JL Sessions Part 3: Paper Shapes

Hello all,

For the third and final installment of the Jay Legaspi sessions, I’m proud to present, Paper Shapes:

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 who 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.

Paper Shapes
Not to sound a broken record she said
But for the record I am scared of the things that passed
In the last few minutes
Patience worn like the tires thinned
By the ground ground ground

And I replied with an immeasurable wit
And what would have been a riot if we weren’t faced with
What had made itself to be
A truth that kept us tightly wound
So there we were like paper shapes in 3-D planes
Aware of a depth we couldn’t fake
No matter how much we tried to bend or twist

A tragic netting made from tearing out a page
Made to hold against a sea of crashing waves
We just weren’t made or cut out for this

We’re not cut out for this
We’re not cut out for this
We’re not cut out for this
We’re not cut out for this
We’re going down down down

Music and lyrics by Jay Legaspi

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