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New Tunesday Video – Watch Alx Sing “Smooth” by Santana and Rob Thomas

 

Smooth – Santana – Am

Intro – Am7, E7, Am7, E7

                      Am7      E7                                         Am7         E7
Man, it’s a hot one, like seven inches from the midday sun
                                                                   Dm      Dm/C     Dm6
Well, I hear you whisper and the words melt everyone
      E7                    Am7    E7
But you stay so cool
                 Am7    E7                                         Am7   E7
My muñequita, my Spanish Harlem Mona Lisa
                                        Dm  Dm/C  Dm6  E7
You’re my reason for reason, the step in my groove, yeah.

[Bridge]
E7
And if you said,
Am7                   E7
“This life ain’t good enough.”
                        Am7                       E7
I would give my world to lift you up
                        Am7                   E7                  Dm  Dm/C Dm6
I could change my life to better suit your mood
E7                             Am7   E7
Because you’re so smooth

[Chorus]
               Am7                             E7
And it’s just like the ocean under the moon
                               Am7                                         E7
Well, that’s the same as the emotion that I get from you
       Am7                                              E7
You got the kind of loving that can be so smooth, yeah.
Dm                                           E7                                      Intro
Gimme your heart, make it real or else forget about it

Verse2
Well, I’ll tell you one thing, if you would leave it’d be a crying shame
In every breath and every word I hear your name calling me out
Out from the barrio, you hear my rhythm on your radio
You feel the turning of the world so soft and slow
Turning you ’round and ’round

[Bridge]
[Chorus]

 

New Tunesday Video – Watch Alx Sing “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”

I was listening to some of the new music coming out today and came across Meghan Trainor’s new album and started listening to the songs and fell in love with this one. Her whole album is pretty great tho because it has an old school feel with new school tools and lyrics, which definitely gets my attention. Enjoy the video!

 

Lyrics and chords:

Like I’m Gonna Lose You – G (My video is a half step down)

Verse1:
G                                             Bm7
I found myself dreaming of silver and gold
Em                                                             C      Em7      Am7    D7
Like a scene from a movie, that every broken heart knows
G                                                         Bm7
We were walking on moonlight, And you pulled me close
Em                                                                                 C        Em7  Am7  D7
Split second and you disappeared, And then I was all alone

PreChorus:
G
I woke up in tears, With you by my side
   Bm7                                             Em
A breath of relief, And I realized
                              C       Em7   Am7    D7
No, we’re not promised tomorrow

Chorus:
                            G                                           Bm7
So I’m gonna love you like I’m gonna lose you
                             Em                                              C
And I’m gonna hold you like I’m saying goodbye
                                G                                                    Bm7
Wherever we’re standing, I won’t take you for granted
                                    Em                                                              C
‘Cause we’ll never know when, when we’ll run out of time
                          G                                         Bm7
So I’m gonna love you like I’m gonna lose you
                    Em                                C  Em7  Am7  D7
I’m gonna love you like I’m gonna   lose     you

Verse2:
In the blink of an eye, Just a whisper of smoke
You could lose everything, The truth is you never know
So I’ll kiss you longer baby, Any chance that I get
And I’ll make the most of the minutes, And love with no regrets

PreChorus:
So let’s take the time to say what we want
Here’s what we got before it’s all gone
Cuz no, we’re not promised tomorrow

New Tunesday Video – Alx Sings Animals by Maroon 5!

Crunch Time – LA is Around the Corner…

Holy moly it’s September already! August pretty much didn’t even exist because it went by way too fast. Seriously…where did the whole month of August go?!?!
Phew…anyways…the reason I’m kind of freaking out is because on September 23rd I move to Los Angeles. Up until now it was very exciting and wasn’t really real yet, but as the moving date creeps closer I’m starting to get a little more anxiety. We’re selling lots of our stuff and packing everything needed for LA and the house and bedroom are starting to get empty but for some reason as the room gets bigger it’s feeling like it’s closing in on me!!! Deep breathes…deep breathes…

Aside from the moving stress I’ve been working on my new originals in the studio and playing solo around town. Last night I played a mellow night at Hyatt SWIM Bar with Mark Tanouye and got a chance to play some new music to try things out.

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This weekend I’ll be on the north shore for a buddy’s wedding and I get the chance to play music at the ceremony and sing them down the aisle. Should be a great weekend!

Just a few reminders –
– On Tuesday I’ll be giving out my version of All of Me by John Legend for FREE so keep an eye out for it and let your friends know.
– September 20th we’re having a farewell bash at Gordon Biersch since ManoaDNA won’t be performing in public for awhile so I hope you can all come down!

Aloha!
Alx

Last night tested my patience…

Hey everyone,
I consider myself a very patient person, but when there are drunk guys yelling and being obnoxious at gigs while I’m performing, it tests my patience and also tests my confidence.

In my opinion, getting up on stage and singing my heart out takes a certain courage in itself, but when I have drunk frat boys yelling out dumb requests and disturbing people around them, that’s where my patience and confidence get tested.

At Lulus last night there was a group of guys yelling out demands for certain dumb songs and I decided to ignore them because they were being very rude. It wasn’t in a playful way and when I didn’t acknowledge them they just kept yelling and making stupid remarks. So I playfully made fun of them a little on the mic and left it at that. They ended up being very rude to the servers at Lulus and didn’t seem like very nice people to be around.

After nights like this I always second guess my abilities…if I am a good entertainer, why would a group like that need to be idiotic? Why couldn’t I turn their night around and make them have fun? Every other patron at the restaurant told me they had a great time and loved the music, so why should I even worry about these guys?

I guess when it’s all said and done these guys need to put people down to make themselves feel good. That’s sad. I feel bad for people like that. So in the end I just kept playing my music the way I knew best and made sure everyone else in the restaurant had a good time.

There will always be assholes in this world, the trick is to never let them drag you down to their level…

You all rock,
AK

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Purium Cleanse | Waimea Bay | New Projects

Hey All!

Lots has been happening recently so I thought I’d post some cool stuff!
As most of you know already, I’m moving to LA to pursue music in September, which is a huge step in my life. ManoaDNA isn’t retiring, we will still do various tours and shows in the future, however, our weekly shows will end around the end of August. I’m excited yet sad that we won’t be playing together as much, but it’s going to be a great experience.

Two weeks ago I started a transformation cleanse called “PURIUM” to try and reset my metabolism, lose a little weight, and clean my body of all the toxins from eating and drinking A LOT of unhealthy stuff. I definitely had my doubts and thought I would lose weight, but go back to eating and drinking unhealthy foods and drinks again. However, I am pleasantly surprised at how good it worked. In 10 days I lost 14 lbs, 3.5 inches off my belly, and broke my bad eating habits. During the process it was pretty hard, but I’m so glad I did it. I signed up to be a seller of PURIUM (it’s a multi level marketing business) and have been selling to my friends that want to try it. It may not be for everyone, but if you want to try it I can give you a $50 gift card that you can redeem at http://www.mypurium.com/akawakami . Just use my gift card code – akawakami – and $50 will be applied to whatever you buy.

On Sunday I spent the whole day at Waimea Bay with the Noyle family because Zak Noyle was hosting a photography event for Watershot Housing who makes waterproof cases for iPhones and Galaxy phones. He was letting people try them out for free so we all hung out and stayed at the beach all day. After getting a nice burn on the skin we were treated to a BEAUTIFUL sunset! It was a great way to end the weekend.

Waimea Bay Sunset

Waimea Bay Sunset

Right now I’m putting together some new stuff for a full solo album that I hope to finish sometime this year. I’ve been writing a lot recently and putting together a collection of songs I think will best portray what I want to do. I’ve also been trying to put together some songs for a ManoaDNA Christmas Album that we’ll have for this coming Christmas season. It’s a lot of work…but it will all be worth it!

As you can see, this summer is going to be very very very busy but so much fun! Can’t wait for the future…

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