Monday, March 29, 2010

Highs and Lows: The Highs

The past 2 weeks have been a whirlwind ride for me. It's as if I was spinning around wildly in some wheel of karmic fortune. I have no one to talk to about it. So here I am telling my blog of all the smiles, joys, tears, and sadness of the past 2 weeks.

The Highs

The Friday before last Friday was the beginning of my long anticipated "vacation". I have not had a vacation in over a year because of work. Considering I didn't even get time off from the Christmas and New Year holidays, I was so stoked to actually take time off and head to the beach. I was fortunate that my good friend Roland wanted to hit the beach as well. So unlike, many trips years ago, I felt good that I wasn't doing this particular trip solo.

I missed White Beach, Puerto Galera. It has been years since I would go there practically every weekend. I used to treat the place as my escape because of my immaturity/inability to handle love and the loss of that love. Through those countless trips, I found friends and music that guided me towards a life direction that until this day I am glad that I took. After a while I went back to White Beach less and less. This was actually a good sign back then because I became less dependent on the place to help me deal with my depression. I was reckless and self-destructive back then (I was such a stupid kid). But with the friendships I formed there, and the music that we shared, it shaped me towards the person I am today. With all that personal history with White Beach in the back of my head, I was so excited to "come back home", so to speak.

Monday, March 15, 2010

More Hype Built Around Tron Legacy

I blogged about this upcoming movie last year. Check out the post here. A very short teaser trailer was released that made me and throngs of die hard Tron fans jizz in their pants. Recently, they just released a new extended trailer that shows a little more of what's to come. Check out the video below.

Even more jizzage in thy pants. I'm glad to see that they retained more than just Jeff Bridges from the original cast. Too bad this movie is not coming out until the butt end of this year. Disney hype building. Damn marketing machine works.

(Of course, I end all my blog posts with a line ripped off from the original Tron movie)


Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Power of the Pentatonic Scale

The past few months have been such a late epiphany for me about Bobby McFerrin. For years, the only thing I knew about Bobby McFerrin is how intricate his song "Don't Worry Be Happy" was put together. No instruments, all vocal track harmonies, layered one after another in an analog recording studio (That basically means if he made a mistake, he rerecords the entire track again). That in itself was amazing for me.

Friends, as of late, have been showing me YouTube videos of Bobby McFerrin that totally blew my mind. One of which is the video that I'm sharing with you below. This was taken at the World Science Festival in 2009. The theme of the event was "Notes and Neurons". And they brought in Bobby McFerrin as an expert speaker for the event.

It's uncanny how the pentatonic scale seems to be instinctual to people. It gives some of us musician wannabees a little hope. LOL!