Music, Voice, and Emotions…

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Two of the most talented singers and songwriters whose songs I listen to over and over again are Regina Spektor and James Blunt. Regina’s compositions are simply extraordinary and unconventional. The lyrics of her songs are products of her imagination and creativity. Sometimes, you need to understand what she’s trying to convey through her songs because it’s filled with metaphors. For me, she’s a genius. I love all of her songs, but of course, there are those songs which I listen to most of the time. First on the list is SAMSON. The first time I heard this song, I instantly fell in love with it. Another fave of mine are EET, FIDELITY, and US.

“Samson”

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
Beneath the sheets of paper lies my truth
I have to go, I have to go
Your hairwas long when we first metSamson went back to bed
Not much hair left on his head
He ate a slice of wonder bread and went right back to bed
And history books forgot about us and the bible didn’t mention us
And the bible didn’t mention us, not even onceYou are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
Beneath the stars came fallin’ on our heads
But they’re just old light, they’re just old light
Your hair was long when we first met

Samson came to my bed
Told me that my hair was red
Told me I was beautiful and came into my bed
Oh I cut his hair myself one night
A pair of dull scissors in the yellow light
And he told me that I’d done alright
And kissed me ’til the mornin’ light, the mornin’ light
And he kissed me ’til the mornin’ light

Samson went back to bed
Not much hair left on his head
Ate a slice of wonderbread and went right back to bed
Oh, we couldn’t bring the columns down
Yeah we couldn’t destroy a single one
And history books forgot about us
And the bible didn’t mention us, not even once

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first

And of course, another favorite song-writer of mine is James Blunt. If you listen to him sing, you will really feel the emotions being poured out through his songs. His lyrics touches your heart and his voice captivates your soul, and that’s how I describe my mood every time I listen to his music. Sometimes, I can’t help but play the same song over and over again before I shift to another song.


Here are my top 3 favorite songs by James Blunt:

1. Goodbye my Lover

2. You’re Beautiful

3. Same Mistake

So, hope you’ll also enjoy and love their songs like I do. I really think they are amazing singers and songwriters.

 

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Kurt Turns 8 Today!

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It’s my son’s 8th birthday today and the best gift ever is that he is already feeling well. Just few days ago, he was high with fever. His temperature almost reached 39 degrees Celsius. I even suspected him of having dengue so I had him checked by a doctor, and had his blood tested for CBC platelet count. It was a relief that the result turned negative for dengue.

Funny how my son blames me for his sickness because I didn’t allow him to bring his jacket to school the other day. Kurt always tells me that he feels cold when he is inside the classroom because of the air-condition.  So it’s my fault then that he got sick for not letting him bring his jacket to school? hahaha…oh my!

It’s amazing how time goes by quickly. My son is now 8 years old and I am turning old too? Geeee! Last week, before Kurt got sick, I planned that we will just dine out and maybe go swimming in the pool to celebrate Kurt’s birthday–good timing because his birthday falls on a Saturday. However, since he just got well, I think that there’s a slight change of plan or I better ask Kurty what he wants. For sure, if  i’ll ask him what he wants, he’ll surely say TOYS!

Happy Birthday Kurty!!!

You Make Me Smile…

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There is something about the song “You Make Me Smile” by Uncle Kracker that makes me feel good every time I play it on Youtube. It’s like I instantly think of certain people and things that give me reasons to wear a smile on my face.

Perhaps, people who are very much inlove  can relate well to this song. This is the kind of song that makes you want to stay happy and inlove all the time. The lyrics are simple yet it captivates the heart. Do you have that special someone in your life right now who makes you smile? And simply being able to see that person or just to be near  that special someone in your life is already enough to brighten up your day.

I hope you too will find this song cool and captivating. Stay Happily Inlove!!!

Here’s the lyrics of this song “You Make Me Smile” by Uncle Kracker:

You’re better then the best
I’m lucky just to linger in your light
Cooler then the flip side of my pillow, that’s right
Completely unaware
Nothing can compare to where you send me,
Lets me know that it’s ok, yeah it’s ok
And the moments where my good times start to fade

You make me smile like the sun
Fall out of bed, sing like a bird
Dizzy in my head, spin like a record
Crazy on a Sunday night
You make me dance like a fool
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold, buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Ohh, you make me smile

Even when you’re gone
Somehow you come along
Just like a flower poking through sidewalk crack and just like that
You steal away the rain and just like that

You make me smile like the sun
Fall out of bed, sing like a bird
Dizzy in my head, spin like a record
Crazy on a Sunday night
You make me dance like a fool
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold, buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Ohh, you make me smile

Don’t know how I lived without you
Cuz everytime that I get around you
I see the best of me inside your eyes
You make me smile
You make me dance like a fool
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold, buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild

You make me smile like the sun
Fall out of bed, sing like a bird
Dizzy in my head, spin like a record
Crazy on a Sunday night
You make me dance like a fool
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold, buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Ohh, you make me smile

Raining On A late Saturday Evening

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As I sit here, I see the flash of lightning emanating from the sky, clearly visible from my open window. I hear the loud sound of thunder and the splash of rain pouring directly to the ground–a music to the ear that only nature can orchestrate.

I wonder why every time it rains I always think of several things like drinking a hot cup of coffee, singing and dancing in the rain or perhaps ‘do my crying in the rain’ as the famous line suggests in a song entitled “I’ll do my crying in the rain.”

Most of us associate rain with something such as experiences–either good or bad, love, life, sorrows, luck, and even romantic moments.

Oh well, the rain is slowing drifting away, I guess. The sky is once again in silence as the growling sound of thunder fades to nowhere.

 

You Need Not Find A Cure For Everything That Makes You Weak

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First of all, I am glad that I am here again with my first post for this month of April after not having been able to blog for quite some time. It feels so good to be able to share my thoughts and insights once again.

Sometimes, I feel that a lot of things run through my mind. Maybe, I am just allowing myself to be drowned in a pool of thoughts which somehow cause me to drift away from reality. These thoughts somehow give me an overwhelming feeling   that often result in a state of bewilderment–I don’t know how else to describe it. I try to look for answers, uncover the truth, and find solutions to whatever I may be feeling and thinking lately.

As I was browsing online, I saw this picture with words that says “You Need Not Find A Cure For Everything That Makes You Weak.” I got struck by these words. I often feel that every time I fall trap into my own weaknesses, I always seek for things that would cure these anxieties.

It’s okay to welcome into our lives the bitterness of things that weakens us. Rather than trying hard to find for cure for things that make us weak, it’s better if we just try to strengthen ourselves and try to look on the brighter side–Perhaps, these things which make us weak would be the same reason that gives us strength to hold on– and I choose to hold on.

The Right Bad Stuff

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photo credits: Rasmus Lindersson

Have you ever had those moments when something which was totally wrong felt so right? At the back of your mind, you know that you are not supposed to do or engage in things that would harm you and the people around you, and yet you insist on doing it your way. You ignore those little voices whispering into your ears, pleading you to STOP. But, in many cases, you don’t listen. You know and you’re aware of what those little voices are telling you, but you choose to do your own thing, your own way, and with your own assumptions and beliefs.

Have you fallen into a trap where it’s hard to get out, not because you can’t but because there’s something you hold on to and can’t let go? Sometimes, we get so attached with something or someone and that letting go seems so hard. You know you want to set yourself FREE from all the bewildering situations. But, how could that be possible when you just keep on holding on with this thing that gives you happiness even if it means it’s just momentarily and temporarily? It’s a weird feeling of mixed emotions–a psychedelic feeling that you can’t exactly explain what it is. You hate yourself from doing it, from wanting it, from ignoring the consequences. Yet, you don’t seem to mind when you are at a state of getting a dose of your addiction to something or someone.

How come there are moments when some of the BAD STUFF you do feels so RIGHT? Well, you know that it’s wrong, but you just intentionally shut your eyes, cover your ears, and do what you feel like doing however strong your conscience tells you not to let yourself fall into that trap. It leads you to nowhere except that you are caught in a spiral where you just keep on coming back and doing it all over again.

“My soul knows my meat is doing bad things, and is embarrassed. But my meat just keeps right on doing bad, dumb things.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

All Souls Day: A Tribute to the Faithful Departed

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While some are looking forward to celebrating Halloween, others are already busy cleaning up the cemeteries. For most catholic Filipinos, November is the month of remembering all the beloved faithful departed.

In the Philippines, a yearly special non-working holiday is especially dedicated in honor of the dead. Some even travel miles just to get home in time for All Souls Day. All Souls Day has somehow become a celebration, a special gathering, and a reunion of families, relatives, and friends in cemeteries where their dearly departed ones are buried. People offer prayers, bring flowers, and light candles as they are part of the whole tradition during this special occasion. Often, it turns out to be a festivity rather than a solemn celebration. People eat, laugh, and reminisce the old times.

Once a year, every November 1st or the 2nd, my family and I visit our close relatives in their graveyards. However, for the past 2 years, I haven’t stayed too long in the cemetery ever since my mother and two sisters left the country and are now permanently settled in the US. But I guess this year, after I take a short visit in my great grandmother‘s tomb, I’d probably be staying a bit longer in my father’s graveyard. It’s my first visit to his tomb for this year’s All Souls Day since he just died few months ago.

Unfortunately, when my father died last July due to a freak accident, my mother and two sisters were not able to personally witness my father’s burial ceremony since they can’t just simply pack their bags and go home to the Philippines. It’s also unfortunate that they won’t be able to visit him this coming All Souls Day, but I am here anyway to pay homage to his grave site.

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