Saturday, July 31, 2010

My Secret to Living Well

"Early to bed, early to rise makes a man happy, healthy, wealthy and wise."

Way to go for me!

How Old Is Old??

I was at the bus stop this evening with 3 young ladies dressed in trendy casuals with nice makeup on, and at the stop light, a woman in a car in front of the bus stop rolled down her window and asked the girls how old they were. She was curious. At her age, 37, she said, she couldn't guess anymore when, looking at girls, how old is old, who's young, who's old, and so on. The girls were 18 and 20s. I stood there, observing the whole scenario. Listening to them talk, I thought, "How old is old?? What is age? Does it really matter?"

I've just celebrated my birthday, a milestone, about 2 weeks ago. Can you guess my age? -

I'm 325 years old and I look good!!!!!

Musicians live longer, you know. My grandma used to tell me,"You will never grow old because you have music in your heart."

So true! Yup, look at my profile. Nope, I ain't a Rat, but I was born way before the Chinese Calendar came about which started with zodiac year of the rat; hence, Rat is what automatically came out on my profile when I put my birth year. I was born in 186_,what??????? How could I have been born before my grandma, much less, before my mother???????? Well...life has all possibilities. That's what's great about it!

Yes, I'm 325 and I'm aiming to reach 440!! Why?? 440 reminds me of the tuning fork, a fork-shaped object that emits a tone of a specific frequency when struck, the most common of which sounds the note of A = 440HZ, the standard concert pitch. It's the musician in me, what can I do!

You know how orchestras tune up before they start to play, before they begin their concerts? They adjust the pitch of their musical instruments usually based on a fixed reference, such as A = 440 Hz.

Can you imagine, reaching 440 and I'm just tuning up, my life is just beginning all over again? Wow!!

Well, that's a long ways from now. Let me be grounded here and now, and live by the moment. Life is simple, let's not complicate it. In short, I'm ageless, timeless! And I'm happy!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Images of CHS Alumnae Grand Reunion


CHS ALUMNAE GRAND REUNION

The CHS GRAND ALUMNAE REUNION - The Gala Night, the Gala Show, the whole weekend, was a huge success!! Gracielu Rebullida, who did such a fantastic job as host and emcee for the Gala night and show, sums it all up -
"The CHS Grand Reunion was a smash. When you have talent, passion and commitment...when you can't keep 50 somethings from the dance floor until the party ends and you raise over 225K in less than 16 hours, that's a success! Way to go CHS sisters!"

Unbelievable how we were able to raise so much money in such a short time and more coming in! Thanks, Dodit and Medy, on making a commitment on behalf of our class. Kudos to Dodit on becoming the next president of the chapter. We're very proud of you!
And as Adel initiates on her sweet note to our class to heed the call to give back to our alma mater -
This is your invitation to please consider to “Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal." - Albert Pines

Thanks, Adel, for the reminders.

And as proud as I was being the musical director of the gala show, that was just the tip of the iceberg. The real gratification came from the commitment from the alumnae to give back to our beloved school, College of the Holy Spirit! What pride we all have in our alma mater! 

Monday, July 19, 2010

IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!! A MILESTONE... PROUD OF IT!

HERE WE ARE

"Here We Are"

I wrote  this high school reunion song, HERE WE ARE, for my school's, College of the Holy Spirit, class' Silver Jubilee in the 90s and it will be sung again on the occasion of our ALUMNAE GRAND REUNION GALA SHOW on July 23-25, 2010 in SFO where I am the musical director. I sent the mp3 and lyrics to the officers and production staff last month so they could study the song. One of the girls was so inspired she made a ppt and asked me if she could put it on youtube. And together with another classmate of hers, they did! I was so touched by her gesture and the efforts they put into it. I don't even know them. We're just gonna meet for the first time this weekend.

I got an email early this morning, Re: Here We Are - it's on!, which means they were working on it overtime 'cause we were back and forth sending emails about it last night. They were keeping me posted on what they were doing, converting ppt to a movie format, editing, etc.! 

Wow, I'm speechless! Today is my birthday! They didn't know it, at the same time, I didn't know when it was gonna be on youtube. What a great birthday gift! Life is good! God is good!

Click here to see it.

Thanks, Moonie and Vicky. I'm looking forward to meeting you this weekend.

Friday, July 16, 2010

This Is It!

This is It! - by Michael Jackson

I've just finished watching the movie to get some tips for my school's College of the Holy Spirit Alumnae Grand Reunion Show this July 24 where I am going to be the musical director. And I was totally immersed in Michael - The Man, the Musician, the Legend, the Phenomenon, the Icon!!

Why, Michael, why?? God, why??

This is it! - Did the title of your song, your upcoming world tour, stand for your passion, your intense, conscious desire, to make the most successful, triumphant, unparalleled comeback in the music world? Or was it, at the same time, an unconscious precognition, a self-fulfilling prophesy of your final bow, your farewell, your detachment from all material world and your journey into the next?

This is it!

Goodbye, Michael. The whole world misses you!

Pacifico

Today is my Dad's birthday. He would have been 95 here on earth but I'm sure he's infinite in heaven.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PANG! I MISS YOU...

(click on the title to go to my website then go to Music. You can also download Pacifico on iTunes)

World Music Awards 2010 (18th May @ Monte Carlo, Manaco)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

WORLD MUSIC AWARDS 2010

Just wrapped up! 

"Life is Music and Music is Life. Life is MY Music and Music is MY Life."

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Great Song Line

Walking home from the gym, I turned my i-Pod on and Mon David's Coming True jazz cd was on.

Mon David is a very dear friend of mine. We used to have a jazz group in Manila called Fourplay in the 80's with 4 vocals ala MANHATTAN TRANSFER. He was the leader of the band and I, the musical director. One of the highlights of our group's career, the apex, I'd say, was when Manhattan Transfer came to Manila for a concert, heard about our group, went to our show and they were thrilled, so "flattered" because we adored and emulated them that they joined us onstage and sang a couple of their songs! What a high that was!! They also complimented my piano playing. My manager, in fact, told me later that they "want" me. To play with 'em?! Whoa! That could have been my passport to fame, huh, 15 minutes of fame!

Mon, an incredible singer, world-class, he won the FIRST INT'L JAZZ VOCALS COMPETITION in London in 2006 representing the Philippines! Another Filipino, huh! In fact, just recently, I met John Calloway, flutist, percussionist, one of the most sought after Bay Area musicians, another Filipino, and I told him about last year's SF FIL/AM JAZZ FESTIVAL where we played together but at different stages and I mentioned that Mon is my friend and he says, "Oh, Mon, he's a 'killer' (musician)!"

Back to Mon's cd - great album, great band, great production! The music playing then had particularly great lyrics. One line got me hooked - You can never lose a thing if it belongs to you - loved it! 

When I reached home, I immediately looked for his album to see the title of the song, "Throw It Away". Initially, it didn't make sense to me, for how can you throw away a thing you never want to lose?! But when I read the whole lyrics, I got it. Great song, great line!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

At Coda

Sandy Cressman and Homonagem Brasileira at CODA! Great band, great music, great friends!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Gillian Harwin is Back

Multitalented Gillian Harwin is back singing latin and brazilian music this time with killer musicians! Gillian is an amazing musician - singer, acoustic bass player, yeah, and arranger! I particularly like her arrangement of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean.  The first time she sang it at her first concert here, she had a blues version. Tonight, it's a cha-cha rendition. Great arrangement! 

Click here to read about it.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

New Orleans Jazz at the Mission

Just got back from a New Orleans Jazz Concert at a new Performance Center at the Mission with the PRESERVATION HALL NEW ORLEANS BAND. Fabulous show! Great musicians! New Orleans jazz has gotta be the happiest music in town, in the entire world, I should say! It was exhilirating! The whole audience was ecstatic! Everybody got up to its feet and danced around the whole theatre! A young guy started it with her girlfriend or lady friend and I jumped up and joined! Then we got everybody to stand up and join the line and dance all over! You can't stay glued on your seats! The music was just too, what, I can't even describe it, you simply can't ignore it! Well, Norman had to stay in place cause he had to watch my purse and coat while I went wild! He stood up, though, and he was dancing!

Wow! And to think that I almost missed the show!

There was a show at the store I wanted to see - the Jazz Camp Open Mic, a wrap-up to the just concluded week-long camp! I've never been to one and all musician/friends have been telling me to attend a jazz camp, even once, so I wanted to go see what's happening in tonight's event, have an idea of what they do in a music camp, thinking I might get inspired, (which, of course, I always do), and go to next year's jazz camp. Norman and I were splitting the 2 shows tonight, he was going to the New Orleans Jazz show. But because of the anticipated riot, protests, after the Meserhle conviction this afternoon, the event was cancelled. So I ended up at the New Orleans'. Boy, now I'd like to go to New Orleans!

Lately, we have been totally immersed in a lot of live music - gigs, his, mine, ours, shows, concerts, all kinds! That goes without saying, being musicians, but these past few weeks have been unusually plenty. I ain't complaining.

I'm exhausted now from all the dancing, no, not exhausted, exhilirated!

It's late. Nite-nite...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

ELIO VILLAFRANCA TRIO





Another great concert at PPCO. with Grammy-nominated jazz pianist from Cuba, ELIO VILLAFRANCA TRIO tonight with Alan Hall on drums, Peter Barshay on bass and guest artist, Inga Swearingen on vocals!



Click here to read about it.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Talk About...Gigs!

Gigs! Did I forget to tell you about my gig with Norman and his brother, Joel, bass player, last month here in the city? God, it was fun! It was Norman's gig with his jazz quartet with his brother, who was visiting from the East Coast, playing bass. Actually, he "borrowed" my jazz trio with drummer, Curt Moore, and hired saxophonist, Dayna Stephens. And Norman invited me to jam as guest, along with other musicians/friends, and was that a thrill! 

We got very busy that week with the gig and going to 3 concerts 3 nights in a row, I totally forgot to"report" the news. 

Anyway, we should do more of that. Well, we got invited again so I'll keep you posted. We should really do a concert called The Landsbergs or Landsberg, Landsberg & Me. How about that! Just a thought right now.

Jazzed Out, Flagged Out, Corned Out... Wiped Out!!!


I'm all jazzed out this weekend from the street fair and my solo gig yesterday plus the Jazz Worship at Calvary today! And all "flagged" out with my american flag outfit from my american flag baseball cap to my american flag jacket right down to my american flag socks! I have a pair of american flag tennis shoes but I couldn't find 'em! And, oh, all "corned "out from all the corns on the cobs - roasted, wood-fired and steamed! And, of course, all full with good food, too. 

Nice to be home and just relax... 

I'm wiped out!!

FILLMORE JAZZ FESTIVAL

Jazz street fair! Great! Lots of fun!

Friday, July 2, 2010