Day 8 Lennon Awards! How did you write Once Again?

Day 7 and 8!

How did you write ONCE AGAIN? A little reminder to vote! Visit http://jlsc.com/vote and select ONCE AGAIN in the World category. Thank you so very much for your support!

Here my cowriter Rahman Jamaal Mc describes how he came up with his verse which completed the song…

The full lyrics to the song in english and spanish can be found on:

The composition of Once Again was an intense journey… it is my favorite and represents for me a true growth artistically and also potentially the most relevant message, it is a humble wish to live to see, hear and feel friends and family all over the world, once again.

Its construction was inverted from start to finish when comparing to the way I usually tackle songwriting, starting with music, harmony and melody. The original idea was not lyrical or melodic but rhythmic. I got this idea to fuse 2 contrasting beats for which I had live drum samples, afro-beat with heavy metal. So after spending hours creating drum track using tempo matched live drum samples, I laid down a first version with heavy electric guitars and a typical chord progression and lyrics. Not convinced with this version, I started again, laying down cuarto, a small 4 stringed instrument from Venezuela which has a very interesting tuning (A D F# B, open chord is an inversion of Bm7), and as a result, a very original voicing pattern resulted. Happy with the harmonic progression I tackled the bassline, trying version after version till I found one that fit, helping bind the cuatro and odd drum dynamics together.

Then sitting back and listening I all of a sudden heard harmonies, thick layered harmonies which became the signature of the track. I sat for days, listening to the instrumental track with harmonies, writing the verse and chorus over and over again till I almost gave into just leaving it as an instrumental. I had never released an instrumental track before and I knew I needed to write something that added to the track, not take away from the epic music. I figured, all in good time. Maybe this was a track that needed years to develop as others had been, and that I couldn’t write a lead line in time for this album that did it justice.

Almost given up I decided that I would focus on the instruments calling in trumpeteer Anthony Ant to lay some supportive trumpet lines. I kept on working the lines, finally coming up with a verse that I was relatively happy with and a few phrases during the choruses that didn’t take away from the beautiful harmonies. Jayme Arredondo, drummer, came in and relaid all the drums, with reference to a click track and the music. He rewrote them to better fit the dynamics of the song and leave room for the music. So interestingly, the piece that the entire track began with, the drums, was replaced in one of the last steps, a typical “no no” in the recording art, to overdub drums as one of the final tracks. But hey, it worked! Jayme’s drums gave new life to the track.

Synchronicity had it that while Rahman Jamaal (on Change track) was at the studio working on the Change music video, he heard the track, and within a couple of hours had written a second verse and recorded it on the spot. His energy complemented the track, adding the missing vocal element. I later chopped it up and integrated him into the choruses (as I had done with Change track). The final version of the choruses actually were given birth during the second to last mixing session (thanks James)! Still recording and arranging while mixing .. typical Renee production chaos.

Day 5 – How does your music relate to education? Reminder to vote for ONCE AGAIN (World cat) in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest

Day 5 – How does your music relate to education? Reminder to vote for ONCE AGAIN (World cat) in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest visiting http://jlsc.com/vote.php – thank you – merci – gracias!

This is part 1 of 2 videos for today – first off Rahman – In today’s VLOG, Rahman Jamaal answers how his music is related to education, through organizations such as Hip Hop Congress, Rap Force Academy, and others like The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus that use music to teach.

For me… Razteria I have been following parallel careers in academia – environmental science, and public health, with the purpose to do something with all the opportunities and priviledge I have.. Over the past decade working in research and as a volunteer on various community based projects – I realize that at this point in time – what I can give most is through being an artist…

Hence I integrate specific public health messages in my songs (Mosquito – Dengue fever prevention, Vinchuca – educating about Chagas disease) as well as other social justice issues – most importantly I see at this time the plight of displaced people all over the world – from immigrants to refugees – no human is Illegal…

I also specifically would like to help get more women involved in producer and engineers in music – much like the Women’s Audio Mission here in San Francisco… Women’s Audio Mission

Day 4 – Vote ONCE AGAIN – Our Musical Influences

Day 4 Rahman Jamaal and I share what are our musical influences!

A little reminder that you can vote everyday through the month of April for our song ONCE AGAIN (World Category) in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest! http://jlsc.com/vote. Thank you so much for your support!

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Day 1 – Dia 1 – Help our song ONCE AGAIN win in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest

 

I am honored to announce that Once Again, a song I cowrote with Rahman Jamaal has won Grand Prize in The John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the WORLD CATEGORY! During the month of April we need your votes everyday to help us get from Top 24 to Top 12 and then a chance to win Song of The Year!

**Today is Day 1!** Voting is super easy just go to www.jlsc.com/vote and click the tab in the World Category next to “ONCE AGAIN” and you get a chance win a brand new Yamaha RS320 Electric Guitar and Line 6 AMPLIFi 75 amp package the more you vote! You can vote everyday for 30 days :)

We will be posting “the making of” clips of the incredible journey around the world that this song catalyzed, leading up to the music video debut of “Once Again” dropping Easter Sunday April 16th!

This tune features the amazing drums of Jay Sweeta and the sweet trumpet of Anthony Ant. It was recorded Truffula Oak Studio, mixed Live Oak Recording Studio and mastered at Trakworx Studio

Links to the song:
Studio Recording: https://youtu.be/WDNjUPbopbM
Live Performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeORCLpCLYE
Download free! https://www.reverbnation.com/razteriamusic/song/27004078-once-again-jlsc-2016-grand-prize

Thank you so much! Gracias! Merci beaucoup! Obrigado!

 

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Crushing boundaries…

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:) Recien llegada de la gira de produccion con una montana de musica que mata fronteras entre culturas y generos de musica.. Ahora a trabajar a pulirlo y planificar para su nacimiento que representa la sangre de personas de a traves el mundo… Ojala que esa musica puede llevantar la conciencia y entendimiento entre seres humanos y servir a romper con la politica de xenofobia. Gracias a todos que invertieron su tiempo y energia creativa! Y gracias a todos los que me han apoyado en este proceso brindando me hogar y guiandome. Dentro de un par de meses van a poder disfrutar de los frutos de esta colaboracion masiva.

:) Just arrived from the international production tour with a mountain of music that crushes boundaries between cultures and genres of music .. Now to work to polish and plan for its birth that represents the blood of people across the world … with the hope that this music can help to build understanding between human beings and serve to break with the politics of xenophobia. Thanks to everyone who invested their time and creative energy! Thank you to all who have supported me in this process – giving me a home and your guidance. In a few of months we will enjoy the fruits of this massive collaboration.

:) je viens d’arriver de ma tournée de production avec une montagne de la musique qui tue les frontières entre les cultures et genres de musique.. Maintenant commence le travail de polir et plannifier sa naissance ce qui représente le sang de personnes à travers le monde … J’espere que la musique peut sensibiliser et augmenter la compréhension entre les êtres humains.. et servir à rompre avec cette politique de xénophobie. Merci à tous ceux qui ont invertie leur temps et leur énergie créatrice! Et merci à tous ceux qui me ont soutenu dans ce processus en me fournissant un endroit pour me loger et m’avoir donner des conseilles indispensables. Dans quelques mois, ont va pouvoir profiter des fruits de cette collaboration massif.

Razteria& Rahman Jamaal – Live in Concert Nov 2-11 2016 – Geneva, St. Genis, Ferney, Montreux

Enfin arrivee dans Le Pays de Gex :) Arrived in the Pays de Gex :) Motivee de me presenter en concert! Excited to be performing live in concert for the first time in the Geneva region with Rahman Jamaal Mc / Rahman Jamaal &Alex Ald as well as Guillermo Rosales and other great musicians from the Leman region!

2.11 Cafe Voisins (Razteria, Rahman Jamaal, Alex Ald)
https://www.facebook.com/events/600678653390703
3.11 ÔBrasseur (Razteria, Rahman Jamaal)
https://www.facebook.com/events/201521010288429/
4.11 Arcada Icv (Razteria, Rahman Jamaal)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1064860773609245/
5.11 S’beer (Razteria, Alex Ald)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1801225950094937/
11.11 Loft A46 (Expo Patrick Wyss, Salomea Project & Razteria)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1838180129749672/

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Razteria’s Aventurera Fiesta April 9th 2016 – Mejores momentos – best moments

If you missed the epic Aventurera release show you can now check out these highlights!

Si perdieron el concierto epico del lanzamiento de Aventurera pueden ahora ver los mejores momentos!

Si vous avez perdu le concert epic du lancement de Aventurera vous pouvez maintenant voire les meilleurs parties!

Razteria’s Aventurera Fiesta show April 9 2016

Hear on:

To purchase Aventurera album:
http://asteriarecords.bandcamp.com

Together with:
***Rahman Jamaal, Risk from Street Poetry Music
***DJ Leydis
***Jackeline Rago (cuatro)
***Fyah Squad Band (Waddell Bell, Lou Neuburger)
***Tomas Salcedo (guitar)
***Raleigh Neal (keys)
***Dave Eagle (percussion)

Guest appearances by
***Kata of LoCura
***Chatterbox from Puppetplex
***Seneca from EarthAmplified
***Amor do Samba Dance Troupe
***Empress Unification
Sol Atash
Irae Divine
Ariel Marin
Molly Rose

Video edited by Deonta Arnold and Alex Zajicek
Video live footage by Deonta Arnold, Alex Zajicek, Phillip Velasco, Inti Fernandez,
Live audio recording by Josh Petersen
Lighting by Jamese Coker
Live audio mix by James Ward (Live Oak Studio)

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*Change* Music Video Out!

I am so excited to present *Change* Music Video a Juku Kobo Production, a trilingual world/hip hop crossover single in collaboration with Rahman Jamaal. Shot in the East Bay and San Francisco in November 2015, it was an honor and privilege to have had the opportunity to work on the set with director Keiko Okisada and DP Hitoshi Inoue and the amazing crew, Carolyn Smith, Deonta Arnold, Alex Zajicek, and Kaeli Antrim. I hope that you enjoy!

CHANGE
AVENTURERA (album 3.18.2016)
by Renée Asteria/Razteria (RA) & Rahman Jamaal (RJ)

Cast
Renée Asteria
Rahman Jamaal

Production Crew
Keiko Okisada: Director & Editor
Hitoshi Inoue : DP
Deonta Marino: Gaffer
Alex Zajicek: Gaffer
Carolyn Smith: PA
Kaeli Antrim: Make up

MUSIC PRODUCTION

Music, production, arrangement, recording and editing (RA). Vocals (RA, RJ), all instruments (RA).
Mix by Kinyama Sounds (Nicolas Duboux)/ Live Oak Studio (James Ward) /Truffula Oak Studio (RA).
Additional recording at La Forge (Kirby Bivans).
Mastered at TrakWorx (Justin Weiss).

LYRICS
Change / Cambio / le Changement
by Renée Asteria Peñaloza & Rahman Jamaal McCreadie 2016

(translation)

Intro (English)
Change a coming
The only constant in life is the Change a coming
Don’t don’t be afraid of the Change a coming

Verse 1 (Spanish)
Dicen que el individuo no cambia
(They say that the individual cannot change)
Que somos presos de nuestras fallas de caracter
(That we are prisoners of our character flaws)
Que si intentamos es futil inutil
(And that it is useless, futile if we try)
Dejandonos sin armas, sin armas
(Leaving us defenseless, defenseless)
Enfrentando la necesidad de evaluar
(Faced with the need to evaluate)
Enfrentando la necesidad de evolucionar
(Faced with the need to evolve)
La manera de pensar de vivir y de amar
(The way of thinking, living and loving)
Qué hacemos les preguntó
(What can we do?)
Esa opresión que amara manos y pies
(This oppressive notion binds our hands and feet)
Que te hace ciego mudo y sordo
(It makes you blind, deaf and mute)
Que ni te das cuenta de tu poder
(That you are not aware of your power)
Eres capaz, puedes actuar, no dejes que te intimide
(You are capable, you can act, don’t be intimidated)
Eres capaz, puedes cambiar, se el control de tu vida
(You are capable, you can change, take control of your life)

Chorus A
Change is a coming
Don’t don’t be afraid of the Change a coming
The only constant in life is the Change a coming
Don’t don’t be afraid of the Change a coming

Verse 2 (English)
Life is the range, between joy and pain
It’s gonna take a toll, prepare yourself for “change”
Why would you train your brain to remain the same
When it has so much to gain, running the game Like Fila,instead you getting played by the dealer
Just know the older you get the more it gets realer
It’s right intention, the heightened sense of a healer
Or chrome to your dome that hits harder than a Steeler
You can choose either, without even knowing it
Thinking like a slave, or not thinking just going with
The trends, putting the ends above your friends
Til you gotta bunch of fake ones riding in your Benz
Time to change, money over everythang is lame
Don’t believe me just watch I won’t have to explain
Why fame ain’t all that when you change to entertain
But can’t exchange knowledge to arrange mental planes

Chorus A
Change is a coming
Don’t don’t be afraid of the Change a coming
The only constant in life is the Change a coming
Don’t don’t be afraid of the Change a coming

Chorus B
Life is the range between Joy and Pain
Se puede resolver de otra manera
(We can find solutions in another way)
Its gonna take a toll prepare yourself for change
Se puede vivir de otra manera
(We can live in another way)
Why would you train your brain to remain the same
Se puede pensar de otra manera
(We can think in another way)
Its gonna take a toll prepare yourself for change
Si se puede cambiar
(Yes change is possible)

Verse 3 (French)
La societe nous dit qu’on est prisonnier de notre character
(Society tells us that we are prisoners of our character)
Qu’on peut pas changer, et d’essayer serai une perte de temps
(That we can’t change and to try would be a waste of time)
Toute en vain, nous laissent sans armes
(All in vain, leaving us defenseless)
Face au besoin de commencer la revolucion et d’evoluer
(Confronting the need to start a revolution and to evolve)
Notre facon de penser de vivre et d’aimer
(Our way of thinking, of living and of loving)

Chorus B
Life is the range between Joy and Pain
Se puede resolver de otra manera
(We can find solutions in another way)
Its gonna take a toll prepare yourself for change
Se puede vivir de otra manera
(We can live in another way)
Why would you train your brain to remain the same
Se puede pensar de otra manera
(We can think in another way)
Its gonna take a toll prepare yourself for change
Si si si
(Yes, yes yes)

Chorus A
Change is a coming
Don’t don’t be afraid of the Change a coming
The only constant in life is the Change a coming
Don’t don’t be afraid of the Change a coming