Being Different

July 29, 2019 at 3:39 PM | Posted in Music, Musings | Leave a comment

Do you ever get that feeling when you hear a song for the first time and it feels like it’s speaking to you?

Well that has happened to me before but more recently when I first heard the song, “So Am I” by Ava Max. The song first caught my attention because of its catchy beat but when I heard the lyrics, it felt like it was talking about me.

The song talks about being different from everyone else and embracing that difference. For years, I’ve always felt that way about myself. Having social anxiety all my life, people generally regard my silence and aloofness as weird. I don’t talk much and I don’t smile much, especially around strangers. Like what in the song says, I get weird looks because of it and can hear whispers from people talking about me behind my back. Most of the time, I can feel people’s eyes on me regarding my “weirdness” with interest.

It’s just refreshing to see that there’s a song out there that makes people like me feel like I’m not the only one. That there are others who are like me. The song is genuine, uplifting and generates positivity. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s a danceable tune too.

So Am I

(Artist: Ava Max)

Do you ever feel like a misfit?
Everything inside you is dark and twisted
Oh, but it’s okay to be different
‘Cause baby, so am I (So am I, so am I, so am I-I-I-I-I)

Can you hear the whispers all across the room?
You feel her eyes all over you like cheap perfume
You’re beautiful, but misunderstood
So why you tryna be just like the neighborhood?

I can see it, I know what you’re feelin’
So let me tell you ’bout my little secret
I’m a little crazy underneath this
Underneath this

Do you ever feel like a misfit?
Everything inside you is dark and twisted
Oh, but it’s okay to be different
‘Cause baby, so am I (So am I, so am I, so am I)
Do you ever feel like an outcast?
You don’t have to fit into the format
Oh, but it’s okay to be different
‘Cause baby, so am I (So am I, so am I, so am I-I-I-I-I)

Oh so, dressed so fancy like Sid and Nancy (Yeah)
Walkin’ Killer Queen, gotta keep ’em guessin’
So baby come pass me a lighter
We’re gonna leave ’em on fire
We’re the sinners and the blessings

I can see it, I know what you’re feelin’
So let me tell you ’bout my little secret
I’m a little crazy underneath this
Underneath this, ooh

Do you ever feel like a misfit?
Everything inside you is dark and twisted
Oh, but it’s okay to be different
‘Cause baby, so am I (So am I, so am I, so am I)
Do you ever feel like an outcast?
You don’t have to fit into the format
Oh, but it’s okay to be different
‘Cause baby, so am I (So am I, so am I, so am I-I-I-I-I)

You’re king and you’re queen
You’re strong and you’re weak
You’re bound but so free
(Ah-ah-ah)
So come and join me
And call me Harley
And we’ll make a scene

Do you ever feel like a misfit?
Everything inside you is dark and twisted
Oh, but it’s okay to be different
‘Cause baby, so am I (So am I, so am I, so am I)
Do you ever feel like an outcast?
You don’t have to fit into the format
Oh, but it’s okay to be different
‘Cause baby, so am I (So am I, so am I, so am I-I-I-I-I)

Source: LyricFind

 

My Top 5 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Songs

October 27, 2018 at 9:23 AM | Posted in Music, TV | Leave a comment

I’ve been listening a lot lately to the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend original soundtrack. I guess I’m enjoying the show’s music as much as I can since season 4 is Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s final season before it goes off the air for good.

I admit I was rather late when I started watching this TV show. I started watching it when season 2 was already airing on TV. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a musical TV show this good. Since watching the first season, this has become one of my favorite shows on TV.

And one of the main reasons I love it is because of the musical numbers in the show. The songs featured in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend are all original and co-written by the show’s co-creator Rachel Bloom. I have a lot of favorite songs from the show and it’s really tough to pick just five. But I managed to come up with a list of my top five favorites (in no particular order).

 

  1. JAP Battle

This rap song is absolutely fantastic and infectious with brilliant lyrics. It’s about a face-off between a small law firm in California and a large Manhattan law firm.

 

  1. You Stupid Bitch

There’s nothing more gut-wrenching than making mistakes and blaming yourself for them. And this song perfectly sums up what Rebecca Bunch (a.k.a the crazy ex-girlfriend in the story) is going through at the time.

 

  1. Santa Ana Winds

This is kind of a throwback to ‘60s music with its catchy tune. I never thought a song about wind can be this funny. Also, this was right about the time I’m starting to ship Rebecca with Nathaniel.

 

  1. Strip Away My Conscience

With a sound reminiscent of Chicago, this song is flirty, sexy and raunchy. Lots of shippy feels about this scene between Rebecca and Nathaniel.

 

  1. Where’s Rebecca Bunch?

This is an ensemble musical number which I really love, partly because of the period costumes featured here. I also love the contrast between the old and the new, with lyrics about Twitter hashtags while the cast were in a period setting.

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.

Real
(Artist: Plumb)

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

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.).

Photo courtesy of fashion-court.com

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.

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