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All Your Children Want For Dinner Is You

My eyes are getting all messy again lately.  For reason that I thought I was already used to by now.  Apparently not.

I shuffled the songs on my playlist and as if on cue, Encounters With A Yeti‘s last track from their Pilot album came sneaking through my earphones. How literally apt. All Your Children Want For Dinner is You.

An awesome track that had me feeling so horribly miserable. Because it is exactly what we want. Something as mundane as having dinner with my father again. A simple enough wish if only death has not impossibly wedged itself between us and my father.

I remember bringing my dinner one time to their room because he can barely walk then. My mom went, “Bakit dito ka pa kakain?” I just made an incoherent mumble and went on eating as she assisted my father as he ate. That was the last time I had dinner with him. We sat silently in bed as we both ate. When before we eat with the tv on and with conversations that will start with one topic and end with another.

He enjoys this boodle feast so much and I don't know if I can enjoy this as much as I did when we're with him.

He enjoys this boodle feast so much and I don’t know if I can enjoy this as much as I did when we’re with him.

Chatting during dinner is never encouraged when we were kids. Well, they’re old school. They were reared that way, so were we. But as we grew up, dinner is filled with chatter about almost anything; from the ABS CBN soaps that my mother watch to PBA games that my father is fond of. He’s even brainwashed us to be Jaworski fans too! Fun times 🙂

While you still have the chance, spend time with your parents. As that saying goes, don’t be so busy growing up that you forget they’re growing old. Even as you fought and argued with them, you will miss them. The littlest of things will remind you of them. You will feel that catch in your throat. Your eyes will well. And you will try your darndest to fight the tears threatening to fall. You can act tough and hide behind a smile or just give in.

Note to self: Keep yourself busy. Go on a trip. Solo or otherwise.

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Over the Moon with Moon Safari

For the past months, there are only two albums that I listen from the first to the last track: Encounters with a Yeti’s Pilot and Moon Safari’s Lover’s End. These two are my constant travel companions and they managed to drive away the bad vibes of rush hour traffic every single time. While EWAY’s songs give you the liberty to paint their songs with lyrics that suits your mood because they’re instrumental, Moon Safari tells you a story that hits close to home.

My brother’s friend introduced him to Moon Safari’s music; then my brother shared it to me and I instantly fell in love with it hook, line and sinker. That Moon Safari is a progressive rock band from Sweden is another reason for my Swediction.  😀

Lover’s End is a concept album released in 2010 and the story that unfolds as the tracks stream to the next will get you glued until the very last strains of the last track.  I just love how Lover’s End Part 1 seamlessly segues to Kid Called Panic. Sheer perfection! The beautiful melody, shot-to-the-heart (or wrist-slash-inducing) lyrics and great vocals will take you to the story of a guy so in love with a girl who doesn’t feel the same. A guy in the crossroads of holding on and letting go; of moving on and staying put.

A warning, though. Should you decide delve into the lyrics, do not do it when you’re in that miserable place. You just might get death-by-lyrics. 😉

Lover’s End Part 1

“…What took years to build up takes a night to tear down, and this night will haunt me for the rest of my life…”

Kid Called Panic

“…You’ve changed your address, soon you’ll change your last name, how I wish I’d change at all…”

Crossed the Rubicon

“…I am not leaving for the lack of the believing, to follow the heart is the hardest part…”

Lover’s End Part 2

“…There will come a day when I won’t think about you; that will be a sad day, that will be a wonderful day…”

Recently, they released a new EP, Lover’s End Part 3 and just like it’s predecessor, it is 24 minutes of beautiful music and poignant lyrics (kind of makes me want to embrace the guy and comfort him). 😀

Lover’s End Part 3

“… Mary’s on the city square flashes her  engagement ring to anyone who cares…”

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(Close) Encounters With A Yeti

**** Check related post here.

Over at lunch a few months back with my new teammates, the band Encounters With A Yeti (EWAY) came up amid the slew of conversations from across the table and endlessly waiting for our orders to be served.

PILOT is the first CD I bought in ages since I mostly just download. As I listen to it, it actually set the mood for writing this post.

It was only when I came across this article recently that I remember to check them out. And I wasn’t prepared for their kind of music. They sound amazing that colonial mentality almost immediately kicked in. Had I not known that they are Filipinos, I would have mistaken them for Swedish because they have that Nordic vibe going on. I don’t even know how to explain it. Basta.

They classify their music as acousmatic. Instrumental post-rock as some would say. I thought they were progressive rock. Whatever their genre is, I don’t think they are the type who want to be stereotyped and tied down to a particular genre.

As their music is a work of art on its own, each track is further represented by a different art piece.

Don’t take my word for it; listen to the tracks they posted on their Facebook or Myspace pages. I thought their music has that kind of sad note to it that it should be avoided when you’re in that hopeless place. 😉   It makes you want to stare into space and just get lost in your own little world. But the thing is, their music takes you to staggering highs and shattering lows. It’s just amazing.

I am happy for their underground fame as they get to do what they love minus the unnecessary pressures that come along with going mainstream. With bands like them, I get hopeful that our music industry has not deteriorated to a sorry pulp, courtesy of this particular novelty songwriter who just annoys the beejeezes out of me with his altered nursery rhyme that is called his ‘composition’. A serious insult to real songwriters who make really good songs and music pieces. (Inhale…. exhale! There…. much better 😀 )

I have yet to watch them live though. They have their regular gigs at Saguijo in Makati every third Saturday of the month and other gigs at Route 196 over at Katipunan. You can check out their sites for updates. Their album entitled Pilot is available at Fully Booked but I suggest you call first because there is an off chance of it being sold out already (like Greenbelt branch, unless they’ve re-stocked). These guys have a cult following, you see. 😀

By the way,  did I say that their bassist personally handed me over my copy? Well, he’s a fellow cube dweller, too. How cool is that? \m/(>_<)\m/

Encounters With A Yeti are:

Ponchie Buenavista, guitarist;  Ross Pleyto, bassist; Caloy Tiangco, drummer; Ariel Mesina, drummer; Niño Valmonte, guitarist; Ramon Rivera, guitarist; Des Lawas, keyboardist and Cocoy Silva, drummer.

Thanks to Ross for having my copy signed by everyone 😀

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