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"I didn't like the name but it doesn't matter. They played great band music."
- Nina Araknida
Sunstar, Flip / September 15, 2002

"Few rock bands in town could stand at the crossroads of a dynamic and evolving music scene and knock down the high walls that divide music genres and audiences with as much success as Sheila and the Insects. "
- Ronald P. Villavelez
Yup!, Issue 1.03 / November 2001

"Sheila & The Insects’ music is new wave-influenced post-punk rock music that is considerably heavy yet still melodic "
- Cris O. Ramos Jr.
The Manila Times / May 31, 2003

"What does an indie band do with the oft-maligned mix of rock and new wave? In the case of Cebu-based Sheila and the Insects, plenty."
- Ganns Deen
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Softly
Sheila and the Insects
Originally by Apo Hiking Society


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:: Original Apo version ::
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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Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Message to the disenchanted

Disenchantment. It can happen to anyone in a band. Any band. More often than not, it is what leads bands to break up. More so because here in the Philippines, it is very difficult to get anywhere solely on your music.

You can spend years writing songs and playing crappy gigs never to get anywhere at all. That if your patience can last years to begin with. We all know most everyone will lose heart much earlier. So the more common story is of bands forming and breaking all in a span of a few gigs or a few months.

Yet even then we all want to believe. Fairytales abound telling of bands plucked from obscurity by an impressed record executive who all so suddenly find themselves basking in rock stardom, awkward yet famous and rich. And though to some degree, this fairy tale does happen in varying degrees, the hard truth is that it very rarely does so and in the grand scale we fantasize.

U2 took years and several albums before finally breaking out globally with their phenomenal Joshua Tree CD. First was Boy, then October, then War, then Under a Blood Red Sky, then The Unforgettable Fire. If they had quit then, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gates would have hogged the TIME magazine’s cover for Persons of the Year.

Lesser people would have given up after the first try. Maybe a few would have given it a second shot. Fewer still would have kept the faith and stayed the course. But we’re not talking about regular folks here. Bono and his band kept at it through all those long hard and trying years, and for all that, we now have a generation’s rock icon. And he’s not even dead yet!

So what’s the trick to staying with it longer than most?

Is it the ability to delay one’s satisfaction? Maybe, but even then, there is the element of anticipation. Prolonged anticipation breeds disenchantment. So that can’t be the answer. Patience has limits. The same with perseverance.

Rather than imagining a grand goal and pushing hard to achieve it, why not just pushing on and enjoying the ride wherever it takes you.

I’ve long since understood that success is not guaranteed even if you work hard. What can I say, it’s a cruel and unfair world we live in. Even talent guarantees nothing. Geniuses have lived and died without ever reaping their due rewards, the world only catching on to their contribution long after their death. That, if at all.

Worse, the whole entertainment industry is as dirty as a caveman’s ass, where money is the universal grease and everything is bought and sold: radio airtime, media mileage, concert slots, even awards. In the face of all these, it can be hard not to lose heart.

But we can still choose to go on and keep playing, and surprisingly, many do. True musicians at heart will find music to be its own reward. I know I do.

I ran into an old acquaintance some time ago. He used to play in a band too but like many, had probably grown disenchanted at how the local scene had ambled painfully through difficult years with not much to show for it. He had lost touch with the scene regulars and, judging from his slacks and shoes, had submitted himself to corporate slavery. Upon seeing my packed guitar slung over my shoulder he gives a surprised look and asks me if I was still in a band. Why yes of course, I answered. Without missing a beat he replies, “you mean you never grew tired of it?”

I replied with a half-smile suddenly unsure how to react. I had too late sensed from his condescending tone that he found it absurd that I was still pursuing a dream at my age. He might as well have said: “haven’t you grown up yet?” But I just smiled, delivered the socially required niceties and went my way.

A typical disenchanted ex-musician. There are many others like him. Yes, dreamers we all are. But some of us have chosen to keep playing.

I believe the difference is that the disenchanted build their music to pursue a dream when they should be building a dream and pursuing their music. A dream is not something you must reach but something you must live.

Enjoy every gig like it’s your last. Write every song as if it’s your best. Build your dream on every riff, and live it in every note. The whole point is not in reaching your dream. The whole point is the pursuit. Only by understanding this can you fight aridity and disenchantment. After all, it is not the destination. It is the journey.

Posted at 11:00 am by bisoy

Julian
June 22, 2006   10:32 PM PDT
 
Nice... very inspiring... keep rocking!!\m/
isyat
March 29, 2006   10:12 PM PST
 
wow...i was just checking out your blog and i got very inspired...the nicest entry ive read....rock on.
Orven
February 27, 2006   07:15 AM PST
 
Brainfreeze,

By all means bro. There's an entry link at the foot of the article that you can also use. Thanks for dropping by.
brainfreeze
February 22, 2006   08:34 PM PST
 
hey SATI!

very inspiring article... for musicians and non-musicians alike..

can i post this article on my blog?!

by the way you guys rock! ü when are you coming to manila? i can't wait to see you guys perform live!

ralph mendoza
January 25, 2006   03:54 PM PST
 
inspiring..
lastdodobird
January 17, 2006   12:29 AM PST
 
excellent entry! my favorite by far :)
jen
January 11, 2006   01:02 PM PST
 
yeah, it is true that absurdity in whatever one is doing whether songs, records, or even school work, is inevitable. Yes, that is what they say as 'disenchantment.' But reading this entry of yours is a true statement. No matter how bland, or boring, or uninteresting, or depressing... one should not stop trying... as you say.. keep on dreaming.
Thanks for being a great band... you stand out. :P
prozacstinator
January 5, 2006   11:13 AM PST
 
man... inspiring piece... i became teary-eyed... let's continue living the dream... keep on playing!
 

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