Hello! I want to thank you for taking the time to visit this website. I am in the process of recording new music for you to listen to. This is technically the fourth time I'm releasing an album, but deep deep down, its really just a project I want to share with all of you. Every single month I will release a free song as part of the Mantis Project. You can download it, keep it, do what you want with it. All I ask is that you share it if you end up liking it! Thank you for listening.
Michael Jackson's They Don't Really Care About Us
All rights go to Epic Records and Michael Jackson. This is NOT a single I am trying to sell or make money from. This is just "Creative Vent" from the last few weeks. Everything happening in the USA and in my home country, the Philippines, made me want to sing this song. If you feel the same way, feel free to express yourself too.
They Don't Really Care About Us © Written and Produced by: Michael Jackson Released: April 16, 1996 Label: Epic
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I wrote the song at a turning point in my life. It normally takes me ages to write a song. Music and melody come and go, but Lyrics take me months. Not with this song. The lyrics and music came together. A lot of people "home is where the heart is" and I guess I didn't know where my heart was. The night I came up with the chorus, "Home is where you are not where Ive been," I knew I had to change the way I looked at my life. It didn't mean that Home was for a girl. Home can mean anything in this case. It's where your heart is. I wrote this because I know I'm not there yet. But I'm working on it. I believe I'm getting closer to "Home" everyday. It may take a lot of time and a lot of work. But where ever your heart is, you will go and find it.
Home 5:330:00 / 5:33
No More Light
It was a Thursday afternoon. I knew my weekend was going to be pretty free. I had no shows coming up in the future and I wanted that to change. I get a text from a coffee house in the Fort and they’re asking me if I can do a last-minute gig that night. All of a sudden my mood changes. Now I’m excited to do this. It was going to be an acoustic night with 3 sets. I didn’t care what the pay was, I just wanted to do it. After I tell them that I’m willing to do the show, I get right on my laptop and start preparing my sets. I’m looking online for lyrics and chords. I’m trying to figure out my medleys and arrangements. It takes me about 2 hours to prepare all this. I am officially stoked to be playing a show for that evening.
When I get to the venue (the coffee shop) I start to set up. I am bringing all sorts of pedals, vocal effects, my laptop. I’m thinking to myself, “I am not sure when the next gig for me will be next.” So I’m gonna play my ass off. As I’m about to sing my first song, I look around the coffee shop. All I see are the barista, the waitress, and the 3 ladies getting ready to go have a “girls night out,” kind of evening.
So I start to sing. The 3 ladies could care less what I was doing, they were just waiting for one more friend before they head out. The waitress is standing on the wall opposite of me waiting for someone to make an order and the Barista is cleaning glasses, all while I am singing my first two songs. I had all these thoughts in my head while singing, like “is this as far as this goes? Is anyone really listening? Am I not singing the right songs?” I am assuming no one is really listening because no one is responding when I finish a song. That was never new to me though.
At this point, I have sung 3 songs by other artists. I still get no reaction from the 5 people in the room. The 3 ladies finally leave the coffee shop and I’m down to the waitress and barista. I try to find a song in my laptop that I think these two will like. As I’m looking for it, my laptop decides to crash. I cannot for the life of me, turn it on. “F*** it.” I said to myself. I decide to write a song on the spot. I play four chords on a loop. Obviously in a minor scale.
And I start to sing. I sing words like “Where do we go from here.” I play this new song for about 6-8 minutes because I am trying to get a flow going. When I finish this song, I finally got my reaction. The waitress comes up to me asking what song that was, and I told her “I am not sure yet. It’s new.” The barista gives me a thumbs up. And that may not be much to people, but that meant the world to me.
I managed to finish that song over time and now I perform it wherever I go to remind myself, wherever I go and perform, Don’t be anyone else, but yourself. People will respond to something real.
No More Light 3:420:00 / 3:42