Week 30

Uninspired title for lack of, well, inspiration. Haha.

  • In today’s playlist: Groove Armada’s Black Light album. Totally random.
  • My four-eyed mug shot. Taken yesterday while passing time waiting in the car for dear father to finish his errand.
  • It’s our college’s Testimonial Dinner this Friday. Attire: Filipiniana with style (or a “touch of modernity” was what I was told). Whatevs. No way I’m donning a long gown. Or renting one. *cringe* Going all modern instead. I’m taking the resourceful route & will go green — literally & figuratively. Discovered dear mother’s shiny green blouse & skirt set from way, way back and thought I’d give it a new spin by recycling it and having it altered into a mini dress. The peg:

Sans the beads & with a bit longer hemline. Here’s to hoping it’s totally doable. Okay, it’s barely filipiniana. Just modern, methinks. And I guess I’ll just have to bring an abanico fan for good “filipiniana” measure. Haha.

  • Can’t wait for the week to end, by the way. It’s barely midweek, I know — still have a long week of classes to survive. But there’s quite a lot to look forward to by the end of the month.

Goodbye, Amy

Today’s playlist:

  1. Rehab
  2. You Know I’m No Good
  3. Me & Mr Jones
  4. Just Friends
  5. Back To Black
  6. Love Is A Losing Game
  7. Tears Dry On Their Own
  8. Wake Up Alone
  9. Some Unholy War
  10. He Can Only Hold Her
  11. Addicted
  12. Valerie
  13. Cupid
  14. Monkey Man
  15. Hey Little Rich Girl Feat. Zalon & Ade
  16. You’re Wondering Now
  17. To Know Him Is To Love Him

In memory of Amy Winehouse.

RIP.

Day 30 – Your favorite song at this time last year

Thanks to last year’s Cosmopolitan date book, I was reminded that my summer was spent running one movie marathon after another and that a few days ago last year, I enjoyed watching Leap Year which starred Amy Adams and Matthew Goode. It may have earned not-so-good reviews and ratings from critics on Rotten Tomatoes when it came out, but it’s one of the few rom-coms I like that doesn’t make me cringe.

One song from the movie that I really really loved is Gwyneth Herbert‘s cover of Neil Young’s Only Love Can Break Your Heart.

I had a tough time looking for a video of her song on Youtube. So here’s another cover by The Corrs. Come to think of it, Leap Year’s a movie inspired by an Irish tradition and The Corrs, as we know, is an Irish band. Cute huh?

When you were young
And on your own
How did it feel to be alone

I was always thinking of games
That I was playing
Trying to make the best of my time

But only love can break your heart
Try to be sure right from the start
Yes, only love can break your heart
What if your world should fall apart

I have a friend I’ve never seen
He hides his head inside a dream
Someone should call him and see
If he can come out
Trying to lose the down that he’s found

But only love can break your heart
Try to be sure right from the start
Yes, only love can break your heart
What if your world should fall apart

Speaking of summer movies and songs, I also remember watching JLo’s The Back-up Plan and  there was this really nice song that B was bugging me to death about the title. While looking for India Arie’s Beautiful Surprise video for my wedding song post, I came across her song “A Beautiful Day” which was in the soundtrack of The Back-up Plan. Now that’s another beautiful surprise there. Oh, don’t you just love movie soundtracks? Sometimes I love soundtracks more than the movie itself (sorry, The Back-up Plan, LOL) Is this the song, B? Finally, found it. Hahaha!

And wouldn’t you know it, I’ve come to the end of my 30-day song challenge. It’s been 30 days of fun rediscovering, reminiscing and sharing the songs that I love (and love to hate). Plus I’ve really enjoyed finding out what the other bloggies have shared in their challenges too, knowing that we have a lot of loves and hates in common and learning about songs I haven’t heard yet. It’s been a wonderful 30 days of bonding through music with you. 🙂

I’ll miss doing this thing though. But then again, I can always share the songs I love without waiting for another challenge, right?

Day 29 – A song from your childhood

I just realized now, thinking about the old songs that I’ve loved since I was a kid, that my senti streak goes waaaay back in childhood. Of course, I didn’t really  think they were senti back then. I thought they had nice lyrics and I liked how they sound, especially when my Nanay sang and played them on the guitar.

Three songs stand out in my memory as the songs that I love to listen to the most: CSN’s Carried Away, Don McLean’s Birthday Song and Jim Croce’s I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song – these songs are my childhood favorites.

I want to post CSN’s Carried Away (since it my favoritest among the three)

You came from out of the skies

Your skin and you eyes, the colors of bronze,

The moon in your ear twinkled and shone

Soon you’ll be gone.

Sailing from out of the blue

Your old man and you

Drifting along, leaving me here

Thinking it through

Soon you’ll be gone.

Moving through my changes as fast as I can

Trying to bring a balance to me and the man

Part of me is screaming to say

I wanna be carried away

but all I could find in Youtube are covers. So here are my two other forever favorites instead:

Now, that’s old school kilig!

Day 28 – A song that makes you feel guilty

What are you waiting for,
A certain shade of green?
I think I grew a gray watching you procrastinate.
What are you waiting for,
A certain shade of green?
Would a written invitation
signed, “Choose now or lose it all,”
sedate your hesitation?

Hah, being the big procrastinator that I am, these lines from IncubusA Certain Shade Of Green hit me dead spot on.

Are you gonna stand around till 2012 A.D.?

Hey, that’s next year already!

Day 27 – A song that you wish you could play

I remember when Vanessa Mae hit MTV with Storm, my sister and I were amazed at this lady who looked so astig while playing the violin.  After all, it wasn’t everyday you saw solo violinists making it big on MTV. Plus, before Vanessa Mae, I had this misconception that violinists only played boring opera pieces in stuffy opera houses. No offense to brilliant, talented violinists. I was only more of an electric-guitar-appreciating-rockstar-wannabe. Haha!

Vanessa Mae made playing the violin look so cool that whenever I would catch her playing Storm on MTV, it kind of made me wish I could rock a violin like that instead of playing wicked riffs on an electric guitar.

Storm is a techno take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons — a classical piece which I really love.

I haven’t heard Storm in a while though. I think I should have this in my classical music playlist for studying to, you know, rock things up a bit!