I work as a radio talk show host with the Good Times crew of Magic 89.9 and one of the segments we have on a monthly basis is to guest local artists on the show and have them sing cover songs and a few of their original songs.
Last week our station head informed us we will have a guest named Johnoy Danao on the show. Yes, my reaction was same as yours. I had to ask the spelling of the name twice to make sure that I really have not heard of this guy. It didn't help that one of my co-hosts said that he sang "folk songs." I was thinking this was probably for charity?? But then I shook it off thinking that my boss has great taste. He is not station head for nothing (YES!! I hope he's reading this). So I was a bit anxious.
Johnoy looks like a simple guy and just someone who is trying his best to break it here in the music industry. Once we were done with the chit chatting on air we went directly to the singing part. We made him sing a cover song first (will post that later on). Lo and behold! We were blown away! Mohan Gumatay (co-Dj in the show) was speechless and he is one of the most talkative guys I know. He has a say in everything. We moved on and asked him to sing his original from his self-titled and distributed album.
Johnoy brought feelings to his song and I kept telling him that songs are not made that way anymore. holding on to his album (thanks Johnoy for giving me that copy) I was intrigued by one song entitled IKAW AT AKO. I asked him if he could sing it on air and he said yes, of course! It brought me to tears because it moved me. He was able to put into words how I feel. This song brought tears to my eyes (literally). When you love someone so much and share your lives together forever this is the song for you! I still cannot properly verbalize it but thank goodness Johnoy is here to share this with us:
I emailed Johnoy and asked for a copy of the lyrics of Ikaw At Ako so that I can sing along with it. Yes, I will share it with all of you! Here it is:
Ikaw at ako, pinagtagpo
Nag-usap ang ating puso
Nagkasundong magsama habangbuhay.
Nagsumpaan sa Maykapal
Walang iwanan, tag-init o tag-ulan
Haharapin bawat unos na mag-daan.
Sana'y di magmaliw ang pagtingin
Kaydaling sabihin , kayhirap gawin
Sa mundong walang katiyakan
Sabay natin gawing kahapon ang bukas.
Ikaw at ako, pinag-isa
Tayong dalwa may kanya kanya
Sa isa't-isa tayo ay sumasandal
Bawat hangad kayang abutin
Sa pangamba'y di paaalipin
Basta't ikaw, ako
Kung minsan ay di ko nababanggit
Pag-ibig ko'y di masukat
Ng anumang lambing
At kung magkamali akong ika'y saktan
Puso mo ba'y handang magpatawad
Di ko alam ang gagawin kung mawala ka
Buhay ko'y may kahulugan
tuwing ako'y iyong hagkan
Umabot man sating huling hantungan
Kapit-puso kitang hahayaan
Ngayon at kailanman
Ikaw at ako.