The Final Piece!!!

Finally! After more than 2 years, the Tandem album project is complete! I just finished the last track, and it feels good! It’s more than a little behind schedule, but I think it’s for the better.

This is for my lovely wife, who has been, still is, and, without a doubt, will always be there for me! I love you very much!

As usual, the lyrics are below, and the title is the link to the song. Enjoy!

Tunay na Umaga

Sa tuwing tayo ay nasasaktan nagtatanong

bakit lagi na lang tayong ganito

hindi na nagbago

Kahit na kay dami ng pagsubok

na dumating sa ‘ting buhay

naging matatag ang ating pag-ibig

Kay tagal na nating magkasama

sa kabila ng agos ng luha

Sa tuwing kita’y makikitang masaya

tila nagigising sa liwanag ng umaga

Kahit na ano pa ang sabihin ng iba

para saki’y wala nang mas mahalaga

sa ating pag-ibig

Kay tagal na nating magkasama

sa kabila ng agos ng luha

Sa tuwing kita’y nakikitang masaya

ako’y nagigising sa liwanag ng

tunay na umaga

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Almost Done!!!

Yes! I’ve just finished one of the two remaining tracks! This is track #7 of the album. When I was mixing this two days ago, there was something off about it that I couldn’t put my finger on. Finally this morning, I pushed the tempo up by 10 bpm. And what do you know? That was the thing! It was a tad bit too slow. So, here it is. The title is the link, and the lyrics are below!

Log Two Log Who

Bakit tuloy-tuloy ka pang  nahuhulog

‘Di ba’t matagal ka nang  tumama sa lupa

Bakit hanggang ngayon ika’y natutulog

‘Di ba’t kanina pa nariyan ang umaga

Gising gising

Dapat mo nang pigilan ang iyong pagbagsak

Gising gising

Hanggang kailan alipin ng pagkasindak

Bakit ang agos ay pilit nilalabanan

Matagal mo nang alam kung saan ka dadalhin

Bakit buhangin ay pilit kinakapitan

Itatangay lang iyan ng ihip ng hangin

Gising gising

Naliligaw sa landas na tinatahak

Gising gising

Hanggang kailan alipin ng pagkasindak

Whoa yeah

Bakit tuloy-tuloy ka pang nahuhulog

Nananaginip ng gising (Nananaginip ng gising)

Bakit hanggang ngayon ika’y natutulog

Mga pangarap na ligaw (Ligaw sa hangin)

Bakit ba tuloy-tuloy tuloy-tuloy tuloy-tuloy

(Bakit ba tuloy-tuloy-tuloy)

Matagal mo nang alam

Gising gising

Dapat mo nang pigilan ang iyong pagbagsak

Gising gising

Masasagip ka ba ng bali-baling pakpak

Gising gising

Gising gising

Gising gising

Kailan mo imumulat ang iyong mga mata

Pretty Productive Almost-Week-Long Break (Part 2)

With the help of the missus, I was also able to finalize the Tandem album art. She helped me pick out a solid background color (I am colorblind, remember?) and a nice font for the title and track list. We actually went back to the original sketch of the album art for the title layout. Which is quite amusing because the sketch has been posted right above my desktop ever since I started working on the thing, but I never paid much attention to it after I had the line drawing on the computer.

If I'm not mistaken, this is the sixth version of this cover.

The track list art wasn’t changed from my original idea. I just changed the background color and the font to go with the cover.

The track list images are just all the layers that make up the image on the cover.

The other thing I was able to accomplish for Tandem over the break is that the album art you see above… is the one I used in the video I uploaded to Youtube!

It took me a couple of hours to finish the video because it took some time to figure out what I could and could not do with the (free version of the ) video editor I used and which options and settings work for me. But making my next videos shouldn’t be a problem now that I’ve figured those things out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETUuAtRX45Y”

Yep, the channel is finally up.  After almost two years. I still need to record two more tracks, but that shouldn’t be a problem. The channel and track 1 being up actually give me a pretty definite deadline for the remaining tracks. Which, for me, is a good thing so the album doesn’t get delayed any further.

Well, that’s pretty much my six-day break. Which actually means I wasn’t able to grade any of the papers I took home. Hopefully this morning I will get started on those…

Pretty Productive Almost-Week-Long Break (Part 1)

Well, over the six-day break, I’ve been able to finish a lot of stuff for Tandem. It’s actually a wee bit greater than it would seem because I was pretty much a full-time parent over the break because the missus didn’t get much of one. Don’t get me wrong, it was great to spend whole days with the kids. (Well, fine. It was great, most of the time.) With the full time parenting and my share of household chores, I didn’t think I would get any Tandem work done. But I did! Yay, me!

First, I was able to finish my 8th track for the album. As per this blog’s tradition, the lyrics are below and the song title is a link to the song.

This song’s basically built from bits and pieces of Bob’s (old) blog, which were really bits and pieces of a book she read. It didn’t turn out exactly how I initially imagined it to be, but I kind of like how it mutated into a drive-and-delay-heavy, feedback-y ballad.

Elegance

I met a soul as old as mine

In a body that is trapped in time

But wise enough to know that some things can’t be helped

And everyday she’d grow a little

But her heart is still caught in the middle

Of things she couldn’t understand

‘Cause sometimes the fantasy’s too much to take

Knowing some things are never meant to change

She stands across the hands of time

A fate that never is so kind

Counting the countless seconds in between

But never holds that rarest chance

Where the hands meet in their eternal dance

To show a glimpse of the always that lies within

‘Cause sometimes the fantasy’s too much to take

Knowing some things are never meant to change

It’s so hard to be lost in dreams while you’re awake

But it’s what you need sometimes to make it through the day

She gazes into the dying light

Tears well up in the corners of her eyes

But as she drifts away into the endless night

She knows that everything will be all right

‘Cause sometimes the fantasy’s too much to take

Knowing some things are never meant to change

It’s so hard to be lost in dreams while you’re awake

But it’s what you need sometimes

Yeah, it’s what you need sometimes

It’s what you need sometimes

370 Days Later

It has been a year and 5 days since this blog was born. It has also been a year and 5 days since the floor above ours was razed, and we had to find a new place. It’s been so long since I’ve posted anything, I’ve almost forgotten how to go about this. But maybe that’s how things are, seasons. I just hope I remember enough, so I can post some more things because so many things have happened since my last post… when was it?

Well, first off, I guess it should be mentioned that the family’s doing well. Father-Mother-Daughter-Son family, not a bada-bing-bada-boom family. Just saying.

We’re still staying in the same place we moved into last year. And more importantly, no fire. We originally planned to move out in a few months, but it’s looking like the missus and I aren’t up to the hassle of another move. We’ll probably just get some things fixed up to make the place better and stay here until it’s time to move into our own place. It’s real this time. Barring any major disasters like the Earth’s core stopping, or a giant meteor crashing to the Earth, or a zombie apocalypse, or an alien invasion… Yeah, if nothing like those things happen, we should be home sweet home in a bit over 2 years. Yay!

I am currently on a four-day weekend thanks to the term break at school, but I’m also swamped with reading and checking papers because it’s report card season soon. 178 papers. Count them. That’s not including another 35 journals that I have to check when I get back on Wednesday. Sometimes, I really wonder why I do this to myself. I also wonder why I’m writing this entry instead of checking more papers. But let’s not talk about that during my break.

Sadly, another thing that happened (or not) since my last post was the new electric guitar has been put on hold indefinitely. Though unfortunate, I don’t really mind because the resources are going toward more important things. But looking back, it was quite a feat of willpower and maturity to let awesome guitar deals go just like that. A second-hand, grey Fernandes Jaguar copy from the’90s in very good condition? Ouch. A brand new Epiphone SG for half the price? Double ouch.

Despite that setback, music is still looking pretty good this year. First, there’s word that the Foo Fighters (yes, the Foo Fighters) will have a Philippine leg in their world tour this year! Not like it’s confeeermed, but I’m keeping my finger’s crossed.

Next, though I am still stuck on the last 3 tracks (7, 8 and 10), the Tandem album is definitely going to push through by May, at the latest. I’ve also finished the ‘album cover’ and ‘back cover with track list’. It finally came to me what I wanted it to look like. Yes, I’ve been taken quite a few breaks from checking.

The album cover.

The back cover.

Another thing I’m excited about, and another reason why the Tandem album has to be done by May, is Inhaler reuniting in June! We’re going to record all our 12 songs and come out with an album! A post-break-up debut album, to be exact. We plan to release it on the web just like the Tandem album. We’re also inviting our friend JusTech on board to play guitar. It’s actually going to be amusing how the recording will turn out because all three of us guitarists will be using Telecasters. I’m also actually sure less than a handful of people actually found that amusing.

I hung out with Byugi, our bassist, yesterday and talked about our recording schedule. He suggested we should jam a couple of times to get ourselves back in the groove. I think that’s an awesome idea! I really miss playing live with a band. But it will also mean I need to record guitar and vocal tracks for the songs and send them out, so the rest of the band can prepare. It’s going to be a lot of work, and will probably need some funding to record the drum tracks, but I’m really looking forward to it.

Well, it’s dinner time. I’m going to have to eat and get back to work. Hopefully, it won’t take another several months before my next post. But no promises…

After a Long Pause

It’s been more than a month since I worked on my recording. After my workshop, I was pretty much bombarded with work-related stuff. I started working on my 7th track in September, but it has been hard finding long-enough blocks of time to finish it. All I want to do at home is unwind, and these last two weeks even had me working on the weekends. And let’s not forget that I started playing Puzzle Pirates again… But finally, this three-day weekend afforded me enough time to finish it.

This has got to be the most depressing song I have ever written. If you read the lyrics, it’s totally negative and at no point does the song redeem itself. I wrote this after reading Neil Gaiman’s Death: The High Cost of Living, which is why there is a reference to a refrigerator bearing down one’s chest. However, I’m happy with it because it’s ironically upbeat and it’s my first song with a fadeout.

As usual, the lyrics are below and the title is a link to the song.

Down to Earth

I want to take that final step to freedom

I want to take control and flip the switch

I want to feel the rush of wind run between my fingers

I want my mind to jump out of my skin

Don’t want a refrigerator bearing down my chest

Be on your best behavior, honey

Don’t you make a mess

But soon enough this wreckage will be cleared

When the wailing of the sirens falls deaf upon my ears

And I’m falling down to earth

I’m falling down

Time to cut that safety line

And jump right off the edge

I’m gonna make them bastards cry

Yeah, this is my revenge

When I burn all the bridges that I’ve built

My eyes will be wide open without a trace of guilt

And I’m falling down to earth

I’m falling down

And I’m falling down to earth

I’m falling down

Down

When I take that final step from here

The questions and their answers will no longer mean a thing

‘Cause I’m falling down to earth

I’m falling down

Yes I’m falling down to earth

I’m falling

I’m falling

I’m falling

Product of the Long Weekend

Last week, my goal was to finish recording two more songs. However, the weekend was not as free as I thought it would be. I was able to do some tracking on Friday night. On Saturday, I went around some music stores with some friends and got to do vocals and some mixing. Sunday was just death. It was a long day of shopping, chores, and doing groceries. I spent Monday morning teaching some differential calculus. I had a looong nap after lunch and only started getting to work after 8pm.

I didn’t get to finish two songs, but I did get to do some mixing tweaks on the first five I recorded. I was also able to finish this one.

Here’s to all the people who loved true but were left behind.

Dancing Solo

There’s a softness in the way the light falls on her

There’s a certain grace in the way they glide

Afloat in the sound of never asking why

Isn’t this the first time

And they turn, and they turn

And they turn around, dancing well together

And they turn, and they turn

And they turn around, dancing well together

There is magic in the air she breathes that makes her feel alive

As they move in perfect circles

Afloat in the sound, how was she supposed to know that

She’d be dancing this song for the last time

And they turn, and they turn

And they turn around, dancing well together

But as they turn, he turns away and walks away

There’s a silence that she hears that surrounds her now

She no longer feels the song and everything’s gone so still

But there is a freedom that she finds

There is a freedom when she finds out that she can still glide

And she turns, she turns around, she turns around

And she turns, and she turns

She turns around, still dancing so well

Still dancing so well

She’s still dancing

Edit: Sorry, Forgot to Put a Title

Well, it’s a little late. But better late than sorry, I always say.

Ishha,

An ode has been written about what makes you awesome. But this one’s celebrating one of your little flaws. May something good come of it in the future.

Here’s to you.

PS

I’ve had this idea ever since I noticed your tendency to forget just about anything in school, but I couldn’t figure it all out until I found out you were leaving.

Come Back for It

Every time you turn to go

Are you sure, do you really know

And every time you go away

Do you know exactly what you’ll say

Is your heart keeping to speed

Do you have everything you need

Or are you running up the stairs

Trying to remember where

So tell me if you forget something

Do you promise to come back for it

And just in case someday you remember

Will you turn around right that minute

Looking back at all the days

Wondering if every one of them is meant to fade away

An eternity of youth

Must give in to a painful truth

Forever’s coming to an end

Trying to remember when

*

And come back here someday

Everybody’s waiting and no one will ever forget

*

Do you promise to come back for it

*

(Please tell me if you forget something you will come back)

(Someday will you turn around will you turn around)

And come back here

I Think I Just Hit the Album’s Opening Track

I just finished this a few minutes ago and I’m pretty proud of it. (But keep in mind that I’m still not a real singer)

  1. When I came up with the intro riff a few years ago, I knew it was going to sound good.
  2. It took me from then until last May to complete the guitar riff.
  3. I finally found out how the Smashing Pumpkins do those walls of droning guitar sounds! Well, a close approximation, but that’s close enough!
  4. I got to play around with Fender Rhodes, choir voice, old radio, and vinyl sims!
  5. I’m pretty convinced this track should open the album.

Bakas

Lyrics and the English translation can be found here. Again, some changes have been made since they were posted there.

This Much Is Done

It took a while, but I finally got a working version of this one. Forgive the shortcomings (in trying to sing, most of all). Also, it’s quite long. I already shortened it as much as I can by scrapping the intro. Feedback is most welcome.

Here’s to my children, for whom this was written.

And here’s to my former students, with whom it was shared.

This Much I Know

Lyrics can be found here. Do note that there have been some changes to the lyrics since they were posted there.