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…the music or the words?

Often asked…each has a different answer. I think you get connected to a musical x-sphere and all of a sudden you have a song…one or two notes dancing in the air…replicating into different notes then assembling themselves with words to form a song. It happens in a dream…or your mind just stops in a crowded and noisy place – to take you to a special place. My friends think it’s weird. I think it’s magic.

Songs In Progress

World Music

One Love

Untold Stories

If I can spend most of my time writing songs, I probably would. But then I’d probably missed things in life that give meaning to my songs, and so I don’t. Simplicity is so complex.

Just A Songwriter

"I won’t ever know love…Love is never for me…but when I write songs…for a while it can be. I know that when you smile…it was never for me…but it’s mine in my songs…I can [...]

Enchanted

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With You

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JUST LIKE SUNSHINE

“I’ll cross the sea of love, I’ll swim a thousand miles to be with you. I’ll ask the ocean to be kind and let me try to be with you…” – lyrics, Just Like Sunshine

Some Completed Works

I some 300 songs over a period of years. I did preliminary recordings of about 60 songs. I would like to share some of them with you.

Untold Story

An alternative rock song performed by my band, Book Of J. I wanted to capture the feeling of being mesmerized when you see someone for the first time in a song…followed by a little bit of mental “sourgraping” after having realized you are way out of your league. Unfortunately this happens a lot and I just have to memorialize the feeling in a song for future “self-flagellation.” lol.  I never intended to record this song. I was planning to just keep it. We were hanging out in the studio one day and one of the guys requested a new song to jam on to escape the monotony. I pulled this one out from my folder and…to say: “we had fun” is an understatement.

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Untold Story

I’ve always associated music with colors. As a child, I would see colorful notes floating in the air and I would hum to their tune. I still hum the tunes that I hear but the colors are mostly gone…perhaps, my feel was desensitized and jaded by life. Just as I always associated music with colors and hues, I sometimes associate songs that I write to a specific moment in life. Orange is the color of the sky created by the setting sun as described by a loved one halfway across the world while I gaze upon the stars cast against the darkest of nights in my side of the world. A moment frozen in time that evoke not just colors but also emotions and sentiments that cannot be recaptured again in its original form…but memorialized in a song of love that only my mind can perceive…and this, again, remind me what a lonely place a mind can be.

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Untold Story

I remember canceling a time that I’m suppose to spend with someone. I went to go scuba diving at the middle of a storm…preferring the caress of the strong winds and turbulent seas to the gentle touch of a beloved partner. That false sense of invincibility that you get when you do stupid things…unmindful that the false victories only exist in your mind. The temporary fix is only in obscure memories now and it seems to be fading with time. I still vividly remember her face and expression while she was asking me to stay but I am starting to forget the dress she was wearing and those small details that used to be etched in my mind. I still cannot comprehend my foolishness. It was arrogance and a false sense of immortality associated with youth. I heard that she is all settled and happy now…and I’m alone writing these songs.

“Even When it’s Late” was written because of a request of a friend. It was written to be a vampire love song. I know deep in my heart of hearts…the song is so much more. 

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Untold Story

Sometimes, songwriters write songs to tell a story. This is one of those times. The crickets, the trees, the cloudless nights, the chair and every part of this song is real. While the lyrics of ‘Waiting for you” describe the physical scene, the melody actually captured the deepest emotions present during the storytelling – sadness and hope, longing, serenity, peace and even frustrations.

If I can harvest all my experiences and convert each chapter into songs, then I can probably listen to them when I’m frail and old…and be reminded of important moments in my life – those that made me experience emotions that moved me…and then maybe, even just for a while, it’ll give me a chance to relive those particular moments again. 

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Untold Story

My band wanted full instrumentations for this song. I said: “No”. I decided to record it the way I plucked the guitar when I first wrote it…on top of a hill, alone…while watching the rain casts shadows against the city lights below. I wanted it simple and unadorned…just like the surroundings that night.  I wish I could sing, but I can only write songs…I would have loved to sing this one…it being the one song that is closest to my heart. I’m glad Juni did a great job of singing it though. I never said it to my friend but I owe him much for breathing life to my song. “Just Like Sunshine” has to be listened to a few times. It will grow on you every time.

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Untold Story

The song was inspired by a bus-ride in New York that happened years ago. At one time, I was too pre-occupied with building my business that I failed to notice the important things in my life. I would have given my life if I can go back to that specific time…in that bus…with my girl…and just focus on her. I should’ve just focused on her. At hindsight, nothing else matters but her.  

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Untold Story

My Addiction is a simple love song. The song came to me while I was a 5 mile solo hike on the way to a waterfall. The hike was relatively uneventful other than the fact that “the words and music” badgered me all the way and back.  The song kept me company. I can’t sing well but without anybody around…it was ok. I jotted the song when I got back to civilization…and I added another song to my catalogue.

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