Newsman and speechwriter of at least three Philippine presidents Teddy Boy Locsin — apparently anticipating the results of elections four days from now, drowned his sorrow in martini on worldwide TV and rendered an editorial version of “My Way” in the ABS-CBN news program “The World Tonight”. (see video clip below)
His sudden career shift was apparently triggered by the most recent Pulse Asia survey results showing a probable Duterte win with a lead of 11 percentage points ahead of the closest rival 98 hours before election day.
Pulse Asia executive director Dean Ana Tabunda upon seeing the show said it was not their intent to upset Teddy Boy Locsin but it was simply their job to tabulate respondents answers. “If that had been the effect, we are sorry”. Asked to comment on the singing, she said: “Teddy Boy is a good speechwriter.”
Sought for an explanation about the lyrics as rewritten by him, the TV anchor was however whisked away by bouncers to avoid a brawl. The song “My Way” has been known to cause drunken bar room brawls in the Philippines.
Musician Ryan Cayabyab, when asked to review the performance, said “You know… he seemed to rush through the notes… he needs to render this with a proper 70-piece orchestra.”
Songwriter Paul Simon in his New York studio, by Skype, however said, “Truly, i felt his melancholy…”
(video clip below, click the soundcloud pod in the upper lefthand corner to stop the piano and view the video below it (the soundcloud pod piano music score is for his acapella version but he rushed thru the song out of unfathomable despondency)
when the video plays, there’s an ad that covers the graphics, click the upper righthand corner of the ad box to remove it and appreciate the agony of his lyrics