“I drop my sword and cry for just a while.”

“Warrior Is A Child” by Gary Valenciano | Yesterday’s post about Lea Salonga’s “The Journey” reminded me of this song, a song that was definitely used in a funeral: that of Rico Yan, an actor who died in his sleep almost twelve years ago, just as his star was on the rise. (I remember arriving home from a Holy Week vacation, and being greeted by our househelp then, with the news that Rico passed away. I think she was crying.) Yes, this is also a Christian song – Gary Valenciano has done a lot of these from the start of his career, alongside his poppier (for the time) fare like this one – and a heart-tugging one, at that, (albeit with an over-literal music video,) and considering the circumstances (and the timing) this works as a funeral song. Although maybe it shouldn’t. At least not for anybody else. Rico Yan owns this song, whether you like it or not. I’ll watch Whattamen reruns on Jeepney TV and hear this in my head. But I am an extreme case, I assume. [NB]

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