And once again, we were asked to write a reaction paper about OPM Industry.
K-Pop. J-Pop. US/UK Hits.
Those music are what, we most of the time hear on the radio, TVs, even in our own mp3s/Ipods or mobile phones. But where’s OPM? Well, we can hear a few, 2-3 OPM can be heard then back to foreign again. We can’t deny it; we Filipinos, especially the younger generations are very hooked and hyped on foreign artists and music. Foreign artists concerts everywhere, every month, as if they are in their own land. And we spend hundreds or thousands of pesos in buying their expensive concert tickets, albums and sometimes their merchandise. We are undeniably captivated by their music.
Then why not OPM? OPM that has the more right to be supported by us, their fellow Filipinos and the OPM that we should patronize than those you-can’t-understand-the-lyrics music.
Many of today’s generation don’t know the meaning of OPM. Well, OPM stands for Original Pinoy Music which means Philippine pop songs, particularly ballads, such as those popular after the collapse of its predecessor, the Manila Sound, in the late 1970s, up until the present, according to Wikipedia.
OPM before is more popular than now. Younger generation chooses to prefer the foreign music because they want to be in or cool, they are greatly influenced by the internet, and they thought that some songs are too “corny” for them.
OPM before as my parents and some elders described it, is more meaningful and calm. And when they tuned-in in to the radio, the songs that are being played often are more of OPM than foreign music. The support also of the fans is really there. They used to buy cassette tapes to support their favorites.
OPM now, as they described it, is louder, liberated, sometimes double-meaning and most of the time, misunderstood. Well, I think, as time goes by, music changes. We can say that even though foreign artists are everywhere, OPM is still there and still catching up.
I know how hard it is to compete with foreign artists. How they still choose to produced albums even though piracy is all around. I like how the people in the music industry are very optimistic about the OPM being revived. Having music festivals every now and then can help to promote OPM.
For me, OPM is not the idea of being in the mainstream media. As long as the Filipinos still make music, there will always be OPM. OPM isn’t dead!