Filipino singer Bea Lorenzo recently collaborated with Singapore's Benjamin Kheng on their new single, "Good for a Time".
She told us how the collab came about and what kind of songs she likes to write: "Over the years I've developed a love for songwriting that is honest – I like the vulnerability of it. I like the idea that it can be like a conversation. That's what I love about music."
Bea also played us a snippet of music on her kalimba instrument.
Hear more from Bea in our interview with her!
Check out the longer, full interview on Yahoo Southeast Asia's YouTube channel.
BEA LORENZO: Hi. Hello to everyone at Yahoo. Hello to everyone subscribed to Yahoo. My name is Bea Lorenzo and I'm a singer-songwriter from the Philippines.
Ben and I had been following each other on social media for some time now. But only recently we connected and express that we wanted to work together. I did not expect that it would be so soon that Ben would send me a demo of "Good for a "time." At that time it was a newly-written song.
A song that he wrote with Linying, a good friend of his called Linying, who is also a Singaporean singer-songwriter by the way. And so he shows me the song and I know immediately that I want to work with him on it. There's so much honesty in the lyrics and the way it paints a picture of young love made it easy for me to say yes to the project.
The song is called "Good for a time" and it's a song about two people who are parting ways but are also acknowledging that the love that they had was real. That the time they spent is not time wasted. And it revolves around the concept that the relationships that don't stay in our lives still served us well. It's a bittersweet idea but it makes great material for a breakup song.
So over the years, I've developed a love for songwriting that is honest. I like the vulnerability of it. I like the idea that it could be like a conversation and then that's what I love about music actually and songwriting. So I do look up to a lot of artists who write that kind of music and I do hope to sort of create a similar space for my listeners.
Similar to the last question, I like my audience to feel safe. I would like them to feel that their feelings and experiences are valid. And at the same time while those experiences are unique to them, those also are experiences that help us relate to one another. And in that way I want them to feel like they're not alone in what they're going through. And that a lot of people out there would actually understand what they're feeling.
I wrote my column before this so let me just pick it up, where is it? Oh it's over there, give me 5 seconds.
(SINGING) In this battle of faith, does anyone ever win?
Thank you so much again for watching and for being with us today. I do plan to release more music this year, so please keep an eye out for that. Also thank you so much to all of you who have been streaming "Good for a Time", I hope you continue to stream and share the song.
For those of you who haven't heard it yet, please check it out on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube Music, all streaming platforms, it's available there. There's also music video for it, so check that out. Yeah, thank you so much.