The other night, Ely and I enthusiastically exchanged some presentations re our latest artistic endeavors; he brought me to his office and showed me some new stuff re his upcoming movie project (the details cannot be disclosed yet, but it will all be revealed in the proper time, don’t worry - the solid fans know about it - you can check out his FB page for more details, it’s very fun and exciting, actually), and after that I asked him to check out and listen to some of the new mixes + master tracks of my soon-to-be-released album/new record.
I must say that it was definitely one of the most happiest and most fulfilling experiences I’ve ever had in my life as an artist and a musician.
This is actually my 2nd time that an Eraserhead listened to some of my new songs (the other one, was Marcus Adoro, wherein I made him listen to my 1st EP, “Middle Class Sensibilities”, way back in 2009). That was awesome, too; Makoy was very encouraging, fun, and helpful. He had so much insight on how to make a song and a particular riff sound right and feel like.
This time around, it was Ely, in his house, inside his magical office where ideas and dreams come to life.
Man, I tell you, it was really fun, inasmuch as it was also quite surreal. Imagine: one of my musical heroes, being patient and kind enough to sit through some of my songs, and actually finish every single one of them. That was very kind of him, really. He would completely get what I was trying to do in a particular part, and we would laugh at some of the lines in some of the songs. Actually, the stuff he showed me re his upcoming movie was really awesome, too; the music was really dope, man. Dopest of dope, man. This man never fails to surprise me. He’s a genius! I couldn’t believe he could pull off something like that. And, I mean, why should I wonder, anyway? He is who he is: a Living Legend. Hehe. Anyway, it had bits and pieces that I really liked and dig. Some of them rooting back to the golden age of rock n’ roll plus some movie references. It can’t be helped, man; the guy loves the movies a lot, just as much as I do and some of my movie geek friends. There were moments wherein I’d go, “Aha! I know where you nicked that little bit - that is so cool, you made it into this whole new thing!” And we would have a little laugh. The attitude towards it is very punk rock. He also knew in which parts of my songs I nicked from one of my influences, and we would both laugh and agree with it. I guess it’s in the folk-rock tradition, see, it goes way back; you trace down what music your heroes turned themselves on to, and then you’d go through their influences, too. And then, eventually, as you bask yourself into these wonderful pieces of music, you then try to incorporate them in your work and then completely re-arrange, re-create, get energy from, and totally bend it into a new form and make it your very own. It’s just like what Elvis, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, BB King, and Bob Dylan did. And while doing this, they all tried to look forward and innovate their craft. As one author had put it aptly, “All art is love and theft”. And to me, in many ways, I find that a good thing. A very good thing. Especially when it’s done right. And to add something original and very foreign to its basic elements, the better. Anyway, as I was saying, we would kind of dissect the subtext and context of each of our works. And it was - for me, at most - very educational, creatively nurturing and artistically reaffirming.
In the end of that short yet productive meeting (or chit-chat, or discussion, if you will - name it the way you view it), Ely said that he really liked the songs that I made. And to me, that was very fulfilling for me to hear. From a man who knows how to create really good and original Filipino art (with a world class and global appeal), that really meant a lot to me. Or maybe, he was just being kind. Was he? Ahahahaha! I dunno, he pretty made it clear to me, though, that he really meant it. And for me, that pretty much did it for me; that was really very awesome, to hear something like that from him. I could imagine now very clearly how Jack White may have felt jamming with The Rolling Stones, or how Tom Petty or Bruce Springsteen would feel singing music with Bob Dylan, or on how John Mayer felt when he shared his songs to Eric Clapton, and on how any one from The Beatles felt as they were given a chance to jam with their greatest rock n’ roll heroes: Elvis, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Roy Orbison. The Greatest of Greats, man. The list, is pretty much endless.
There’s no denying it. Just as Lennon got inspired by Elvis, or as Ely was somewhat inspired by The Beatles and Bowie, the same goes for me: as Ely was one of the main reasons why I wanted to rock out and pick up the guitar to play rock n’ roll. I mean, that’s the bottomline of it all, isn’t it? The Eraserheads even came first in my life, a few years early before I formally encountered The Beatles in my audio list. And the rest, for me, was history.
I do not have a picture of that moment, though, me and Ely sharing our art and music.
However, I was able to approximately render everything through a simple sketch that I made just a while ago. As far as I can reckon and remember, this is how (I think) we looked like while all of that was happening. Yup, that’s the story for now, folks. I just wanted to share it to you.
Believe in the Dream! Believe in Love! Believe in the Divine Call from within you. It’s all yours for the taking.
Go, and make it happen! ;)
Thank you, Lord! Blessings to all of you!
Peace Love Music & Respect!
Shine on, Universe! :) - MAYO, 5/17/2013