Saturday, July 16, 2016

Music and Heartbreak (Millennial Edition) at the Freds Book Cafe Poetry Night

Krizzia and Erick sing their heartbreaks away
Very briefly, Friday night, Freds Book Cafe became the "Sagada" for millennial broken hearts as the coffeeshop-cum-library hosted its first poetry night bannered "Music and Heartbreak".

The intimate gathering kicked off with the reading of "Broken Hearts" written by literati-snubbed social-media-darling multimedia artist Lang Leav. Where the first line of the night is -- "I know you’ve lost someone and it hurts." -- you know you're in the company of romantics who embrace all of love and life's joys and pains.

Other poems read were Emily Dickinson's Sad Love Poetry, the Sonnet-141-inspired "Ten Things I Hate About You" from the movie of the same name, another Lang Leav piece "Crossroads", and "Tonight I Can Write the Saddest Lines" by Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda.

In between, driving a nail further into broken hearts, were acoustic performances of much-loved songs as Up Dharma Down's "Tadhana", and "Migraine" by Moonstar 88.

Nizza of Freds Book CafĂ© ( read the first poem of the night, “Broken Hearts” by Lang Leav
Faith read the Sonnet-141-inspired ‘Ten Things I Hate About You”
Raisa, a yoga instructor, read Pablo Neruda's Tonight I Could Write the Saddest Lines
But as heartbreaks should (must) end with hope, so did Friday night's poetry event.

Heeding the hopeful voice of the last lines of night's first poem -- "And though I can’t promise it will get better any time soon, I can tell you that it will - eventually. For now, all you can do is take your time. Take all the time you need." -- Freds Poetry Night wrapped up with the singing of Neocolors' catchy and cathartic ditty "Tuloy Pa Rin".

With a full house on its first poetry night, Freds Book Cafe (located in Remolador Street, this city) will definitely keep on hosting events that will keep the millennial love for literature, poetry and the arts alive, heartbreaks notwithstanding.

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