If there’s an OPM song that I wish I had written, this would be it:

Nais Ko

Nais kong maihip ng hanging walang patutung’han
Parang ibong wala ring hangarin kundi ang lumipad nang lumipad
Nais kong lumipad

Nais ko ring maagos ng alon saan man mapadpad
Kahit na isdang mumuntiin, hangari’y lumangoy nang lumangoy
Nais kong lumangoy

Nais kong malibot ang mundo sa kanyang kasuluk-sulukan
Nais kong makita ang paligid kong puno ng kagandahan
Nais kong makadama ng kakaibang damdamin kahit minsan man lang
Habang ako ay may buhay, wala nang hangarin pang tunay
Nais ko…nais ko…nais ko…

Nais kong maulit muli ang buhay
Kung may pagkakataon upang mamalas
Ang mga bagay-bagay na ‘di ko natanto sa aking buhay
Nais kong lumipad

(Written by Ryan Cayabyab and sung by Basil Valdez)

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It’s a song of an adult but expressed with child-like earnestness.

It’s sad that the golden age of OPM seems to have passed with no reemergence in sight.  Sure, the bands are hopping, but can their songs endure to become future OPM classics?  Then there are the solo singers, most of whom are products of talent search shows, who rely on revivals to build a name.  Only a few take the risk with original songs.  Even then, a lot of these songs are written by foreign composers.  They’re banking on the “international” appeal.  Some of these songs are good, and there are many, many great foreign songs, but in this Pinoy’s heart, nothing beats OPM, especially those from the 70s to the early 90s.  I wish I’ll live to see the second golden age of OPM.

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