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Music Monday: My Current Heart Song Playlist

When words fail me, I always turn to other people’s music to express those unsung emotions in me. And this is another phase of my life where I am at a loss for words, not because I am going through something rough and deep. Maybe it’s just a season where I have been writing too many words for other people that when it comes to telling you how I really feel, I cannot form coherent thoughts. All I can do is sing

And these are the songs that tell you where I am at now

Shifting Sands by Caedmon’s Call

Always, I am standing on His grace. Otherwise, if I relied on my always shaky faith, I would have long been gone.

 

Love Will Come to You by Indigo Girls

I am always surrounded by friends whose hearts are continually broken, and I myself will always live with a cracked heart. And this song is for all of us who still nourish that sliver of hope

 

Awake My Soul by Mumford and Sons

“You were meant to meet your Maker” – and yet I continually live my life as if I’m meant for other things. Sigh. Everyday, I need to “awake my soul”

 

C.S Lewis Song by Brooke Fraser

Again, I have to remind myself everyday that I am in this world, but I am not of this world

 

Lost by Coldplay

In keeping with my forever theme of lostness, “just because I’m losing, doesn’t mean I’m lost”

 

Restless by Switchfoot

Aside from lost, restless seems to be my default mode. And when I first heard this song, I thought Jon Foreman was personally speaking to me 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2011 in Music Monday

 

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Belated Music Monday: My Pick Me Up Playlist

Since I haven’t had proper coffee in two days, I have to rely on music to pick me up. These are my go-to songs whenever I want to wake myself up (and sometimes, it even causes me to dance my heart out – in private, of course). It might just wake you up too!

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2011 in Music Monday

 

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Music Monday: My Switchfoot Playlist Part 1

To say that I am absolutely excited to see my 3rd favorite (only after U2 and Coldplay, but I’m pretty sure they would understand that) band in concert for the 2nd time (and this time, more up close and personal) is probably one of the understatements of the year.

Ever since I discovered their music through one of those Wow 19-something compilation albums of the top Christian artists of the year, I have fallen hopelessly in love with the band and their music. Yes, I even endured their being closely linked to the whole A Walk to Remember soundtrack, and that in itself is a testament to how much I love them.

Along with Jars of Clay, Switchfoot is my go-to band when I want to “listen” to the soundtrack of my life. I always have this sneaking suspicion that somehow, they were able to peek into my soul and wrote songs about both my deepest and rawest emotions and my most uplifting and joyous moments. These next two week, I will be posting about them, in preparation for their April 30 concert (which you would know about already unless you’ve been intentionally blocking my FB statuses and Tweets)

Today, I give to you my Switchfoot playlist (not necessarily my favorites, just the ones I’ve been listening to a lot lately) that does not include the usual suspects (Dare You to Move, Meant to Live, Only Hope)

The song that started it all – New Way To Be Human

“With all of our fashion

We’re still incomplete”

This is what we should aim for, we need to be more than just okay – More Than Fine

An ode to one of my favorite of God’s creations – Stars
“Stars lookin at our planet watching entropy and pain
And maybe start to wonder how the chaos in our lives could pass as sane”

I cry EVERY SINGLE time I listen to this song – Learning to Breathe
“I’m finding that You and
You alone can break my fall
I’m living again, awake and alive
I’m dying to breathe in these abundant skies”

Lately, music has been God’s favorite way of speaking to me and that’s why this song just moves me – Your Love is a Song
Your love is a melody, underneath me, and into me”

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Are you ready for SWITCHFOOT?
That’s right, the multi award-winning American band is coming to Manila this April 30, 2011! For those who missed their 2007 concert, this is your chance to watch Switchfoot LIVE for their second visit to the Philippines!

Date: APRIL 30, 2011
Time: 7.30PM
Venue: PhilSports Arena

Ticket Prices:
VIP – 3,500
Courtseat – 2,500
Ringside – 1,800
Lower Box – 1,500
Ringside II – 800
Gen Ad – 500

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2011 in Music Monday

 

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100 Things I Love Project: #1 – Performing Songs and Stories in My Head

(DISCLAIMER: This post isnt about schizophrenia or any mental defect as the title might suggest)

Commuting is one of the necessary evils that plague us who have no cars/drivers/money for cabs. Whether it’s in a hot/humid/wet jeepney, a sardine-packed MRT or the long torturous bus ride through EDSA/NLEX/SLEX

And anyone who does this everyday nods their head vigorously.

But aside from the constant irritants (loud and/or smelly people, berzerk drivers, horrendous-its-not-funny-anymore traffic), one of the things that I absolutely dread is the inevitable boredom that comes while I’m on the road. I can only look at billboards for so long, and I get nauseated if I even dare to read. And don’t get me started on the choice of music/tv shows/movies of bus drivers

That is why I sincerely thank whoever invented portable music, because you probably saved my sanity (or whatever is left of it). Yes, I owned a discman and a walkman at one time or another (for those of you too young to remember, a discman is a circle-shaped thing that played CDs and a walkman is a rectangular box that played radio and cassette tapes)

And how do I even begin to thank Apple for giving us ipods? Anyhooo….

I’ve gotten to the point when even just listening to music is not enough. So I came up with this “game” where each song has a 4 minute short story attached to it.

A Paramore song is the first song a shy, young girl ever performs in public and she rocks it out to her heart’s content while the boy who payed no attention to her suddenly sees her in a different light

A Switchfoot song is the soundtrack to a guy walking around the city, with existential thoughts drifting through his mind, until there is a sudden downpour and the camera cinematically pans out

A Broken Social Scene song is being played by the DJ in a party and everyone is dancing and drinking and laughing, while a wallflower is slinking on the sides

A Damien Rice song is being written by a “bad boy” type who is trying to suppress his “sensitive side” but it comes out in the songs that he writes

A The Strokes song is being played in a seedy bar by a cover band that can’t seem to break into the big leagues

And it goes on and on and on

Doing this combines two things that I love: good music and making up stories in my head. It gets me out of having to be irritated with my seatmate who is loudly taking advantage of unli calls  or the fact that the vehicle hasn’t moved in 10 minutes as if we’re in a parking lot.

Try it sometime and extend your life a few more hours just because you didn’t give in to the stress of commuting

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2010 in 100 Things I Love

 

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