• From Story to Song: Gary Valenciano's Composition Comes From a Father's Heart

    The dad of three, who recently underwent an emergency open-heart surgery, pens a letter to his children
    by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
From Story to Song: Gary Valenciano's Composition Comes From a Father's Heart
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  • Singer, performer, songwriter, musical arranger and record producer, Gary V's longevity in show business is not by any means a matter of luck. His talent and passion for this craft made him the icon he is, who is celebrating his 35th anniversary in the Philippine music industry this year.

    In one of the entries in the book called Letters to my Children, a compilation of personal messages written by parents for their children, Gary puts the spotlight on one very special song he made, which was released in 2008. 

    The letter is replete with meaning now moreso, not only because of Father's Day, but also because the 53-year-old Gary, a juvenile diabetic, underwent an emergency open heart surgery just a month ago. Reports say he is recovering well. Below is his letter to his three kids. 

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    Dearest Paolo, Gab, and Kiana,

    The inspiration behind the song "When I Hear You Call" came to me when I first entered a house called the Big Brother House. It was for the show Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition 1. When I entered the house, I was faced with the last six housemates. Each of them carried their own back story. A song is not just created to sound good. It's created because of a good back story.

    By the time I left the house, I was in tears because I had met these beautiful people including superstars-in-the-making Gerald Anderson and Kim Chiu. So I wrote this song that stems from a father's heart. There's no need to go into detail, but I know you (like yours truly) have suffered some deep pains or wounds. Perhaps from relationships that never flourished into what they should have been.

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    Human fathers can never really "be there" 24 hours a day. They may often promise that they'd be there, but that is really impossible. However, there's one Father who promised He would never leave  you nor forsake you--and that is your Heavenly Father. I hope this song inspires you to have a stronger relationship with someone you can call a father. You still can. He is waiting for you.


    "When I Hear You Call"

    When I
    Look into those bright eyes
    So young
    Always so ready to run
    Then I 
    See your change when fun subsides
    And new colors start to arise
    There's a hidden picture
    That wasn't seen outside

    When you run, don't tire
    Keep on reaching, higher
    Even when the pain and toruble bring you down, sometimes
    I will see you through
    I'm forever right here with you
    Even when you feel you don't need me around

    I will be your friend, forever
    I will be your one, big brother
    Even when I see you fall
    I will be your father
    When I hear you call

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    Don't cry
    This is not the end, nor goodbye
    But begin
    To know I'm with you till the end
    And when you pray
    I will hear every word you say
    And so with all my promises made
    For one like you
    Someone who's especially made

    When you run, don't tire
    Keep on reaching, higher
    Even if the pain and trouble bring you down, sometimes
    I will see you through
    I'm forever right here with you
    Even if you feel you don't need me around

    I will be your friend, forever
    I will be your one, big brother
    Even when I see you fall
    I will be your father
    Yeah

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    I will be your friend, forever
    I will be your big brother
    Even when I see you fall
    I will be your father
    Yeah

    I will be your friend, forever
    I will be your big brother
    Even when I see you fall
    I will be your father
    Be your friend, your brother
    When I hear you call
    Lift you when you fall
    When I hear you call

    I love you all,

    Dad

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