Pinoy Dream Academy – Update

So, I wasn’t able to record the song I wrote for Pinoy Dream Academy. The weather simply didn’t make for a conducive trek to Makati, which is a shame (who wouldn’t trek for P100,000?). However, there are always silver linings in the dark storm clouds, and God remains faithful. I received a reply from a gentleman from the ultimate Philippine talent agency for Christians, who indicated that ‘Heaven and Earth,’ one of my more recent tracks and one of the ones available for download on my MySpace page, had potential, and asked me for the lyrics.

By God’s grace, this could be the start! I hope it meets their standards, as do the other three I sent (all downloadable on MySpace). This Time, especially, is the only secular track on that list of four, and since the artist who’s recording it right now hasn’t officially bought it from me, I still have dibs on selling it to someone else.

On another note, management is looking for songs for Heart Evangelista and Karylle, and so now I’m now working on two tracks, one called I Choose You, a Kristy Starling-type ballad with Heart E. in mind, and the other, for Karylle, a track called Don’t Walk Away, with a Shanice Wilson vibe to it. Calling on the muses of Diane Warren, come and visit someone else for a change!
If you can remember me in your prayers, please do say a short one for these songs to find their marks and be accepted. Lord, please open this door for me, please, please, please.

On record deals for Idol finalists and who deserves them

What is going on? First, American idol Taylor Hicks signs his record deal with Clive Davis (J Records), making him labelmates with Alicia Keys, Gavin DeGraw, Ruben Studdard, and Fantasia, among others. No surprise there. Then his runner-up Katharine McPhee signs her record deal, also with J Records. No real surprise there either. Then Davis signs up rocker Chris Daughtry, an unusual move there, given that Daughtry did, in fact, end up 4th; Daughtry becomes Hicks and McPhee’s labelmates. And now, in a shocker that’s gotten me in a bit of a whirl, 6th placer Kellie Pickler signs a record deal with BNA Records, giving the blonde country girl a record contract and bragging rights to the same record label as Kenny Chesney, Terri Clark, and Lonestar. In the midst of all this signing, where are the record deals of the two most talented individuals in the Top 6? Who is signing up 3rd placer Elliot Yamin and 5th placer Paris Bennett?

Bradford Shoes

I saw a  Bradford Shoes outlet at the SM Mall of Asia a few weeks ago, and the shoes on display immediately caught my eye. What was so special about Bradford shoes? They promise height increase of up to four inches. Now that’s a unique selling proposition in the Philippines, if ever I heard one, that could skyrocket these guys to profits in the millions, if marketed properly and driven by good word-of-mouth. I’d never heard of Bradford shoes prior to seeing them on display at the SM Mall of Asia, and I’ll admit that many of the shoes on display looked pretty darn good. More importantly, they did not look like elevator or platform shoes, which is great for shorter guys like me, looking to avoid the stigma of being shorter than average (I’m 5″6 barefoot). I was itching to buy myself a pair, save for the rather prohibitive prices (upwards of P3,000 for the average pair). The Wally, pictured on the left, goes for upwards of P4,000, which is well out of reach of my grubby fingers, plus apparently, they don’t have shoes in my size (I’m a 10 1/2, which makes me feel like a short and stubby Ronald McDonald). Another plus is that Bradford shoes are locally manufactured (can you imagine?), so strike up another plus for local shoemakers, because the quality of these shoes looked awesome. If any of you out there buy a pair of Bradford Shoes, do let me know if they’re good, so I’ll buy myself a pair too.

Pinoy Dream Academy – give me a song title!

I learned over the KATHA Yahoogroups that Pinoy Dream Academy is looking for song submissions. Sixteen songs – in the vein, I imagine, of A Moment Like This, Believe, and Inside Your Heaven, among other American Idol I-will-survive-and-triumph-over-adversity tracks – will be chosen, and each composer gets P100,000.00. Wow. I want in on that action. :D And here’s a chance for you to get in on that action, too! LOL Give me a song title that I can use for my entry to the Pinoy Dream Academy songwriting competition. I’ll use the song title I like best, and will give the person who suggested it P3,000 if the song (with your title!) makes it into the finals.

Wednesday post-recording analysis

Last night, I laid down demos for three tracks: Incomparable, Heaven and Earth, and Incredible, at . While I’m happy with how the first two tracks – worship songs – went, I wasn’t really able to finish Incredible,which started out in my head as a fliphop (Filipino hiphop) track but for some strange reason (uh… the fact that its singer and composer is a white boy?), upon production, morphed into a trancey, clubby toe-tapper. Incredible is still quite raw, so I didn’t upload that track, but you can listen to  Incomparable and Heaven and Earth, which I intend to submit to Victory’s music ministry for consideration, on my MySpace page by tomorrow.

Keepin’ tha praise real in tha studio

I’m headed into the studio again tomorrow to lay the instrumental tracks to three original worship songs (Incomparable, Heaven and Earth, and I Desire) and two praise songs (So Good and Testify). I’m particularly excited for the praise songs, because I’ve been playing with a Darkchild feel to the tracks, taking inspiration from Mary Mary (He Said), Brandy (What About Love?) and Michael Jackson (You Rock My World). At the same time, I’m a little inspired by some of the old school dance/hiphop sound of Soulshock & Karlin (Mary Mary, CeCe Peniston) and Warryn Campbell, so this should be an interesting project. If we want to reach out to the youth of the nation, we need to work with their music, and let’s face it, I stand a better chance of touching someone’s heart with some hot hiphop/R&B jams than my current, admittedly stodgy Michael W. Smith/Mark Schultz A/C creations so far. Is the music keepin’ it real? I don’t know. Is the praise real? Fo’ sho’.

Thursday Thirteen: 13 Great Quotes

13.gif Thanks, Cindy, for getting me in on this. 1. You once admired my courage to speak boldly for conservative values. The same courage allows me to speak boldly for the biblical view of the Gospel. If I’ve lost favor with you, so be it. But the courage is still the same, and it will cease for no man.La Shawn Barber 2. There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.Indira Gandhi 3. If the Creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely meant us to stick it out.Arthur Koestler 4. You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 today and we don’t know where the hell she is.Ellen DeGeneres 5. We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.Oscar Wilde 6. What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?George Elliot 7. Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.Ambrose Bierce 8. The next best thing to winning is losing! At least you’ve been in the race.Nellie Hershey Tullis 9. A study in the Washington Post says that women have better verbal skills than men. I just have one thing to say to the authors of that study: D-uh.Conan O’Brien 10. For fast acting relief try slowing down. – Lily Tomlin 11. When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So, what the hell, leap! – Cynthia Heimel 12. Rather fall with honor than succeed by fraud. – Sophocles 13. Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men – the other 999 follow women. – Groucho Marx Get the Thursday Thirteen code here! The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!