Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"The Making Of" - Part 1

Here's a video of Rodney and Richmond creating a track that will be the 'intro' of our new album. This was taken in our studio. Let us know what you think!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The First Song We Learned as a Group

We first got together back in 1997. Man.... that was 13 years ago! Wow, how time flies...
The first song we learned as a group was "Lean on Me" in a cappella. Here's a video of us performing the song with our band in the Philippines back in 2004! Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

shows are shows

I can say we have been truly blessed to have performed in numerous cities and countless venues. We have done shows at the House of Blues, have had our own tours that included concerts in 19 different states across the United States, various university events, and even appeared on LA's CBS tv station. However, we also had performed in some of the less ideal circumstances. People may not always enjoy our show, or the event may not have been able to provide some of the best sound system setup. Regardless, it was these experiences that we truly have learned from throughout the years.

There was one performance where we had a noon show at a college. As soon as we got there, the event coordinator tells us that there were only two mics. They were corded. So we figured, we could work with that. Unfortunately, he also tells as that they had speakers, but they didn't have an audio system that can play our instrumental cd. They had a boombox that can play our cd, but it could not connect to the speakers. The only thing we could do was take one of the mics and put it in front of the boombox speakers. That way the music would be played into the mic and out to the speakers.That leaves us with only one mic. What can you do, right? Well, the show must go on. So we sang a 45 minute set, singing into one mic and music coming out of a mic'd boombox. Surprisingly, people were enjoying it. I have to admit though, our acappella songs helped a lot.

Another show we did was called Hollywood Showcase. Not one person in the audience had ever heard of our songs. Before we even came out to the middle of the stage, some lady yells out, "Are you guys Jerry's Kids?" Implying as if we had muscular dystrophy. Automatically, they counted us out. We still tried to come out with confidence, because at the end of the day, the music speaks for itself. We sang two songs that night. Original songs called, "Need You(By My Side)" and "Another Day." As soon as we ended, some people even gave us a standing ovation. (Perhaps it was the same person who called us Jerry's Kids?)

Oh by the way, our appearance on CBS was actually a funny story. We had an appearance in a live morning show and the hosts announced that we were coming up, right before the commercial break. Before we went on, there was "Breaking News!" They ended up covering a car chase. Give me a break! Fortunately, they asked us to come back the next morning, and we did get to sing on tv after all.

To make a long story short, we have learned that where we performed was really not that important. A show is a show. And it's actually the ones that weren't in the best of circumstances that we more so had given it our all. Don't get me wrong, we definitely enjoyed the awesome concerts we've had in San Diego, Chicago, Vancouver, or even at an all-girls university in the Philippines, just to name a few. But we'll save that for later.

- RA