I revisited an old song I wrote a few decades ago. Sometimes, something you made from the past still wants engagement. Video will be out soon. Arrangement by Ernie Baladjay . Art work by Ala Paredes Buencamino and audio mix by Hazel Pascua
Craig Peihopa, top Kiwi photographer living in OZ, a friend, and wonderful human started a youtube site where he features video interviews of people he finds interesting. He has met all kinds of people from big names to ‘ordinary’ folks. I am deeply honoured to be one of those he chose as a subject.
My profound thanks, Craig.
Found testimonials from students of my creativity workshop through the years from all over.. Just wanna share.
JIM PERET (Sydney NSW)
TCU workshop was really an eye opener and a mind blowing technique on how to tap the creative universe. I have also learnt how to deal with and set aside the blocks that stands in my way in everyday life that prevents me from being more creative. I would like to thank Jim Paredes in running this workshop and I really enjoyed every bit of it. It is not only educational but it is also fun and motivational sessions that really unleash the dormant creativity.
Jim Peret (Sydney NSW)
REENA OROSA (San Francisco, USA)
A resounding YES. And I got more than I bargained for… The course was magical for me. ..Now gaining friends is another story. I met wonderful people who I know will be lifelong friends of mine… And you Jim — with love and gratitude, thank you for “passing it on”. For being generous and kind to share your knowledge with others.
PAM DOMINGO (Manila Philippines)
Feeling small, inadequate or just plain frustrated with how things are coming around for you? Start waking up to your greatness and join Jim Paredes as he shares the resources of the universe via the Tapping the Creative Universe workshop. I did and now I have broken down the walls of my limits and have found how vast my resources are towards my creativity.
YOKO YAMAGATA (Tokyo, Japan)
When I found the advertisement of TCU in Philippine Star early January, I instinctively thought I want to take it this time, but in my second thought, I felt it would not suit me because I had already done enough of “inner work”…the workshop works on different energy levels based on where you are at the moment..
I began to identify the personal issue that was still blocking me from liberation,. I don’t know any other workshops which could do that, but TCU really pushed my back to jump, and, most importantly, it was done with real supportive energy.
I am really glad I attended the workshop..I believe the meaning of and benefit form TCU will continue to grow and expand inside me.
MARY ROSE FAUSTO (Manila Philippines)
I’m glad I signed up and SHOWED UP in your workshop… I’m enjoying the sessions of your TCU workshop. Most of your topics I have been applying for the longest time but it’s good to put a structure to the concepts, to label them so I can “file” them in my mind/consciousness more systematically. This way it’s easier for me to summon them when I need them.
GAIL BANSON (Manila, Philippines
Believe me, it’s worth it! I wanted to attend again but I realize it’s an experience that cannot happen again. The awakening is so overwhelmingly expansive that you will want to reboot and start a fresh, wonderful life. One can only have one awakening and forever be awakened. I have diminished most of my blocks and fears. I see life just as it should be– wondrous and generous! I’m jumping from day to day….
EDLYNN NG (Manila, Philippines)
It is was 6 days (actually 6 nights) of 2-hour sessions packed with a lot of concepts, ideas, exercises, singing and sharing. I highly recommend it to people who feel stuck in a rut.
CARREN JAO (Manila, Philippines)
Jim, the class was really amazing 🙂 I’m glad to see more and more runs! 🙂
MALU MORAZA (Sydney, NSW, Australia)
I have started doing things that I never thought that I could do. I have started to like myself again and really have understood that if I don’t try anything, then time will just pass me by without my ever knowing whether or not I am capable of anything and nothing will really happen to or for me. The point is my mind is open for possibilities and I feel good about it.
RIC JOSE (Sydney, NSW, Australia)
Good one. Am glad I did it.
BETTINA, World Bank (Manila, Philippines)
TCU has tremendously helped me to focus my energy and passion to what truly matters: (i) here, in the now — by paying attention to life’s everyday details, and (ii) my divine gifts — by expending them where they will make huge and real difference. It was a very liberating experience for me. I am also very grateful to have met my lifetime friends through TCU. Through TCU, I am also beginning to re-discover my true self.”
WOUTER ARRIENS, Musician (Manila, Philippines)
Learning to live each moment to the fullest has had a tremendous impact on me.”
DIANNE RESPALL(Manila, Philippines)
Being conscious that every second, every thought, every little action.. and every little energy counts towards some destiny. It is about NOW. A series of joyous now, makes a joyous life. TCU has made me conscious about the importance and logic of The Present .. Moreover, I have found TCU friends here! TCU is growth not just during the classes, growth is also what you do with what you have learned as part of your journey after the classes!
LARA MIA VERONICA (Manila, Philippines)
Tapping the Creative Universe is one of the best seminars I had attended! Yes, once in a while I still do get blocked, but I must say if ever I am tempted to make a U-turn lessons learned at TCU tell me to move on =)
ROSANNE WATSON (San Francisco, USA)
If you’re thinking to yourself…should I?..shouldn’t I?…should I?…shouldn’t I? You should!!
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Have you ever wondered why some people can live amazingly productive, creative lives, and why you can’t seem to?
I am offering a very unique CREATIVITY workshop. No, it’s not about just making you smarter, wittier, or more intelligent. It is so much more.
You are actually already creative, but I will help you to unlock a creative life. This workshop will unblock you from being stuck between phases of your life, careers, relationships, goals, etc. It is about moving out of the limits of your mind into an awakened consciousness and spaciousness.
You will be meeting aspects of yourself you have not met and will be using their energies for something new. It is about being alive, responsive and engaged in everything you do. It is about being CREATIVE FOR LIFE.
You will work hard, but it will be very fulfilling. Prepare for a ‘second wind’ and experience a more conscious, radiant, productive life.
I have run this ever-evolving workshop about 90 times in a span of about 15 years. Students, housewives, CEOs, religious workers, artists, teachers, professionals, and all kinds of people have benefitted from this. I will be doing this online for now.
DATE: Feb 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22. (I suggest you attend ALL sessions. Do not miss more than one day)
Time: 6 to 8PM Manila time.
This is a call you’ve been hearing. Answer it. Write me for details and question.
In the late 1980’s, the late guitar legend Rudy Lozano who had played in a lot of APO’s albums sold me his old Fender Telecaster. I was quite happy to have acquired it then even if I hardly played it. I had other guitars and I preferred to play my acoustic ones. It was my son Mio who had just learned to play who ended up taking more interest in it. In fact, he played it a lot.
When we moved to Sydney in 2004, my son joined a band. He used the Fender Telecaster in many gigs. When he lost interest with the band, the guitar was set aside. It was not played for years. About a month ago, I opened the Fender case which had remained closed for a long time and tried to play the guitar. It was in awful shape. It was hardly playable. It sure needed a lot of fixing. One pick-up had stopped working. The strings definitely needed to be changed. And the bridge was very misaligned.
When I brought it to the guitar store and opened the case, the man receiving it exclaimed loudly, ‘Well look what we have here folks!’. He was quite surprised at what he was looking at and he turned ecstatic as he stared at my old guitar. He said it was quite a find. A person beside him started to google to find out what year it was made. It turned out that it was a 1974-75 model. Someone in the store suggested that it could easily sell for 15K Aussie dollars! I could hear ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ everywhere. Everyone in the store had gathered around admiring it.
But the ecstasy changed quickly when an old man who worked in the store asked why I had changed one of the the pick-ups. He asked me if I still had the old one. And he noticed the bridge was not original and that there were changes made in the string apparatus of the guitar. Almost immediately, the speculation about the appraised value of the guitar started to go down quickly from the princely price of 15K to a measly 800 AUD!
Curious about the old man’s comments, I immediately called my son and asked him if he had made any changes to the guitar. He said yes he did. He changed one of the pick-ups to a hum bucking oner. And no, he does not know where the original pick-up wis now. When I turned off the phone, I laughed at the situation . How could luck change so quickly. I told the people who worked in the store that I just wanted it fixed. And no, I was not interested in selling it. The small crowd that had gathered immediately dispersed.
After three weeks, I picked up the Fender Telecaster from the store. I was glad I had it fixed. I played it before paying for it. It felt new and very solid. I loved the feel.
Now that it in great condition, I plan to play my Fender Telecaster as much as I do my Spanish acoustic guitar.
This is one of my resolutions this 2021.
Even if APO ended about 10 years back, I have not stopped writing songs and recording them. I have done 3 solo albums since and did collabs with The Bloomfield, and Faith Cuneta. Last year Boboy and I collaborated and sang Quarantine Baby and Friends in Music, our latest release.
I was 14 when I wrote my first song. I am still writing, singing, and recording to this day. I just love bringing creations in my head to life. My songs are like my children. Some are easily likeable and charming. Others are more laid back, late bloomers who take more time to warm up to you. I a a prolific father musically. If I don’t record them, it is like I committed creative abortions.
I would like to invite you to subscribe to my Jim Paredes Spotify account , and my Jim Paredes Youtube Channel and listen to my many children. You may enjoy them.
Spotify: Jim Paredes
Our tribute to all the people we have performed with. WE DEEPLY REGRET THAT WE DO NO HAVE PICS OF EVERYONE. These include management, musicians, arrangers, singers, technicians, stage people, producers , TV people ad fellow performers, friends in school, fans who were part of our long career. This is our simple way of saying THANK YOU.. I wrote this decades ago. We have only sang it about 4 times. It is time to give it a proper recording. The title on youtube is Friends in music 2021
Here’s something to look forward to this 2021.
Announcing my 7th Online Songwriting Workshop Schedule.
When: January 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31
Time: 9am to 11 AM (Manila Time)
Each class runs for 2 hours.
Participant must have some proficiency in playing guitar or piano. This is a hands-on class and will require students to write at least 4 new songs during the run.
Send me a message here or on FB messenger for details.
We have lost so much.
We have lost our jobs, savings, a big piece of our lives, our access to streets, restos, vacations spots, destinations, concerts, gyms, our regular schedules, normal routines, physical contacts with friends, communities, and so much more.
We have also lost the world we knew, lived and operated in. We have lost a sense of the continuity of the world, and life as we knew before. Gone are many of the assurances, safety nets that our civilisation had painstakingly through the centuries put together for us to live and enjoy life with reasonable predictability.
Instead, we have seen ourselves stuck in the tiny shrinking spaces of our homes, rooms and domiciles. Everyday, we eat in our same small space, see the same people and try to build a ‘normal’ life around our great fear of covid. We protect our turf and our health with social distancing, masks, face shields and disinfectant.
Our spatial and time borders have changed. We can’t drive or travel too far. Every day and weekends have all become the same. The distinction has disappeared. No more regular and ‘special’ days.
We have been deprived of being with nature and enjoying it. We have not been allowed to go to our spiritual comfort spaces, our churches and places where we used to go for solitude. When was the last time we hugged our friends? Or got hugged back by people who do not live with us?
2020 has been a tragic year for many. We had friends and relatives who had died, and we were not allowed to physically mourn our dear departed. We could not even bury them with love, and honor them by being there.
And while all of this was happening, we have unconsciously buried our emotions in fear and anger. Not many of us have taken pause to see what is truly happening inside ourselves. The truth is, we are in great mourning. We have lost the world we once lived in. We are also in trauma because of the tragedies that have assaulted us almost daily. We may not feel it but we are suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disease.
2020 has been vicious, and it is ending tomorrow. Many are relieved that a new year is ahead of us. But how sure are we that things will get better in 2021? We have so demonised 2020 that many of us actually believe that when it leaves, it brings with it all the ill effects of Covid 19, and that normality will return. But it is entirely possible that this horrible year is just the beginning of a long curse, a pestilence that will continue to inflict pain upon humanity globally. After all, the entire world is in medical, environmental, psychological, moral and spiritual crises.
A man of tribal origins once told me that the Universe was like a table which should be standing on 4 legs. The problem is it has only been standing on two legs for so long and it will take cycles of 25,000 years to acquire its third and fourth legs. And that is why the world is in constant crisis.
Metaphorically, he is correct in explaining how and why things are bad right now. In this eve of 2021, how should we feel? As we gather among remaining family members and very few friends while toasting our glasses to the coming year, should we be hopeful, or pessimistic?
Covid has undermined everything. It is as if all of humanity has been told that we cannot go back to how things were. We have all been kicked out of Eden. The gates have been locked. There is no returning. To survive, we must all think and act as one. We are not separate from everyone. In fact, we already know that a few careless, thoughtless infected people can spread the virus in a home, a whole street, neighbourhood, community, city, country, continent, and the whole world.
To avoid infection, we must always be conscious of his state of our own physical being, where we are going, what we are doing, and plan ahead so that we and every one else we encounter are safe. Casualness produces casualties. In fact, we should wear our masks and take all precautions not just for ourselves but primarily for others. In this new set up, either everyone is safe, or no one is. Their safety is our safety.
In short, and as simple as it can be said, if we want to be hopeful in building a post-covid new world, we must live consciously at all times knowing each one of us holds the key to saving the world from further chaos and destruction.
i rerecorded this and made the vid on my fone. People in PGH requested this song for their Christmas party. It may look amateur and imperfect but it was made with love. ? Maligayang Pasko sa inyong lahat.