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"I didn't like the name but it doesn't matter. They played great band music."
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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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Friday, November 12, 2004
The physics of creative momentum

I'm not too sure how it happened but just into the first few minutes of our jamming session last night devoted totally to arranging ‘Violet’, we knew we had something going. As if by instinct, Ian had started playing a totally reworked riff floating on a digital delay effect. Before long, Boobop finds a perfect bass line. And Jerros' heavy and solid beat fit nicely in. Me, I finally found the guitar hook that I had long wanted this song to have. Pretty straightforward but it sure did work. It all reminded me of an acronym I'd come across before: KISS - keep it short and simple.

Without a reliable timekeeper, we ended up using more studio time than we had planned. A case of creative momentum pushing us on. Something that doesn't happen often. Tonight I think we all felt it.

Its uncanny but, from my high school physics, I still remember the equation describing momentum: rho (the Greek letter) = mv. Where rho is momentum and m is mass and v is velocity.

Now lets attempt a quick exercise in computation. If I we're to ascertain the mathematical value of our creative momentum basing on the formula, I need only multiply our mass with how fast we we're going.

Let's see. There were four of us in the room most probably accounting for our collective mass, which we can conveniently value at 4 times the average weight of a healthy Filipino adult. So, mass or m = 4x.

Now for velocity, which is how fast our creative process was running. Hmmm, a bit tricky. Should I express that by a crude estimation based on our heightened sensual acuity, linear floor movements, exaggerated speech, and etcetera? No, too complex. Maybe if I state the average time it takes us to finish arranging a song and relate that to the amount of work we actually achieved. Seems workable, so ok then. Off the top of my head, I’d say on average, we need about 4 full sessions to finish arranging one complete song. (To simplify my computations, I will disregard detailing and polishing work because in essence, it never stops therefore its value is infinity)

From the start of the session, we had agreed to arrange the song only up to it’s halfway point just before the chord pattern changes. So, roughly, we we’re able to arrange half a song in one session, a work that would normally take us 2 sessions basing on the average. So in summation, roughly one hour of actual jamming achieving a work that would have taken 2 hours on average. That’s 1 over 2. So velocity or v = 1/2.

Since Rho = mv, then Rho = (4x)(1/2), making Rho = 2x.

So, our creative momentum then was running at twice the average value. No wonder it took us half an hour longer to end our session. I guess it all adds up.

Posted at 08:37 am by bisoy

bisoy
November 13, 2004   10:19 AM PST
 
Yeah, you're right. v = 2. I think I'll change my entry. I'll come up with recalculations and post an addendum.

I knew my velocity was wrong but I wanted a 2x answer. But I have an idea. Something I may have overlooked.

Funny how I'm taking this seriously.
sis
November 13, 2004   09:14 AM PST
 
LOL it doesn't.

If your creative momentum is running twice the average, shouldn't it take you faster to finish? Let's check your numbers... Since you arranged half a song in one session that otherwise would have taken 2, "v" is not 1/2 but "v = 2". Rho therefore is 8x. Your momentum was great; productivity must have been very high, too.

It took an extra half hour longer to end your session bec you guys were having the time of your lives. "FUN". Now that's one factor your physics did not account for ;)

I love violet already!!!
 

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