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13
Oct
07

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

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10
Oct
07

Oh, Boy! (Part 2)

Well, I know I should’ve posted this update a few days earlier but work and chores have prevented me to do so… so, only now am I able to update my blog. I feel kinda bad not being able to update and post articles as often as I want lately but I guess that’s just how it is… for now.

So, last Thursday, Boy Abunda came over to record a few voice overs for a radio ad that’ll be aired probably this week. I am not allowed to mention the product yet but for those thinking that it might be Argentina Corned Beef… it isn’t.

My little girl, Isabella, stayed up late knowing that Boy would be coming over… she kept on doing the rounds… coming in and going out of the studio pretending to look busy though she was well aware that it was way past her bedtime. I even noticed her shiny lips when she sat beside me by the workstation. I even asked her, “Huy… gabing-gabi na…! Naka-lipstick ka ba?!” She replied, “Lipgloss!” I answered back, “Eh bakit ka naka-lipgloss pa?”“Eh, kasi dry ang lips ko kanina pa.”, she said. But actually I felt she wanted to look pretty when our visitor arrived so she wanted to be all made up.

So, Boy arrived and stayed for about an hour and a half. We finished our recording with no snags and wrapped up soon after. I had a few shots taken and of course, my little girl had her own pic taken as well. So as promised, below are some pics from that night… 🙂

Ella and BoyChuck and Boy

04
Oct
07

Oh, Boy!

Haven’t been able to blog so much the past few days even if wanted to… various activities have prevented me to actually sit down and really just “blog away” to my heart’s content.  So to my avid readers, my apologies for not being able to update as frequently as I used to.  Family… work… errands… chores… work again… family time… it goes on and on.

Boy AbundaAnyways, there is more work ahead… Boy Abunda will be coming over to the house/recording studio tonight to record a few voice over spiels for an upcoming radio commercial of a product that he is an exclusive endorser of.  I am unable to disclose the brand name or type of product for now.  I’ll be sure to post some pics of the recording session soon after.

I’m pretty sure it’ll be short, fun and sweet!  He’s probably used to all the voice over recordings he usually does at ABS-CBN for “The Buzz” so this particular session should merely be a cinch for him.

So there…  guess that’s it for now.  I’ve finally updated my blog after a long while, but I hope to increase my blogging frequency soon… Tata for now!

Cheers!

22
Jul
07

Weekend Love

Nothing really much to post today… it’s been a grueling and tiresome week for me as some of my regular and very close bloggies have learned through my previous post.

I figured I needed to somehow get over the hump, so to speak… and since I really have nothing much to say, I thought I’d just post one of the songs by “Candles”, a band I used to co-manage.  The song is entitled, “Weekend Love”… a track that was recorded, mixed and mastered in my recording studio.  A light catchy tune… that’s easy on the ears.

Candles Inlay

So, without further ado… “Weekend Love”.  Enjoy!

13
Jun
07

Sarah Album Update 4

Right now… I’m listening to rough mixes of Sarah’s recorded vocals on my two compositions (“Miss” & “Kahit Na”).

I got a CD copy earlier today and I was really excited to listen to it even if I knew it was still very rough.

I must say… it’s sounding pretty good… considering that the ones I have right now still lacks backup vocals, mixing and mastering…!  Sarah did a wonderful job on the vocals and filled the compositions with so much emotion.  She did justice to the musical works!

Sorry, friends… as much as I would like to give everyone a taste of how the song is slowly and wonderfully turning out, I am constrained not to.  You know how piracy is… and I wouldn’t want to get all “anti-climactic” on you guys!  Besides, the album will be coming out pretty soon already… practically a month from now!

So, I guess everyone will have to settle for my blow by blow accounts and a little nail-biting till the go-signal’s given for release.

23
May
07

Game Show Mo ‘To!

Finally, I am able to unveil the theme song of the newest game show of QTV Channel 11!

The title of the one-hour program is “Game Show Mo ‘To” which will air twice a week (Fridays and Saturdays) on the 10:30am slot (still to be confirmed).  No date has been decided yet as to when the pilot episode will air.  But it looks like it’ll be late May or early June.

The title of the composition is “Appear Disappear (Game Show Mo ‘To)”.

Why Appear Disappear?

Well, it’s because the mechanics of the game involve the terms: “Appear”, “Disappear”, “One Half”, “One Fourth”.  Not necessarily the old hand slapping game which most pinoy kids used to play.  But nevertheless based from that.

The Baywalk Bodies will be releasing the same song as the the carrier single for their next album.  The difference between the game show version and the album version are the slightly modified lyrics in the chorus.  The album version won’t have the “Game Show Mo ‘To” tag included in the chorus and will be replaced with a different line.

Anyhow, as promised… my bloggies will be the first ones to listen to the composition.  This was recorded, mixed and mastered at my recording studio.  Musical arrangement was done by me also.

I mentioned earlier that the song had a novelty-ish approach… but not too much of it.  I didn’t really want the music to sound too “temporary” (gets?)… so I gave it sort of a swing-ish beat which infuses a classic disco feel making it sound like a classic revival yet actually really isn’t.  I also opted out of the “simpleton” lyrics known to be a staple of today’s pinoy novelty tunes.

You’ll soon understand once you listen to it.  I hope you guys like it!  Lyrics are included also below…!  Comments are greatly appreciated.  Enjoy!

 

“APPEAR DISAPPEAR (GAME SHOW MO ‘TO)”
Composed by Chuckie Dreyfus
Performed by the “Baywalk Bodies”

(Tara na) Tara na… Huwag nang mahiya
(Tayo Na) Tayo na… Itodo mo na
(Simple Lang) Simple lang kung tutuusin
(Iyong kamay) Iyong kamay ang paliparin

(Sundin mo) Sundin mo ang gagawin ko
(Makikinig ka) Makinig nang hindi malito
(Heto na) Heto at subukan mo na
(Dahan-dahan) Dahan-dahan muna sa simula

REFRAIN:
Ba’t hindi mo samahan
Ng kembot ng iyong bewang
Umindak pa ng todo
Sabay-sabay lahat tayo

CHORUS:
Appear Disappear 1/2 1/4
1/4 1/2 Disappear Appear!
O ayan… ulitin pa…
Appear Disappear 1/2 1/4
1/4 1/2 Disappear Appear!
O diba… Alam mo na…
Sige lang wag kang hihinto
Ginaganahan pa ako
Itodo mo lang… “Game Show Mo ‘To”!

(Masarap) Masarap pagbumibilis na
(Mas exciting) Mas exciting ngang talaga
(Lalo pa) Lalo pa’t ika’y kalaro
(Parang ayoko) Parang ayoko nang huminto

(Sabayan) Sabayan mo ako sa pagsigaw
(Wag mong pigilin) Wag mong pigilin ang paghiyaw
(Mas malakas) Mas malakas mas masaya
(Tara na) Tara na’t ihataw mo pa

(REFRAIN)

(CHORUS 2x)

Appear Disappear ½ ¼ ¼ ½ Disappear Appear!

Game Show Mo To!

19
May
07

Baywalked!

Baywalk BodiesLast night I finished the recording session for the game show theme song which I composed.  This was just coming off the heels of completing the musical arrangement of the song which I also did.  The “Baywalk Bodies” arrived in the studio a little bit after dinner to do their vocal layin.

I asked the services of good friend, Garry Cruz, to sit in as voice coach.  Normally, I’d personally coach them but I figured I was wearing too many hats already that evening being producer of the song and sitting in as sound engineer.  Besides, Garry does a lot of voice coaching over at GMA-7 so I asked the show’s producer to just shoulder the cost of his services.

The whole recording session was fun!  As I was laying in their vocals one by one, I was eagerly anticipating the final outcome of the song.  Some of the girls were even doing the dance choreography for the song while the others were inside the isolation booth.

My ears were too fatigued after the recording that I opted to do the mixing and mastering the next day (which was today).

I finished the final master this afternoon.  My kids love it… hahaha!  My truest most solid fans!  My little Isabella was even doing her own dance routine to the beat of the song.

I’ll be posting the actual song soon… I just don’t want to preempt anything first.  I also spoke to Baywalk Bodies manager, Lito de Guzman… He plans to use the song also as the carrier single for their upcoming record album due out by mid-June or early July.

Oh by the way, the title of the new game show is, “Game Show Mo ‘To!” aired over QTV.  Timeslot hasn’t been determined yet but I was told it most likely will be aired in the mornings (probably in the 10:30ish slot).

Updates will be posted as it happens.




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