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GUARDANT – New guitar instrumental single for 2016

Here’s a new single to start 2016! Now available on all digital music outlets including CDBaby, Spotify, Google Play, and Rhapsody

If you buy at CD Baby, I will personally send you the backing track via email.

Check it out, throw me a buck!

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Re-recording Rivermaya’s “Gravity”

Here’s a fun project I just finished. “Gravity” is from the 1st RiverMaya record which started out as a riff and a set of lyrics that I wrote and it ended up as one of 2 songs that was borne out of a group collaboration.

This video was shot with a GoPro as I recorded the parts. Here’s the list of gear used:

  • 2005 Gibson Les Paul Special double cutaway, stock, Curt Mangan Signature Strings
  • MIM Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster, DiMarzio Area T pickups, Curt Mangan Signature Strings
  • Warwick Thumb Bolt 5 string bass
  • Avid Eleven Rack, Pro Tools, BFD2 drums, Presonus MP20 mic pre, Warm Audio WA76 compressor, ribbon mic


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New single download for Bohol Earthquake donations

The Philippine island province of Bohol suffered a massive 7.2 earthquake on October 15, 2013 leaving hundreds of people dead and hundreds more injured. Also destroyed were historical structures, churches that were built centuries ago while under the Spanish regime. Also affected was the nearby island of Cebu where more people were killed and injured as well as buildings and structures damaged or destroyed. As of this writing, the area is still experiencing strong aftershocks. News story

perf_church0191This saddens me because my own roots are from this beautiful island. My mother’s father was born there and went on to be among the first Filipino lawyers to have hailed from Bohol. I have personally visited and performed in some of the churches which were magnificent in their old age at the time and it breaks my heart to see that they are now reduced to rubble.

Cebu also holds a special place in my heart and is a frequent concert stop whenever I tour the Philippines. And the ties are clear since Cebu is the guitar capital of the Philippines and I concertize on a guitar built by Cebu Luthier Domingo Javier.

During my last trip to the Philippines I was able to visit Cebu and record a new piece entitled “Sakali” which I have since released on my YouTube channel. In light of this recent disaster I have decided to offer this recording in exchange for donations for disaster relief and help re-build those affected by the deadly earthquake. Please donate any amount you’re comfortable with using the PayPal button below and I will forward all the proceeds to Gawad Kalinga http://gk-usa.org, an established non-profit organization dedicated to helping and rebuilding communities in the Philippines. As soon as I receive your donation I will send a high quality MP3 of “Sakali” to the email address used in the PayPal donation.

Please help. Give a little bit and please share this post to all your connections. Thank you for your kind support.


**UPDATE 11/4/2013** I have wrapped up this fundraising effort and have sent $900.00 to Gawad Kalinga for their earthquake relief operations. Read about it here. If you still wish to make a donation, please send directly to Gawad Kalinga USA.

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Happy Birthday, FrancisM!

Today, Oct. 4 2013, would’ve been Kiko’s 49th birthday and I’m pretty sure that if he was still with us he wouldn’t look a day over 24! I miss him and I try to re-connect with him through music every chance I get.

A lot of people have seen my FrancisM tribute on 10-string guitar but here’s a rare video where I actually sing the words. This was shot back in 2010 at a gig in West Covina, CA.

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