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New Material!

April 15, 2011 Leave a comment

While I was on my way to work, inspiration suddenly hit me and I thought of some lines, which I think I could turn into songs as soon as I get to my guitar. This seldom happens to me, since most of the time, I only come up with something if I’m strumming and doing some progressions as I think of what the song is going to be about. Hopefully, they turn into something decent. Here goes:

I
Tell me, are we free
Or are we living in somebody’s fantasy
Maybe it’s not just me
Who knows what the world’s got to be
Look around, don’t stare at the ground
Seeing’s part of the new philosophy
Maybe we can turn the world around
And free it from all the clowns
Wait, they say it’s fate
That shapes the face of our society
Maybe it’s not that profound
It just depends on you and me
Hey, it’s never too late
To make the needed change a reality
I’m longing to get to see
The world that’s meant to be
II
Sumisikat ang liwanag
Na kumakalat sa lupang bulag
Lantad ang kulay ng hinagpis
Sa mga matang nakatitig sa dilim
Tumutunog ang himig
Na nilimot ng mga pipi at bingi
Bigkas ang mga mahalagang salita
Sa mga tenga’t labing pinilit manahimik
Sa ano mang paraan
Sa ano mang dahilan
Kailan ma’y hindi mananaig
Ang kasinungalingan sa katotohanan

It’s depressing to listen or watch the news, be it on radio or television but for some reason, I’ve been exposing myself to it recently. I guess the negative vibes just rubbed in and I realize this is how bad I want to see some change happen in this country. Things are getting more and more ridiculous and unreasonable every day: natural disasters, price hikes, political turmoil, corruption. When will all this shit end? We spend everyday working our asses off and this is what we get from all the taxes we pay. Woosah.

Anyway, I can’t wait to get my hands on my guitar and put some melody and rhythm to them words especially on the first one. I’m still new to writing songs in English. Every song we have in Manaha is in Filipino and I think that’s a good thing. I believe writing them in our language makes the delivery of their messages sound more sincere.

I really want our country to change for the better. It’s the only one we have and the only one we can truly call our own. Too bad that most of us and maybe the best of us have forgotten that.

To end this post/rant, I’ll leave you with something I’ve been pondering for the past weeks. To those who read my online journal, I wish you a happy weekend!

Change happens only if we accept the fact that we are a crucial part of it.

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A Day With The Genius

April 3, 2011 2 comments

I went home to our house in Sta. Mesa today since Dawn and I scheduled a jam session so we could work on some new songs for Manaha. My friend and old bandmate, Eros Arbilon of Away for the Day was supposed to be our session vocalist in place of Chemae, however, he had to be somewhere for work.

Dawn arrived at around 2 p.m. and we immediately got to work. We warmed up with an instrumental version of Mooncake’s Payaso, which we were unfortunately not able to record. We then went on to play the Beatles’ Norwegian Wood and some of John Mayer’s lesser known songs, which we also were not able to record. Damn it!

Anyway, the song we focused on was “Liham”. It was something I wrote about a week ago. Since Eros was not around, I had to do the singing, which I really am uncomfortable doing because I really don’t sing. For the sake of having a demo, we just went ahead with it.

I’m proud of what Dawn and I came up with. I just wish Chemae and Mathew were here. It would really be easier for us to arrange our songs. Plus, we wouldn’t have to be tormented with my singing. Kudos to Dawn for his excellent guitar work on this track. The man’s a genius!

After the jam, we played a couple of quick games in NBA2k11. After two games, we ended with a draw. It was the Celtics against the Mavericks for the first game then the Suns against the Thunder for the second. My Jason Kidd gave the first game away with his turnovers. Good thing, Kevin Durant was on fire the next game. I’m really looking forward to finish this series with Dawn. Bulls vs Celtics!

By the way, here’s the link of Manaha’s new demo, Liham. Enjoy!

Manaha

April 3, 2011 Leave a comment

I can never see myself surviving life without music. No matter where I go or what I do, it will always be an important part of my life. It’s one of the few things that keeps me sane.

About a year ago, my friend Mathew Wong and I started a project, which I consider as the most worthwhile, music-related endeavor I got myself into. We founded Manaha.

It all began when I asked Mathew to listen to some demos I came up with. Around that time, I was going through significant, game-changing events. The best way I coped with everything that was going on with my life was to listen to music. Eventually, I started writing my own songs. I really don’t know where all the words, melodies and progressions come from. It just came naturally. I’m very grateful to God for giving me this talent and also, for letting me share it with excellent friends and musicians.

To complete our lineup, Mathew recruited Chemae Magbual and Dawn Morco to be the band’s vocalist and drummer respectively. I also asked an old friend and bandmate, Francis Josef of Ophelia’s High to be the lead guitarist.

Currently, the band is on hiatus since Mathew is currently working in Singapore and Chemae’s in Canada for good. For now, you can listen to our songs at my SoundCloud account. Here’s the link: soundcloud.com/gershwinzabat