Mahal Adams - BATTLE WITHIN
BATTLE WITHIN by Mahal Amanda Adams © 2010
This is the original English version of my previous Tagalog song post called “Alinlangan” which was featured in a short film called “TUKSO”. I finished composing this way back in Oct. 11, 2002— GASP! Yesterday was it’s 8th year anniversary. Whaddyaknow! Haha, that is so cool. I didn’t even realize it until I flipped through my song log.
Yes, a song log. A notebook where you scribble down the words and the chords to a potential song in the making. Every musician must have one, keep it and protect it. Don’t forget to write down the date of when you started writing a song or when you have completed one.
Going back to “Battle Within”, I presented this version first to the film’s director, Raz, in May of 2010 during the music score production time line and he instantly liked it because of the message that the words and the melancholy of the melody which portrayed his protagonist very well. He then requested to have it translated into Tagalog to match the Filipino essence of his short film which I thought was a very good idea, since his film was to be shown in London and it would kind of promote the Philippine culture through sight and sound.
Battle Within and Alinlangan were recorded at Dodjie Garcia’s studio called Skunk Productions, with Inigo Mortel on guitar and me on vocals.