Somedaydream burst into the OPM mainstream scene with his first hit single Hey Daydreamer. His success was soon followed by his second single Delivery Boys. Now a third single has come to the surface with the the singer-songwriter’s third single Sing This Song.
The sixth track from his self-titled album, Sing This Song is a love serenade where Somedaydream, aka Rez Toledo, goes for a more downtempo and a more intimate mood. He may not be praised by many as the best vocalist out there, but he has an ability I wish other recording artists had.
In Sing This Song, the first thing I notice is how the song is very well in touch with a certain abstract feeling I can only describe as sunset sentimentality. Rez is able to use his music as an expression of something only a few can describe without relying on lyrics to make sense. Even without trying to understand the lyrics, Sing This Song paints a sad picture in my mind. A sky of dreaminess, painted by the sun with the colors of burning love, melts into the longing waters of the sea. They meet on the still and silent horizon, while somewhere, someone tries to stave off a relentless sadness by recalling tender moments with the one he loves. “And when you’re on my mind I tend to kiss you every chance I get, write your name in my songs so I wouldn’t forget that night we were together.”
An official streaming copy of Sing This Song from Somedaydream or his recording label can’t be found, so here is a fan-made lyric video from Youtuber MichelangelodoradoTV.
In a bloggers meet-up hosted by Orange Magazine TV, I asked him questions to know more about who Somedaydream is as an artist. Being the most successful breakthrough artist of 2011, I wanted to understand his creative process.
Rez just silently sat through the questions while answering them in a cool manner, if somewhat more on the shy side. Don’t misunderstand, he is friendly but there is a certain reservation I sense from him. But I found that when asked about music, Somedaydream seems to radiate with an eagerness to talk. It struck me that he may be the type of person who can talk about music without taking a break to eat or sleep. There is a storm of a passion for making music that hides behind his calm exterior.
When he writes his songs, the melodies are very spontaneous. Somedaydream explains, “I don’t spend a lot of time changing melodies. When i come up with a melody it’s either I like it or I don’t like it. So if I don’t like it, I forget it. If I like it, I record it right away on my cellphone or on something. Most of my songs… the first melodies I came up with, those were the ones that came out in the songs.”
On criticism, Rez says, “I learned early on, when I spoke to people like Marc Abaya, Champ, a lot of other great artists [that] when you’re in the scene you learn how to filter criticism. There are criticisms that are really good, like constructive, and there are [others that], for lack of a better term, are just walang kwenta. So you just drop those and forget about that. Don’t let it affect you. I get hurt sometimes, but definitely but you’re more into it for the constructiveness.”
With the kind of attitude he has shown, Somedaydream has proven to me that he is not merely a commercial mainstream music act, that he is first and foremost a creative artist intent on making new music. It might probably be true that right now, he is playing inside that special place within him where he is married to his music.