Posts by Ness

Smells Like Childhood Tales


Great Things.

I thought about the song on my way home today. It rained as I left the office, gradually heavier as I go farther. Then stopped at a gas station to wait for another ride, to the ever reliable jeepney. But not today, the friendly tricycle brought me home and with a friend along. I went home with the new office mate, who Cads technical product specs. He’s quite easy to talk to and got some topics to talk about. Well, I’m more at ease talking with boys/men than girls. I don’t know. Maybe it’s because I grew up without a sister, just two Phineas and Ferb brothers. 🙂

Conversation saves the day, my office mate thought that he knew me from somewhere. He said I look familiar and that he thinks that he had seen me before, just not quite sure where and when. Neighboring our drummer’s nest, Bachie, he resides just around the corner. He’s comrades with Bachie’s nephew, Bry, and that he had seen the band rehearse when he visits the pad. I think a month had already passed until it came concrete that his thought of knowing ‘me’ was true, capping it with “Small World”.

Dinner time. I love sitting beside my Mom with her rundown of events during the day. She tells that she had a great day going out with high school batch mates and eating around – from breakfast at Anabelle’s to snacking off doughnuts at Krispy Kreme made her a full load. I’m even surprised hearing from her that they rode a carousel in the mall, just for trips! Now that’s a bit crazy. I guess, once in a while, we need a little dose of that.

(Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World delayed posting this entry)

Tuesday ends. Til another treat comes along on my favourite day! Tfn…

Here’s the song that came to my mind while on my way home today.

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“Shut Your Eyes” made mine open.


I guess the day was scorching hot today, well I wouldn’t know cause I’m staying inside the office every single day. But tonight it got a bit windy feeling it as I opened my window next to my desk. A sign that it might rain. Guess another season’s ending. I used to hate the rains. I hate the puddles and while walking, wetting my feet. But now I have learned appreciating every day. To be thankful for everyday is to wake up with a clear mind. There may be problems – in the office (not to mention the rants) but it just spices up the walls. Appreciating what we have is really essential in this life, or else we end unhappy, unsatisfied, and with a weary heart. To give a little walk through, traffic is worsening because of that stupid driver who, again, cut your way or that jeepney picked up a commuter or just stopping in the middle of the road waiting for someone to take the ride, or the road is under repair – again! (what the?), tntc! But to avoid being bothered by these, solution is to just leave the house early and let the traffic flow. Yes perking up is quite hard especially when it’s really early but it’s just a matter of conditioning yourself towards the day. On Saturdays, I still have to wake up as early as 5:30am. And so I get up with my dog alarm (cellphone alarm and Pappy tries sneaking up his nose under the sheets), boil water for my daily dose of hot chocolate and watch the telly while preparing my lunch sandwich. Good thing there’s AVO sessions on DW channel every Saturday. There I caught Snow Patrol, Jazz artists, Flutists, etc. And among those, this became an instant favourite: MARK KNOPFLER. I fell in love with this song and it really made my day.

And this one from Robert Plant and The Band Of Joy too, called “Harm’s Swift Way” (originally by Townes Van Zandt)

AVO sessions really got me out of bed on Saturday mornings… Snow Patrol’s “Shut Your Eyes” made mine open.

So don’t heave another sigh… Rise and shine, and just isolate the good things hidden “on a hot sunny day or a stormy weather too…” 😉

Hugging the House on Holidays


ImageHugging home this holiday break ~ah yes! It’s a long-extended weekend! The break we all had been longing for. But we gentlebuds will spend it in our homes. I couldn’t enumerate the hassle of going out of town or even out of the country for it might ruin the whole idea – but then go ahead (and not to mention the spending). As long as I’m staying IN. Meanwhile, I have been decluttering for months and enjoying how to maintain the house. Call me the handyman, I don’t mind. Having exposed to home depots and builders shops makes me curiouser and curiouser when it gets to building and home making. How to make things easier around the house with things found around the house and other practical stuff that can be a good buy and not feel guilty after, unlike shopping and spending for clothes. I guess, it comes with the age 🙂 But no, in fact, I put some sea creatures in the bathroom a while ago for my nephew to look at while he’s in the happy room. The Playful in me.

And it’s not that just because we’re on stay-cation, we’ll all be lazy lying around. But we’re on our tootsies making new melodies. Best time to relax and bring out the beastly beats pending for a long time now. The captain (Monch) had been sitting on the keys for half day. And as for me, I am for wordplay. Write right? So for now, random thoughts, blues and moods storms my paper.


Unknown quote goes “Kill them with kindness”…

It’s another Tuesday, my favourite day… (Noticed I liked spelling favorite with the letter ‘u’) 😉 Every day’s a rant in my work hole, yes I have rants, though kept inarticulately. I’m a mouthful in mute, a thousand thoughts in quietude and a hundred images in stillness.

 

Sadly Mindful


“Some music makes us sadly mindful of a loved one who is no longer with us. Even in the sadness, don’t be afraid to hum along, for in so doing we realize that their song continues in us.”

2 years ago, my aunt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer – at stage 4, I couldn’t believe at that time since she seemed to look normal and cheery as she always were. She would laugh out loud over a thrown joke, in her signature laugh. And everytime we go to her house in Bulacan, she would offer us cheese curls in cans or chocolates, for her husband, my uncle, works in a cruise ship and you know how balikbayans bring for treats or in Filipino “pasalubong”. I also loved going to their house because it’s so cozy, minimalist and neat ~ and my favourite! They loved dogs! I remember them having a cocker spaniel named “Duke”, and another spaniel which name, if I remember right, started with the letter M, and lastly a big labrador retriever. On summer vacation during holy week, we would go to Baliuag (her home town) to watch the famous procession of big saint statues after a long day of food feast.

It was a tough fight auntie, but I know you are resting in peace now. Thank you for the times we had, even the shortest moment.

“Worms and Angels” by Echobelly

Here and now,
For you and I know,
True love is deathless,
These crumbling days are ending,
By my side,
Let’s walk in the garden,
We’ll sleep in the ivy,
We’ll be with the worms and angels.”

Tuesday Blue


I grew up in the early 80’s. I remember playing with my brothers with toy guns and wrestling and in school, ask my girl schoolmates where they bought their pink bags and shoes. That’s because I always had my stuff in blue. A Tuxedo-Sam backpack and my favorite blue Tuesday rubber shoes. (That is P.E. day on Tuesdays!) Maybe that’s why until now, Tuesday had become my favorite day ever since. Boyish, yes. My idols, and heroes – my brothers.

My Kuya had been a deejay since his teenage years. And I always watch him spin. He also always taught me the artist he was playing on the turntable. There was this song about Harry Houdini and that a woman telling “I’m your Venus”. His favorite was the White Horse. (Danze!) Hehe, he wasn’t home quite every night hustling & cutting rugs at famous discos. His drawer was always filled with Equinox tickets!) I learned feeling, listening and tasting music – well dance music in this case.

Find something interesting yet? 🙂

My Diko, (Hey doc!) can be described and summed that character of Dexter, remember “Dexter’s Laboratory”. Well, our age gap wasn’t that long so we got along well. He taught me the world of science. Everyday I remember he’d mold little creatures with Dad’s wax or “pagkit”. That’s his substitute for clay when ran out. Pagkit is used to hold diamonds and gems for jewelries. Dad always had one on his working table and his work shop is like our place for playing “mystery adventures” – finding stuff we can play with. One crazy thing I’d never forget was this instance, on a quiet afternoon, he comes yelling “Fire! Fire! Water! Water!” (He was a bit inglisero already back then). Experimenting in the backyard with flammables, and whatever that was I wouldn’t know. But he was laughing after that burst of flame. Like, discovering a wonder.

When I was 9, I found myself fond of the karaoke. Daddy had this 2-deck cassette player with an amplifier built in. His beer buds during sprees would plug in as I recall a sunburst stratocaster electric guitar on that singing machine. Mommy always told me, even in these days, that I’d always play on cassette and sing along with “Blue Kiss” by Jane Wiedlin. Well, until now I sing along with it and have it on my player. I guess some things never change at all. And I guess there I found the kind of music I’d prefer since then, at a tender age.

To be continued…

Where I Was Today: “Northern Portrait”


So I was out for field work today. Skin went to a blush cause of the scorching sun… Traffic was everywhere cause of mall to mall sale around the metro, aside from the traffic enforcers, who’s I guess, enforcing the traffic themselves and the usual suspects – the violators. It was a hard day indeed from south to north. A/c wasn’t helping after all so I had to open the car’s window half way for air. I condition myself for this monthly trip cause it’s routine work for me. So I load up my player with the staples and add up some tracks craved by the ear from time to time to help me through the day.

This picture was taken during my last destination to a branch in Pampanga. But this was taken just along NLEX. (You can see my reflection in the dusty side mirror.) The long green fields caught my eyes where usually on this stretch I just find myself asleep passing along. There were plenty of white herons flying freely, in Tagalog they’re called “tagak”. I enjoyed my trip to the last stop I was headed. You can also feel the breeze cooling compared to the scorch sunrays in the city. And the smell of burnt dried grass or “sigâ” made me feel like I am home. Just appreciating the north, where I live and grew up in. When the school ends this March, I’m sure the traffic will move on this “Northern Portrait”. Have a great weekend everyone!

Pristine


Hello gentle reader, so this is my first post for “Writhing Writings”. I’m no wordsmith so I hope you could spare a ♥ while reading on my pristine entry…

Let’s see, today is February 28th. Weather (as per weather.com) is partly cloudy and feels like 92°C. Yes, it’s summer and I’m already hearing plans (and some had gone already) on trips to the beaches and vacay spots. As for me, I’m staying in. I do love going out, especially with my family and friends, but ~ I just happen to come in this period when I’m totally appreciating the indoors. Not that I’ll be busy lurking around brag books and wit tweets (a little maybe) but there’s a lot to do around the house recently. I wanted to paint the living room all white and then accent with cornices in Mahogany, and that is when Dad will help me move all the old appliances, and I mean they’re old. Then the bathroom needs a little pipe fixing and the bidet, is again, working like a fountain. My room, well I needed a little storage for all my archived stuff but should be needed not too soon.

There… And to start working on this list in the house means spending it of course, at home. Which is roughly consumed by office work and spending the nights out. I just hope I could accomplish at least one of them before the season ends.

Bringing Home The Wild Swans


Days Before The Event

We went counting down days ’til the big night, not excitingly but nervous and (soon would turn to regret). Yes, you guessed that right. We still haven’t got tickets in our hands, few days before the event. We were really out of Pink Floyd’s song (‘Money’) this time around. Bill’s always there chasing us and could no longer borrow some from anywho. But the good heavens heard two earthlings’ little wishes. 2 GOLD-en tickets magically came from a genie named, Antonette (of Lilystars Records). I know Monch that time would not want to let this once-in-a-lifetime chance to just slip away. He would always utter that his only ultimate connection to the bands whom he loves listening to was through his collection of cassette tapes (and I mean tapesss! He has crates full of cassettes and CDs!). Imagine 2 decades of having their songs linger every single day of his life from cassette to CD to mp3. Decades of evolution of music format and still their songs are as ever refreshing!

 
Betty-Go Where?

After picking up the tickets from Antonette, now headed to One Esplanade, urban commuters’ style! Thanks to Angelo for the directions.

 
 The Wild Swarm
 

Waiting In Line

Priceless Smiles!

We got in!

Three front act bands performed that night. First up were the band called SID, followed by Trisha Garcia (Jazz artist/band) & Kudos Loves 80’s.

SID

Trisha Garcia

KudosLoves80s

After opening here comes the main act… The host of the event introduced the band and it went (In a royal rumble match manner) “The long wait is over! Ladies & gentlemen, finally, it’s for real! May we present to you with pride… All the way from Liverpool, England… Please give a big hand to The Wild Swans!!!” and the crowd went crazy! The swarm indeed was wild, shouting and screaming “Paul! Paul!” and enumerating their favorite songs “Mythical Beast”, “Whirlpool Heart” and even Care’s “Flaming Sword” as requests for the band to perform next. I understand why these fans has this kind of hype and it’s just inexplicably high! It’s been a yearning wildly swanned, finally fulfilled.

Paul Simpson

Paul & Les

Me taking videos from mobile phone

The Setlist

Most of the songs the band performed were from the Platinum Collection and few ones from their newly released album. The latter part was my favorite because there they played my best picks “Bringing Home The Ashes”, and even “Whatever Possessed You” (from CARE, Paul Simpson & Ian Broudie duo). Trying to name each songs on the setlist:

1. Bible Dreams

2. Archangels

3. Liquid Mercury

4. Immaculate

5. Northern England

6. In Secret

7. Underwater

8. Now & Forever

9. Blue Bell Wood

10. No Bleeding All

11. God Forbid

12. Revolutionary Spirit

13.  Whirlpool Heart

14. Bringing Home The Ashes

15. Melting Blue Delicious

16. The Worst Year Of My Life

17. Tangerine Temple

18. Whatever Possessed You

Paul came explaining in the middle of the show that he had been taking Chinese herbal medicine for his cough and that it tasted very revolting. He apologizes that he might not be able to sing very well especially those songs with high notes saying, “You see, I’m really really old now…”. Awww! Then came intro to the song “Northern England”, really heart felt.

Meet, Greet and Photo Op!

After their performance, was the meet and greet and photo op with Paul and the rest of The Wild Swans sessionists. We waited for a while maybe an hour to let the queue go down. And as for my turn, the security guy asked me if I wanted to take a picture and of course I said “Yes!”, he quickly gave way and told his guys to give way for me so I can walk beside Paul. When I was beside Paul already, I think he thought I was a kid and so he quickly gave the chair and let me sit beside him and to my surprise he gave me Pepé Le Pew smooches on the cheek (or was that my ear?) or I think that was just his nose on my ear. Really funny experience… Priceless! I think though that was because I was the only female lined up among the guys holding up their vinyls and CDs. Monch was also able to get his records signed. And Paul said to him that he was looking for the album ‘Space Flower’ for a long time now, and I think Paul even was asking for it, ironically. Here are the epic photos!

Autographed Records

I’d say, it was the best event for this year. I will always turn to music no matter what life brings. It is the music that binds my sanity for which I turn to even if I get the blues sometimes. I guess it’s all part of life’s music, that even if the sun is not up, we know that the stormy weather won’t last.

x (& Pepé Le Pew smooches)

/Ness

XS: MODERN ENGLISH back to back with ICICLE WORKS soon!!! ~ JANUARY 2012! 😉

12-String Affair To Remember…


A 12-string guitar may look strange to most guitar players, but this unusual instrument has the jangle that your ears could fancy. I remember my senior year in high school when my Dad bought me one. (Well, I asked my Dad for it as a Christmas present.) I was so giddy when I saw the thing and didn’t take my eyes off from it. Call it ‘Love at first sight’? But the salesman thought I was some kind of a weirdo why I wanted the strange-looking guitar, while there displayed were good 6-string acoustic ones in glossy lacquer finish, and some in red and orange hues, and to think it is too big for me to even carry. That Sunday night, was the happiest! I kept staring and strumming ‘til wee and didn’t mind to sleep a few hours for I had to go to school early the next morning.

I really appreciated the sound so rich, the ringing and jangle that lasts on the ear that it gives. And to have a better sense of what-about, here are 12 videos of some of my favorite artists using the 12-string guitar.

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01 THE BYRDS – “Turn, Turn, Turn”

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02 THE BEATLES – “If I Needed Someone”

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03 THE BYRDS – “Mr. Tambourine Man”

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04 THE BEATLES – “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away ”

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05 Mark Gardener & Andy Bell of RIDE – Live 2003

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06 THE CHURCH – “Under The Milky Way”

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07 JAMES – “Sometimes”

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08 ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN – “The Killing Moon”

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09 THE CURE – “Friday I’m In Love”

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10 THINGS OF STONE AND WOOD – “Happy Birthday Helen”

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11 THE GENTLE ISOLATION – “Let’s Go Slow”

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And last! ~ but not the least is a trivia… May 26, 2011 (Coincidentally Monch’s birthday!) – Paul Simpson donates his 12-string Aria guitar which he used during CARE’s recording on the song “Flaming Sword” & The Wild Swans’ Space Flower Show Album. Precious piece I’d say! See Paul Simpson with the CARE, using the very guitar he donated on the youtube link. And! Please bear with the video for its quality recorded on betamax (Hey, it’s the 80’s!). This was even shared by Mr. Paul Simpson himself, on his facebook page.

12 CARE – “Whatever Possessed You”

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Tomorrow, Liverpool’s Legendary, The Wild Swans performs in Manila (October 1, 2011 ◊ Saturday) at 1 Esplanade in MOA which also coincides with the release of their new album as well as their UK tour. It’s going to be ~Melting Blue Delicious!!!

/Ness ♥

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