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"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
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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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Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Proud arrogant prick

Two of my bandmates hold day jobs in the same company that I won’t name. Everyone there knows they play in a band, quite naturally, since it’s not that big an organization. One time recently, their officers decided to organize a company party of sorts to celebrate a coming holiday. As part of the planned program, I imagine someone must have suggested putting up some entertainment. As it happened, everyone in their workforce that played in a band or some act was requested to ‘contribute their talent’. Nothing wrong with that except that the way the request was relayed was like it was expected of them, them being employees.

Now I have nothing against playing for free. We once played as the wedding band for a friend as our ‘wedding gift’, and we’ve done countless gigs in gratis if we felt like the exposure and the opportunity was worth it. But to play in a company-sponsored party just because half our band was under their employ seemed really comical in its warped logic except to me it wasn’t at all funny.

Some people just don’t appreciate that playing in a band is not about showing off on stage in front of a crowd. We don’t jump at the opportunity every chance we get. Well for some, maybe. But for most, it is a passion, and a job. In our band, such is definitely the case. We all share a passion for making music and to sustain that passion we have to make money on the side.

Like all professions, playing in a band requires very real investment in terms of money, time, and talent. There are the hours and hours of rehearsals, late night recording sessions, instrument upkeep and countless more details that most people don’t get to see at all. You don’t just show up for a gig, slap on your guitars, do the count and play songs.

This pervasive lack of appreciation of the actual work that goes behind every band performance is not unique to corporate officers. It’s as common as the flu only worse since unlike the malady, it is not seasonal.

At parties, I always dread being introduced as a vocalist for a band. Someone almost always has the audacity to demand that I sample him or her my singing voice. If I obliged them, I’d feel like a “show-off”, and if I didn’t, I’d be labeled an “arrogant prick”. You can never win in these situations.

Other times, I’m always amazed at how easy it is for some people to ask for a free CD sample. Worse, some people even have the temerity to ask if they can borrow a CD so they can burn for themselves a copy. Talk about someone asking permission to steal your stuff. That’s almost as bad as a burglar asking you to hold the door open while he carts away your home entertainment system.

Or how about people who shamelessly ask for free tickets to gigs. If they don’t value enough our band’s music to want to pay for it, why would I want to give them a free pass? I’ve done that before many times, and often, they still don’t show up.

So on the scale of playing for a large audience, like the corporate party I mentioned at the start, why do it for free if the organizers don’t value enough our band and our music to even acknowledge that we should be paid for our time if not our talent. I’d rather be somewhere else where my presence is infinitely more appreciated, like with my family. I couldn’t care less if that makes me an “arrogant prick”.

Posted at 02:08 pm by bisoy

nins
August 4, 2005   12:40 PM PDT
 
hey. i just saw your band on MYX and i must say, i now think of your band as the coolest Pinoy band. really.
i don't really dig Pinoy bands because they all seem to have a format that they follow in making music but now that i've seen you (guys), i'm starting to think otherwise.

and so much for the VJ not asking the most irritating question possible, eh? "why the name?" haha. kudos to you guys and i do hope that you get more sign ups here in Manila. it'd be a terrible, terrible waste for people not to know of Sheila and the Insects.
adios.
sishascomebacktolife
July 13, 2005   04:26 AM PDT
 
eeyan--sorry to hear about the trojan & your machine. re: makepovertyhistory--i thought u just go to the page and directions should be there. dang, i'm realizing it's not there. i'll try figure it out.

best wishes on the album!
ianzafra
July 10, 2005   12:12 AM PDT
 
Ey ichong! Havent heard from u for so long. I got your emails but havent checked the links u sent me... my PC fucked up again. Damn Trojan shit!!! Anyhow, as I said, good to know you're back. So how can we get to support that link u posted? I first learned about that site from The Cure's webpage... just couldn't find time to check on it yet. Time is so short.
 

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