Alien Blue

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"Alien Blue" is a multimedia release by Sunset Afire.
Feeling like a stranger in the place one calls home, this record presents encounters with a new global culture coming into awareness.
The fourteen-track album contains new music. Blending influences from the Philippine Islands, Africa, and Brooklyn, new sounds are being explored for voice and guitar.
The booklet contains lyrics, stories, poems, and photographs from travels all over the world.
The film documents encounters with three different lands that speak to the unity of the people of the world.


released October 28, 2010

Sunset Afire:

Voice and Guitar by Edgardo A. Parada

- Words by Enrique Parada, Elissa Parada, Carlo Dalusong, Ron Dalusong-Mendoza, JM Ibañez, Steph Ibañez,
Betsy Mandac, Millie Mandac, Gian Aguinaldo, Mic Aguinaldo, Enrico Aguinaldo, Kris Aguinaldo
- Music and Arrangement by Edgardo A. Parada

Songs and Stories by Edgardo A. Parada

Recorded at Shake Up Productions, NYC.

Mastered by Christian Medice

Additional Photography by Yu-Fu Kuo

Cover Concept and Newspaper Sketch by Ryan Wilson

Tattoo by Joe Saliendra

Special Thanks:
Edgardo O. Parada, Elsie A. Parada,
Carlos de Jesus, Chris Chan Roberson, Morgan Goldin, Greg Payton, Michigan, Adewuyi, Selena Blake, Matt O’Brien, Allyson Morgan, Mia Van de Water, Liz Toft, Jason Richardson, Brooke McGowan, Jackie Rose, Arthur Searle, Rene J. Hernandez
Frank Jackson, Allyson Jacobs, Ken White, Dan Freeman, Alex Maxwell, Jeff Brelvi, Penny Pollak, Sacha Chavez and Frances @ Lucky Jack’s, Mary Jennings,
Mikey Schiavone, Rasheed Adams, Yahtiebo Bailey, Noel De Leon, Jim Star, Moazzam Malik, Delmis Rodriguez, Peter Young, Catalin Lutu, Eddie Irvin, Justin Maier, Jose Rodriguez, Sam Friedman, Ron Levin, Barry Lares, Delawrence Square, Kim Carfora
Mark Gilman, Yolanda Roman,
Eve & Romy Dalusong, Ginger & Silas Ibañez, Manny and Ellis Mandac,
Kat Coriage, Grace Coriage, Gener Coriage, Lorenzo Coriage, Ryan Balistoy
Kernel Pascual, Jun Parada, Jef Parada, Jester Parada, Junior Parada, Elvie Cuison,
Mon Modesto, ibiang
Ben Cab Museum, Vocas, Kidlat Tahimik


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Track Name: Alien Blues
I come in peace
Track Name: Camera Smile
Where is the line between use and abuse?
Call it necessity.
Be quiet.
There are a few weeds in every garden. Aren't you vain?

Don't sleep with the candles lit.
There are people in America who have never heard of Coney Island.
How do you top that?

You're on camera.
Be careful for what you ask for.
The game never changes.
Bound by the rules, keep on playing.

Close calls made me thankful.
There are some things that aren't clear for a while.
Can it be done over and over again?

Track Name: Straight Line
The bossman tells me that I’m not doing my job
The bossman tells me that I ain’t working that hard.
I tell him it’s fine cuz he’s the only one getting paid.

My lady left me saying she wanna be free
My lady left me saying she ain’t for free.
I tell her it’s fine cuz she’s still yelling at me.

I’m walkin’ a straight line that I can’t find.
I’m so lost, the neon lights left me blind.

My life’s just fine
I’m sweating for my rent to stay.
I’m happy now but I know that
One day
Gonna be hungry
Still swingin’ away
Track Name: Today
Wide awake today is mine.
Breathe fresh, start anew
Even if the sun hides
Wide awake it’s still mine

Even if I’m beaten hard.
Even if my dreams grow cold and hard.
Even if life swings this hard.
Even if everything falls apart

I once knew what to do
when I was beaten down
Took a breath,
raised my head
with scars and scabs
All but dead.
Track Name: Roses and Dreamers
There was a time when everything was a bed of roses.
That was childhood.
We were told to dream big.
Everything was in our grasp.
We knew nothing of the world around us.
Then everything came crashing.

Maybe we’ll wake up and smell the coffee
What is it really?
The world has changed. People stay the same.
My imagination against your reality.
Believe in what you want.

I believe I will

Make your bed of roses.
Have no doubts.
Keep on dreaming.
Track Name: Segundo
Somewhere no one knows
A smile that never ends forever glows
As the rain drops on the windows
You’d feel her heart really close
She’d stop by and make you smile
Walk you down to the bus stop to school
She’d ask how you’ve been
And pray to God to guide you still

Beyond the clouds, Paradiso
Swimming in oceans of chocolato
Don’t you worry about Carlomagno
Just keep playing your heavenly lotto

Somewhere no one know
A laugh full of colorful rainbows
Her sweetness I can compare to angels helping you out of despair
She’d never ever forget to call you at home to check up on you
A golden heart so pure
Mamang Rosing, we love you.

She’s been there from the very start
And now she rests with countless stars
We will never be torn apart
She’ll forever be in my heart

(Life lasts for a second)
Un Segundo
Track Name: Revision
Would you be part of the wrong story
This was the case with people I knew
So I said Goodbye and no one knew
I never looked back to those same old stories I knew

Breathe in
Breathe out

This is the story of the sound.

And then she left. Would she come back?
It’s not what you would expect. But what would you do?
I hear the wind blowing. I’ll listen for you.
A sound that’s so true.

Baby, my muse is you.

Move on don’t look back.
No more revisions.
Behind every story is the second truth.

Expect nothing less.
Track Name: April
The seasons made its plans
Leaving me stripped to the flesh.

Spring never came
In Western summers, the winters fall.

Hey April

Did you not have me in your mind?
Track Name: Prometheus
Patawarin ninyo aming kibong maliwag
Dahil buhat namin ang pag-asa ninyo
Pag hindi nagagawa ang gusto mo
Baon sa loob ang balak ay masyadong malabo

Tunay ang buhay namin.
Ito ang binigay sa atin
Tunay ang ilaw natin
Ito ang binigay sa atin

Malalaman ninyo lahat ng lihim
Sa likha ng tao. Sa awit natin
Hawak ninyo ang ilaw ng katutubo
Maliwanag ang landas
Sobra ang silaw
Nabulag ka uli

At sa iyo ang ilaw ay hawak mo.
Track Name: This Life
Shadows point that you’d be there.
In my dreams
In my sleep
Over there.
When I chase you, and you run
It feels like staring into the sun

I believed in every love song
Losing my way in those fantasies
With bright lights, sunshine, daisies

Once I lied to myself

Maybe we’ll find each other.
Just not in this lifetime.
Track Name: Capital Obsession
Let me tell you another story.
This one’s not another movie.

Mama and Papa built a house
In the land of dreams

They woke up
Empty and shattered.
Money took over
No one could sleep
There wasn’t enough
For the children.
For school

Glass ceiling on top
Race to the bottom

Friends began to judge
“You’re too cheap”

But they wouldn’t know.

When you need, your anger shows.

Truth is bitter when all life’s been sweet.
Track Name: Payne
And when the pain don’t stop.
You just keep on going.
Firing with guns blazing.

And no one gonna take you down.