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!

Album photo courtesy of http://www.vo2ov.com

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.

Muse’s Undisclosed Desires

January 30, 2010 at 12:51 PM | Posted in Music | Leave a comment
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This is my favorite song at the moment. I never get tired of listening to this song. I’m not really a fan of Muse and I think this is the only song I love from them. But I love it for its catchy tune and because it relates to my personal life. I am battling my own personal demons and the song just feels like it’s talking about me.

Undisclosed Desires

I know you suffered
But I don’t want you to hide
It’s cold and loveless
I won’t let you be denied

Soothe me
I’ll make you feel pure
Trust me
You can be sure

I want to reconcile the violence in your heart
I want to recognize your beauty is not just a mask
I want to exorcise the demons from your past
I want to satisfy the undisclosed desires in your heart

You trick your lovers that you’re wicked and divine
You may be a sinner
But your innocence is mine

Please me
Show me how it’s done
Tease me
You are the one

I want to reconcile the violence in your heart
I want to recognize your beauty is not just a mask
I want to exorcise the demons from your past
I want to satisfy the undisclosed desires in your heart

Please me
Show me how it’s done

Trust me
You are the one

I want to reconcile the violence in your heart
I want to recognize your beauty is not just a mask
I want to exorcise the demons from your past
I want to satisfy the undisclosed desires in your heart

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