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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

Some of My Works

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

World Music

I wrote songs that made some people in Asia smiled, laughed and remember moments in our collective lives…an anti-corruption anthem…a song to memorialize the ultimate sacrifice of servicemen…and sometimes just about love and all songwriters love to do.

Untold Stories

“Ligaw Tingin” came to me in a dream – words and music. The whole song really. In the dream, I was sitting on the hood of a white pickup truck while playing a guitar. The car was facing a street lined with matured Acacia trees. A girl in a white dress materialized from somewhere and started walking along the road. I started playing the song to her and as soon as I finished singing…I woke up. I wrote down the song, called the band and we finished recording the song later that afternoon…

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Untold Stories

“Di Ko Lang Masabi” was unintentionally written the day after we recorded “Ligaw Tingin”. Looking back, I think it was because of some residual “Ligaw Tingin” tunes still lodged in my head. “Di Ko Lang Masabi” came to we on the drive to the studio while listening to…of all songs “Moby Dick” by Led Zeppelin. It was one of those weird times when a couple of notes from a song from a totally different genre would break away…float in the air…and then reconstruct themselves into a new song.

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Untold Stories

“Kilos Ang Nagsasabi” was written in about 5 minutes. It’s one of those times while I was hanging out with some friends and they dared me to write a song about certain dynamics about out some girl that we were associated with. So “Kilos And Nagsasabi” is actually a story about something that really happened.

Eventually, the song was used as a theme song in an episode one of those Korean dramas in Asia. I asked the producer for a one (1) peso token in exchanged for one (1) year use of the song if they will agree to feed the homeless children outside their office. A happy ending for a happy song.

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Untold Stories

“Hangin” is the second song I did with Jireh Calo. I wish I had the chance to do more. I really enjoy working with her. Such a great talent. Hangin is a political song. It was written to talk about hypocrisy in society. “Hangin” literally means wind or air. The sang says that hypocrisy and bad deeds, no matter how people try to hide them, is out in the air…everybody is aware that it is happening.

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Untold Stories

Sometimes in life, we use humor to handle stressful situations. This song was written just for such. One day before I wrote this song, a girlfriend mistakenly accused me of something that I didn’t do. The saw a girl sitting on my living my room (the girlfriend of my bandmate who is currently in the restroom) and instinctively threw her steaming hot coffee in my face, slapped and scratched my face and then stormed out – without a single word. I was literally taken aback. I remember standing in my door way shocked. Then my friend came out of the restroom (the boyfriend of the girl sitting in my living room)…and started laughing at me so hard…that I started to laugh with him.

The experience was painful physically. The following day, I wrote the song as a parody. In the song I’m basically telling the ex-girlfriend that all the chocolates I gave her were expired and all the flowers were picked up from cemeteries. We reconciled a couple of times after that incident and she knew about the song. She knew it was a parody. The scars she gave me is all healed now – physically and emotionally. All is well that ends well.

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