Himig ng Pag-ibig (Tune of Love) is one of the classic folkloric rock pieces composed and performed by Asin (literally ‘salt’), a hugely popular Pinoy rock and folk rock band in the 1970s and 1980s.
The song Himig ng Pag-ibig is one of the many well-loved pieces produced by Asin and bears the hallmarks of the group’s most popular songs with its melodic guitar passages, evocative lyrics and the expressive performance of the band members particularly lead soloist Lolita ‘Nene’ Carbon. Carbon’s ‘smoky’ voice called to mind the nostalgia and pathos of the Pinoy generation that saw the excesses of social injustice, environmental degradation and government neglect in the Philippines.
Asin unfortunately disbanded in the early 1990s following the tragic murder of one of the lead members. The group also distinguished itself by producing music that fuse indigenous instruments into pop-rock. Although Asin did not set out to be overtly political they played a role in the 1970s by subtly expressing or reflecting the (social justice) issues that beset Philippine society even up to this day.
Mabuhay ang Pinoy folk rock!
Link to Asin’s YouTube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prq_XwuGdSQ