Lourd Ernest H. de Veyra (Author of The Best of This Is A Crazy Planets)Lourd Ernest Hanopol de Veyra is a multi-awarded Filipino musician, poet, journalist, broadcast personality, and activist who first became famous for being the vocalist of Manila-based jazz rock band Radioactive Sago Project.
De Veyra graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Santo Tomas.
As literary influences, de Veyra cites Beat movement writers such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. He explains, speaking as a fellow at the 45th UP National Writers Workshop:
“What I look for in poetry is an uneasy kind of energy. An energy that is already beyond the configuration of words and then assumes a density that is akin to music. At the heart of it all is jazz. Jazz, the manipulation of breath— the unleashing of breath, the holding of breath, the destruction of breath. The most basic unit of jazz is the swing and the breath. My primary influence is the Beat movement and I think my initial fascination for them was rather hinged on the wrong reasons: the radical visual arrangement of lines on the page, the profanity and the absurdity that struck my mind as a welcome relief from the stultifying archaisms of 17th-century English poetry force-fed on us by high school teachers. Here was, at long last, literature that spoke to me. It was in sympathy with the energy of free jazz and punk rock records that I was listening to at that time. Through the lyrics of punk rock and hardcore records, I had an inkling of how words can be more powerful than a guitar amplifier cranked up all the way to ten. My exposure to the poetry of Ginsberg and Kerouac opened me up to the world of possibilities. And I am obsessed with the idea of ‘possibility’. ‘Possibility’ is what art is all about. It is the constant wrestling with forms, styles, and structures. It is the idea that something better is always out there. It is about discontent. It is about discontent with the safe, the middling, the accepted, and the acceptable.”
He has thrice been a recipient of a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature - A Third prize in essay (English division) in 1999, a second prize in the same category in 2003; and a first prize in teleplay (Filipino division) in 2004.
When the hardcore punk band Dead Ends ended their 4 year hiatus, he became the bands lead guitarist in 1994, thus making Dead Ends a four piece band. Then, they recorded their comeback and final album, the influential Mamatay sa Ingay(1994), it was a different sound than their past materials, it was more of a crossover-thrash approach. When Dead Ends disbanded in 1996(because of Jay Dimalantas passing). He also became a member of Al Dimalantas new band Throw, with his brother Francis playing the bass.
PANOORIN: Pagbasa ni Lourd de Veyra ng 'Patalim'
Catalog Record: Shadowboxing in headphones : poems | HathiTrust Digital Library
But when I was writing press releases I got paid P2, and more for less than ten Dumb, lousy, brainless, inane paragraphs That takes me less than 15 minutes to write. Ang guwapo-guwapo ng tula! Ang ganda-ganda ng tula! If only this poem came with a great witty commercial Copywritten by the great angst-ridden geniuses Of J. If only this poem could be in a game show Where the hosts ask about its author And the contestant answers correctly With heart-stopping urgency And she faints in complete disbelief Beneath a blinding shower of confetti And carnival lights and fake applause.
Friday, December 9, The life of Lourd de Veyra. When Dead Ends disbanded in because of Jay Dimalanta's passing. He also became a member of Al Dimalanta's new band Throw, with his brother Francis playing the bass. An energy that is already beyond the configuration of words and then assumes a density that is akin to music. At the heart of it all is jazz. Jazz, the manipulation of breath— the unleashing of breath, the holding of breath, the destruction of breath. The most basic unit of jazz is the swing and the breath.