of people jumped on the bandwagon. I heard kids as young as 12 years old pouring their heart out. I was happy for all the attention the artform was getting. People were starting to write again! I heard their soul right in front of me! It was great!

I was sad about 3 things though.

One, a lot of the pieces sounded like random rants without coherence or saying something new. It seemed that the vocabulary pool was pretty shallow. I dont want to judge because maybe people were just starting but yeah, I wish it grew more.

Two, the heartbreak topic was used in almost 90% of pieces. Spoken word is about giving voice to the minority. You get the stage for 5 to 10 mins and you can talk about anything. It was sad then that people would only want to talk about sadness. In America people talk about racism and womens rights, here I believe we talk about depression, gender neutrality amd politics. I wish to hear more but sadly the scene has faded as other topics dont usually bring out the masses. Artists have to eat, guys! Invest in the works of living artists! They need it more!

Three, the loss of “life” for the scene; I used to see events left and right. Owners of bars and coffee shops would hire events managers and artists specifically for spoken word. I’m thinking we’re going through a purge right now. It’s going to be good. The ones most passinate will be left standing and still speaking and the quality of the spoken word of the Philippines will rise up even higher. I’m positive!

Maybe we could try speaking about the Word of God more too ๐Ÿ™‚

Sometimes we just really have to keep talking. God will inspire us and lead people to us.

Mark 16:15 “ He said to them, โ€œGo into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.

Amen! God bless! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Listen to all the stories.

Sometimes we tend to look up and forward when we should be looking down.

Listen.

There is so much information right now that is being blasted in our faces that we often don’t see those right under our noses. We forget to be thankful for the people around us. We grow in familiarity at how people work hard for us that we can sometimes not look back.

Try and be thankful for the effort that people give. Most especially to the things you might not ask for. Do discern though the reason behind the effort. If you feel love, love in return. Love more.

The people close to us, or those that WERE close to us have awesome stories and lives to tell. It just takes a little tweak at how we see them. Most often, we go after the more “interesting” people. We want to connect to the world. My friends, we are limited. We must limit but within those limits we should grow to our highest potential. I don’t know if you understand this but think of a huge desert, you cant change the whole landscape but you can change a small part of it. That small part may be an oasis that will save a dying person in the future. Build your oasis. Build up the people around you. Inspire others that they do the same to the people around them.

Often we search for stories and not write our own. Make your own story WITH people.

Proverbs 1:5 โ€œLet the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.โ€

 

What do you think of the uniqueness of people around you? – I hope it’s positive. ๐Ÿ™‚

Where do you put yourself? Above or below anyone else? – I hope it’s in line. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Amen. God Bless! ๐Ÿ™‚