Sunday, 31 July 2011

Catch-Ups and If I Could Take His Place Redux

Hey all. Interesting couple of days. First off, had lunch with The Nut Graph team today, at a restaurant near the premises of our old office, where I had the most sinfully delicious jalapeno pork burger, mmm-mmmm!! Here's a pic from my mobile phone, and I'll also post a pic or two of the team at lunch as soon as I have 'em.

 Nummy nummy!

Also, on Friday, I met up with dear ol' Josie from Perth, and we had a lovely catchup at the nearby Starbucks. Her man Trevor was also in attendance, and all in all, it was a good time, albeit much too brief, considering the last time all three of us met up was back in Christmas 2009. Wowee. It was a simpler and thinner time then...

Finally, I leave you with some more music. Here's a live recording from all the way back in 1998, when I performed my churchy song If I Could Take His Place in a concert, complete with live string quintet. Unfortunately the audio's pretty poor as it was ripped from analog audio cassette which in itself had low-quality audio to begin with. Plus, the microphone was set up in the middle of the concert hall, which meant it captured all the ambient noise, and was more sensitive towards the violins and strings, which means the main melody by the singer (whose name I can't recall) is frequently drowned out. But anyway, here it is:

...and you can compare it with this demo I'd recorded last month (which I've blogged about before):

Okies then, that's all for now. Till next time...

Friday, 29 July 2011

Of Songwriting, Semi-Finals and Snow Angels

Remember my song Snow/Angels? You must; it's a bittersweet one for me. Scroll downwards in this older blog post and you'll recall why. Well, here's the sweet part: it's won a semi-finalist placement in the US-based Song of the Year competition. Unfortunately I don't think it comes with any prizes (as far as I've been informed), but hey, it's an accomplishment anyway. Here's a screenshot of the page they created for me, which you can also view here:

 And you can listen to the song below:

You said, “Come follow me. I’ll lead you safely through this winter storm.”
I said, “Give me a sign that I may believe.”
And so you followed through. And so I followed you.

But the questions still remain; they flood and flurry in my brain:
What am I to do? Have I been a fool for blindly trusting you?
Blindsighted by this doubt, I try to find my own way out.
So I close my eyes, trying to deny every single sign—

But how can I turn away when snow falls out of season?
How can I run away from angels in my sleep?
How to explain away these things beyond all reason?
Snow/angels. Snow/angels. Snow/angels.

You say, “I’ll be your guide. I will reveal just where you’re meant to be.”
I follow hopefully.

But frequently I find my spirit willing, but my mind wondering
Who I’m meant to be. Where am I to go? Are you really in control?
This blizzard in my head leaves me running blind, afraid;
So I close my eyes: easier to deny every single sign—

But how can I turn away when snow falls out of season?
How can I run away from angels in my sleep?
How to explain away these things beyond all reason:
Snow/angels. Snow/angels. Snow/angels.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Say Cheese!

Ashley and Jodie enjoying a lazy Sunday.


Yay, got one of my (very) short stories published in the newspaper I work for, Selangor Times, this week. Check it out:

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Mm. Bop.

I'm still here! :) Updates soon. Not like there's much to update about, apart from noble and ignoble craziness taking place in this screwed-up country. Sigh. Anyway, as you can see, there's only one blog post on this page for now. That's because I've decided to "archive" the previous posts, specifically the issue-related ones, i.e. remove them off the first page so that they're not wholly visible at first glance. I'll reinstate a full page of posts when there are enough posts for the issue-related posts to be pushed further down off the page. Did any of that make any sense? Meh, gimme a break, it's 7am and I'm sleepy. So I think I shall head back to bed on this Sunday morning. Tra la la. Write more later...