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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. "
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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 "
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"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."
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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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Saturday, October 02, 2004
Of chicken holes, chorizos and songs

I could never think of myself as a talented songwriter. People will only be able to judge my work by my end product, which is the recorded song that they hear. By what else of course. I, unlike the eventual listeners, understand my process and what went on in my head as I wrote the lyrics and composed the music. I, unlike them, know how I struggled with the songwriting. And it's nothing like the romantic image of a genius at work: instrument in hand, playing music like it was the most natural thing in the world, smoothly writing down the words and notes, and all with nary an effort between nonchalant sips of beer and drags of smoke.

Well, I drink and smoke, but the resemblance ends there. With me, songwriting is a deliberate and painful process. Hard and serious work. Never easy. I can't even read or write notes. Of course, that's a common thing with many rock musicians.

Speaking of which, I heard Zach of NU107 compose a song recently on air. Someone had texted in this totally useless factoid about chickens and how they pee, shit, and lay eggs in the same hole in their butt. Right there and then, he wrote a song about it and sang it live. It was hilarious. Of course, given the subject matter, how else could it turn out to be? He'd called it The Chicken Song.

The point in this is that that's how talented some musicians are. Writing songs like there was nothing to it --- chicken. With me, however, it's as painful as, say --- laying eggs.

I suspect the difference is how my head is wired. Unlike the imaginative and typical eccentric musician, I'm more of a logical thinker. Which makes it surprising how I ended up in an ad agency doing creative work. And playing in a band. I think differently. Actually, as opposed to going by feel, I think, period.

I approach my music making like structures I want to build rather than a fluid emotion I need to express. I'm more concerned with rhyme rather than the freedom poetic license brings. I attack songwriting rather than yield to it. In that is my weakness. And in that, in some twisted and unexplainable way, is my strength.

Although I have many song ideas swimming in my head, I have limited natural talent to bring it to surface. So to make up for my shortcomings, I have to exert extra effort. With a few inspired exceptions, everything I have ever written is the result of a downright dirty process. And I guess if the appreciative listeners knew this they'd probably think differently of my songs.

It's like chorizo. Someone once said to me if you only saw how it was made, you'd lose your appetite for those stringed, juicy, meatballs. I never bothered to investigate what he implied although I have my ugly suspicions. But I still like my chorizos. Well if it tastes good and goes down well, I couldn't care less how it was assembled. Maybe it’s the same with my music - better consumed than pondered upon.

Posted at 03:05 pm by bisoy

bisoy
October 5, 2004   04:31 PM PDT
 
Thanks bai,

I really appreciate your comments here. At least I know I'm getting myself through to you guys.

As for songwriting, I guess if you can't do it on your own for now, get someone else involved. Hope that helps.
Makoy
October 4, 2004   07:31 PM PDT
 
Nice one soy!

I'm trying VERY HARD to write songs and I end up surrendering...and trying it again...and I fully understand and agree what you wrote here. And remember your previous entry...GESTALT?? Hehehehehe

I love chorizos too. Believe me, they're even in my dreams - the chorizos...chasing me to have them all the time!

sis
October 4, 2004   03:47 AM PDT
 
ahahahaha--good entry soy! it's seriously...funny or is it funny-ly serious?

i once remarked at ian that i can tell whether a song is his composition or yours. whether it's a fast or a slow song, ian's tend to flow...languidly. now yours...i had an 'a-ha!' moment after reading this post--in your compositions, the hard edges of logic and rationality are almost palpable (think 'idle hands' for example). (hm, does that say ian is illogical and irrational? hehe). that considered, the collaboration between ian and you should soften a bit the edges around your songs and bring some gritty-ness on ian's.

now i see why all all the head-butting and heated discussions between the two of you (e.g., 'fighting over a coda'). in any case, ian makes for a good 'yin' to your 'yang' and you two make for a really good couple. hehehe.
 

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