Unchanging Love, The Album

hello, friends. my album under polyeast emi is finally out in the market. it is called “unchanging love”. i hope that you’ll get a copy.

below is the message i wrote that’s at the lyric sheet- the fonts are too small (in the album) so i think it deserves some blog space here in my site.

My hope is that, as you listen to the songs in this album, the songs would bring inspiration in your lives. I have poured my heart and soul in interpreting each song in this album, and I pray that each song touches your heart the same way it did mine.

It is hard to express in words the joy, excitement, trepidation I felt while working on this album. The whole process- from meeting with my bosses and producer in conceptualizing the album, to choosing the songs- original and cover songs that the arrangers and I would give new life to, up until the time I had to record them at Pink Noise — felt like a whole new experience. It was a long tedious process that I have been too proud to admit I missed… until now.

And so, I am back, only too happy to present you – my latest baby, our labor of love. To say that I missed working in a recording studio would be an understatement. Quite honestly, I can’t wait to be back there for more exciting and new challenging projects!

It took me 7 long years to find the courage to record again- mostly because; it was a struggle to fight for an album I truly believe in- an all-original OPM album. I have made a deal with my bosses with PolyEast EMI to record a combination of OPM revivals and new compositions only because we couldn’t find enough material to come up with an all-original OPM album. We gave it time, yes. And I even asked the heavens for some miracle for me to come up with my own compositions (sadly, no luck in that department yet, maybe next time). Needless to say, I probably only need a better system of collecting work from our many talented composers. The upside is that, my label has promised me the dream project I pitched at our very first meeting, for our next project.

Probably being out of touch in the recording scene made it difficult for me to find new good songs that would be worthy of people’s attention and luckily, radio airplay. So to all composers who may be reading this (especially the budding new ones), I implore your support in helping Filipino artists like myself, in getting new and fresh compositions to record.

Marketing is not my area of expertise, so putting my ego aside, I had to listen to my bosses and understand what the market wanted to buy and hear from artists like myself. I had to listen to the voice of reason. Besides, there is always challenge in interpreting songs- be it original or cover versions.

I cannot deny the fact that the market in our country still clamors for revivals. There is comfort in seeing familiar titles while looking at the back cover of an album. Sometimes, it simply stirs my curiosity. But mostly, I still feel an adrenalin rush and get overwhelmed with excitement when I try to imagine my favorite artist or band’s take on the songs.

But with the new songs in this album, I assure you that we have done our very best. It is up to you to give the new songs in the album a chance. I pray that the songs grow on you.

I have been in the business for 26 years now but I know in my heart that I still have so much to learn. With all humility, I wish to thank all the hard-working people of PolyEast EMI. Thank you for the new learning experiences that I have faced making this album.

Thank you all for listening. Thank you for inspiring me to be the artist that I am today. This would not have all been possible if not for you.

To my bosses in Polyeast EMI, Mr. Ramon Chuaying, Mr. Jesmon Chua, Mr. Willie Monzon, Ethel Cachapero, Arleen Zabala, I give you my sincerest thanks.

To my producer, Chito Ilagan, it was good to be reunited with you after our “Ikaw Lamang” album from many years ago.

Thanks to all of you at my new Polyeast EMI label for trusting me to be part of your family. I appreciate all that you have done for me for this album. I am looking forward to more projects with you. You guys are the sweetest and may I add- I felt so loved whenever you guys dropped by the studio during my recording sessions.

We all have a bigger task at hand- promoting this album. And I am looking forward to meeting new faces; even familiar ones when we start doing promo work at our mall shows. I hope only to gain more friends by way of this new album.

To my technician at Pink Noise, Nikki Cunanan, you are a gem with your efficiency, attentiveness and good ear!

To Marlon Doc Pecjo, thanks for the great photos and to Jerome Chang who made me look young beyond my years, thanks for the great hair and make-up.

To my manager, Nene Atilano, thank you for your hard work and dedication.

To my family, who continuously pour love, concern, affection, dedication, understanding, trust and belief in me, thank you.

Thank you to everyone in my life- my friends, co-workers, my staff, my angels.

Thank you to my mother station ABS-CBN. My heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone- from all my bosses to the staff and production people of A.S.A.P. Thank you for all the love, all-out support, understanding and dedication you all have given me though the years.

Thank you to my precious girls Karylle, Nicole and Zia. I hope I will continue to make you proud. “Pagmamahal na Walang Wakas” goes out especially for you, my girls.

Thank you, Dolphy, my partner for more than 2 decades. You continue to inspire me with the unconditional love that only you can give. You are what “Unchanging Love” is all about.

And most especially, thank you to my fans who continue to support me unconditionally and believe in my abilities as an artist. This album is for you. I love you all with all my heart and soul.

Zsa Zsa

Zsa Zsa Says…

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Anticipate the coming of Ms ZsaZsa Padilla’s new album entitled UNCHANGING LOVE… which will be officially available in the market on Thursday, June 11 featuring her first single and a classy remake of “Hanggang” (popularized by Wency Cornejo) which only proves our Divine Diva’s boundless passion for her craft in a 2-CD special edition package

UNCHANGING LOVE will be available at O Music and Video; Odyssey Music and Video; Astrovision/Astroplus; Music One outlets and all SM Shoemart Record bars nationwide for only P350.00


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Another Birthday
Originally posted May 29, 2009
By: Zsa Zsa Padilla

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today, i turned 45. sounds really old. but then i don’t feel any different. i don’t feel older, nor wiser. it’s just the same old me- just getting birthday greetings for 2 days. friends and family from manila, australia and the states would e-mail, text, call and greet- filipino time and american time. it was quite amusing. really sweet of all of you, guys. it felt like a long birthday celebration, only without having the actual party.

to everyone who sent messages here at my multiply account, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

we came from LA this afternoon and landed at the dallas airport adding another two hours to our watches. i would always sing in my head the martin nievera song i recorded years back- “where did the time go?”, adjust my watch and smile to myself. ahhh… next stop, hotel then hopefully a quick shower and do hair and make-up for the meet and greet at one of the hotel function rooms.

we were received so well. the pinoys here are as warm as the texan weather. i was thinking, i’ve been here before with dolphy. then someone from the crowd gave me a copy of our picture together with the cute cowboy hats he gave us. ahhhh. i was right! been here before.

that was 10 years ago. i am happy to be back here in dallas (for my birthday at that!). the vip crowd sang me a birthday song. awwww. sweet. i was hoping to blow candles on some surprise cake but that didn’t happen. ha ha 🙂 so much for expectations. our host kept saying to the guests about having more cake and so i guess that’s how the idea popped in my head. but it doesn’t matter. cake or no cake, party or not, i am thankful. the meet and greet felt like a big party anyhow.

we didn’t get to eat at the meet and greet so as to accomodate everyone, but i was so hungry and had a bit of salad. and i was thinking maybe room service would still be open after- hoping i could still order some steak.

i was originally planning to treat our group to lawry’s in LA but that idea did not push through. we would dress up and wear the shoes we’ve invested in since we started our tour, but alas, most of them had to go to some office downtown LA and apply for their social security number. yes, uncle sam is afer us now, too. double taxation. i just smile so as not to add wrinkles on my face. some of us ended up shopping and when we got back to the hotel, we were all too tired to even think of dinner. i woke up around 3a.m. grabbing a protein bar. what happened to dinner, i ask myself? hmmmm. i would loose some weight. great. another birthday treat.

so, today, when i got back to the room, i took some pictures of myself. i thought i looked hot in my new dress ( from manila). pardon the over-confidence, i had to feel good ’cause after all, it is my birthday. 🙂

the tag was still on before i wore it to the meet and greet and it felt like a birthday present to myself.

then i took off my make up, showered (again!), got in my jammies and ordered room service.

damn! the menu said i could only order steak ’till 10 p.m. it was 10:15. i dial room service and thought, i could ask nicely? anyhow a gentleman with a pinoy accent answered and i had an inkling i was going to be saved. i asked for steak and he said, “sure, mam!”. yipppppeeeeeeee. i felt lucky.

steak came. i said grace and consumed the meal as fast as i could. i was thinking, i would need two hours before i could lie down and give it time to settle in my stomach or my ulcers would act up. so, it would be 12 midnight before i could go to bed to sleep. hence, this blog. it’s a great way to kill time and be creative in a sense. also, gives people a better idea of the real me.

i hope i didn’t bore you with this. i may go back to this one day and just have a good laugh. i hope multiply keeps this blog ’till i turn 50. or 60, 70, 80. who knows. as long as i can type in the keys- even with my artritis by then, i hope to keep in touch with you guys for as long as i can.

i did cry last night though. i know it wasn’t birthday blues. i was home sick. i still am. but i’ll be done with this tour this weekend and home right after. i guess by now you all know that that’s one of the downsides of touring- being away from home and from the people you love.

thank you to all of you for reading this and sharing the last minutes of my birthday with me. i enjoyed your company. virtual champagne for everyone! cheers!

-zzp

Christmas fever is here!

I thought of having my Christmas d?cor up early. December gets really busy and my florist, 59 Bloemen, takes care of putting up my d?cor every year.
Dolphy takes care of the Christmas d?cor outside of our house. He is in charge of the lighting; the entire area has to be well-lit. In fact, our whole neighborhood in Marina decorates their homes quite festively. And all the lights stay until Chinese New Year (our community is largely composed of Chinoys). Since we feel we are Chinoy by assimilation, we partake in this yearly tradition.
Everywhere you turn, early Christmas decorations abound. The air is suddenly different, too. It?s already a lot cooler at night. Pretty soon, we?ll be making Christmas lists, singing Christmas carols, and getting ready to change our parol lights.
Have you noticed that the malls are getting more crowded? Even now that security is noticeably tighter, people still flock the malls. I know some of you may have plans of shopping early. Well, I?m just the exact opposite. I have a habit of shopping at the last minute. I like feeling the Christmas rush.
I make my Christmas list two weeks before December 25. There?s never ample time to get the right gift for everyone, but I somehow manage to get (almost) everything done in time. And if there isn?t enough time, we always tell ourselves that Christmas gifts can be given until the Feast of Three Kings. I?m not sure if it?s just a Pinoy thing or something practiced by everyone.
And don?t you love the parties? I love going to Christmas parties! Whether you?re at a friend?s house or a corporate event, everyone is in a jolly mood. Everyone seems happier.
I also enjoy going to hotel lobbies to check out d?cor. Remember the time when Manila Peninsula would bring in a real Christmas tree every December? I?d get really amazed looking at the tallest tree to compliment the lobby?s high ceiling. The smell would be reminiscent of past Christmases spent in Baguio or abroad.
I also like throwing parties at my house. It?s fun even when it?s simple. Almost every year, I throw an intimate party for my fans, whom I fondly call my angels. We have lots of food and drinks, and when everyone else has had too much to drink, we do karaoke until 3:00 or 4:00 a.m. I just listen mostly. They hardly pass the microphone to me either because they feel I?ll hog it since I?m the only one who?s sober, or they?re giving me the chance to listen to them and applaud their performance for a change?role reversal, that sort of thing.
Have you seen our Christmas station ID? I find it really nice and I particularly love the theme of the song, ?Walang Mag-iisa Ngayong Pasko.? The song talks about Filipinos all over the world being united. Neither distance nor hardship should be a barrier. Families should always keep in touch. I hope that the theme sticks to the hearts and minds of Filipinos of all generations all over the world, not only during the holiday season, but all year ?round.
There is definitely no other time like Christmas time. I like the festive feel the season brings.
And a thought just strikes me. Just in case dear old Santa gets to read this, I?d like to make my grown-up Christmas list a little early this year.
Dear Santa,
Here?s a list of some of the things I want for the year 2008. I know it?s asking a bit too much, but since you?re the one assigned to receive (and hopefully grant) lists from kids and grown-ups alike, I guess it leaves you with no choice but to take mine (sorry, I know it?s a tough job). I pray that you?ll grant even just a few of the things I?m wishing for.
I?m quoting a few verses from the song, My Grown-up Christmas List:
?Do you remember me?
I sat upon your knee.
I wrote to you with childhood fantasies.
Well, I?m all grown up now,
and still need help somehow.
I?m not a child but my heart still can dream.
So here?s my lifelong wish,
My grown up Christmas list.
Not for myself but for a world in need??
Santa, I wish for?
Wars to end
The poor to have a roof over their heads and enjoy three square meals a day
Our government to build a better educational system
Corruption in government to be exposed
Environmental awareness so we can save Earth
Freedom to the oppressed
More opportunities for the underprivileged
Justice for all victims
Better health care system
Sufficient funds for charitable institutions
More men to commit themselves to priesthood
Cure for cancer, A.I.D.S., Parkinson, Alzheimer?s disease and other ailments
Prejudice, hatred, bigotry, sadness, greed, and strife to end
World Peace
Families to be united
Love for all mankind
P.S.
I hope I?m part of your good girl list.
Everything in the list may sound like the usual answers of beauty queens during the Q&A portion of beauty pageants, but they?re what I truly wish for this Christmas, and they?re what we all need.
Just like a little girl, I can?t wait ?till it?s Christmas again. But unlike a child who innocently looks forward to opening gifts on Christmas morning, I no longer wish for material things during the Christmas season.
Friends, let us make each Christmas celebration something that will be worth remembering for the rest of our lives. And not in the least should we forget the most important thing of all, that Christmas marks the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Let?s celebrate Christmas. Let?s celebrate life.
Early Christmas cheers, everyone!