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Singing Sensation–The Discovery–by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Record executives get ready for “The Voice”

 

The first international singing sensation of 2013, “a son of a Filipino rice farmer”

 

The Discovery

 

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

American and Filipino record company executives wake up ! I have your first major singing sensation for 2013.

 

Chrismar Mora, 16, of Barangay Cameri, is a young man with a voice that will amaze record company executives

 

Ranilo Saldana, Chrismar’s first cousin, held a New Year’s Eve party. They plugged the microphone into the holiday karaoke setup. Years rolled away and youth returned compliments of “The Voice.”

 

Chrismar sang the words on the screen and his voice reminded me that I once loved and enjoyed listening to music.

 

I worked at KSOZ-FM in college. I “spun a few discs” back in the days of vinyl 33 1/3 and 45s. A few 78s got spun for the format, but we didn’t play a lot of these platters as a rule.

 

The National Public Radio station had a classical music format, which meant we aired The Texaco Metropolitan Opera with Tony Randall on Saturday afternoons. We aired more than our fair share of operas for even the most sophisticated New York City theatergoer. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture still echoes in my ears.

 

We did a lot of classical, some jazz and some blue grass broadcasts. Our station manager had no great love of rock and roll, so the :Ad Lib Itum” time slot was late at night before sign-off – for an hour or two of rock and roll.

 

I enjoyed playing “disc jockey”, but I was a print journalist at heart. So, I put my third class FCC license in the closet and put on the US Air Force uniform.

 

Since retirement, I leave “music” CDs, sound systems and the gadgets to my wife, Christy and our nieces and nephews going through their teenage years. Ranilo;s New Year’s Party woke me up.

 

On Air”

 

I could see myself back in the studio, sitting at the board. I lean into the hanging microphone and reach out to the turntable with the first record cued up. I glance up at the clock overhead. I let the turntable go and the first notes echo in my headphones. I choose my words quickly and carefully, so I don’t “step on the intro.”

 

My words end, a second passes with the music and the singer begins to sing. Usually, this is the point, where you take off the headphones and drop them on the desk. This time, I lean back in the chair and close my eyes. The voice starts a video of memories in my mind.

 

Chrismar Natividad is a name that the International record company executives want to jot down on a notepad.

 

Record executives you should seek out this young man. He took the microphone to sing karaoke. I truly enjoyed listening to his voice. As we say, in the Ozarks:

He can sing.”

 

Christy told me he has performed on “Leyte Idol”. She explained “Leyte Idol” is an IBC local televised entertainment show broadcast out of Palo, here in the Republic of the Philippines.

 

Nonetheless, Manila and Hollywood record scouts, agents and publicists get out your cell phones and have your assistants call the travel agent to book you on the first Philippine Airlines flight to Leyte.

 

This young man can sing ! ”

 

The karaoke songs on the monitor were Tagalog love songs and English love songs and his voice brought emotion to the words on the screen. Your mind noticed the colorful video footage on the screen, but your ears locked on to his singing of the song.

 

His voice stirred my emotions and then eased into my soul to satisfy all my senses. His voice cleanses your soul I had the sense of being happy to be alive. I felt the feeling of life being lived around me

 

Taxi Time To LAX

 

Capitol Records, Artista, and Atlantic Records, you guys and gals wake up ! Grab the briefcase of paperwork and head for the airport. Here is a young singer, “too good” to go undiscovered.

 

On the way to LAX, you should make a cell phone call to “Billboard”. They might want to get a reporter and photographer on the same flight or the next flight to Leyte.

 

Here is a young man with a voice that will have young women doing the Beatlemania screams of their great-grandmothers at the airport and passing out at a glimpse of the singer. Think about the “Beatles” first trip to the United States when they got off the airplane and young girls went wild.

 

If you weren’t in the audience or watched the TV coverage then fire up your iPad to search it out on line.

 

Record studio executives in LA, you do not want to miss out on this young man’s talent. Book that flight to Leyte, now. If you hesitate, the record company executives in Manila, may hop a ferry and grab a fast jeepney to the province ahead of you.

 

Sam

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Tick,Tock Time Philippines’ Party Planners Press On

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Tick,Tock Time

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Philippines’ Party Planners Press On

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by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Ranilo Saldana is having a New Year’s Eve Party.  

Mano Bito secures one of the bamboo decorations to a column for the New Year’s Eve Party.

 

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Time Tripper

Tick, Tock, each minute off the clock shortens the road to 2013.

 

  LEO THUMBNAILRanilo has invited his high school classmates to the party. Ranilo’s aunt, Christy Warren has accepted the challenge to host the party.   ARIES THUMBNAIL

 

Yesterday, she and Ranilo hooked up the speakers and did the sound check.

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The microphone is ready for aspiring singers to try their voices at karaoke.

 

AQUARIUS THUMBNAILThis morning, Mano Bito, showed up to handle the decorations. . . as in something to do with bamboo.  CANCER THUMBNAILS  CAPRICORN THUMBNAILS

 

LIBRA THUMBNAILChristy made her husband, Sam, put down the camera long enough to move four tall plants.

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SCORPIO THUMBNAILTick, tock, tick,tock and the minutes of 2012 tick off the clock. Meanwhile, the Saldanas and Warrens in Barangay Baras are racing the clock to be ready to host Ranilo’s friends later this afternoon – New Year’s Eve – December 31, 2012.

 

 

Tick,tock, tick,tock, – we continue our dance with the clock.

Sam

VIRGO THUMBNAIL

 

 

New Years Links

 

New Year’s Eve Times Square

New York City

http://www.timessquarenyc.org/new-years-eve/index.aspx

 

New Year’s 2013 Countdown

Around The World

Time and Date.com

 

http://www.timeanddate.com/counters/multicountdown.html

 

Countdown for New Year 2013

My Countdown.org

 

http://mycountdown.org/fullpage.php?cp3_Hex=0F0200&cp2_Hex=000000&cp1_Hex=FFFFFF&ham=0&img=-5&hbg=0&hfg=0&sid=0&fwdt=200&lab=1&text1=New%20Year&text2=New%20Year&group=Holiday&countdown=New%20Year&widget_number=3015&timezone=UTC

 

New Year’s Countdown

Application for facebook and other New Year’s Programs

Satisfaction.com

 

http://www.satisfaction.com/new-years-countdown/

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Barangay Cameri Road Construction Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr

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Barangay Road Construction Nikon D 70 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr. The late afternoon of December 10, 2012, this bulldozer widens the barangay road through Cameri. The barangay of farmers base their living on a few head of livestock like hogs, chickens, hair goats, and caribous as well as the money earned on coconut crops and the rice fields. The farm road is an important link to the highway to Tanauan and Tacloban City, on the eastern visayas’ island of Leyte, Republic of the Philippines. This photograph was taken from a tricycle moving past the bulldozer using a Nikon D 70 camera. Nikon D 70 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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How To Build A Christmas Tree Photos by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Christmas Craft Project

 

How To Build A Christmas Tree

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Rayniel Saldana cuts strips into aluminum foil to create the branches for a Christmas Tree. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Ranilo asks his Aunt Christy if the scrawny bamboo tree would make a good Christmas Tree. Christy shook her head No. “We can build a Christmas Tree,” she smiled.

 

All the kids looked at their aunt like she had asked them to help build a space shuttle. Their eyes flashed the word, “Impossible.”

 

Only God can make a tree, but, the Warren nieces and nephews should realize by now, “Aunt Christy” will come up with a way to build a Christmas Tree.

 

Ranilo helped Christy saw off a mop handle-sized branch from the bamboo tree.

 

LENEIL RAYNIELAND JUNEA WORK ON THE TREE

 

Leneil and Rayniel Saldana wrap aluminum foil around pieces of electrical wire strands, which serve as branches for this Christmas Tree. Junea Tanahale straightens her tree branch. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Instead of, the 3-pound Folger’s coffee can, she choose a Bear Brand can about the same sie to fill with rocks to serve as a tree stand.

 

The pole-sized branch went into the center of the can and remained upright due to the rocks packed tightly around the artificial trunk. Christy then sent Junea, Ranyiel and Vanissa to a Sari Sari Store for aluminum foil.

 

Christy got some discarded electrical wire and stripped off some of the insulation to create the rods for the branches. Ranilo got green Japanese rice paper to wrap the artificial trunk.

 

Using a kitchen knife, she bored holes to hold the rods into the trunk. She met my look of skepticism with a smile and the comment, “You use what you have.”

 

In the United States, Christy would of used Reynold’s Wrap Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil, which she always wrapped the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner turkeys in to cook. In Barangay Baras, the aluminum foil has a thinner quality.

 

Christy cut strips and showed the kids how to fold the sheets in half. Once folded, they would cut incisions three-quarters of the way down to create the needles of the tree.

 

Christy and the kids used the scissors to curl the slender strips. Then, they wrapped the strips around the rods to create branches. Sunday afternoon wore into Sunday evening and supper time. Day One ends and the tree is “still a work in progress.”

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Leneil Saldana wraps aluminum foil around wire to create a tree branch. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Nonetheless, the twinkling tinsel look of the silver artificial tree reminded me of Aunt Bill and Uncle Audrey Irwin in Houston, Texas, who lived a few blocks from a “Maxwell House” coffee plant.

 

On a spring evening, “The Good Till The Last Drop” aroma would reach you. The aroma of a cup of Maxwell House coffee always reminds me of Georgia Mavon Warren, my “Aunt Bill”, who loved her ice tea. She and Uncle Audrey always used a four foot silver artificial Christmas Tree.

 

In 1959, a fat five pound black electric motor would be placed near the tree to hum and spin the spindle that would rotate the pie shaped disk in front of a light mounted on the motor. The light passing through the colored wedges of “The Color Wheel” would bathe the tree in changing shades of rainbow hues.

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The finished Christmas Tree stands ready for decorations. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

A 5-year-old boy, named, Sam, could sit for several minutes and stare up at the changing colors washing over the sparkling tree.

 

A 57-year-old man, named, Sam, could stand and admire the work that “Aunt Christy” Warren and her volunteers had accomplished in a day’s time.

 

The kids called it a night to get ready for school the next day. Christy and Leneil kept wrapping the foil around the branches until they ran out of foil.

 

When the kids came home from school, Leneil and Christy were still wrapping the artificial branches in foil. Aluminum foil was applied around the tree stem over the rice paper.

 

Christy’s sister, Esmeralda, showed up and helped wrap branches. By Day Two, the artificial tree was starting to look like an artificial Christmas Tree.

 

By Monday 11 p.m., the tree was finished. Tuesday, the tree was placed in a bamboo plant stand built by Edwin Mora. Green material draped over the can and around the tree trunk serves as the tree skirt.

 

Packages of strings of crafts beads become the garlands for the tree. Christy decides the weight of the strings could be too much for the branches, so, instead or circling the tree, the beaded garland is draped diagonally at an angle at different positions on the tree.

 

A Christmas Angel tree top light packed in the shipped household goods assumed the command position a top the tree.

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Strings of craft beads serve as the garland for the built Christmas Tree. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

The Warren nieces and nephews learned, “Only God can make a tree”. . .but, given the time, material and the labor skills of volunteers and Aunt Christy will show them “How To Build A Christmas Tree.”

Sam

 

Christmas Tree Branches of Information

 

Christmas Tree Farm Network

 

http://www.christmas-tree.com/where.html

 

Christmas Tree – Wikipedia

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_tree

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Christmas Trees To Go Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Christmas Trees To Go

Cities around the world always allocate a portion of their budgets for decorations for holidays. Slow or bad economic conditions can have public administrators trying to come up with ways to save, especially, if they have to buy new Christmas decorations for the city.

 

Here is a Christmas decoration idea that is not only “budget conscious” and “cost effective”, but “environmentally friendly” and adds a new idea to the issue of “recycle.”

 

In the United States, vehicle owners sometimes wonder, “What can I do with the old tires off the car or pickup ?” Answer: Build a Christmas Tree.

 

Using metal poles, angle iron and old automobile tires, these unique “On The Roadside Christmas Trees” line the shoulders of the road into the city of Tanauan in the Republic of the Philippines. These trees are painted white, but if you get out your silver, gold or green spray cans, then, you can come up with your own paint scheme.

 

This photograph was taken, during the Christmas 2011 season. While these holiday trees seem securely embedded in the roadside shoulder, they are obviously portable because come January they are Christmas Trees To Go . . . into storage until next year. Go ahead and fire up your Lincoln arc welder and build yourself a Christmas Tree. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Superb Snack Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Superb Snack

 

W.L. Foods’ Yaahoo Mocha Sandwich snack is one of those snacks that you can’t eat just one. My wife, Christy Warren, brought a small bag of the snacks home after work.

Christy owns and operates the CSW Cafe at 128 Independencia Avenue in Tacloban City.

 

Christy liked the snack and thought I would. Christy is right. The Yaahoo Mocha Sandwich is one of those snacks that you can’t eat just one. It looks like a golden, crisp Ritz cracker. The taste and flavor reminds me or a graham cracker.

 

People with dentures will probably want to have a large glass of cold milk, steaming cup of tea or a hot cup of coffee to “dunk” the snack cracker in. I did the “dunk” test. In a cup of coffee, the snack does not fall apart like a doughnut has a tendency to do.

 

Parents with infants “teething” might want to consider this snack cracker for the infant to nibble on.

 

I am no food critic, but I know what I like. When I sit down at the laptop to type an article, I keep one of the snacks nearby and it is great to have one of the mocha sandwich snacks handy when you are watching a movie. I put this snack in the movie snack category with Goobers, Malted Milk Balls, Twizzlers red licorice twists and boxes of Junior Mints.

 

The international grocery wholesalers of the world should at this point be reaching for their cellphones to call the Republic of the Philippines to figure out how to get regular shipments of this snack to put on the shelves of grocery stores, supermarkets and in movie theater snack counters around the globe. Nikon D 70 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Paradise’s Public Parasols Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Paradise’s Public Parasols

Miniature umbrellas line the roadside into Tanauan in this holiday photograph of Christmas 2011. Every culture has a unique way to celebrate holidays. Christmas is one of those global holidays were people and nations get creative in their decorations and observances.

 

The Republic of the Philippines holds the world record for having the longest Christmas season, which begins in October and ends in January. I noticed this year that some people waited until early February to finally take down their Christmas 2011 decorations.

 

I have not noticed if the tiny umbrellas have returned to the roadside, yet, this year, but, it is only early December and there are still plenty of days until Christmas. Photo by Samuel E, Warren Jr.

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