Reflections during a lockdown
by Jim Paredes - March 22, 2020 - 12:00am
I find myself thinking and reflecting many times a day about the COVID-19 virus that continues to wreak havoc on everyone’s lives.
Covid19 gone viral
by Jim Paredes - March 8, 2020 - 12:00am
Panic itself has become a pandemic.
by Jim Paredes - February 23, 2020 - 12:00am
The past three weeks have been all about family. Lydia’s brother Ricky, the doctor in the family, and his wife Chato came over to visit from the US.
Writing in ordinary places
by Jim Paredes - February 9, 2020 - 12:00am
You do not need perfect conditions to do art. You do not even need inspiration. You just have to get in touch with yourself.
The call of conscience
by Jim Paredes - January 19, 2020 - 12:00am
It is the nature of a heightened conscience to rise up to question, confront and challenge what it sees to be wrong.
Music to de-stress by
by Jim Paredes - January 5, 2020 - 12:00am
The holidays are over. We are back to everyday life.
A gig at a detention center
by Jim Paredes - December 15, 2019 - 12:00am
I had been looking forward to this particular appointment at 2 p.m. last Thursday, Dec. 5. I brought my guitar. I joined Leah Navarro, Bertie Lim, Melie Nicolas, Dan Songco, Charito Cruz, Gina Ordonez, Narz Lim,...
Boomers, millennials and the climate apocalypse
by Jim Paredes - November 24, 2019 - 12:00am
I have been thinking and worrying about the environment for a long time now. Decades ago, I started educating myself about environmental issues that mankind and the earth would be facing.
If we live up to 150 years, when do we become senior citizens?
by Jim Paredes - November 10, 2019 - 12:00am
During most of the past 5,000 years, the greatest threats to humanity have been sickness, famine and wars.
What it’s like to be working with the best
by Jim Paredes - October 20, 2019 - 12:00am
I was invited to attend a songwriting workshop by the Filipino Society of Composers and Songwriters two weekends ago in Subic.
Remembering Jojit Paredes & his hearty laughter
by Jim Paredes - September 29, 2019 - 12:00am
I remember the wake of my grandfather, who died some 55 years ago.
Taking your audience where they have never been
by Jim Paredes - September 15, 2019 - 12:00am
I had a small gig the past weekend. It was held at Parliament On King at King Street in Newtown, the hippest place in Sydney. It’s a tiny venue that can accommodate only 25 people.
Are these our last days on planet earth as we know it?
by Jim Paredes - September 1, 2019 - 12:00am
There is a lot to worry about these days. Humanity seems to be assaulted on all fronts. Doomsday seems more impending than at any other time. I worry.
Drop virtual living and live a real life
by Jim Paredes - August 25, 2019 - 12:00am
Time was when our attention was caught by just a few things.
Would you hug a stranger?
by Jim Paredes - August 11, 2019 - 12:00am
On a train from downtown Sydney a few years ago, I found myself sitting across from a tall white man. He was unkempt but not menacing.
Love yourself
by Jim Paredes - August 4, 2019 - 12:00am
When the song The Greatest Love of All came out on the airwaves, I remember being baffled by it.
Why we need An inner life
by Jim Paredes - July 28, 2019 - 12:00am
I am amazed at how some people never seem to lose it.
Memories of rain
by Jim Paredes - July 21, 2019 - 12:00am
The rainy season can get a lot of people jittery about many things.
Small acts that can actually change the world
by Jim Paredes - July 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Life is hard.
There is a way out
by Jim Paredes - June 30, 2019 - 12:00am
The waters have gottenmurky again.
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