Disclaimer: The purpose of this article is to validate someone’s emotion through the help of music. Serious mental health issues, such as depression, must be taken seriously and professionally at all costs. If you feel the need to talk to someone or to seek help from a professional, click here.
If you have read last week’s post here in the music huerizon, you already have an idea of what we’re about to talk about, which is how OPM music helps people cope with their mental distress during these trying times. To be more precise this time, let's talk about how certain Munimuni songs will help us cope with the grief of losing a loved one.
Munimuni is an indie band known for their poetic delivery of Makata Pop genre, composed of five members namely Adj Jiao, TJ de Ocampo, John Owen Castro, Jolo Ferrer, and Josh Tumaliuan. Each of their songs has a strong message deliberately written to validate whatever feeling or situation anyone is going through.
Bahay na Puti
Their song ‘Bahay na Puti’ has touched the hearts of many including their own because of its tear-jerking storyline that Tj wrote after the passing of his grandmother, in the hopes of believing that our loved ones still live on in the afterlife.
The song starts with the line, “Dinala ka namin sa bahay na puti”, which basically means that they took his loved one to a hospital. As the song progresses, the white house he's referring to isn't the same as the one he mentioned in the first verse, but rather the final destination at which loved one can rest eternally.
I personally love what Tj is trying to convey in this song. It may well be difficult for us to fully accept their passing, may we also find peace through this song that our loved ones are in a better place.
If you’re finding yourself overwhelmed with all these challenges happening left and right, I suggest that you take time to rest for a while and release that tension. The challenges may be multiplied a hundred fold but remember that you’re not alone. This is the kind of message that resonates in their song ‘Tahanan’. Owen wrote this song to remind not only himself, but also everyone else who’s going through a tough time, that it's okay to struggle and feel insecure, but giving up should never be an option.
This pandemic has truly been more challenging most especially to everyone who recently lost their loved ones. Grieving at this moment is even harder because you can’t see your loved one, who died due to covid-19, for the last time. Topics like loss, acceptance, and comfort can become a constructive drive to help someone deal with a trauma they're currently facing, as "Bahay Na Puti" and "Tahanan" artfully reassure the listeners.