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Saturday, September 13, 2008
This week's song is called "Intuition". There are acoustic guitar, Dobro, mandolin, bass, Hammond Organ, and lots of different percussive elements. The lyrics are my mind reflecting on everyday life. "Intuition so significant, but intuition just the same."
Sometimes I over think situations, like where I am going or what I want to accomplish that I haven't yet, or even the decisions I made to get me to a particular destination. I don't think it's bad to reflect on where one's life is leading them, or where they want to be and the best way to get there. I believe that the decisions we make are made for a reason, and therefore are all connected. By simply thinking about where we want to be and how we want to get there, already puts destiny in motion. The next step is unique to the goal itself. For me, I try to be aware of these clues life provides that tells us to continue to pursue a particular goal, or make a left.
"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it..."
"To realize one's destiny is a person's only obligation." Paulo Coelho
Blog, Music, and lyrics by Gabriel Velazquez
Gaby V's Weekly. Week 17: Intuition
Saturday, September 6, 2008
I tried something new this week that I have not done before. I made a continuation of a previous song posted on the site. For lack of a better name, I am calling the tune "Time-Outro" for now. I will soon connect the two cousins, the "Time" with the "Time-Outro" track to make it one lengthy song.
I have been listening to lots of Radiohead lately and I think there are some influences from them, being one of my favorite bands. There is a trip-hop drum beat to push the energy of the tune. I want to thank Dwayne "in the pocket" Reep for laying down the trip-hop.
"No time to take it slow."
Music, lyrics, and blog created by Gabriel Velazquez
Sunday, August 31, 2008
As August ends, I battle with another summer almost gone. I pour mixed feelings over ice, with 100% Agave Tequila. Summer time is great, and though it's not over, when August ends I prepare for the Autumn around the corner.
"Time" is an upbeat song that asks a familiar question. What do we do with our ever-shortened time? I contemplated on this question for a while. As soon as we can grasp onto time, it's gone. We have memories in our minds, archived and faded with each day. Does this mean that we shouldn't hold onto each moment like it's our last? Or, does it mean we should go about our lives assuming that there is plenty of time to come?
"Oh Time, Relatively recent, so quick to pass by. Oh Time, Instantly a memory, passing unconditionally."
Music, lyrics and Blog created by Gabriel Velazquez
Monday, August 25, 2008
I got to spend some quality time with family while visiting Southern California a week or so ago. It had been several months since being in SoCal and it was great seeing the family.
I kicked it lots with my older brother Mikey. He is a rising house DJ out of Los Angeles, CA (myspace.com/thehawtmusic). He plays out regularly from San Diego to San Francisco, but mostly plays and throws parties in the greater Los Angeles area. He goes by the name "Easily Influenced" and though some might think it biased, my brother lays down the ooey gooes Hawtness. I was never a big phan of house music until I heard the tunes my brother creates. He is so hawt that DJ's like Mark Farina and Derek Carter are now spinning my brother's music at their own shows.
Mikey V began a label a few years ago called HAWT Music (HawtMusic.com). He now not only plays regularly as a DJ, but also creates the music that he spins at shows, as well as releases tracks under his own Hawt Music label. Hawt Music also now has resident DJ's under the label in San Francisco, Miami, and Chicago. My brother is the shiznit and he is blowing up so pay attention ya'll and check the dopeness out (HawtMusic.com or myspace.com/thehawtmusic).
So, Mikey and I are big L.A. Dodgers phans. So, when the Dodgers picked up Manny Ramirez, we were more than stoked and thought we'd make a little tribute song for ManRam himself. We made everything from scratch, from the same bedroom we shared while growing up. The female vocal in the background singing in Spanish is our Mom, Mercy Velazquez. We are stoked with the song and hope Manny Ramiriez gives it a listen. We plan to do a YouTube video in upcoming weeks;I will post it on my site so you can check it out.
"Get Manny Manny make money money."
Blog created by Gabriel Velazquez
Music and lyrics created by Michael and Gabriel Velazquez
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Brain dead and tired from the weekend. I had good friends come up from Los Angeles this week and we went adventuring for the Sound Tribe Sector Nine run in the Bay.
I knew this was going down so I recorded this week's song on Monday. I am calling it "Leslie." As every week, I tried to do something new and different with the song. There is a Hammond Organ on most of it and the heavy bass that you're hearing is coming from the organ's pedals.
Leslie is a unique one so far because I don't think I have written anything like it yet. I really enjoyed making it. Check it out.
Music, lyrics, and blog created by Gabriel Velazquez.
Friday, August 8, 2008
I wrote this song while on a mind-altering midweek adventure with my girlfriend Jeannette, dog Janis, and friends Dennis and Danielle. We were up all night boozing in the woods and this is what came out. I want to thank Jeannette and Danielle for being the original Sloshers and representing the realness always. "The liquor in the cup is always legitimate."
Sometimes we just got to let all the bullshit go and "sling it back."
Music, lyrics, and blog created by Gabriel Velazquez