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What’s your song of 2013? Mine is Daughter’s “Youth”

Halfway through the year, I already knew I found my song of 2013. From the first notes, the plucking of the guitar, hearing Elena Tonra’s voice, the drums suddenly soaring into the song, the beautiful but dark and pained lyrics, I knew that Daughter’s Youth perfectly encapsulated my journey in 2013.

But don’t take my word for it, listen to it (if you haven’t yet) and maybe you’ll understand why I can’t remove it from my playlist and why I keep talking about it and why I keep telling people to listen to it every chance I get.

Oh, and the rest of the album is utterly brilliant as well.

How about you? What’s your song of 2013?



Shadows settle on the place, that you left.
Our minds are troubled by the emptiness.
Destroy the middle, it’s a waste of time.
From the perfect start to the finish line.

And if you’re still breathing, you’re the lucky ones.
‘Cause most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs.
Setting fire to our insides for fun
Collecting names of the lovers that went wrong
The lovers that went wrong.

We are the reckless,
We are the wild youth
Chasing visions of our futures
One day we’ll reveal the truth
That one will die before he gets there.

And if you’re still bleeding, you’re the lucky ones.
‘Cause most of our feelings, they are dead and they are gone.
We’re setting fire to our insides for fun.
Collecting pictures from the flood that wrecked our home,
It was a flood that wrecked this…

… and you caused it…
… and you caused it…
… and you caused it…

Well I’ve lost it all, I’m just a silouhette,
A lifeless face that you’ll soon forget,
My eyes are damp from the words you left,
Ringing in my head, when you broke my chest.
Ringing in my head, when you broke my chest.

And if you’re in love, then you are the lucky one,
‘Cause most of us are bitter over someone.
Setting fire to our insides for fun,
To distract our hearts from ever missing them.
But I’m forever missing him.

And you caused it,
And you caused it,
And you caused it

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Posted by on December 10, 2013 in Best of 2013, Music is My Life


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My Music in 2012 Part 1 – The Concerts

Just like with the other aspects of my life, my “music life” in 2012 was very colorful. Eventful in a sense that I watched a lot of mind blowing concerts, I grew to love a couple of genres that I never thought I would love (no, still not into r&b and hiphop), I discovered a lot of new music (therefore needing more hard disk space once again) and admitting that I miss actually getting involved in music


Once again, I had the opportunity to see some of my favorite international acts in concert this year. In fact, I got to cross off four bands in my concert bucket list!

2012 Concerts

Death Cab For Cutie (March 5 at NBC Tent)

This was a groundbreaking concert for me – it was the first time I watched a concert alone! That’s how badly I wanted to see a post-Zooey Deschanel Ben Gibbard and his band. And yes, I did cry and lived to blog about it.


Lifehouse (May 26 at Smart Araneta)

We had nosebleed seats and you could barely see Jason Wade and his hotness, but you could definitely hear him croon into our ears and hearts (naks). A dream come true for John, Kaligay and me, but maybe next time better seats are needed

A rare picture of me at a concert (Yep, I hate taking pics of me watching a concert)

A rare picture of me at a concert (Yep, I hate taking pics of me watching a concert)


NKOTBSB (June 3 at MOA Arena)

While I will always be a rock/alternative/indie girl, there is still that high school girl part of me that squeals at the thought of Menudo, New Kids on the Block and a bit of the Backstreet Boys. So with fellow fan girl Mica, we screamed our hearts out as our teenage selves came out to party. An added bonus: Azkals players, and most especially Coach Hans Weiss, dancing and singing along to BSB songs 😉

Couldn't find the precious photos I took, so here's Mica and me all smiles (and sweat) after the concert

Couldn’t find the precious photos I took, so here’s Mica and me all smiles (and sweat) after the concert


Snow Patrol (August 9 at Smart Araneta)

I could say that this was probably the most memorable one, partly because this was held a few days after the monster monsoon that devastated Luzon, and because Gary Lightbody was oozing with charm and appeal and of course because Snow Patrol is my 4th favorite band. Most of the people were teary-eyed when he dedicated Lifening to the indomitable spirit of the Filipinos

My poor attempt at concert mobile photography

My poor attempt at concert mobile photography


Keane (October 2 at MOA Arena)

I was slowly losing hope that I would be able to watch them, but at the last minute, two dear friends gave me and Angel tickets. Keane isn’t as bombastic or charismatic as the other artists I saw this year, but their music really speaks to me. And Tom Chaplin has this soaring, Bono-esque voice that tickles my heart

I wish I could adequately capture how pretty the lights were. This was Tom doing an acoustic version of Bedshaped

I wish I could adequately capture how pretty the lights were. This was Tom doing an acoustic version of Bedshaped


Saved Festival 2012 (October 26 at MOA Arena)

Appropriately enough, my last concert of the year was a worship concert. My friends at Becca Music once again did a great job in bringing together different artists to lead a jam-packed venue in worship. I brought with me a dear friend and it was her first time to attend a worship concert so it was such a joy to be with her there. I was only able to catch Abandon (my current favorite worship band) and The Katinas (not my cup of tea, but still great guys) though 😦 And yes, I did not have a single picture there.


My biggest concert regrets

Smashing Pumpkins (friends gave me a ticket at the last minute but I was stranded by the monster monsoon)

Wilson Philips (again, a friend gave me tickets, but then i got sick)

STING (How could I have missed this???? Oh yes, i was totally broke by then. Biggest regret of 2012 for sure)


To be continued tomorrow: My new love affair with a genre that i said i would never like (no, not that genre)


Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Music is My Life


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Music Mondays: My Schizo Current Playlist

For the 90s kid in me: Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers

For the rocker chick girrrrllll: Barcelona – The Plasticines

For the “refusing to be hipster but actually is” geek in me: Don’t Give Up – Whitest Boy Alive

For the pop soul trying to get out but is constantly being repressed (but sometimes rears its ugly head): Don’t Forget – Demi Lovato

For the singer/songwriter envy constantly in my heart: I Don’t Feel It Anymore – William Fitzimmons

For the “heck, I just want to sing my heart out” inner child of mine: Let This Go – Paramore

For the fangirl who cannot wait for March 9: Pray Tell – Anberlin

For the daughter who just wants to sing to her Father: Known – Audrey Assad

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Posted by on February 7, 2011 in Music is My Life


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Songs I Can’t Get Out of My Head Lately Vol 1

(Note: This playlist is heavily influenced by the Relevant Magazine podcast)

1. How He Loves by John Mark McMillan – the Relevant gang calls this the “Shout of the Lord” of this new generation. He had me at “If grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.”

2.  Passion Play by William Fitzimons – This song just about kills me everytime I listen to it because it reminds me of His stubborn love even when I was hiding and pushing Him away. “I should not have hid where my heart can’t follow”

3. City by Sara Bareilles – No matter how many times I shuffle my Ipod, this song always comes up and haunts me

4. Brand New Day as covered by Aly Michalka – I usually consider Sting covers blasphemous, but this is one of the few I like. Go Hellcats!

5. Take Me Away by Pink Slip (aka Lindsay Lohan’s band on Freaky Friday) – because once upon a time, LL was awesome

6. Your Heart is an Empty Room by Death Cab for Cutie – my love song to myself. “But you shed not a single tear for the things that you didn’t need
Cause you knew you were finally free”

7. Radioactive by Kings of Leon – this song just sticks to my head like glue. He really sounds like a young Bono doesn’t he? Even Bono says so himself

8. Neighborhood #1 by Arcade Fire – Of course it’s not a worship song per se, but when they start wailing “Purify the colours, purify my mind, and spread the ashes of the colours over this heart of mine!”, I am speaking and singing to Him alone

9. Stay (Faraway So Close) by U2 – you always have to have a U2 song that you can’t get out of your head

10. Tracing by John Mayer – still on a John Mayer hangover, despite the hotel trashing rumors. Let’s just stick to the music eh? We already know that most rock stars are douches anyway

11. 15 Step by Radiohead – that drum beat and Thom Yorke’s voice is just so addictive and mesmerizing

12. Monday by Carlo Dall’ Anese e Fabio Castro – heard this song in a Fernando Torres goal compilation video and it’s just such a rousing and beautiful song


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Eleven Songs That Defined 2009 for Me

In no particular order….

“Breaking” – Anberlin – this song is for all those who broke hearts all over the place. You know who you are. I wish that 2010 will be the year of turning your life around so that no more girls (or boys, to be fair) will cry because of you

You make breaking hearts look so easy
Seems like you’ve done this before
You’ve got breaking hearts all but down
And you’ve done this, you’ve done this before

“Use Somebody” – both the original by Kings of Leon and the cover by Brooke White. This is one of those songs that I wish I could have written

I’ve been roaming around, I was looking down at all I see
Painted faces fill the places I can’t reach
You know that I could use somebody

“Stillness is the Move” – Dirty Projectors – It’s at the top of most critics’ year end lists and 10 seconds into the song, I understood why

after all that we’ve been through
i know we’ll make it after the wait
the question is a truth
there is nothing we can’t do
i’ll see you along the way baby
the stillness is the move

“Live Like We’re Dying” – Kris Allen – Even though Adam has been getting all the attention (and the sales), Kris is still my American Idol

and we’re all staring down the barrel of a gun
so if your life flashed before you
what would you wish you would’ve done

“Heartbreak Warfare” – John Mayer – His newest album was long overdue, and he didn’t disappoint, with songs like this one that was ripped from emo people’s diaries

Drop his name
Push it in and twist the knife again
Watch my face
As I pretend to feel no pain

“Magnificent” – U2 – Need I say more? No matter what album they release, fan or critics favorite or both, I still love. And this song was my favorite from No Line on the Horizon

I was born, I was born to sing for you
I didn’t have a choice but to lift you up
And sing whatever song you wanted me to
I give you back my voice from the womb
My first cry, it was a joyful noise

500 Days of Summer Soundtrack – okay, this is cheating of course, but the whole album was just, for lack of a better word, awesome; the perfect musical accompaniment for the perfect 2009 movie. She & Him’s Why Do You Let Me Stay Here stands out

Why don’t you sit right down and make me smile?
You make me feel like I am just a child
Why do you edit?
Just give me credit
I’m just sitting on the shelf

“If You’re Wondering If I Want You To” – Weezer – Geek rock will forever rule! I dare you to not bob your head while listening to this song

So much pain may come my way,
There may come a day when we have nothing left to say!
When the conversation stops,
And we’re facing our defeat.
I’ll be next to you,
And you’ll be right there next to me.

“I And Love And You” – The Avett Brothers – The melody, the voice, the lyrics, are all very simple. But something about the song strikes a chord in me. Maybe because those three words haven’t left my lips in such a long time…

Dumbed down and numbed by time and age
Your dreams to catch the world, the cage
The highway sets the travelers stage
All exits look the same
Three words that became hard to say
I and love and you

“Fireflies” – Owl City – Even my former officemate’s 7 year old daughter was captivated by this song. And I wouldn’t mind having all the toys in the music video too. The perfect song for Insomniacs like me

I’d like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly
It’s hard to say that I’d rather stay
Awake when I’m asleep
‘Cause everything is never as it seems

All the Songs from Glee – Again, cheating. But it’s hard to choose from among many gems from my favorite new show of 2009. They made uncool songs pleasant to the ears, and some, even more awesome than the original. April seems so far away…

What were your favorite songs from 2009?

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Posted by on January 3, 2010 in Music is My Life


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Music Pimp # 1

A lot (okay, maybe not a lot, maybe 5) of people say that I have good taste in music. And I love recommending new and/or obscure artists to my friends. Making mixed CDs is one hobby of mine which I really, really love (please, ask me for a mixed CD, it’s been a while). So, why not make regular blog posts about artist that may be old, new, obscure or popular, which I hope you’ll enjoy. Bashing is also allowed, although for the most part, I hope you’ll agree with me

techy romantics
Anyone who knows me knows that I am not the biggest electronica fan. But the first time I heard them live, I fell in like with the genre, and I fell in love with the band. Just a few gigs more, and I might become an official groupie. Camyl’s voice is just heavenly, Ryan’s guitars are understated but effective and Dondi’s sampling is groovy. Their music is perfect for that moment when you’re sitting in the dark, a drink in one hand, friends around you, just silent and letting the music sink in. And no one will blame you if you suddenly want to jump and dance. Check out their music here. Be a fan also in their FB fan page here. I cannot wait for their album, coming soon. Oh, and did I mention that their song Photos Fade is my message alert tone? Right, Im a groupie alright.

Okay, I am not a fan because her name is one name short of becoming my exact name (yes, my real name is Maria Elena Ida). I am a fan because her music is F-U-N!!! She has this song called “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked” and it doesn’t get fun-ner than that. Her songs are as cheeky as Lily Allen’s, but she has this deep, raspy voice that reminds me of Katrina from Katrina and the Waves. Oh and she’s Norwegian (always a cool factor for me) and she looks like she’s from the 40s, but with eyeliner

(for some reason the Naked video is not available due to copyright stuff, so here’s another song)

Indie music darlings Stars have been around for a few years now, but except for a few indie music aficionados here in the Philippines, they’re still relatively unknown. And I guess that’s one of the appeals of this group, that they make beautiful, eloquent music, and that they belong to only a handful of us. But I don’t want to be that selfish, so I want to share them with you. I can’t even pick a favorite song, because all of their songs speak to me; atmospheric, lush instrumentation, haunting melodies. But if I had to pick one, it would be the song below, my ode to that non-existent person who was supposed to be my destiny, but got lost along the way, and may never be found

Until the next edition….


Posted by on July 15, 2009 in Critique, Music is My Life


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Passion Pit – The Reeling

I’m not so crazy about the song, but the video is, for me, one of the best for this year. In keeping with the retro-electronica feel of the song, the video looks like a post-prod heavy magazine collage. I love the scratchy texture and the DIY look. Now that I have a lot more time to scrounge around youtube and the web, I will be posting a lot of new and interesting stuff that im discovering (so that the emo-ing will come to a halt)

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Posted by on July 7, 2009 in Music is My Life


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