HOW I WROTE: Unbound 

FYI: Unbound is the third track of my second album. 

Writing Unbound was like singing in a musical. One of those moments where the viewers would have been like “how do they magically know the words and chords to the song…..” But it really did feel that way. I was on the piano (Playing the piano not actually on the piano. Do you get it now? Okay.) and I had this really perfect view of the sunset at Manila Bay. I was having one of those “what do I do with my life” days and I remember having that moment of clarity upon seeing that sunset. I remember asking God for a sign or some answers then just having that feeling of assurance somehow. Like a calling of sorts. 

So I wrote: 

“I see the light at the end of the city (literally) 
it’s calling me (not literally) 
It’s telling me to reach beyond the clouds, right where the stars are” 

Then I remembered everyone else’s opinions. I always have these teen angst moments. “Huhu world is against me. Everyone’s telling me what to do.” I mean even just from “Do Do Do” (first song off first album) the topic was pretty much like that as well. 


“And I’m tired of all the voices telling me what I can and I cannot be 
And I think that it’s time I set myself free”

Free was the title at the time. 

“Play by the rules, that’s what we’ve been told 
Keep your head down until you grow old 
This is not how I want my life to unfold 
People look for a way to survive 
Forget how it really feels to be alive 
Now’s the time to spread your wings and let go” 


I wanted to write something motivational for the listeners. And I also was feeling the pressure of not going for my dream job at the time. 

The chorus came after I pitched the song to Kidwolf (the overall producer of my 2nd album). He wanted a chorus that would soar. Actually I don’t remember if that’s what he said hahaha but I ended up making a chorus which I think kind of soared. I wanted people to feel empowered. 

“Cause we were meant to lift up off the ground 
Start an era, conquer new worlds found 
And they might, they might try to take us down 
But we won’t, we won’t let them stop us now 
So make way for the Unbound!” 

I remember that originally I wrote “so please make way for the unbound” and Kidwolf saying that he loved the chorus but wanted to change the line to something that takes charge more. And I realized, “Yeah why does it seem like I’m saying ‘excuse me, can I ples pass tenchoo.” I want to be unbound! I will claim it! Let me through! 



So there. 

- M 



FAVE LINES: 

Play by the rules, that’s what we’ve been told 
Keep your head down until you grow old 
This is not how I want my life to unfold 

AND 

Cause I, I’m still young 
Still got a lot to learn 
You tell me what I need to know 
But I’ve got to go crash and burn all on my own now 

(— I learn from experience. Some things you just gotta go through yourself to learn what really is good for you.) 

 

2 comments

  • Rafafouie

    Rafafouie

    This is actually my favorite song from the second album; now I appreciate it even more!

    This is actually my favorite song from the second album; now I appreciate it even more!

  • anne venancio

    anne venancio manila

    love this song ..especially the composer and singer....proud of u my baby girl

    love this song ..especially the composer and singer....proud of u my baby girl

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