• Milagro Asi Es La Vida

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    Milagro ~ Asi es la Vida and was inspired by Narada Michael Walden in his studio while mentoring my co-authors and at the time PB&JAMMers who were about to go off to college in Florida and Los Angeles. When Narada asked the boys to show him what they got they calmly pulled out their laptop and started playing some beats for him. While I was out of the way quietly allowing the boys to have their time with our PB&JAMM Shaman, a new beat that I had never heard before started to play and the words just started spilling out of my mouth into our small universe. Narada stopped us all and had us play that again and he challenged me to sing louder, so naturally I did. He said There you have it, you have a hit song right there. Go out and write itso we did. In two weeks we completed the demo, which I shared with Narada at dinner five days before I moved to Tokyo to perform under contract for four months. He said he liked it it wasnt bad and encouraged me to keep at it. In that moment I vowed we would complete not only the track itself but a music video as well, although at the time I had no idea how I would be able to finance the project. I decided not to worry about thatfor now. As the lyricist I was inspired by my childhood memories of family celebrations, even during times of financial challenges or personal heartache, I was taught, that life goes on asi es la vida so dust yourself off, get up enjoy the music and just keep dancing no matter whatso I try to do just that!

    THE MUSIC VIDEO

    As our fearless leader & director, Channing Kennedy so eloquently put it We want this video to resonate with people about the dance & celebration called LIFE and we want it to SCREAM San Francisco! And what else screams SF more than earthquakes and a diverse, eclectic community of dancers and party goers?! Channing was hired on the spot and was given total creative control over the project except for my one-and only-no-negotiations-will-not-budge request. I did not want this video to be reflective of all the other cookie cutter-like music videos out there but I wanted to showcase a video filled with vibrant, joyous, REAL beautiful people, family friends of all ages colors, shapes, sizes, ethnicities, lifestyles and backgrounds as diverse as in my real life. Just like my real life this was truly a FAMILY and COMMUNITY affairwithout whom NONE of this would be possible!

    Milagro
    "Milagro (Asi es la Vida)"
    WAAAHOO Productions / milagromusic.com / channingkennedy.com
    SONG CREDITS

    Song written by: Carmen Gonzalez, Rocco Bovo, Steven Zhu
    Performed by: Carmen Milagro, Rocco Bovo and the MILAGRO Band
    Produced by: Marquinho Brasil at MoonDog Studios, Alameda, CA
    Engineered by: Marquinho Brasil, Brad Belknap, Jara Queeto and Andrew Leavitt
    Mix & mastered by: Jim Reitzel

    Lead vocals: Carmen Milagro
    Trumpet and Background Vocals: Rich Armstrong
    Percussion: Marquinho Brasil
    Keys: Jara Queeto
    Guitar: Jojo Styles
    Bass: Ray Uribes
    Drums: Matt Willis
    Guest Vocals: Rocco Bovo

    Background vocals & international voices:
    Rich Armstrong
    Marquinho Brasil
    Lisa Baty
    Kathy Schmidt
    Giovanna Queeto
    Tamiko Ishidate
    "Milagro Kids"

    VIDEO CREDITS

    filmed on location at Hacienda de Bovo, Pacifica CA
    April 4, 2009
    location provided by Mike Bovo

    Directed and edited by: Channing Kennedy

    Cameras:
    Dylan Romero
    Larry Cheuk

    Production Assistants:
    Patrick Van Wye
    Nader Assemi
    Jessica Lansdon

    Choreography by A Little Tango alittletango.com
    Choreographer: Amy Little
    Assistant: Lisa Martin

    Our talented lovely and handsome dancers:
    Michelle Ito
    Caroline Kuntz
    Steve Hamilton
    Roksana Azarbaijani
    Caera Aislingeach
    Gina Gutierrez
    Patricia Held
    Michael Leavell
    Rona Siddiqui
    Calvin Hamilton
    Nicole Roberts
    Candice Osako
    Hailey Laserna
    Katie Kimball

    Special Guest:
    Donna Sachet donnasachet.com

    "Our Heroes" from Colma Fire Department Station #85 (Engine #86)
    Mark Goodman
    Anthony Fisicaro
    Jeremiah Cadigan
    Randy Bunther
    Gabriel Quintero
    Carlos Escalante
    Manny Lara

    Makeup and Photography: Liliana Aranda of StarstruckPix.com
    Carmen Milagro's jewelry by DanaGraft.com

    More special party guests:
    Miguel Bustos
    Alex Rivera
    Mary Rose Walls
    Kathy Schmidt
    Giovanna Queeto
    Quest Queeto
    Sole Queeto
    Dana Graft
    Sofia Graft
    Vivian Graft
    Christopher Bovo
    Vito Bovo
    Michael Locascio
    Carmen O'Keefe
    Julia Gales

    Shoot Operations:
    Darlene Dumpit
    Bonnie Tomek
    Sally Gaines
    Len Gaines
    Steven Richards
    Denise Richards

    Catering by Carroll's Catering carrollsmeats.com

    Special thanks to Drew Stephens of RDMStudios.com
    and Kurt Kunselman of chameleonmusic.com

    A Channing Kennedy Video Production for WAAAHOO Productions. Show less
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