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Sige… Paalam Na

Mocha - PatchaI recently wrote a song for one of Viva Record’s new talents.  Her name is Mocha.  I blogged about this months back when her album was still in mid-production… well, the album is out now and is available in your favorite record bars.

The song I composed for her is entitled, “Sige… Paalam Na”, which talks about a person whose been hurt one too many times by someone and ultimately realizes that the relationship he/she’s in isn’t worth saving anymore… and moving on is the only option.


Two Minds Crack

Two Minds CrackSome of you probably still remember the group, “Two Minds Crack”… the band that performed the New Wave hit song, “Upside Down”, back in the early 80s.

Well, a few months back I posted a remake of their hit single, performed by “Candles”… a band I used to co-manage till they disbanded (creative differences).  This particular remake was included in the group’s debut album which came out during the last quarter of 2006 under Viva Records.  Long before 6CycleMind’s version was ever released.

When I first featured the song here on my blog months back, I got a surprise visit by Two Minds Crack band member, Kevin Jones!  He actually left a short comment below my post commending the band on how well he thought the remake was done.  His message was as follows:

“Hi, I was the lead singer/guitarist in Two Minds Crack and I wrote Upside Down – I really enjoyed the Candles version – keep up the good work!!”

Earlier today, I got another message on the same post… but this time it came from Two Minds Crack co-member, Pete Martin!  His message:

“Greetings Candles…loved the version of Upside Down.Don’t listen to Kevin Jones…. I wrote upside down…. I was guitarist and keyboard player in Two Minds Crack… that Jones fella gets everywhere!Joking aside, we wrote that and first recorded it back in 1983 ish, the finished version being released on The Victory Parade album in 1986. We didn’t find out until the 90’s that it was a big hit over there which was a shame cos to be sure we would have come out and played some gigs. It’s a big thrill to hear someone cover one of your tracks believe me. Keep rocking in the free world son…..and at least you got Kev’s words correct !!! Pete.”

Hahaha… I was particularly amused by his last words (“and at least you got Kev’s words correct!!!”) coz I also found out that Pete is aware of 6CycleMind’s version.  And listening closely to their own rendition of the 80s New Wave classic, you’ll notice that there is quite a number of wrong lyrics in it.

Well, it’s a shame Candles disbanded so early in their careers… but things like these do happen.  Oh well… I guess that’s that.

I suppose it’s only appropriate that I feature Candles’ version of “Upside Down” for everyone to enjoy.  So… without further ado…

UPSIDE DOWN by Candles


Inquirer Article

I’d like to thank “Rito Asilo” for posting a wonderful article on last Sunday’s edition of The “Daily Inquirer” (print and online versions).  The article’s main topic was all about Sarah Geronimo’s latest album, “Taking Flight”, but on the last paragraph of the writeup, Rito made special mention of how I, in his own words, “reinvented my artistic persona”…

Rito, thank you for the writeup.  Much appreciated!

You can view the article below (click to enlarge):

Inquirer Article (with Highlight)


Write Song… Sing Song…

Write the songs… and sing the demo versions…

A ton of songs to be done… a flurry of songwriting tasks to complete! Just coming off the heels of Sarah’s “Taking Flight” album release, I’ve been asked to write a few songs for a couple of Viva artists with albums coming out pretty soon as well.

Ipagpatuloy ang pagbabasa ‘Write Song… Sing Song…’


Sarah Album Update 10.4

Here is Sarah’s “Taking Flight” album cover and inlay booklet design… enjoy!

Sarah Album Cover and Inlay (800px) 2

For copyright protection purposes, I am forced to place a watermark over the image.  Hope you understand.  Thanks!


Sarah Album Update 10.3

As of presstime, copies have not yet arrived at the Viva Warehouse.  If these units arrive later than expected, then we can assume that the hand-carried copies will be available by tomorrow (July 28, 2007).

Actually, that’s all I have to say right now.  More updates as it happens.


"Miss" (aka Sarah Album Update 10.2)

Just posting the lyrics of my other composition entitled, “Miss”, which is also included in Sarah’s album, “Taking Flight”.  Hope you like it!

(Composed by Chuckie Dreyfus)

Sa paglipas ng bawat minuto
Laging naaalala
Di makatakas kahit sa pagtulog
Larawan mong nakikita

Refrain 1:
Di na bale kahit walang saysay
Ang pinaguusapan
Basta’t nariyan ka lang…

Pwede ba muling magkita… (Miss na miss kita)
Kahit na maghapong nakatunganga… (Kasi namimiss kita)
Uuwi rin tayo di ka dapat na mag-alala
Kung alam mo lang… talagang miss na miss na miss (na miss) kita

Kahit na aliwin aking sarili
Kay hirap mong limutin
Bakit ba ikaw na lang palaging
Kinukulit ng damdamin

Refrain 2:
Bakit ba parang di mapalagay
Tuwing ika’y nakikita
Lagi sanang nariyan ka lang


Para nga bang laging nangungulila
Bakit ba hinahanap ka
Di makuntento sa pakwento kwento
Para bang may kulang pa…
Di makatulog… Ba’t nahuhulog
Ano bang nasa iyo?
Sana’y aminin ng iyong damdamin
Ganun din ba ang puso mo…?


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