Archive for March, 2010

You’re on 3rd AMHERST UREIQN STUDIOS; nice.

March last year, me and some from the Silver Luna Gang agreed to do a business out of my hobby. A little home based studio for Audio Video Presentations, catered for birthday, weddings, seminars, other events and as giveaways. We named our “company” as “ARTEBIDA”.  Audio Video Presentation projects came in and made me busy for a while which is good for business. The Tarp we posted  on our gate is our only advertisement, it is also reminds our strong friendship every time we look at it.

But I can’t stop myself to use the first name of the Studio which is AMHERST UREIQN STUDIOS. I don’t know, I think I’m still attached to it.  Amherst Ureiqn studios reminds me of college and it is so hard to let go. Projects overflowed my calendar till now. I managed how to balance work, my health ,stake outs with the barkada and my bankable hobby with is Video Editing.  I do Video post productions for various schools and universities now. Every client came in is another addition to my Demo Reel and Portfolio, but still I use my hobby to help some friends , did some AVPs for free, still I enjoyed watching the end product, making it one of my favorite, “PUSH” for FCPC is one of them. The flash animation I made about  abortion, scored by an a capella  / choir version of Matchbox 20’s “PUSH” made it unforgettable and  until now, I look forward to do something like that.

This hobby gave me opportunities to meet various people, to gain more techniques in production and made me land a job as a high school teacher for a special project and sometimes give talk to various colleges.

Almost a year passed, many happened that changed me also the state of my studio. I also realized what is the use of a tarp that don’t bear the name of the studio that I’m currently using, plus, I lost my phone twice, so contacts embedded on that ad is not useful anymore. So I decided to change it for the better. With the permission from my friends, I decided to take the old tarp down and produce a new one. Promoting the studio I had in my dreams. A studio named AMHERST UREIQN STUDIOS. minimally inspired , I designed a simple tarp, my logo against white backdrop, services rendered and contacts on the right. It is nice to be proud showing everybody the name of the studio  I made couple of years ago.

Now I would like to take the opportunity to thank my  family, friends, clients and students I had before. You made my hobby productive; it made me more passionate about it. Thanks for new projects that challenged my creative juices these past few years. Thanks. The studio I named out of my codename last 2007 became a striving underground business.

Thanks to my friends at SYNCOMASS for allowing me to edit those AVP, flash animations and sorts, it served as my training ground. My clients from First City Providential College,studes and friends from  College of Languages and Linguistics, College of Communication, Advertising and Open U of Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Far Eastern University, Our Lady of Fatima University Lagro, TIP Cubao, Gregorbelle Preschool, ePLDT Ventus, Creative Vision photography, Ronnie Colors, Montana Luz catering, Philippine Information Agency, My co editors, my friends specialized in different editing software, various Medi speciliast I met and became one of my friends, my studes at PWU and IHMU, to the Silver Luna Gang,  to my family, and the God above. Thanks.

Check out my portfolio site where I posted some of my works, from graphic design, video editing up to AVPs and 2D animation: WWW.UREIQN.MULTIPLY.COM

[my first ever demo reel made last 2008, If ever got a chance , or time on that matter, I’ll do another demo reel..hmmm…]

Well, Happy 3rd Anniversary , AMHERST UREIQN STUDIOS : eyecandies since 2007


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After a long Hiatus : Burning 6th floor Chairs

Hello everybody, it’s been a while since the last time I posted something here. Well, for some strange reasons, I can’t open my account for almost 2 weeks. Bizarre. Anyway, I supposed to post some articles about animated films featured in Oscars, however something in the news bugged me recently.

I graduated  in a four year course, It just cost me four years of hardwork and perseverance and almost 300 pesos per semester, merely 12 – 24 pesos per unit. That’s why I understand why students on my alma matter was so angry on the proposal to raise tuition fee up to 200 per unit. It is a state university, for crying out loud, education should be free however there’s an amount to pay to avail certain academic knowledge. Okay, students back then fought on what they believe in, we do march rally, noise barrage, class walk out and even dialogues with some higher officials. All of them sort of worked that’s why we enjoyed the cheapest/affordable college “tuition” in the country.

What I said earlier, tuition should be free, but dialogues was made and both parties was agreed on an understanding that the tuition that be paid by the students will be used to build more facilities students can use. The government continues to cut our budget, thus paying small amount will help the university stand on its own feet.

But now, we don’t understand anymore why the admin should raise the fee that high. Are they aware of average income of a “mangbabalut”, Janitors, vendors and all blue collar workers who are trying to put their kids to college and somehow, produce a graduate regardless of their income? Are they aware how hard to see your parents work hard just to pay your tuition, produce your baon and put something on the table while you, trying to make a suggestion to leave college and find a job just to make things easier for them. Are they aware that a raise on tuition fees may cause family drama, making the tormented for the whole year o may change the kid’s course of life?

When asked why they need to do that, all we could understand is “to improve facilities” and “Huge budget cut”.

In these past few days, students, activists in particular can’t hold their anger anymore, they threw their examination papers, tables and a bunch of chairs out of the main building and burned them.  The outrange made into local and national news, It was covered by media almost every day since the day it started. And last night, I learned from a colleague that they got more worse,  chairs bungee jumped from the 6th floor of the main building, had a nasty fall, broke to pieces then burn into ashes. Many of those chairs are still in good condition, some claims it is brand new. My colleague showed pictures she took regards the incident. I felt liberated but somehow, I felt something wrong.

Burning chairs aint do anything good. They should know that every chair placed in  the building came from someone’s hard earned tuition fee. Even though they are activist, it is not an excuse to do such things just to be heard. Activists once mauled by some policeman, and he’ll cry for human rights. But when they outnumbered a troop, they just beat those policemen to death, not practicing what they preached. Please remember, even though you’re fighting for  some intent, think of equal rights, don’t think that human rights is all about your own rights. Going back to the rally. It is so wrong just to burn someone’s effort to put good facility on your school grounds. We’re all educated, we should know that part of our tuition goes to the facilities were enjoying right now; it’s like buying our own chair, table and cubicle. So why burn them and preach about the high tuition fees? I just don’t get it. Please be civilized, don’t just do things because you just feel like it. Please try to attend a class, that’s why you passed PUPCET at the first place, to study and make your family proud. You can help the university by other means. Try to clean the university, spread the word that can boost someone’s morale, try not to write some trash talks and non sense graffiti around the building because you just don’t like the regulations, try to talk like a civilized man, an educated one. Try to go to basics, dialogues do wonder and peacefull arrangements. Be mature. Think of other students who is trying their best to study while someone is shouting outside during school hours; think of those studes that had a hard time to get into school being interrupted by your speech that can be heard after school hours, Before you waste a spray can for a angry  graffiti, think of those students painted the university to make it more presentable and clean. THINK THAT YOU”RE NOT THE ONLY PUPIAN ON THIS PLANET. Lucky you have the voice, use it wisely. You’re a part of the solution right? Not part of the problem.

“If you want a symbolic gesture, don’t burn the flag; wash it. “ —Norman Thomas

[Oh by the way, I’ll try to go back to regular postings, I just have to deal with my schedule, but what the heck, I’m too excited to share many new things I discovered from the net, from work, and from my hobby, also please be patient for the continuations of those two novels “Mga ulap sa aking ulunan” and “Carousel”..Well see yah,  be nice to others and pass the gratitude]

Well that’s for now…

So Till then and Godspeed 😀



Mga Ulap sa aking Ulunan : Introduction

Haist. Do you still remember  your first time to stand up for your  love? When you’re stuck in the middle of Childhood and Adolescence?  That first phonecall with your crush that eventually lead to your first ever date? And the fact you’re not considering that as a playdate but a step to pursue something without your parents’ help.

Haist. The beauty of First Love. Well, like the famous quote says, “First love never dies”. But in the contrary, Do you think there will be this someone that will try to overshadow it and thus “First love never dies but true love will bury it alive”? Or it will be your first  become your true love?

Yeah, I know it’s almost March, but the heck of posting something mushy eh? anyway, I’m adding new page on this blogsite : “Mga Ulap sa aking Ulunan” : a twisted novel about first love.

Enjoy 😀

Well that’s for now…

So Till then and Godspeed 😀


CAROUSEL : Introduction

I miss writing, specially writing novels and short stories in my native tongue. I’m comfortable to write narratives in Tagalog. The last time I wrote Tagalog pieces is three – four years ago. I was able to copyright most of them but some of them are left unfinished and soft copies are scattered over the net. They’re copyrighted that’s why I’m pretty confident that no one will use them and continue those pieces under their name.

Yesterday, I badly missed writing, I tried to google my unfinished manuscript. I just googled : Amherst Ureiqn and Alas, i found my old posts in various sites but the one that grab most of my attention came from my set of “work-in-progress” post in http://www.FILIPINOWRITER.com.

There are two unfinished manuscripts that I think that  have a good potential if I got a chance to continue and eventually close the story.  Those are “Carousel” and “Mga Ulap sa aking Ulunan” . I decided to migrate those manuscript here and thus I’ll update and continue the characters’ journey on this site.

There would be new pages added on the site as I post those manuscripts. One page per manuscript. Well, I will post “CAROUSEL”  first. please  do check out the new blogsite page entitled “CAROUSEL”  below the site banner.

Joshua Toquero in "CAROUSEL" novel cover

ON “CAROUSEL”

Carousel is a surreal story of an amateur  writer wherein he have to endure his characters’ situations, pain, and never ending agony. It started when frustrations on becoming a good writer lead him into an accident. He suddenly woke up surrounded by unfamiliar faces with qualities resembled to his fictitious characters. Thus his mind twisting journey begins



PUP coffee table book

Lunch. 5th Pinoy Media Congress day 1. some room in NALLRC.

I was about to go when I saw these bulks of coffee-table books, carefully placed and arranged in a table. The almost dark maroon book cover shines too much , it’s giving me hard time to read the title embedded on the it’s side. Those hardbound books, bounded by beautifully arranged ribbon caught my attention.

I couldn’t help to stop my child-like curiosity. Thus I ended up in from of the table, checking the title of those beautifully laid books.

The cover depicts a night shot of the newly renovated centennial park.  It is entitled “PUP : Light of the Nation” . I asked one of the secretariat what kind of book that is. I am right, coffee table books. I never got a chance to open one because they are for the speakers, ABS-CBN execs and respectable guests. One of them also told me that they’re limited edition and expensive. On that instant, I told myself that there’s no chance for me to get one of those limited edition coffee table book.

Until last week, before starting a photo hike with Rose, She surprised me with a copy of the coffee table book.  My heart jumped for joy because finally I got this book that celebrates the Alma mater I came from. Rose told me that there are two guest / speakers that didn’t made it, thus giving us a chance to have our hands land on this precious gem. I am proud PUPIan, there’s no question about it, that’s why I think that the book is really meant for me.

I felt like a student again as I open the the coffee table book, scanned those pages, pictures, and articles. the book refreshed my knowledge about PUP’s history, introduced me again to a growing PUP, gave me a chance to catch up on things I missed after I graduated around 2008.

The book also introduced me to different personalities in PUP like the University’s Walking encyclopedia / Historian named “Senior San Pedro” , the man they called “Pandak” and Dindo, a disabled accounting officer.

It also features articles about PUP’s diverse culture,  Stories how some PUP students struggled in poverty and eventually claimed their triumph with thier hard-earned diploma. It also showed how PUP students involve themselves into political issues. Also various faces that made PUP proud here and abroad.

The coffee table book is produced by the PUP Public Affairs Office around 2008. Like what the recent PUP president Dante Guevarra mentioned on his Foreword : the certain publication aims to inform the people of what PUP stands for, to make them see that PUP is staunch on it’s goal to enrich the nation’s fund of general competence and potential achievement.



Declare [8] : Walking in Memphis

I first heard this song because of my hunger for A capella music in my college years, (just graduated last year) , the first version I heard is by Blue Jupiter, and after my MP4 was reformatted, it was replaced by Rockapella’s.

After a year, I heard dave matthew’s band version.
I got interested deeply to this song, I don’t know who originally sang it but I think whoever he/she is, it got my heart throuh the melody and lyrics, the songs cradles me in every note, it never made me fell asleep but helps me reckon some of mistakes from the past, remember people i met before and those who i think i’ll never meet again.  But there’s a lot more meaning on this song. It’s either personal, song’s poetry can be understood in different spectrum of understanding or in general, A songwriter’s story about the place.

my questions was answered when it came crossed to me the idea to search for teh real artist who composed and gave birth to the song. the net gave me three choices, lonestar, Cher and Mark Cohn, I hit the button again hoping that my questions will be answered. Youtube gave me Mark Cohn.

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I also learned that many has their own version of this infamous song. ( like gavin deGraw, Chaka Khan (urghh…ang chaka),Matt Nathanson, Howie Day, Barry Diamond (I don’t know who the heck he is..) Shut Up and Dance (Britain) Wouter de Clerck, (2nd season runner up of Bulgarian Idol, “Idool”) Master Blaster (German Band–spring awakening? hehehehe) Tom Jones (? WTF!) and Eli Mattson (from America’s got Talent)…the web offered me everything…sheezz…anyway, I uploaded my fave picks…please do comment which version is best for you. If you like a cover of this song that wasn’t including in the lsit please feel free to jot it on my comments space. I’ll upload them for you.

here’s the lyrics

Walking In Memphis lyrics

Put on my blue suede shoes
And I boarded the plane
Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the pouring rain
W.C. Handy — won’t you look down over me
Cause I got a first class ticket
But I’m as blue as a boy can be

Walking in Memphis
Walking with my feet ten feet off of the Beale
Walking in Memphis
Do I really feel the way I feel

Saw the ghost of Elvis
On Union Avenue
Followed him up to the gates of Graceland
Then I watched him walk right through
Now security they did not see him
They just hovered ’round his tomb
But there’s a pretty little thing
Waiting on the King
Down in the Jungle Room

They’ve got catfish on the table
They’ve got gospel in the air
And Reverend Green be glad to see you
When you haven’t got a prayer
But you got a prayer in Memphis

Now Muriel plays piano
Every Friday at the Hollywood
And they brought me down to see her
And they asked me if I would —
Do a little number
And I sang with all my might
And she said —
“Tell me are you a Christian child?”
And I said “Ma’am I am tonight”

Put on my blue suede shoes
And I boarded the plane
Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the pouring rain

Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the pouring rain

AMAZING FACTS ABOUT THE SONG (just in case hehehehe)
This was the first single for Cohn, who was discovered by Carly Simon. He won the 1991 Grammy for Best New Artist.

Cohn wrote this after seeing an Al Green sermon in Memphis. It is a journey to be baptized in the world of Blues music. Cohn said it is about “Spiritual Awakening.”

“Walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale” refers to Beale Street, an actual street in Memphis. Riley B. King became known as the “Beale Street Blues Boy” shortly after he first arrived in Memphis. Later, the nickname was shortened to B.B., the rest is history.

The sounds at the beginning of the song are meant to indicate falling rain.

The line, “Muriel plays piano every Friday at The Hollywood” is a reference to a local artist who played at the Hollywood Cafe, which is a small diner/music joint in Tunica County, Mississippi. Muriel has passed away, but The Hollywood is still there – you drive right past it to go to several of the casinos now located in Tunica.
W.C. Handy, who Cohn refers to in the first verse, is a blues legend. His most famous recording is “St. Louis Blues,” but he also recorded “Beale Street Blues” and “Memphis Blues.” There is a statue in his honor in Memphis.
W.C. Handy was born in Florence, Alabama. Florence, along with Tuscumbia, Sheffield, and Muscle Shoals, is part of this quad cities group usually referred to as “The Shoals” (as immortalized in Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”… ‘the Shoals have got the Swampers’). There is a huge festival that takes place every August in the Shoals that honors WC Handy. It is aptly named The WC Handy Festival, and almost everybody, from churches to bars, and even the public library, hosts programs containing Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Funk, and Rock and Roll.
The reference to “Blue Suede Shoes” is not about Elvis Presley, but about Carl Perkins, who recorded the song in Memphis for Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Perkins’ ill-luck in a car wreck stopped him from touring to promote the record, allowing Elvis’ cover version to become a massive hit. Presley’s copy was recorded at RCA studios in Nashville.

The narrator tells of seeing “The ghost of Elvis up on Union Avenue and followed him up to gates of Graceland.” Sam Phillips’ studios were called “Memphis Recording Service” and were at 706 Union Avenue. Elvis’ start on the journey to fame and fortune (i.e. Graceland) is usually attributed to the success of “Blues Suede Shoes” – and that of “Heartbreak Hotel.”

“Security didn’t see him” is probably a comment on the story that Bruce Springsteen once successfully scaled the wall at Graceland, trying to deliver a song he wrote. Apparently, Elvis wasn’t there.

“There’s catfish on table and gospel in the air” marks the dichotomy between secular and sacred. Catfish is the standard Blues metaphor for sexual intercourse. (The word is also interchangeable with the slang expression for the female sex zones). “Catfish” thus would appeal to the bodily instincts, whereas “gospel” would be to the intellect. The metaphor gains more credence since Al Green supposedly renounced secular music after being scalded with grits by a jealous girlfriend.

The lyrics refer to the girl waiting in the Jungle Room. This was the name of the play area at Elvis’ Graceland mansion where he and the crew would take care of business

Cher recorded this for her 1995 album It’s a Man’s World, and released it as a single in the UK, where it hit #11. In her version, Gabriel plays the piano instead of Muriel. It was used in the season 5 episode of The X Files called “The Post-Modern Prometheus,” which was the only black and white episode of the show.

Well that’s for now…

So Till then and Godspeed 😀



Declare [7] : Post of some mad hope

From the guy who sang/wrote some of my favorite tunes such as “I saw” , “Then I’ll be smiling”, “weight of it all” , “heartbreak world” and “All we are”, Matt Nathanson’s independent music revolves around “peace, struggle, faith and human’s inner endeavor in finding clarity in his everyday life”. sometimes I use some lyrics of his songs as an advice when I’m dealing with some problems.

matt nathanson Pictures, Images and Photos
(lyrics of one of my faves : heartbreak world)

Some of guitar arrangements are one of a kind, varies from easy listening up to head banging tunes. His first single here in the Philippines was “Come on get higher”, and if my memory serves me right, it was launched in Jam 88.3 fm last year, I think, sometime in July or August.

Good thing I got a chance to have two of his albums “Some Mad Hope” and “Beneath these fireworks”.

I think someone would give him a chance to distribute his albums more widely because his music are already mature for the genre like Teitur, Jamie Scott and the Town, Just Jack and Howie Day.

Sadly Philippines only heard his “Come on get higher”, even though it got some votes in airplay, a successor was not been played. So some thinks he’s one of those “one hit wonder” artists. But the truth is, he’s one of those artist that’s too busy touring the US, too busy to make another album.

Show Poster from Matt Nathanson Pictures, Images and Photos

well, for further reference (naks!) here’s some info about him and his works. (check out if you heard some of his songs featured in your favorite TV show episode)

(by the way, if you have his first four albums, please let me know, share it to the world! hehehehe :))

Matt Nathanson (born March 28, 1973 in Lexington, Massachusetts) is a singer-songwriter whose work is a blend of folk and rock music. In addition to singing, he plays acoustic (usually a twelve-string) and electric guitar, and has played both solo and with a full band.

Band members

The members of his band have changed over the past years. Among others, he has been accompanied by Aben Eubanks on guitar, keys and vocals, but later replaced by Aaron Tap. John Thomasson has been his bassist since 2004. Jason McKenzie was on drums until Fall 2006; Nick Amoroso on two tours from Fall 2007 through Winter 2008. His current drummer is Konrad Meissner. Before 2005, Nathanson was often accompanied by cellist Matt Fish.

Television

His latest album, Some Mad Hope, was released on August 14, 2007. The song “All We Are” was featured on the television series NCIS in the fifth season episode “Family,” the first season Private Practice episode “In Which Charlotte Goes Down the Rabbit Hole,” the One Tree Hill episode “My Way Home is Through You,” and on Women’s Murder Club.

The ABC show Big Shots featured his song “Come On Get Higher,” and the song “I Saw” was featured on Scrubs in the sixth season episode “My Best Friend’s Baby’s Baby and My Baby’s Baby.” Nathanson’s song “Little Victories” was used on the Season 7 episode of Scrubs, “My Dumb Luck.” On January 30, 2008, Matt and his band performed “Car Crash” on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. His song “Sooner Surrender” was used on the May 28, 2008 episode of Men in Trees, “New Dog, Old Tricks.” Matt and his band performed “Come On Get Higher” on the “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” on December 22, 2008.

On February 13, 2009, Matt and his band performed “Come On Get Higher” on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” On March 3, 2009, Matt performed on “Ellen,” singing “Come On Get Higher.”

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Covers

Matt Nathanson’s cover of “Laid” by Manchester band James was featured on the American Wedding soundtrack, as well as American Pie Presents Band Camp.

Matt is also becoming well-known at his live shows for conducting comedic sing-alongs by covering popular 80’s hits from various artists. 80s hits that he has covered include: Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger, Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer, Def Leppard’s Armageddon It, Asia’s Heat of the Moment, and Rick Springfield’s Jessie’s Girl.

Discography

Studio albums

* 1993: Please
* 1997: ERNST
* 1998: Not Colored Too Perfect
* 1999: Still Waiting for Spring
* 2003: Beneath These Fireworks
* 2007: Some Mad Hope

Matt Nathanson Pictures, Images and Photos

Live albums

* 2006: At the Point

EPs

* 2002: When Everything Meant Everything
* 2003: Plus
* 2007: Slow, But Speeding
* 2008: Left & Right: Live @ Fingerprints, Live @ Park Avenue

Singles

2003 “Sad Songs” Beneath These Fireworks

2007 “Car Crash” Some Mad Hope

2008 “Come On Get Higher”

Matt Nathanson Pictures, Images and Photos(for more, just check his websites :
http://www.mattnathanson.com
http://www.myspace.com/mattnathanson
http://www.facebook.com/mattnathanson?v=info&ref=mf (be a fan–hehehehe)

Well that’s for now…

So Till then and Godspeed 😀