Music

Buti Na Lang

This is my first Tagalog song. It’s to be performed in a few days and is still not finished! I wrote it for my friend and his fiancé for their wedding. As I wrote it, I thought about a couple that didn’t settle for the very real fears of real life, but chose to have faith, to believe in each other, and to also believe that love, if true love,  not the superficial and cheap kind, can only be a gift from God, and is worth holding on to and fighting for. Someone once told me that our assumptions of our future will determine how we live in the present. This is a song about fearful assumptions – and the celebration of a couple who overcame them. Buti Na Lang Verse 1: ‘Kala ko Tatanda na lang akong ganito Mag-isang tataba’t kakalbo Buti na lang  Buti na lang Buti na lang ngayon Sabay tayo… Verse 2: ‘Kala ko Na wala ng iibig sa akin Na kabigha-bighanii ng tulad mo Buti na lang Buti na lang Buti na lang nagtagpo Ang ating puso… Chorus: Buti na lang  Buti na lang Buti na lang Di natigil Sa maling akala Ang ating kuwento Buti na lang Mali ang akala ko Bridge: Buti na lang Tayo’y naniwala Na ang tunay na pagibig Ay galing lamang sa langit Buti na lang talaga Buti na lang Chorus: Buti na lang  Buti na lang Buti na lang Di natigil Sa maling akala Ang ating kuwento Buti na lang Mali ang akala ko Ending Verse: Alam ko Na Ikaw lamang sa buong mundo Humahawak at mayari ng puso ko Buti na lang Buti na lang Buti na lang talaga Buti na lang talaga Buti na lang talaga Ako ang pinili mo – Thank you to JB and Tina Delacruz for giving me an occasion to write a Tagalog love song. Thank you to Archie Castillo, who has been a HUGE partner in my compositions. Thank you to the other musicians who played the violin and percussions. Thank you to Ava Samson, Roxanne Lee, and Jef Gaitan for helping me translate the lyrics. Thank you to Harvard Uy Debaron for the slideshow of the lyrics.