Demo-Crazy Volume 7 kicks off with the first featured demo : Wake Up by Ana Maningo.

 

What inspired you to write this song?

 

My friend’s story inspired me. I placed myself in her perspective with that heartbreak. It’s where I got the idea about this reality of how love can also hurt you. I was fascinated by the situation and how it affected her to be stronger. I looked at it as a gain for her. So I wanted to cheer her up. At the same time, I’ve been wanting to make a song and I thought that time was the perfect moment to make one.

 

Describe the process/experience of creating this song from start to finish.

 

Since I was in high school,  I had a few ideas of what the structure of a song would be like. So, I had a guitar and started writing with the chorus. Then the verses just went with it. I find it really fun putting words together and sometimes rhyming them. After all the words were written, I showed it to my friend showing it as a poem and the next day, I thought of chord progressions in the key of A. Which I was really comfortable with that time, and wrote them down, and then recorded myself on my phone humming and putting melody to it and I think that was 3 days, I finalized the song. And my other best friend was the one pushing me to record it properly in Garageband. I think she has the copy until now and it sounds so different from how I remembered it. Until now, 7 years after writing that, I noticed how the song evolved with me as I play it at open mic events. It sounds different. I sounded different. It’s like this song is 7 years in the making when I come to think of it.

 

 

Do you do something or listen to someone to kick start your creativity?

 

 

I listen to many types of music like it’s a daily thing. But whenever I feel like writing, I don’t really listen to someone to start my creativity. Or I don’t really think too much and aim to make it like a certain song. I even find it better not to listen to existing songs so I could make something purely from my own thoughts. It actually blocks my ideas because I so badly wanted my song to sound like this. So it didn’t work with me. Instead, I look for inspiration like watching movies, talk to my friends, to be more curious and I do notice how I finish a song faster compared to me trying to aim for a song to be something like this or that.

 

 

Does songwriting come naturally to you?

 

For fun, It does. Maybe because I got used to it, coming from a musically inclined family and I’ve lived by that life without forcing myself to write something good. Even if the songs that I made sounded so cheesy, I kept writing. And I grew up seeing my grandparents, and my parents write. I thought everyone can write too. Until now, that’s what I believe in.

 

Who are your biggest influences musically?

 

My Papa. He’s really cool and talented. A multi-genre performer, sometimes he sings country songs and then suddenly jams with rock. It’s also because he shares the songs with me and lets me join with my uncles in family gatherings. So I got exposed because of him. That’s the reason why I’m into oldies. He was excited to teach me everything. By the age of 4, I started being curious, and that’s when he taught me piano slowly, song after song, and then guitar, until the day he told me I’m already better than him haha. Still, even after joining an orchestra, trying out a band, listening to different artists, having a music teacher, my biggest influence in music is him.

 

Listen to Wake up by Ana Maningo:

 

 

Wake Up Lyrics

 

Dream or nightmare,

Gotta open my eyes 

It’s blurry, it’s dark, it’s not so clear

I’m blind for you boy

I’m confused, do you love me?

I tried to ask but you said “maybe”

 

Sadly lovin’ was just your game 

I finally realized you never felt the same 

 

I thought waiting forever

Was worth having you

But then again, I realized 

It was never true 

You don’t take anything seriously

It just shows we’re not meant to be 

Now I wanna say two words for me 

W.A.K.E.U.P.

Wake up, wake up

 

Sleeping beauty just gotta move on

And try to wake up from the spell she’s on

But fairytales were never true

Exactly what I saw from you

I tried to give you all I had

‘Cause I really wanted you so bad

 

But sadly lovin’ was just your game 

I finally realize you’ve never felt the same 

 

I thought waiting forever

Was worth having you

But then again, I realized

It was never true 

You don’t take anything seriously

It just shows we’re not meant to be 

Now I wanna say two words for me 

W.A.K.E.U.P.

 

Wake up and face the real world

I gotta be strong, I gotta be brave 

And I just want you to know

That I’ve been trying to let you go 

 

I thought waiting forever

Was worth having you

But then again, I realized

It was never true 

You don’t take anything seriously

It just shows we’re not meant to be 

Now I wanna say two words for me 

W.A.K.E.U.P.

Wake up, wake up

 

Check out DemoCrazy Vol. 7 and follow 22 Tango Records on Soundcloud for the latest songs.  

Artwork by Winona Chan

Music curation by Abegail Kionisala & Redd Odilao