Current Mood: Being Real

June 29, 2018 at 11:40 PM | Posted in Music, Musings | Leave a comment
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The devil is in the details, so they say. These two songs just speak to me these days. The songs may be old, but I always love listening to them.

I’m Still Here (Jim’s Theme)
(Artist: John Rzeznik)

I am a question to the world,
Not an answer to be heard
Or a moment that’s held in your arms.
And what do you think you’d ever say?
I won’t listen anyway…
You don’t know me,
And I’ll never be what you want me to be.

And what do you think you’d understand?
I’m a boy, no, I’m a man..
You can’t take me and throw me away.
And how can you learn what’s never shown?
Yeah, you stand here on your own.
They don’t know me ’cause I’m not here.

And I want a moment to be real,
Wanna touch things I don’t feel,
Wanna hold on and feel I belong.
And how can the world want me to change?
They’re the ones that stay the same.
They don’t know me,
‘Cause I’m not here.

And you see the things they never see
All you wanted, I could be
Now you know me, and I’m not afraid
And I wanna tell you who I am
Can you help me be a man?
They can’t break me
As long as I know who I am

And I want a moment to be real,
Wanna touch things I don’t feel,
Wanna hold on and feel I belong.
And how can the world want me to change?
They’re the ones that stay the same.
They can’t see me,
But I’m still here.

(Artist: Plumb)

Look at me I’m twenty three
Beautiful, a sight to see

A little dress to draw the press
And I’ll be leaving
All the rest behind

Well, be pleased, girl
If this is what you wanted
The whole world is watching you take the stage
What will you say?

Aren’t I lovely?
And do you want me?
‘Cause I am hungry for something that will make me real
Can you see me?
And do you love me?
‘Cause I am desperately searching for something real

I close my eyes imagine time
Will not forget
My sacrifice

I numb the ache and decorate
My emptiness
Stand naked in the light

Well, be pleased, world
If this is what you wanted
This young girl is everything that you made
What will she say?

Aren’t I lovely?
And do you want me?
‘Cause I am hungry for something that will make me real
Can you see me?
And do you love me?
‘Cause I am desperately searching for something real

The world goes home
The lights go down
My lipstick fades away

Aren’t I lovely?
And do you want me?
‘Cause I am hungry for something that will make me real
Can you see me?
And do you love me?
‘Cause I am desperately searching for something real

Favorite London Olympics 2012 Finale Highlights

August 14, 2012 at 6:50 PM | Posted in Current Events, Music, Sports | Leave a comment
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I’m not really a sports buff so the recently concluded London Olympics 2012 was not exactly a big deal for me. But whenever it’s on, the only sport I watch is gymnastics. Though I used to watch soccer and tennis matches, somehow gymnastics is the only sport in the Olympics I find interesting enough to watch in recent years. I also usually watch the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics game.

Unfortunately I missed watching the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics 2012 due to my hectic schedule. I just saw it belatedly on the Web. So to make up for it, I made sure I watch the closing ceremonies on TV. And so I did. I wasn’t able to catch up the live show but saw the replay nonetheless. Though I found the first part of it a bit corny, I must say the rest of it was generally breathtaking and emotional at the same time.

One of my favorite highlights of the closing ceremony was when the Spice Girls performed. I was a huge Spice Girls fan back in the day so my intention to watch the closing ceremony was further fueled by the knowledge of the girls reuniting and performing. Their performance was fantastic and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was awesome to see them together again (Although I failed to see British prime minister David Cameron dancing to the Spice Girls in the sidelines.).

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Another favorite highlight of the show was when a large phoenix emerged from the flames of the Olympic torches while Take That sang their song “Rule the World.” That was really breathtaking and I thought it was appropriate that the boy band chose that particular song. The fireworks at the end part of their song was spectacular. I also loved it when Fatboy Slim rocked the stage with his two massive hits enveloped by a giant octopus.

Muse singing the Olympic theme song, “Survival” is also one of favorite highlights. The song sounded so different from a typical celebratory sports anthem. It sounded so Muse.

Winning a gold medal at the Olympics is a great achievement. But I think the experience itself, of being a part of it – as an athlete or a volunteer – is enough to make it a memorable event for all those involved.

Reflections in Symphony

October 17, 2011 at 11:45 PM | Posted in Music, Musings | Leave a comment
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Fast Car
Somehow this Tracy Chapman song takes on a different meaning for me these days. Events that happened in my family recently have made me think about my priorities in life. I have to set aside my wants and focus more on what needs to be done. Yeah, life can be a bitch.

Somewhere Only We Know
I have been reminded by this Keane song that every second counts and one minute wasted could mean a potential screw up. Though I believe in taking things slow once in a while, there are times when you got to do or have it now or else time will pass you by.

Born This Way
I never liked this Lady Gaga song but I think it would make a strong point in my case. One of life’s lessons I have learned is that people tend to like the norm. Whatever is common or ordinary is accepted and what’s different or odd is usually shunned and rejected. Society dictates that we follow the rules, ignoring the fact that there might be gems beneath those differences.

The Zephyr Song
This Red Hot Chili Peppers song is about escapism for me. To get away from the daily pressures of life is what I need these days. It would be nice not to think or worry about anything in particular for a while and just relax. I was a workaholic before but now I am maintaining a more balanced lifestyle – or at least, I am trying to.

Bring in the Beat

January 8, 2011 at 4:04 PM | Posted in Music, Writing | Leave a comment
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I like listening to music while I write. I use it as background to get my good mood going. While other writers want total silence when they write, I prefer listening to music as I type on my computer. Lately I’ve been searching for the right kind of music to to listen to when I write. I used to listen to my favorite songs while I write but I eventually discovered that it tend to distract me. I couldn’t write properly because I get distracted by the lyrics. I would find myself singing along and before I knew it, my mind would be somewhere else. So what I did was to play instrumental music. I like techno and rave music so that’s what I mostly listen to now when I write. I don’t want to listen to classical music or any of those sappy piano ballads when writing because I get sleepy when I do. When I write I want to listen to lively and energetic music. It makes me feel awake and alert and I’d be more inspired. To me it’s like an adrenalin rush that keeps me going.

I would love to have this!

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But there are times when I’m also in the mood for something slower like Enigma or Enya. I also have a few MP3 collection from DJ Tiesto and Paul Oakenfold. Unfortunately though I have limited knowledge of good techno and rave music so I’m not sure which other artists/DJs to listen to. Deep Forest sounds good. Should I get Art of Noise? How about Chicane? Who else is good out there?

Must Haves this Month

February 5, 2010 at 12:58 AM | Posted in Music | Leave a comment
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There are three music CDs I’ve been meaning to buy since late last year. On top of this very short list is Madonna’s latest compilation album, Celebration. Being an avid fan of the Queen of Pop, I told myself that I just got to have this album – particularly the two-disc edition. This edition includes practically all of my favorite Madonna songs – well, almost. Each disc contains 18 tracks including the song “Celebration” (love the fan video by the way – the one with Lourdes in it). Along with this is the Celebration: The Video Collection DVD, which I’m also planning to buy. Like the double disc CD, this one also contains most of Madonna’s hits through the years – but in video. Music videos of her classic hits such as “Material Girl,” “Like a Virgin,” “Open Your Heart,” “Like a Prayer,” and “Vogue” are included in the DVD as well as her newer hits like “Ray of Light,” “Frozen,” “Take a Bow,” “Don’t Tell Me,” “Hung Up,” and “Sorry.”

The other two must-have CDs for me is Glee: The Music, Volumes 1 & 2. I am one of the millions of Gleeks who tune in every week to watch the cast sing and perform various songs. And since I enjoy their musical performances so much, it’s only natural that I want to have the two volumes in my CD collection. I already have MP3s of Glee songs though but I think I want to buy the albums themselves.

However, due to financial setbacks I had in the past couple of months, I haven’t been able to get a copy of these albums. Hopefully I can get them by the end of the month.

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