The 33rd, 34th, 38th and the youngest!


“tcu_escape velocity batch”

The 33rd run TCU creativity workshop finished last monday night at 11:30 PM. I am exhausted. I slept really well when I got home and woke up refreshed in the morning. Once again, magic and synchronicity appeared in abundance. Once again, I saw people seeing the beauty that they are and I feel privileged to be part of this journey of awakening of 19 intrepid souls who did the workshop. Go and be all of the best you can , guys!

After a deep involvement like a TCU run, all I want to do is just lie around and do nothing, relax, or perhaps just go somewhere and take pictures or just have a nice time with friends. I need downtime.

But I know that in two weeks, I will be fully recharged to do TCU 34 in Melbourne. It’s a new place for me and it’s the first time I will be doing the TAPPING THE CREATIVE UNIVERSE worksshop there so it will be special.

If you are from Melbourne or nearby, read below:

TCU Workshop (The Full Day Run)

WHEN: August 25, 2007
WHAT TIME: 8AM to 6:30-7:00PM
HOW MUCH: 99$

WHERE: Philippine Australian Multipurpose Centre, 93 Cowper Street, Footscray VIC.

If you are interested in attending a life-changing workshop, here are the contact details:

Bookings:

Emmy and Nestor – 0438 849 788 or email emmy.duLake@aanet.com.au
George 0411 566 885 or email george@philtimes.com


APO’s 38th anniversary show at the PICC last Friday was something else. Even for us who have been performing this long, it has to be a night to remember. Not a single seat among the 3500 was unoccupied. We had an opening act in the person of Bituin Escalante who is a world-class performer. We also had our band that is so good they are to die for. Great lights and sound, a full audience, great musicians. What more could we ask for?


The best band in the world!

Danny, Boboy and I spent the whole week just building up to the show with rehearsals. They weren’t frantic, tiring rehearsals but pleasant ones where we ran the songs and reminded ourselves of nuances that we must pay attention to and execute. But more than that, we attuned ourselves to each other, and reminisced on our 38 year history and came out with the right goods for the show–killer spiels, smart gimmicks, great songs and humor, the senti moments, the messages.

APO!!!

People often ask us how we rehearse the spiels. The truth is, we first conceptualize them and make a loose frame work. We just know how to begin and end them. A lot of what happens does because we are fully present to each other and our audience. We enter ‘the zone’ so to speak and magic happens. Inside ‘the zone’, there is a collective consciousness at work that is more than the sum of what three heads can do. It;s like 3 Clark Kents becoming a super group. And it loves to play and manifest its capacity to wow. We surprise and delight not just the audience but ourselves as well.

It’s an indescribable feeling to be up on stage before a full adoring crowd. You can really feel showered with love and adulation and it’s like walking on air with a magic wand. There’s this large energy in the darkness before you that applauds, laughs, screams in approval and does pretty much whatever you want. It makes one feel powerful, highly appealing and lovable, and totally expanded. You feel you are the center of an abundant universe and the whole totality of it is right there in the venue. You laugh and the whole world laughs. You sing and everyone is singing. If that doesn’t get you high, I don’t know what can. I imagine it’s like a shot of heroin.

During the earlier years in our career, I would always have sleepless nights after great performances. I would get too worked up, too high to slowdown, rest and sleep. I would still be speeding because of all that adrenalin rushing even way after I’ve walked off the stage. Years of doing shows had tempered that and I can wind down easier now after shows. Or so I thought. Last Friday, I found myself tossing and turning in bed and could not get any rest at all. I finally fell asleep after reading for about an hour and a half. I felt like a start-up again. ha ha. It’s a good feeling actually. One thing I hope we never become are jaded performers who merely do the motions just to fulfill a contract.

Always fresh, always new like a beginner on the make. That’s how it should always be. Always present and on the draw. Ready to maim, kill and slaughter with wit, humor and music!

Guess who made it to the front page of Philippine Star last Sunday? Who else but my one and only granddaughter Dadadee! She has got to be the youngest Paredes to ever hit the banner headline pics. Picture to follow tomorrow!

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Anonymous
Anonymous
13 years ago

Congratulations Jim!

Puede bang dalhin sa next concert sa Australia ang best band in the world?

Broken Hill rocks…

Cheers,
M

Jim
Jim
13 years ago

Sure. That would be great!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous
13 years ago

YAY!

jeko
jeko
13 years ago

yay

Vitie
Vitie
13 years ago

Hi Sir Jim,

Isa po ako don sa mga “1st-timer na nanonod ng concert” nung tinanong ni Sir Danny. I’m 38 years old, tyempo ngayon sa 38th year po ninyo eh na-afford ko na front seat ticket for me and my hubby! Pero matagal na matagal na akong apo fan at nagpa-patronize ng mga cds nyo. Ever galing talaga kayo, lalo na don sa mga medleys! Ang yes, your band that night was extra superb! Congratulations! I promise myself to watch your concerts at least once a year, at sa front seat dapat.

Regards!
Natspugwre

slim whale
slim whale
13 years ago

i was planning to see this concert but i had to work late that night. darn. i even asked a friend who works for the picc to use her influence to reserve a seat for me.

maybe next time, i’ll be able to see you guys perform again.

honestly, i hate hearing the APO remakes other artists are dishing out. i want the real thing. i’m a purist like that.

please tell me when you’re having another concert here in manila, even if it’s just a small one. thanks.

Jim
Jim
13 years ago

vitie–wow! a freal live apo virgin! ha ha. Glad you made it.

slim whale–next time

Bing Bucud-Pagbilao
Bing Bucud-Pagbilao
13 years ago

Hi Jim! Always love APO music all my life. Just move to Brisbane a year ago. My old APO CDs keep me company when I’m feeling homesick.

I love reading your blog too. Don’t worry will buy your books soon!

I wish someday you can have your APO Concert here in Brisbane too.

I’m interested with TCU as well. Hope you can hold one in Brisbane too. I took a Life Dynamics course from ARC International then. It was also a life changing experience. Too bad they stopped it. Anyway, I would definitely attend the course if you bring it here in Brisbane.

Cheers,
Rubie 🙂

Lou
Lou
13 years ago

Hmm..hindi na pala ako orig in listening to APO music pag naho-homesick. I do play your CD when driving here in Adelaide and to teach na rin my Aussie husband some Tagalog. Kaya lang one time, ang tanong ba naman, eh, kung ano raw sa English ang “Doo-bi-doo-bi-doo”! 😉

Anyway, a concert or the TCU worshop here in SA will be great!!!

Jim
Jim
13 years ago

bing–someday , we will be visiting Brisbane, and there’s a chance TCU may be gheld there. KJeep your fingers crossed.

lou–that’s a funny story

Benjie Ordonez
Benjie Ordonez
13 years ago

sir jim,

i heard you’ll FINALLY have a concert here in Cebu on Sept. 14.

if it wouldn’t be much of a bother, would it be possible to meet you after the show?