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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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Thursday, September 08, 2005
Art or entertainment

Some songs are like wildfire. They spread quickly and fiercely but as soon as the dried bushes run out, they die out as suddenly as they had sprung unbidden, then leave little evidence to chronicle its passing. Like the pervasive novelty songs that invaded the Filipino's way of life down to the last willing child able to rhythmically contort his torso to the cheers of wildly approving relatives. Ocho-ocho may have hooked all Filipinos for a time but, thankfully, not for all time.

Then there are songs that flow continuously like cool water springs and stay pure and fresh throughout the seasons and years. Nourishing and everlasting. Songs that don't tarnish with the aging of their artist. Like the stinging poetry of Morrisey, the piercing timbre of Robert Smith's voice, or the quiet tension of Coldplay's modern classics.

There's a difference to these two extremes. One is time-stamped. The other is timeless. Most songs however are spread somewhere in between.

But what makes the difference? Between a one-month monstrous hit and a generation's defining album? I may have found an answer from a simple idea put forward by Gabby Alipe during one of our late night sessions at C-24. His band, Urbandub, is in the middle of studio production for their third album. In between tagays of beer held in cheap and disposable plastic cups, Gabby would expound to me his goals for his band's music: that for it to be of any importance, it has to be crafted as art and not as entertainment.

So it is personal and self-fulfilling art as opposed to music written to please an audience. A struggle artists continually grapple with.

The beauty of this simple idea is that it explains much of what our current music scene is going through. Another upheaval. Movements are dying out and new ones are emerging. Boy bands are history, rap metal crumbling in rust and novelty songs are now anathema.

There have been pioneers, yes. Musical geniuses birthing movements and even genres. True artists they are. Sadly, those who come in their heels most often only follow to exploit the whetted appetites of a new and growing audience not of their making. And ironically, it is they who slowly kill that movement which they seek to exploit.

Pioneers make their music not caring if they have an audience to begin with. Their musical honesty is rewarded with the audience coming to them like ants drawn to freshly spilt sugar. But then comes the mimickers and the coattail riders, who see the audience as a new market to exploit. Quickly, imitation bands spring up like wild mushrooms and sooner than later, you now have a whole genre full of bands that sound so alike you can hardly distinguish one from the other. Sounds familiar doesn't it. To me it sounds sick. To me it sounds sad.

It's no wonder then that now we have bands that have hit songs and with questionable songwriting talent if at all. Crafting music as entertainment and relying on proven formulas and in some cases, even outright plagiarism, ripping off song parts to craft a Frankenstein whole. But they sell, and they sell fast which is all that matters to them. Well, if anything, at least we know they'll soon die out quickly, like wildfire - frantic and aimless.

The lesson lost on many of the record executives and all-knowing talent managers, I surmise, is that making music should come ahead of making money. That is if they want their talent to last longer than they can say passé. Of course, if quick bucks are to be made in that short burst of fad, who's to argue their acute business instincts. But then again, businessmen don't make for good musicians do they?

Posted at 01:48 pm by bisoy

littlefoot
January 19, 2006   08:01 PM PST
 
can anybody send me lyrics of histrionics by popsicle?
it's littledrumz@yahoo.com
thanks & more power.
support local music!
Bring it
September 21, 2005   05:09 PM PDT
 
businessmen don't make for good musicians? anybody you are referring into particular?:)
percy
September 13, 2005   12:45 PM PDT
 
listen to 'pinoy ako' (orange and lemmons ) and 'chandeliers' (the care) and tell me the difference. same with 'ewan ko' (soapdish) and 'histrionics' (popsicle). i heard that session road is also having problems ('leaving you', as admitted by their guitarist, is a rip off of a superdrag track called 'garmonbozia').

i also heard that the issue with 'pinoy ako' has reached nick haliwell, paul simpson and ian broudie...

sad times for the music scene...
Ollie
September 13, 2005   06:23 AM PDT
 
hmmm..... Hale, Cueshe. Can anyone say Lifehouse? Even Cueshe's song "Stay", especially on the chorus, sounds too much like Silverchair's "The Greatest View".
Cueshe sounds too Cliche.
 

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