A beach cove, a hot summer weekend… SOLA MUSICA is where everyone’s going, to enjoy the best new music from all over. Bestselling Filipino YA/chick lit authors Mina V. Esguerra, Marla Miniano, Chinggay Labrador, and Ines Bautista-Yao each tell a story about this festival: the music, the people, the hearts that will soar (or break).
Jack is the go-to behind-the-scenes guy for electronica group, Box Trap, and finds himself inexplicably drawn to the lead singer he’s tasked to work with. (SPECTATORS, Chinggay Labrador)
Georgia wants to finally talk to Ken about this “thing” that’s between them, but he seems intent on avoiding it, even if they’re spending a weekend at a music festival together. (GEORGIA LOST AND FOUND, Mina V. Esguerra)
Gem has the chance to make her dreams come true and perform at Sola Musica, with one crippling problem: all her talent left her six years ago when a boy kissed her. (A CAPTURED DREAM, Ines Bautista-Yao)
Natalie is about to watch her favorite band in the world, with a guy she’s crazy about—if only she can get through forced family bonding with her grandmother, her little brother, and her grandmother’s boyfriend. (BREAK, Marla Miniano)
A few weeks ago, Mina V. Esguerra hosted a giveaway for the Kindle copies of Sola Musica. I was fortunate enough to be one of the five lucky people to win a copy. Sola Musica is a compilation of four short stories, each written by different Filipino authors, centering its plot on the music festival.
I’ve never been to a music festival or any festival of some sort, so Ilooked forward to read this to get a glimpse of what the environment would be like during a festival. Each title tells a different story, consisting of mixture of characters with varied personalities. Despite sharing the common setting, each story is unique in itself as the characters play different roles, giving the readers a privilege to witness things at various angles. The compilation doesn’t just focus on the bands and what song they play, but Sola Musica helps readers see what ordinary people experience that makes this festival extraordinary to them.
Overall, Sola Musica is a light read and serves as an escape from the demands of our careers and work. I may not be a fan of festivals or a constant listener of music, but Sola Musica has opened my eyes to things I haven’t experience before. The stories help me gain an understanding on people who are into this aspect and on how they feel and react to these sorts of things. I may not have completely found connection or become invested in the characters, but I pretty much enjoyed reading each story. If ever Filipino authors come up with another themed compilation like Sola Musica, I would look forward to read it.