Top 5 TV Theme Songs

October 31, 2020 at 9:38 PM | Posted in Music, TV | Leave a comment

I seldom see opening credits of a TV show that both have stunning visuals and memorable theme songs. And when I say theme songs, I’m talking about those that have no lyrics. There are a few TV theme songs in recent years that are so good that I enjoy listening to them even without watching the opening – or in some cases, end credits – of the show. Here I’ve rounded up my top five favorite theme songs from TV shows that aired in mid-2000 to the present. Note that this list only contains shows that I watch.

  1. The Mandalorian

The pilot episode of season 2 of The Mandalorian just aired and how I missed the show’s theme song. Granted, the theme song usually plays at the end of every episode, it still makes me watch the end credits because not only I love the music but the storyboard artwork is also stunning. I’ve read somewhere that the theme of The Mandalorian is reminiscent of old spaghetti Western movies with a mix of old samurai films. I’ve watched a few Western and samurai movies myself when I was a child and I must say I agree.

  1. Succession

Who doesn’t love the theme song from Succession? Succession’s theme song is an instant favorite among fans. The melody is just so beautiful and classical. I enjoy listening to it even though I don’t exactly love the show’s opening credits. And from what I remember, the score won an Emmy.

  1. Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful’s theme song captures the show’s macabre and dark tones. It’s gothic and haunting at the same time. When I hear the theme song, it gives me a sense of terror and foreboding. The main title sequence is also as chilling as the score.

  1. Altered Carbon

I love the visuals in Altered Carbon’s opening credits as much as the theme. The drumbeats near the end of the score gets me every time, especially the part in the title sequence where the woman sheds a skin much like the snake that’s slowly wrapping itself around her. It perfectly captures what the show is about. Too bad Altered Carbon was cancelled by Netflix. This show could have taken the story to the next level.

  1. 12 Monkeys

The title sequence of 12 Monkeys may be too short, but I still love the score. It evokes the passing of time and there’s a sense of urgency about it which could mean time is running out for the main characters of the show.

The Toxicity of Cancel Culture

September 13, 2020 at 1:00 AM | Posted in Musings | Leave a comment

I’m an active social media user for years (but mostly on Twitter – I’ve deleted my Facebook account) but in recent months, I opted to spend less and less time on it. Social media is getting more and more toxic these days and I don’t want to have that kind of negativity in a time where a pandemic is still raging.

Lately I’m getting fed up with the cancel culture I’m seeing on social media and on the news. It seems like every week there’s a celebrity being called out because of something they said in an interview or posted on social media. The same goes for ordinary people. People are being called out simply because of their difference in opinion, which are mostly harmless. Some people are quick to judge others these days. Now there’s nothing wrong with being woke but when you do that to the extreme, it gets really annoying.

During the peak of the George Floyd protests a couple of months back, many people on Twitter were cancelling their favorite celebrities just because those celebrities weren’t quick enough to air their support on social media. It never occurred to them that not all people are active on social media 24/7, or that some people prefer to support a cause offline. These fans are putting the celebrities on a pedestal, expecting them not to ever make mistakes or have beliefs contrary to their own. They expect celebrities to be accessible to them all the time, which is a bad case of self-entitlement.

Cancel culture, whether it’s on social media or anywhere else, is getting out of hand. Being woke doesn’t have to be about slamming people of every little mistake they’ve made all the time or bashing a movie, TV show, book or activity considered as offensive without understanding the context behind it (for example, HBO Max’s previous decision to remove Gone With the Wind from their catalog and the controversy surrounding the Cuties movie). There’s a time for condemnation but there should also be a time for tolerance and educating people.

Meant to Read It

June 28, 2020 at 12:50 AM | Posted in Book Reviews, Books | Leave a comment
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I Wrote This For You & Only You

I was browsing through a local bookstore one day when I chanced upon a book that caught my eye. Among the books that lined up the shelves of the poetry section was this book, I Wrote This For You and Only You. The title itself struck me as unusual and very personal so I pulled it out of the shelf and read the blurb at the back. And in that moment, I felt like the book was meant for me. That I was meant to read it – like it said in the blurb. I browsed through the pages and read a few passages. I felt like the words were speaking to me intimately like it knew me. Then I knew I had to buy it. But alas, I was broke at that time so I couldn’t buy it right away.

This happened about three months ago, just before the lockdown. I was going to buy it the week after I saw the book but then the lockdown happened. All non-essential shops were closed, including bookstores. I couldn’t even buy it online because everything’s closed. But now that restrictions are easing and non-essential stores have opened, I was finally able to buy it (online, of course; I’m still practicing physical distancing).

Before buying the book, I did some digging about the author, Iain S. Thomas. Apparently, he’s quite popular and the poetry book I bought was the third one in his I Wrote This For You series.

The poems in I Wrote This For You and Only You were insightful and most of the time very relatable. Some of them were actually like pieces of advice from someone who’s very wise.  I love that most of the poems were about life in general and didn’t lean too much on love and relationships, which can be quite off-putting for me. Sometimes the poems were sad and spoke about death and dying. But it was certainly a breeze to read the book. Pictured here are some of my favorite poems.

The Darling Buds of May

May 30, 2020 at 10:42 PM | Posted in Current Events, Musings | Leave a comment

I think it’s safe to say that this particular summer will go down in history as one of the worst in the world, if not the worst. May is a summer month here in the Philippines and summertime fun has now been replaced with daily news of the pandemic, lockdowns, job losses, and economic downturn. It’s been pretty rough since the community quarantine has been imposed last March. The last time I checked, there are over 17,000 cases of COVID-19 infection in my country and a death toll of 950. Some countries had it worst. And now there are riots happening across the US due to the unlawful death of George Floyd. Times are rough indeed for people around the world.

This month has been particularly trying for me. I’ve been working from home full time since March and haven’t been outside my condo for 75 days. In the past weeks I found myself having a difficult time working because of the heat. It’s been scorching here – reaching around 39 to 42 degrees in the past weeks. But now it’s near the end of summer and restrictions are slowly easing. Hopefully, it will get better in the coming months.

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