New version of The Dawn’s ‘Salamat’ offers glimmer of hope during this trying time
In this time of self-quarantine and isolation, The Dawn’s iconic pop-rock anthem “Salamat”—with its message of friendship and happy reunions—has never been more resonant.
“People seem to view it as a shout-out to one another at a time when we can’t hug or even shake hands, but, nevertheless, try to unite in stopping the spread of the virus,” The Dawn lead singer Jett Pangan said in an interview for Smart Communications’ “Meaningful Connections” music video.
The inspirational video, which features a more mellow rendition of the said classic song, highlights the importance of technology in bridging the physical distance between family and loved ones.
“There was a sense of comfort knowing that while I’m physically limited to do ‘normal’ things because of the quarantine, I’m still able to share with people a song that can help inspire them to hang in there; and to look forward to a day when we can go on with our lives without fear,” he said.
The singer-songwriter admitted that coming up with a new version of “Salamat” in these tough times proved to be quite a challenge.
“Recording ‘Salamat,’ in this context, was a lot more emotional,” Jett related. “It reminded me of just how important it is to feel support from family and friends in a very trying time even if we’re apart.”
Released in 1989, “Salamat” was inspired by another The Dawn track called “I Stand with You,” and was meant to bring hope “in any situation.”
“We hoped it would truly inspire people. Me and my band mates enjoy creating songs that offer a glimmer of hope, because it inspires us to go on living as well,” he said.
On a personal note, Jett has observed that the Covid-19 pandemic has been as sobering as it was “debilitating.”
“Like my friends—and most people out there—I miss whatever there is to miss about ordinary life … going out, shaking hands, earning a living, etc. But it really lifted the fog brought on by things that undeniably took control of day-to-day living,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
Jett is grateful that he and his family are together “under one roof,” and is hopeful that he could emerge from this crisis as a kinder person.
“I want to come out of lockdown unburdened by negativity and a lot more forgiving,” Jett said. “If ever I have offended anyone, even unconsciously, I ask for understanding and forgiveness as well. Peace to all in the coming days.”
“Prayers for those who have fallen ill and for the health workers who are saving them,” he added. “Stay safe, folks!” INQ
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