The only song that I associate with singer Timmy Cruz was the one she popularized in the 80s, “Boy.” You know the one with the all too famous lines,
“I love you boy, if you only knew, naiinis na ako sayo, sobrang manhid ka at di mo napapansin…”
I’ve seen her in a few movies, particularly the ones with Herbert Bautista. Years go by people would hear about her now and then, then poof she’s gone again. I never really cared, I hardly know her. Besides, when I was young I wasn’t really a fan of hers but of Lea Salonga. So when a good friend of mine, Ana, told me to come with her during the album launch of Timmy Cruz last Saturday (August 28, 2010), my first question to her was,
“Timmy Cruz? She’s got an album? She’s still alive?”
To which my friend replied,
“Nagsusulat po siya sa dyaryo namin matagal na.”
Though I also write for a living, I don’t work for any media publication. Meaning I don’t get to cover exciting events like press conferences or press launching, concerts, movie premieres, or go to different kinds of places. In short, my life is pretty boring, which is why I am always craving for adventure. Ana knows this all too well, so she thought of inviting me.
We reached Tagaytay as early as 8AM. There were four of us, Ana, the driver, the photographer, and I. Ana confirmed the venue from Ms. Rani, Timmy Cruz’s assistant. We were given directions to go to Magallanes Drive and look for the “Brahma Kumaris Center for Spiritual Learning.”
Ana said that Timmy Cruz goes there for yoga. We soon learned that it was more than that. Brahma Kumaris was founded by an Indian named Brahma Baba in 1936. It is a non-government organization affiliated with the Economic and Social Council, UNICEF, Department of Public Information, and Peace Messenger Organization Untied Nations. They offer different courses that aim to enhance the spiritual aspect of the individuals like Raja Yoga Meditation, Positive Thinking Course, and Stress Free Living Seminars.
Timmy Cruz is a member and she probably thought it would be a good idea to first introduce her new album, “inTim8” to her fellow BK members. This was the first time I’ve seen her in person; she’s short, brown-skinned, and has one of the most beautiful smiles I’ve ever seen. Not sure how old she is now but she looks like she didn’t grow a day older. She looks quite refreshed and happy.
She said that she found inspiration from nature when she wrote the songs in her album. I couldn’t help but noticed that the lyrics in her songs were all promoting positivity. None talked about heartaches, unrequited love, or frustrations; a far cry from the song “Boy,” which she made famous in the 80s.
The songs included in “inTim8” promote happy feelings, self-confidence, and love for nature, God, and humanity. The tunes are catchy and soothing and Timmy Cruz performed nine of them with so much grace and poise. In between her performances, Timmy delivered inspirational messages to her small audience and she said somethng that really stuck in my mind,
“Ang naniniwala ay nakatatanggap.”
The logic in it is something that I’ve learned long ago but sometimes forget. It sure feels good to be reminded of it now.
Part 1 Rhythms
The Gift of a Friend
Intro: Tahan Na, Tahan (Commentary)
Tahan Na, Tahan (Harana sa Inang Kalikasan)
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Bawat Oras ay Ginto
After the Rain
Hush Now, Don’t Cry (Love Song for Mother Earth)
Extro: Hush Sweet Mama (Commentary)
He’s The One
Part 2 Reflections
The album launching became a meaningful experience to all of us who were there. It was no ordinary album launch, this much I could say. Timmy Cruz shared more than her music; she imparted to us great pieces of wisdom about happiness, love, and nature. And I feel lucky to be one of the first people who were blessed to own a copy of her “inTim8” album.
So go grab your copy soon. I’m sure you will be inspired too.