Cooking Time

Started cooking 4 things today..

1. Adobong baboy (for tomorrow’s family gathering)
2. A new arrangement for the Philippine Youth Symphonic Band
3. An arrangement of an original song of one of the singers I work with
4. Collaborated on a show concept for another one of the singers I work with (I’ll be musical director)

I realized that for long-term projects, or projects that need time to cook, it’s good to start planning for each one, strategize, then let them simmer all at the same time. It was a strategy I unwittingly employed during the arranging and recording phases of Eastern Skies, since it was a project that spanned over 2 months (while I was also working on other stuff, e.g. scoring the Jippy the Jeepney cartoon). Sometimes, the ideas from one project can spill over to another, propelling it further. For instance, the smell of garlic on my fingers inspired me to update my blog.


I just came from a 9-hour recording session.. two songs for an album project (where I am playing piano, and arranging for rhythm section + strings), and demo vocals for a song for an airline company. Too tired to write an update, actually (but I know my blog needs it), so let me just leave my 3+ readers with a favorite quote of mine from the book, Mastery:

“The people we know as masters don’t devote themselves to their particular skill just to get better at it. The truth is, they love to practice, and because of this they do get better. At the heart of it, Mastery is practice. Mastery is staying on the path.” - From Mastery, George Leonard