“Seriously, I mean, it’s like you’re all in choir or something, this is ridiculous!”—Ryan Tedder
I’m not the type who sings along in concerts. It’s very un-Pinoy of me, but that’s because I prefer taking it all in, appreciating everything silently. The statement above is a big compliment from the super talented, musical genius that is Ryan Tedder, so allow me to feel a bit of pride alongside the rest of the (mostly) singing audience who watched OneRepublic earlier.
It still feels surreal. After months of agonizing over the possibility of missing out on this concert, I consider having managed to score tickets at the very last minute as a major feat. I’m still suffering from post-concert syndrome, so I kept myself preoccupied by compiling select clips from the concert.
I “Apologize” for the seemingly indecisive placement of titles. I really am sleepy, but I can’t sleep (!).
Tears formed in my eyes when they started playing “Secrets.” The recorded version is intense enough, but wait till you hear it live. I guess that track really speaks to people in the creative field who frequently face personal frustrations.
During the concert, I realized that Native has plenty of songs for significant others (but at least the concert didn’t feel like date night, haha). Play “Feel Again,” “Burning Bridges,” “If I Lose Myself” and “Something I Need” in this exact order and you’d get what I mean. (Or this might be my cinematic/romantic side talking/over-analyzing. Ha!)
I didn’t expect Ryan to be that energetic onstage. He was on fire! He also kept on dishing out falsettos effortlessly (reminds me of another favorite, another Ryan). Witnessing him in his multi-instrumentalist mode left the pop geek in me speechless. I can say that my admiration for Ryan Tedder’s musicality multiplied after tonight. He knows how to connect to his audience. If I were a musician, it would be a dream to collaborate with him.
Check out this clip where the band performed my sentimental favorite “Apologize” with a mash-up of sorts towards the end. Some also thought of filling in for Timbaland when the intro played, haha. Gives you an idea how it would be like to jam with Ryan/if Ryan Tedder were your music teacher.