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managing a band and it’s problems

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I will not start immediately with the subject of my post..there is much more about my things..

I am lost now for more then a 2 year, sometimes I feel I am on track and then I loose the ground.

I am writing this note to myself, I am depressed like hell and I know people like to read only about good things, well, sorry to let you down I am in a hell and I do not know how to get out of it.

I lost my motivation for life, music, acting, modeling, I feel like all these things are not important anymore to me, as my life has no purpose I am just going with the flow, live my life day by day as it comes. On top of that I feel a guilt for not being a good example to my 5 year old. I feel like being another of those parents going to their works to earn for living and not enjoying their jobs and their life, they just get their salaries, pay off rental fee, living costs, take some trip maybe, but they do not feel this vibrant energy in themselves they created something good. What example is this to your child?

However, to come back to the subject, my biggest pain is:

I failed with two bands and it left such a deep scarves and dissapointment that I do not know how to handle it. I was let down so much. I invested so much energy in the bands to make it work to end up realizing I was the only enthusiastic person about it and what I see now since then they moved on doing their own music and having successes. I am not jelaous, but it hurts a lot as I know I thaught them a lot about how to do things to make things work and now I am the only one not having a band and people to work with.

Yes, I am upset and I am summarizing to understand what I was doing wrong, but all I can think of is that I was just with the wrong people with people having different goal as mine and I allowed and compromized more then I should as I tried so much to keep together the band.

I am very target oriented. If I have a goal I put into it a lot of effort and I invest all my time to make it work, this is how I did with Genuine Latin Groove. After a while I realized everything I invested from my time was later taken as granted and expected to be done by me again. E.g. one of the musicians used to be late for rehearsals or he showed up without his bass guitar to practise, I let him go, then he started to message the other behind my back how he would like to join back the band. The other guitarist was not following our group posts about rehearsals so sometimes he cancelled his attendance in the last minute or never, or he was late, when I asked him to change his approach he replied the bass player was doing the same. I asked him, so by your opinion it is how things should work? He did not know at that moment that I released the bass player because of his unseriousness. I released him from the band too.

The next time one of the musicians not having an acoustic guitar on the rehearsing day turned to me with a question where to get a guitar as he had to take his own to repair?? I do not get this approach, as he should have known he needs to fix his guitar, plus the same person has another band and in addition to that even in our band there was another member who had acoustic guitar whom he could turn to with this question (which he did in the end on my advise). The worst situation I faced was, when I arranged our concert in on of the ruinbars of Budapest where they had not equipement and I asked my bandmates for a help and advice, the same acoustic guitarist from above replied: you arranged us to play there then get the equipment.

On the same concert I organized I got pushed back in the background as the second singer – who claimed she is not interested in doing serious music and performances – took over the stage and sang from papers. After the concert I got critics on this, which I can understand. We have been rehearsing about half year and the lyrics she did not memorize.

ETC. ETC….these are just few samples..

However our last concert was the point when I finally understood I am not working with the right team. I got so tired and ashamed that couple of days later I noted the band I am leaving.

The second band setup ended the same, when I started to split tasks among the bandmates to support the music project, suddenly nobody wanted to invest time.

I do not know why musicians think it is enough to know how to play music? Let me inform you, it is not. If you have no agent, it is much more work about it to do to succeed.

This is the reason I got lost and my motivation as well, I lost my faith that it is only about not finding the proper people to do music together, at the moment I simply cannot believe this music thing will work for me, however I will keep searching.

I am still looking for an acoustic guitarist player to play Brazilian MPB songs and perform duo. On top of these songs I sing in Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Macedonian and English of course. I am one of those singers who is willing to learn, who appreciates if there is a regular schedule, task split, has serious approach and is willing to practise on a regular basis.

how can you connect music, SSSR and airfighters??

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make a video by yourself and add these things to it ūüėÄ

hey, I had to write an eye-catchy title!¬† Sorry ūüôā

You have probably realized I have got back to corporate life recently, however I am working on building up my relationships in music industry, while actively seeking projects and collaborating with musicians like it is with Tam√°s and √Ākos on our last video (link lower).

Those who know me personally, they know I am an open, well networking and chatty person. I approach people easily and I enjoy this, that is why my circle of friends/acquitances is so diverse, colourful and wide. I often get responds: yeah, you know everyone in the city! ūüôā

If I recall my earlier years, I realize how close minded I was, meeting always the same people, listening to the same stories…how much nicer is to meet a person you do not know at all, he/she has a new story for you and you can create something new with him/her.

This is how I met Tam√°s. I met him via Facebook post where he was looking for an English singing singer. I messaged him and couple of days later we met. We were both cautious, but interested what the other person can offer. It was about a year and a half ago, if I recall it well…

Ever since I sang with him in Serbian, Portuguese, Macedonian …but, none of the songs were yet in English. ūüôā

And the bigger irony is that our songs have no lyrics, yet they are liked, thank you for those messages we got in these 2 days for encouraging and acknowleding our work.

I am posting here our music as I am proud of it and I want to have it among my blog posts, actually for 2 days I cannot stop to listen to our music (it is on repeat all the time). I guess the feeling of something that is created by us is what makes me to like it so much. But also, it is really something I created for the first time in my life with my heart and it feels really good to share with the world.

 

Thank you Tam√°s and √Ākos, but specifically Tam√°s for the hard work you did for compiling the music and also the video in the form it is, it is awsome!

I am looking forward to our new projects!

aaaaand READER, if you are a song-writer let us know, we need one! ūüôā

On Open Mic with Bal√°zs

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The outcome of our practising on Wednesday 23.04.2016 in Mika Tivadar ¬†with Bal√°zs ūüôā

I am looking forward to the next occasion, maybe Kazinczy 3 next week on Tuesday after my Bachata classes! ūüôā

P.S. read my previous blog post for further details:

https://karvakg.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/another-moment-of-life-with-great-friends/

another moment of my life with great friends!!

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Though agreed in advance, yet spontaneously we met on Wednesday with Bal√°zs afterworks in the Gozsdu passage of Kir√°ly street.

I could hardly wait that this moment arrives again, I feel stuck in my soul when I am not singing, I do not know if you have this feeling ever, when you are really eager to do something and somehow the circumstances are not allowing you.

I mean I can sing alone and practise at home, but interraction with people of the same interest and doing it together gives me lots of joy and smile on my face – which i do not lack anyway ūüôā – however those in the moments of doing music are really true sings of my happiness.

Andr√°s, my ex-collegue and close friend from Raytheon – the training company I worked for – joined us as I asked him to make couple of videos with his phone, he was happy to do it, but mentioning all the time that his phone is not the best quality (Andr√°s, it does not matter, I need this for my “unprofessional blog” and for fun) ūüėõ

Anywaaaaaay, It was the 3rd time I met with Bal√°zs ever and the 2nd rehearsal, I know him via a common Brazilian friend Marcelo, as they both are doing Capoeira. Marcelo connected us saying you both have nice voices, see if you can do something together.

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On Wednesday after practising couple of songs in Gozsdu passage I proposed him to play on the Open Mic in Mika Tivadar, the next moment I caught myself singing on the stage with him (I was more stressed then him, pffffff). He kept saying: “Engedd el” (“Let it go”). He is hanging out too much with Marcelo, he uses it all the time, plus they are even saying it with the same pronunciation.

Soooorrry, guys ūüėõ

So, András was our spontaneous phone camera guy and the admirer :D.  I will upload couple of these not pro videos these days on my Youtube channel too.

Btw. he just showed on my door at this moment with a coffee and said: “Gabi, I have a video for you” about the days we spent together. Watch it by yourself¬† lower under my blog post ūüôā

Otherwise people, I am looking for a band that is interested in playing in majority Brazilian Portuguese songs. Contact me via karvakg@gmail.com, any nationality is welcome, be open and  reliable.

And now we are off to Szimpla for the Columbian percussion workshop!

****UPDATE! The workshop is next week!

Spring is landing on my shoulder…

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As I was going today to work I picked to listen to the mixed music we created with Tomazo couple of month ago. It shacked me up a bit this morning…even hearing these songs in electronic version are still strange for me, however the more I listen to it the more I start liking it…

I wrote on my Soundcloud profile¬† about the details of this song, however I will repeat it to give you some insight what has inspired us to make this music and how we did it…

It was actually very simple process: I sang and Tomazo followed me on keyboards. ūüôā

This newly created cover song is electronic mix version of two other cover songs: Ederlezi from Time of the Gypsies movie by Goran Bregovińá, Emir Kusturica and a song “Djurdjevdan” from a Bosnian band called “Biijelo dugme”.

The song Ederlezi (traditional folk song) reffers to a Spring festival that is celebrating the return of spring, celebrated in general by Romani people in the Balkans, Turkey and elsewhere around the world.
The original song “Ederlezi” I like in Romani version, search for it on Youtube, it gives me always goose bumps listening to it.

About “Djurdjevdan”: well, there is no Yugoslavian who does not know this song and actually I need from time to time longer breaks from it. ūüėÄ

Bijelo Dugme means White Button and it was a Yugoslav rock band, based in Sarajevo. Goran Bregovic was a guitarist in this band.
Bijelo Dugme is one of the most popular band ever existing in the former Yugoslavia and one of the most influental music band of the Yugoslav rock scene.

Read the lyrics under the music link!

 

And if you are interested in the lyrics, here is the translation of the Serbian part:

Spring is landing on my shoulder
Lily of the valley is sprouting
Lily of the valley is sprouting
For everyone, except for me

The roads are gone, but I’ve stayed
There is no Morning Star
There is no Morning Star
My fellow-traveler

Hey, to whom does my darling now
Smells of the lily of the valley
Smells of the lily of the valley
To me never again

Here comes the dawn,
here comes the dawn
So I can pray to God
Here comes the dawn,
here comes the dawn
Hey it’s St George’s day
And I am not with the one I love

Let her name be mentioned
On every other day
On every other day
Except on St George’s day

read more on the Romani lyrics part on Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ederlezi_%28song%29#Lyrics

electro Balkan mix music :)

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I have posted on my Facebook page another song we mixed with Tamás, but  I wanna share with you also WordPress reader.

Below an electronic mix of two Balkanwide known cover songs: Ederlezi from Time of the Gypsies movie by Goran Bregovińá, Emir Kusturica

and a song “Djurdjevdan” from a Bosnian band called “Bijelo dugme”.

I would like to share with you also some additional details to these names and titles:

The song Ederlezi reffers to a Spring festival that is celebrating the return of spring, celebrated in general by Romani people in the Balkans, Turkey and elsewhere around the world.
The original song “Ederlezi” is a big favourite song of mine. “Djurdjevdan”: well, there is no Yugoslavian who does not know this song.

Bijelo Dugme means White Button and it was a Yugoslav rock band based in Sarajevo. Goran Bregovic was a guitarist in this band.
The band is one of the most popular bands ever existing in the former Yugoslavia and one of the most influental music band of the Yugoslav rock scene.

Click here and listen our version:

our logo…our band name

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I do not recall if I was mentioning you what we finally figured out as for our¬†band¬†name… ūüôā

Genuine Latin Groove – GLG

How this name came and how it evoluted to GLG?

Genunine – if I recall it well, this word we figured out with Salvatore in Massolit, while having our Sunday coffee.

I arrived home and thought: well, Genuine is cool and we could translate it to Portugese to reflect on our music, however we are not Brazilians and most of us are not¬†Latins in the band (but we are all genuine in our own way ūüôā – coming from different countries with different cultural backgrounds, so the next moment I posted the guys the following:

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I was playing with the name ideas yesterday, since no ideas were given, this is a proposition:
Genuino in Portugese (genuine) for the genuine latins in the band,¬†“y” in Spanish as “and”¬†and Falsa is in both languages false,¬†meaning not all of as are latins.

“Falsa”¬†is in feminine, “Genuino”¬†in masculine, as we are¬†with¬†mixed genders,¬†hm hm?
I have even a good explanation for it ūüôā opinions?

I am really thinking a lot about us, and u??”

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Finally, Genuine word started to be liked by all.

Couple of days later, Guillermo came up with another proposition, saying:

“Hello guys, first of all I would like to reconsider the band name.. and I was thinking about keeping part of the already existing name and add something else, and maybe we could use an abbreviation, so my idea is “Genuine Latin Beats” and the abbreviation could be GLB.

I¬†like this abbreviation thing because there is a very famous Latin American band called DLG what actually means “dark latin groove”… so my other proposal could be “Genuine Latin Grooves

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And Voil√°, here we are working on our logo**, yesteday I draw with Filip’s watercolors the first concept based on the feedback’s from couple of people in the band. A logo designer is hired to work on further details.

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**logo illustration is the FN1¬†trademark and ownership of Gabriella Karv√°k, the owner of this blog ūüôā

 

singing heals soul

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I was really not in a mood to write for couple of days and actually I was cut off from Internet of Phone services or my phone just went flat very quickly, I do use my phone a lot for uploads, but I realized if I want to upload a video which is long and I have no Wi-fi access, seems like my phone gets very quickly flat, probably by searching for a network, but actually I do not get why it doesn’t use then my regular package for telecommunication services where I have some internet credits too, though it is possible that it cannot handle a videos longer then 20 sec, as I have the very basic package, or I just used all my credits? I do not know, but it’s not important actually, as I can do it from home through wi-fi (now it works okay).

Today was amazing day again.

A recent met friend invited me for a free of charge singing classes, with this I met new 2 person in my life and I went to the place with 2 recently met friend in my life. Actually, the people I was with today were more then that and while walking back home from Corvin square where I said good-bye to my friends and told them I wanna walk home with my feelings and thoughts (Jeff Foster, u are using these 3 words all the time, btw u are my unknown friend too).

While I was walking I was facing the universe.

I saw how my mind is labeling the people in the street, ¬†this one could be a Swedish person, this one a Chinese, this one could be ¬†Turkish, this one could be Spanish…I just let ¬†my thoughts flow. ¬†Sometimes I have the feeling I recognise in the people their previous lives or just simply I see in them all the nations, this can be¬†some of their facial, behavioural, emotional, the way of dressing, characteristics reminds me to some other nations even they have their FACE that labels them to belong to one nation. It’s like I have insight in their soul.

I feel so weird for saying these  things and actually I would love to see some of the peoples facial expressions reading this and maybe even thinking I am high  or drunk, or just simply crazy, but on the other hand I do not mind that much about that,  because this is what I feel in any person I meet for the first time.

Quite often I meet someone I ask them about their nationality based on the first impression, sometimes I miss it, but mostly i don’t.

I asked him also, are you Turkish? He replied, no, I am Italian, but later adding actually both parents Brazilians.¬†So, I missed it. That’s good, because I thought I know him, but i did not.

Or the Turkish guy yesterday in √Ėtkert, he looked like Arabian, but had an accent of a Turkish person, however I concluded he is Turkish.

Or the Serbians  in Viking yesterday after we finished the photoshooting, girls do you remember?

Inés, what did you comment on me there? Something like, dont worry she is doing this all the time, and u added something negative about me :)) I laughed on you, because, I really approach people with this question often. I find it funny to shock people.

Okay, so we arrived to the singing class and a kinda grey-long haired guy in a tale greated us.

When I first met him, I felt nothing, except that he was talking Hungarian. I realized this only now.

As we started to listen to those child songs,  he let out his voice and musicality I got goose bumps.

Each song reminded me on one of the important stages of my life, and actually couple of minutes ago all the song  got cristalized in front of me. While we were singing those kids songs.

At the first song I cried,

It reminded me on being a baby, coming to the world, my fear of being rejected by parents. Sorry, mom and dad, I felt rejected whole my life by you. And I feel rejected still by my whole family. But, it is okay. I cannot judge you at all. You all feel/you felt the same, I know. And I am so afraid that my son does not feel rejected by me and his father each day, because we are separated and different. While I know this was the best decision, we got new chances in our lives and I hope we are raising the greatest kid ever.

It reminded me how I was afraid to give a natural birth to my son, I was rejecting him too.

It reminded me on my mom. It reminded me on my roots.¬†Mom, do we have some Gipsy blood in our family? Grandma’s surname is Berta. Mom, it reminded me on your dream country America. I think we have ancient Indian blood.

The song is about an Indian girl, somehow my mind just correlated to the rejected Indians in America or the Gipsys in Hungary and sometimes in Serbia too.

My moms name is Iren, analysing her name, it comes from Greek and means “Peace” I never had.

The second song reminded me on my family, whether it was about my parents or my first husband. I do not want to express anything, just listen to the lyrics of the song once I get the permission from the teacher, I must share these with my people. It reminded me on Serbia and Hungary. On the acceptance and the rejection I felt in both country being labeled as Hungarian or Serbian. It reminded me on my father, I wanted to fulfill his dreams. I became director and well payed manager, something he always regreted he could not achieve, he was regreting he had no chance to finish a better school, but he was always attached to the place he was born, afraid of changing safety for an insecure place. I can rememeber another person in my life about this.

I was afraid of his rejection, I was afraid of my ex-husbands rejection I wanted to prove them I can do it instead of them. I was afraid if I do not achieve those things I will be rejected. I got rejected anyways. And I will be rejected yet many times. Both of them are stubborn and I recognise these in me too.

My fathers name is Josef and ex-husband  both focused on wealth and increase.

My future teacher, I am crying again, thank you for letting me to open my soul and you friends who accepted me crying there. I cry out now alone all those things I was still not ready to do there, sometimes it is okay to stay alone with your pain.

The third song, brought me a silence. In the past months I felt I met the one. I felt I met myself. I felt I met the right place to live.

Everything was/is here where I am.

I felt I found the right one in Nicolas, but he could not believe I am standing in front of him, just as I could not believe he is standing in front of me. Even I lost him I feel peace and I feel him very often and I feel we will meet again.

His name means¬†people’s Victory. My Victory.

It reminded me that I can find jobs from here to work abroad too. It reminded me that there are no limits. It reminded be to be even more open on every nation, every location, every people in the world, every job, every song….

This is why I am trying out new places, new concerts, “consuming” new guys,¬†finding new friends, ¬†keeping the right ones,¬†I am breaking my limits, but being honest to my needs and I am experimenting with life. I am trying out new things and I am picking¬†from everything those things that suit me the most, not limiting to a single religion, language, country, culture, race, cooking recipes, guys, sexual preferences, arts…but still within my limits ūüėČ

The fourth song I think is in a first row about you. You opened in me the Universe, I am afraid to note this down, because I might seem foolish??

Today, you reminded me on joy and happiness, on my friends, my present,¬†to my life with all the people that are in my life, whether it’s my life, career, relationship with all the goods and bads, like my Yin Yang piercing :D.

Your name means defender of the man. You showed me I do not have to defend from man anymore.

I am the¬†whole Universe through everything I experience, I cannot differentiate anything by country, language, race, skin color, hair color, profession…It’s the song of my life flow, just letting off everything and and going with the flow, whatever it bring, good or bad, I need to grow yet on every field of my life. While walking home I was observing and memorising all the things I experienced.

The fifth song,  friend who came into my life on NYE, it reminded me on my French РArabian friend Inés (even the culturally you are present in the song, Inés I will shoot myself, what is gonna be the next surprise and coincidence u will give me?) , who is present now in my present. I never met a friend like you before! Whatever happens you will be always another piece of my heart and life.

Name of In√©s means “pure” and “holly”. ¬†You are reflecting me onto it.

It reminded me on all of you who are among my friend what ever experience I have with you, because nothing is coinsidence.

And it reminded me to be my own friend with showing and sharing all the feelings and thoughts and not to judge myself because of being myself.

Salute and have a great time in Eger!

the 6th song at the teachers place made me cry again. It reminded me on my son.

Filips name means: lover of horses. In Chinese Horoscope thats my sign. Filips sign is rabbit.

It reminded me to stay a child in this world, to be accepting like Filip accepts me with all my stupidities and with all the good and bad experiences he will experience in this world with us with everything.

I am missing the 7th…i think there is a 7th song too…

btw¬†Black and white yin-yang symbol in my symbol in Feng shui, u remember for the weekend i was struggling to put it in my nose…

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As I was walking home from Corvin square not having my BKV ticket with 0 Forints in my pocket I was thinking about the whole day experiences,

TODAY….

I laughed, I cried,

I was sad, I was happy,

I was suspicios and trustfull,

I talked to myself, I was calm,

I behaved bad, I behaved good,

I was hugged and I was hugging my own pain,

I thought I could never sing Indian “song”, I ¬†realized I can,

I felt being accepted, I felt being rejected,

I felt being Serbo-Hungarian ūüôā and I felt being everything else,

I cried from sadness and I cried from happiness,

I felt being confused and I felt being clear with things,

I felt being a kid, and I felt I do not wanna feel being a grown-up,

I felt to be a mom, and I felt being a kid,

I felt being a wife and I divorced,

I felt being a party animal, and I felt being a person sitting at home relaxing and writing its blog,

I felt being showing an example and I felt being bad example,

I felt being lazy and carring,

I felt being stressed and relaxed,

I felt having a pain because of having a heavy life and I felt being lucky to enjoy the ease of life,

I felt being bad listener and I felt being a  good listener,

I felt being rule breaker and I felt being a rule follower,

I felt being determined to walk home by foot and I felt being lazy so I took the easier way risking to be punished for not having even a BKV ticket,

I felt being loved by my family and not loved and so on…….

but TEACHER, nobody ever told me so clearly that I am special, blessed, sensitive and I promise with the first occasion I will come for your classes, now this is one of my biggest goal, to come to your singing classes!

Silence is sometimes better, then any marketing activity.

You are all special too!

And tomorrow I will listen to these songs with my son. He will be so much into it, the best combination.

Cartoons with lyrics and songs, we can practise together till we meet, probably in 3. He is special too!

And I will break one more time my promise.

I will send this post via Facebook message to all of my friends, acquitances, relatives, family members, collegues, ex-collegues etc….

I am appologizing in advance if I was disturbing you with my mail. I wanted to share this with all of you.

The title is empty as I do not know what title could I add to this.

I leave it on WordPress to add whatever it will add….

oh and now as someone who did a good job I will  light a cigarette and drink my coffee and Inés, I made an Earl grey tea for myself too (i have to say it will wait for you here to drink it :))))

The Best New Website For Learning Guitar and Finding Guitar Tablature

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The Best New Website For Learning Guitar and Finding Guitar Tablature

Jorge, maybe this will help u?!

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529000979We are very much into finding new websites around the world wide web that offer new ways of getting things done, and offer a highly visual experience, and referring our readers to go and check out the websites for themselves. Another passion we hold close to our hearts is music, and especially playing guitar. So when we found a website that is not only a very detailed visual experience but offers guitar tablature in a very collected and superior way ‚ÄĒ compared to the many places to find guitar tabs on the web ‚ÄĒ we had to share it with others who love guitar and are constantly searching for guitar tabs.

Welcome to Jellynote

Jellynote is not like any other guitar tab site we have ever seen before; it is built off of a social community idea that allows users to not only create and share guitar tabs easily, but…

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chorus help needed

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An acquitance asked me if I know the chorus Рtablature of this song or where can he find it,

I googled it, but just on a short…

I am sorry Jorge, I do not know, but maybe some of my musican friends/twitters has an idea…

P.s. it’s a¬†nice song ūüôā

it has¬†not really come in a right moment, or it has? ¬†actually maybe it has, it made me cry ūüôā

But, feelings are to be felt:

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/01/the-obvious-thing-about-feelings/