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ABOUT THE BAND

"I didn't like the name but it doesn't matter. They played great band music."
- Nina Araknida
Sunstar, Flip / September 15, 2002

"Few rock bands in town could stand at the crossroads of a dynamic and evolving music scene and knock down the high walls that divide music genres and audiences with as much success as Sheila and the Insects. "
- Ronald P. Villavelez
Yup!, Issue 1.03 / November 2001

"Sheila & The Insects’ music is new wave-influenced post-punk rock music that is considerably heavy yet still melodic "
- Cris O. Ramos Jr.
The Manila Times / May 31, 2003

"What does an indie band do with the oft-maligned mix of rock and new wave? In the case of Cebu-based Sheila and the Insects, plenty."
- Ganns Deen
PULP , PulpReviews / Issue 13, March 2001




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Softly
Sheila and the Insects
Originally by Apo Hiking Society


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Written by Jim Paredes

Softly, as the morning sun
Comes through my window pane
Thoughts come to me
Memories of you fill my mind and I smile

So gently, and my world transforms
Into a merry carousel
Turning me round
Bringing me back to the place where I found ...

You there, time could have stood still and then
We'd spend all our moments to share
The dreams that we've known sometime, somewhere

And as, we go through the days
Remembering the love we made
I know that you'll stay
Bringing me more than what mere words can say

I know, that time can stand still and then
We'd spend all our moments to share
The dreams that we've known sometime, somewhere.

I know, that time can stand still and then
We'd spend all our moments to share
The dreams that we've known sometime, somewhere.

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This song appears in the album The Best of Kami nAPO Muna 2CD+DVD.



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Sunday, May 01, 2005
Love and rock

Much has been said and written about the dynamics of relationships between couples. Quite naturally, what with the many couples needing counseling, marriages needing saving, and broken families needing mending. My topic here though is the dynamics within a different group, not as common as the domestic front but a family of sorts just the same – the rock band. Yes, the typical rock band, and its similarities and differences to couple relationships.

The Hook-up
It all starts with the first meeting. For couples there are dates, blind and otherwise. For bands, there are trial jams and auditions. Both are exploratory and for the most part, both fun. Courtship is simpler for couples with the male usually initiating and the female playing hard to get. For bands though, the mix gets complicated with some playing the role of the male while the others, the female. Worse, every now and then they may switch roles adding further complication. Then imagine what happens when, usually, at some point, everyone plays hard to get.

The start
For couples, it's “yes”. For bands, it's “welcome to the band”. Couples can go steady. Bands can play regularly. Couples give each other corny names like sweetie pie, and lovey-dovey. Bands call themselves funny names like Sheila and the Insects.

The honeymoon stage
For couples there's the romantic high. For bands, there’s the musical high. Bedrooms for couples and jamming rooms for bands. Couples strip off their clothes. Bands strap on their instruments. In both cases, everyone makes loud noises. You can use your own room or you can rent one by the hour. Couples want large mirrors so they can see themselves doing it. Bands want large windows so they can let others see them doing it. In both cases, everyone wants to do it regularly, and the longer the better.

Commitment
After a while, if the relationship is not going anywhere, couples stop seeing each other, or in the case of bands, they stop practicing. Others though move on and get serious: Couples get married, bands get bookings. Some couples decide to have children; some bands decide to have compositions. Some couples divorce, some bands disband. Some may choose to have multiple partners or multiple bands. In one, it is cheating, in the other, it isn't. There will be jealous partners or jealous bands naturally.

Compatibility
Finding the right partner or band mate is a most difficult exercise. More so in the case of looking for prospective band mates because the fact that not everyone can play an instrument narrows the choices by a huge factor. Simple rules of probability dictate that it is easier to find two compatible people than it is to find four or more compatible musicians. So to say that bands are harder to put together than marriages is almost a certainty. Band members naturally learn early on through sheer necessity the art of compromise and the power of diplomacy. Something you most likely won't find a common trait for most people you meet down the street.

Can we then conclude that band members make better husbands (or wives)? Or why not dare the proposition that a lot of marriages can be saved by getting husbands and wives to form bands of their own, like a learning workshop perhaps. And for similar advantages, why not replace politicians with musicians? Wouldn't that be a blast? Peace love and rock and roll! Imagine instead of all those boring campaign speeches, we'd get head banging rock performances. Election season would become concert season! And imagine instead of suffering confrontational political debates, we'd enjoy collaborative free jams!

Compromise
Speaking of free jams, much can be learned from this spontaneous meeting of musicians. A free jam is when two or more musicians simply play music together by feel and by instinct and without following a program or written sheets. It is a free flowing session that is spontaneous and unpredictable.

I personally don't jam pretty well, me being not much of a technical musician, which severely limits my musical repertoire. But I still enjoy doing it with the band. Which is the point exactly. Jamming isn't mainly about making music. It's about having fun. It's about enjoying the company of the other. It's about contributing and sharing a part of yourself. It's about playing it by ear and in harmony with the jam. When the jam goes into a chord change, you change your notes with it. It's about constant adjustment to stay in harmony.

The most important skill you can have in a free jam is not how well you can play your instrument, but rather, how well you can listen to the other musicians' playing. And to keep the jam fun for everyone, everyone takes turns taking the lead, and no one hogs the time.

In short, a free jam is the perfect metaphor for a relationship and how it should be.

Couples can learn a thing or two from a jam, obviously. In conclusion, when in a bind or a jam, maybe you should jam, and when a relationship gets rocky, it might be a good idea to rock.

Posted at 11:22 am by bisoy

Pissed and Dissed
June 1, 2007   08:52 PM PDT
 
TANGINA! Nice analogy of couples and bands man!haha
Name
May 14, 2005   02:23 AM PDT
 
Henyo! Reminds me of my uncle who locks himself up in his room to write. Mind-boggling for soupbrains like me. You make the Phils. proud. (Playing- National Anthem)
orven
May 13, 2005   10:09 PM PDT
 
Thanks bai!! Yeah, I will be streaming our new songs soon. We haven't gotten around to recording all of them yet. In the meantime, "Lemerson" is already available for listening on SATI's myspace account. did you check it out already?
jun
May 13, 2005   02:47 PM PDT
 
INFIDELITY
there is also that prospect of another lover who seems so sweet and innocent whom you love to flirt with...sweet temptations can be pretty dangerous on on any kind of relationships...
pls post some more songs from the new album for those of us who cant be in cebu or manila....bisoy! you are one good fkn' writer ...keep it up .
 

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