Aftermath: Alden Richards ‘Adrenaline Rush’
21 September 2018 – Kia Theater
I had difficulty figuring out how to begin this Aftermath report. My blogging skills have been really rusty these days and the concert has so much feels, I don’t know where and how to start.
To warm up, I re-read the beginning part of my blog re: last year’s Upsurge concert. Guess what, the first paragraph basically said the same thing: I don’t know how I’ll write about the concert.
This is my overall takeaway from Adrenaline Rush: Alden Richards made a statement. That statement being: “This is me. This is what I want. This is what makes me happy. I will do things my way from now on, and I hope you’ll still be there with me and believe in me as I proceed with this journey.” Continue reading →
When you have a ton of work deadlines that are yet to be met, and you dropped everything just to listen to Alden Richards sing a piano acoustic version of I Will Be Here.
It’s SOOOOO GOOD. So good, that I looked like this -> the entire time that I was watching the video. So good, that I had to write a blog about it even if I haven’t written anything here for quite some time.
The thing with singing with just an acoustic instrument as accompaniment is that, the singer has no place to hide the flaws in his voice. For a non-singer like Alden, this is such a fearless thing to do: sing with just the piano to back him up. He did so well here. No bum notes and just a slight hint of hoarseness on some parts. It’s actually a brilliant idea to not edit out that short part where he missed his cue because that only proves that he sang LIVE.
Finally, that last note: SUBLIME.
Who is his vocal coach these days? I want to treat him/her to dinner. Seriously.
Dear GMA Records: can you please release this version as a single? As in this LIVE piano acoustic version. I’ll be more than willing to buy it. Including it on the next album would be nice, too.
You know that ecstatic feeling I had when Ricky Martin did that groundbreaking performance of The Cup of Life at the 2000 Grammys and subsequently winning the Best Latin Performance Award on that same night?
Or that burst of happiness when it was announced that Rain was chosen as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World? Well, the first one, anyway.
I’m having that very same feeling now.
Credits: aldenrichards02 IG
Congratulations, Team Alaala! This recognition for the masterfully-crafted docu-drama capped with fine performances from its cast is truly well-deserved.
As for Alden Richards, my heart is bursting with pride at this latest feather on his already colorful cap. But somehow, I knew this would happen. He’s battered and bruised from all the stupid bashing lately – ironically, from within his own fandom… or is it? – and every time such a thing happens, Alden receives a blessing. The universe just works that way.
Greater things are coming your way, Alden. I just know it.