Eugenie Tan reveals the true meaning of “Palayain”

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Romantic, hopeful and totally heartwarming!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Hi Eugenie, welcome to LA Music Review! Tell us a little bit about you and your music.

I’m Eugenie Tan, a singer-songwriter in the Philippines.

I started to write songs again during the peak of the pandemic last 2021. Most of my original songs were inspired from movies and real life stories from family and friends. I’m always amazed to hear different stories because we know that we wouldn’t get the chance to experience everything in life.

My main influences on music are alternative rock, pop rock and ballad. It’s really a fun music journey as I get to learn and meet more amazing indie artists along the way.

Congrats on the release! What was your inspiration when you were writing this project?

Released January 6, 2023. It was kinda funny ‘cuz everything started when I was cleaning the dishes in the afternoon. Suddenly, the few lines in the chorus just came through. I was singing it repeatedly then I couldn’t get it out of my head. So before I lose the words and melody, I quickly grabbed my phone to record those few lines.

The song “Palayain” is about the urge to release yourself from loving a person who doesn’t feel the same way as you do. Someone who’s not able to reciprocate your feelings. Hoping that one day this person will love you back.

Someone who may not be ready to be in a relationship due to certain circumstances. An unrequited love that may result in great despair as you know there is no chance between you and this person.

What is your vision for this song?

The meaning of the song may be sad, but I always envision the whole vibe of the song as romantic, chill and happy. It creates a dreamy ambiance emanating the desire of the person who’s hoping to receive the same love and affection that they have for their special someone.

I wanted the music arrangement to be as light as possible because I’d like to shed hope for those people who are experiencing one-sided relationships. The time would come that they will be freed from pain and sorrow.

Start streaming “Palayain” here:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What is your favorite part of this body of work?

The main message of the song can be heard in the chorus. It goes like this:

Palayain mo ako sinta
‘Pagkat ako’y nabihag mo
Sa rehas ay nakatanaw sa buwan
Kailan kaya ako makakalaya?

It takes a lot of courage to confess your feelings to special someone, especially if you already got a hint that this person doesn’t feel the same way as you do. Sometimes, you’ll think that it’s better to keep it to yourself than face the harsh reality. I guess some people are not just lucky in love.

But, you know…the only way is to face the truth and start to let go. One day, you’re gonna be ready to release yourself from all the pain and false hope in love. Love will find you at a right time.

Anything else we should know about it? Upcoming events?

You may follow me on Facebook for future announcements and upcoming events. 🙂

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