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Music & Lyrics; Jomar & Calvin Orosa

In 1992 I bought a professional keyboard, the Korg O1/W. Even today, it still has some great sounds on it, and a built in sequencer. When I first got the keyboard, I started spending hours sequencing music, whether it was covers or my own songs.

The arrangement for Next To Me was written in 1995, and I got excited with the phat keyboard sound mixed with an R&B groove. I remember spending a lot of time on the sequence and really enjoying laying the tracks down. However, when it came to writing the melody I hit a block. Originally the song was called Everytime, but I could never fill the right words into the melody and the melody was just lame.

Fast forward 12 years, I bring my guitar and keyboard to Sonic Elegance Studios. I load up the songs on the keyboard, and whilst running through “Old” sequences, I come across the Everytime song. (I have since written another song called Everytime, which every songwriter seems to do). I turn to Calvin, the 14 year old groove apprentice, get Viko to mic him up and ask Calvin to sing out the first tune and words that come to him.

Calvin lays the ground to a fresh hook and smooth melody. He comes up with the opening line, “Take me back to the days when we were young…”, and in that moment, the song’s theme was set.

(To be continued…)

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This is one of our all time favourites (In the 2 years that YouTube has been around anyway). It’s crude, its Aussie and its very funny. Chopper is one of Australia’s most famous (notorious) underground figures. Ronnie John is an Australian comedian. Combine them two with the weather, and you have a very funny mix.

Noah - St Paul - Behind the Door

Photo taken in St Paul, France 2007

“The Boy” as we call him, is really starting to shape his personality. Personality at this age means, he is starting to find out when is a good time to scream at you.

In essence, he is becoming a bit of a character. He’s a bit of a Mummy’s boy, and likes to follow her around the house. He loves making these annoying loud moans when Rikke is not giving him 100% of her attention. No, he is not acting under my instructions. Yes, its rather funny for me to watch.

Right now here are a few top items;

Top 3 things we love about him right now

1. He kisses you. If you say “Muah” to him, he’ll do the same thing, moving those lips into position and laying one right on you.

2. He’s found his favorite spot in the house. Its the blue baby sofa seat, right infront of the TV, while the video of his choice is rolling.

3. This dude gives you the best hugs you’ll ever get from any little ape.

Top 3 things we need to fix

1. He loves to throw his food on the ground.

2. Screaming at 2am

3. Breakdancing on the change table

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