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11 Signs You’re Extremely Happy at Work

Genuine happiness at work cannot be conveyed in words. It goes beyond what one feels when he receives his pay cheque, when a coveted project falls into his lap, or when he gets a new title.

Happiness that stems from these events, and others similar to them, eventually wanes, I noticed.

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Music Progression

FRIENDS, I may not be writing about entertainment and music anymore but my heart will always have a big room exclusively occupied by my favorite musicians. Aside from my favorite foreign artists Kenny Lattimore, Lenny Kravitz, The Beachoys, The Beatles, Bon Jovi, The Cure, David Foster, Green Day, Toto, Lee Ritenour, Warren Wiebe, Aerosmith, Babyface, Maroon5, and Vertical Horizon among others, I will never forget the Filipino bands who stole my heart and whose music continues to linger in my system to this day.

There is just too many Filipino bands then and now that I like and love. To mention a few there’s Parokya ni Edgar, Alamid, Afterimage, Bamboo, Eraserheads, Fuseboxx, The Pin-Up Girls, Zavanna, Urbandub, and Put3ska.

Notice that they are a mixture of different genres because that’s the kind of listener I am. I don’t want to be stuck in one music category only and live the rest outside my door. I want to experience all types of music that this universe willingly offers.

I grew up listening to jazz-y ditties courtesy of my father’s records, cassette tapes and later CDs that fall under this genre. It will have to take another lifetime for me to forget George Benson, Gino Vanelli, Al Jarreau, Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, and Lou Pardini. As I got older, I gradually got intimate glam rock, alternative and progressive rock. As a matter of fact, I was introduced to the latter not so long ago and fell instantly for it. If I’m not mistaken, the first ever progressive rock number I heard was from Pink Floyd.

I see how much respect Progressive Rock artists give their listeners. When they get onto that stage, it’s no longer just about the lyrics of their song or their vocal prowess. They create music that is worth every minute of your listening time. I especially like those bands that give a moment to each instrument in their band and person handling it. Music, after all, should be free to talk. I guess, sometimes musicians and record labels should put aside the business aspect so that music can just flow out sincerely and be enjoyed to the fullest.

If you’re up for a night of Progressive Rock, check out “In Progression 3: Odd Times” slated on Sept. 26 at 9mile Bar in Kalayaan, Cubao. For more details check below.

In Progression 3: ODD TIMES
When : Sept. 26, 2008
Where: 9mile bar (Kalayaan, Cubao)
Ticket: P100.00 w/ free beer

Gate opens 9pm
Band Performers:
Drastic Measure
Fuseboxx
Cinderblock
Nimbus Crowd
Kitchen Sync (From Baguio)
Thought Prison (They were in In Prog2)

Please spread the word! The poster will be posted here as soon as it is done. for now let’s all do text brigades and email, thread, ym etc. advertisements.
Let’s support this event in preparation for a bigger and more exciting event by the end of the year!
Thanks!

-Pinoy Prog Community-


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The Color of My Love

IN April of this year, I wrote about the departed American singer Warren Wiebe after having found out he sung Sadao Watanabe’s song, “Old Photograph”. I titled that blog entry “The Man Behind the Old Photograph” and felt it was a personal achievement to have finally unveiled the owner of the exemplary voice behind that beautiful song.

Four months later, I was having dinner at home when a song my father played in his computer made me halt. It’s a song I’ve loved since the 90s but its title I never came around to know. I asked my papa the name of the artist singing and he said it’s Warren Wiebe. Then I asked him the title of the song and he responded, “Paint the Color of My Love.” Papa said Warren had actually worked with David Foster and other famous personalities in America’s mainstream music. Sadly, he was never given the recognition that’s due him.

I told papa “Paint the Color of My Love” was originally sung by a woman and if I’m not mistaken it was Tamia. After an in-depth research on the said song, I realized Tamia was never in the picture. It was Warren Wiebe who first did “Paint the Color of My Love” then David Foster asked Celine Dion to perform the song also but by this time, they had shorten the song’s title to “The Colour of My Love”.

“Paint the Colour of My Love” is a song about the infinity of love and the lyrics make it a perfect wedding song. Had I known the title of this song way back, it could’ve been my wedding song.

Below are Celine and Warren’s versions of the song, respectively.

Paint the Colour of My Love

I’ll paint my mood in shades of blue
Paint my soul to be with you
I’ll sketch your lips in shaded tones
Draw your mouth to my own

I’ll draw your arms around my waist
Then all doubt I shall erase
I’ll paint the rain that softly lands on your wind-blown hair

I’ll trace a hand to wipe out your tears
A look to calm your fears
A silhouette of dark and light
While we hold each other oh so tight

I’ll paint a sun to warm your heart
Swearing that we’ll never part
That’s the colour of my love

I’ll paint the truth Show how I feel
Try to make you completely real
I’ll use a brush so light and fine
To draw you close and make you mine

I’ll paint a sun to warm your heart
Swearing that we’ll never ever part
That’s the colour of my love
I’ll draw the years all passing by
So much to learn so much to try

And with this ring our lives will start
Swearing that we’ll never part
I offer what you cannot buy
Devoted love until we die

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The Pin-Up Girls’ wave of success

I’VE been very irresponsible last Saturday, shame on me! On the way to my Saturday job on 103.5 Max FM’s Tunog Kalye (TK), I didn’t bother to know what’s in store for the band called The Pin-Up Girls. All I had in mind was that they are Francis M’s replacement on TK since the latter is currently in the hospital and we all know why.

Upon getting to the station, I browsed through the pages of a newspaper while I waited for the band’s arrival. First member of the group who got in was Ryan Nachura. He plays the guitar. I asked him if it’s alright I sat down with him so I could ask a few questions about his band. He said yes so I started interviewing him. In the middle of our Q&A, The Pin-Up Girls’ vocalist Mondo Castro appeared in the doorway and after the introduction I asked him to join the interview.

I learned that they have been around since 1998 so all the more did I feel embarrassed realizing I haven’t been doing my homework. Honestly, I’ve not heard nor seen the band perform prior to their guest stint on TK so most of my questions are what a reporter would normally ask a newbie in the music industry. That, however, shouldn’t have been the case had I prepared for this interview. It’s a good thing none among Ryan, Mondo and Jeng Tan (who’s on bass and vocals) has the star complex in spite of the fact that their album entitled “All Seats Are Taken” is getting good reviews in America.

The tracks in their album are being played over Seattle’s radio station KAOS FM and New Jersey’s flashbackalternatives.com. It got played once in a British station called BBC as well.

Like Zavanna (which I’m still raving about), The Pin-Up Girls serve as fresh air in the current band scene wherein, as I said before, everybody sounds alike. It’s nice to hear something new once in a while. The Pin-Up Girls’ music is inspired by 90s British pop rock so it gives you an idea of why they sound different.

Among the songs they performed last Saturday, my favorites are “The Five-Minute Hallway” and “Love X Ten”. At present, the band remain to be independent because they refuse to compromise their music.

According to Mondo, “We were trying to get signed up to a record label pero ang dami nilang requirements. Medyo sad din kasi you’re not recognized here but we don’t want to compromise. We’re not being snobbish, we just want to stay true to who we are. We recorded the songs that we like because at the end of the day, we want to like ourselves.”

Here are music videos of their songs, “All Seats Are Taken”, which was directed by Mondo himself, and “The Five-Minute Hallway”.

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Master of Rap needs blood

LAST Monday, Ms. Arlene Santos of Max FM instructed me to interview a band called Pin-Up Girls on Saturday’s Tunog Kalye because Francis Magalona, who is supposed to be the segment’s guest, can’t come. Of course, I expressed my frustration because I was looking forward to interviewing the Master of Rap. I’m a fan! But Arlene told me Francis M is sick.

All the while, I thought he’s only suffering from cough or colds since the weather hasn’t really been kind to us these days. But I got the surprise of my life yesterday from an online magazine article which stated Francis M had been diagnosed with leukemia! According to the article he is currently at The Medical City in Ortigas, Pasig City and the hospital is asking for blood donors in hopes of saving the musician’s life.

Fortunately, the latest report is that a blood transfusion had been conducted on Francis already but the hospital continues to accept blood donors to replace its blood bank. His wife, Pia, also informed the press that the doctor said Francis is still treatable.

I’m hoping for Francis M’s speedy recovery because his talent is rare. No one could ever forget how he took the country by storm in the 90s via his hit songs “Mga Kababayan,” “Meron Akong Ano,” “Cold Summer Nights,” “Kaleidoscope World,” and more. He performs not primarily for fame but to make people aware of what’s happening in the country and the world.

Upon seeing his interview with international hip hop artist Wyclef Jean sometime June of this year, I felt really proud. The Master of Rap has to live longer for he has yet to fill up that space reserved only for him in the international scene.


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Feeding the Soul

This blog was basically named after my daughter and it has a lot of entries inspired by her so I dedicate this song and video of Israeli artist Yael Naim to my cherubim. I hope she absorbs what this world has to offer her with grace and wisdom.

Sonnet, mama will love you forever:)

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I’m a new soul
I came to this strange world
Hoping I could learn a bit bout how to give and take
But since I came here, felt the joy and the fear
Finding myself making every possible mistake

La, la, la, la (21x)
La, la, la, la (21x)

See I’m a young soul in this very strange world
Hoping I could learn a bit bout what is true and fake
But why all this hate? try to communicate
Finding trust and love is not always easy to make

La, la, la, la (21x)
La, la, la, la (21x)

This is a happy end
Cause you don’t understand
Everything you have done
Why’s everything so wrong

This is a happy end
Come and give me your hand
I’ll take you far away

I’m a new soul
I came to this strange world
Hoping I could learn a bit bout how to give and take
But since I came here, felt the joy and the fear
Finding myself making every possible mistake

New soul… (la, la, la, la,…)
In this very strange world…
Every possible mistake
Possible mistake
Every possible mistake
Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes…


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Bad Memory

NOTHING can be worse than losing memory of people, places, experiences, objects. I’m not just talking about amnesia, even forgetting trivial stuff like the title of a good book, song or movie is really annoying. It’s so hard to focus on important things that you have to accomplish within the day if you’re bothered by something you cannot remember no matter how you try.

When I was pregnant two years ago, I bought a CD of classical music because according to my obstetrician, it will help develop the mind of my child. As I listened to it day and night, I realized I’ve fallen in love with one of the tracks. Back then, I knew the title of that Mozart piece by heart. In fact when I gave birth, I would always mention the title of that classical piece to my baby before humming it to her.

Now, all I could remember about my favorite number on that classical CD is that it comes before the final track. How pathetic.

This morning around 2, I woke up to my baby’s tiny voice. She was hungry so I fed her a bottle of milk then hummed the Mozart piece again so she could go back to wonderland.

I racked my brains out trying to bring the title of this tune I’m humming back to mind. It took me an hour to follow Sonnet to wonderland because of this activity. I didn’t want to close my eyes until I have remembered the title of that beautiful Mozart piece.

After breakfast today, I looked all over the TV cabinet in the living room but the CD was nowhere in sight. Here at work, I instructed myself to finish all my articles for the lifestyle page of our paper for I could use some time researching on Mozart and his works.

Still no success so I resorted to this. I’ll just have to visit a record bar.