The Jay Legaspi Sessions (Part 2 & 3)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Check it.

Part 2

This was a song I wrote literally at 3:10 AM, and it holds a special significance to me as it’s one of the very first songs I ever wrote. I love the simplicity and directness of it, and it reminds me of the time when it was just me, a guitar, and a marble notebook.

I hope you enjoy!

Special thanks to JR Pena and Daniel Dai for their creative direction in producing this and all the videos in the series. A big thank you again to Luke Villapaz and Shelby Chung for the additional camerawork, and a big thank you as well to Amanda Yu who was behind the scenes and the Protools rig making sure I looked and sounded good.

Also, a shout out to Gifted Thought, who wrote some very kind words about the song, and named it his #2 track in his Top 10 Asian-American Tracks of the decade
Part 3

Quite simply, the song is about being in over your head. Given the percussive nature of the track, I wanted to showcase some beatboxing and looping for live performances, and this is what I came up with. If you like it, please share the video and help me spread the word!

This video was the biggest undertaking in terms of the sessions, and the one I’m the proudest of. Thank you to JR Pena and Daniel Dai were the creative force behind this project, and to Luke Villapaz and Michael Fernandez, who provided additional camerawork. A special thank you as well to Amanda Yu who recorded the audio and worked behind the scenes to make sure the session ran smoothly, and to Grace Subervi, who offered additional assistance on set. This video was all due to their hard work, and I can’t thank them enough!

I hope you enjoy! Lyrics are at the bottom. If you like what you hear, there is a version of the track on my most recent album, Picture Perfect.

For those curious about my setup, I’m using an Electro-Harmonix 2880 Super Multi-Track Looper. The mixer feeding the audio to the loop is a Behringer Xenyx 1002FX. My microphone is a Shure Beta Series 58A.