Almost all blogs had a 2018 New Year post except me. Though 18 days late, let me then post my 2018 New Year post. Let me feature my 2018 New Year song entitled This Is Me from the movie The Greatest Showman.
This Is Me is so me. After listening to the song and watching the lyric video, I could not help myself from not tearing up. The message, the lyrics and the tune really cuts deep. With my eccentricities, my weirdness and my oddness, This Is Me fully represent my being me.
This post maybe late for 18 days yet I know I will face the year 2018 with much courage because I am brave, I am bruised, I am who I’m meant to be THIS IS ME! Life’s hurdles for 2018 may be inevitable and I may not be The Greatest Showman but I’m not scared to be seen, I make no apologies THIS IS ME!
It has been more than a week that I have returned after a solo travel in Istanbul. I don’t know if I am to share my awesome experiences in this blog or keep it to myself and be selfish about how it is to be in magnificent Turkey.
While contemplating the thought on whether or not to share my breathtaking journey, I would like to thank Sam Smith’s music for keeping me sane during the lengthy travel time from Manila to Istanbul via Seoul, South Korea. It was a crazy 15 hour flight with 5 hours layover at Incheon Airport each way!
Here is my favorite track in Sam Smith’s recently released album:
I am more keen (of course) on writing about my Turkey journey. It’s just that my experiences were all so beautiful and colorful, I actually don’t know where to start. The title of this song is so like my travel to Turkey, “Baby, You Make Me Crazy”!!!
Have you ever been introduced to a poignant and beautiful lullaby while reading a novel? And have you ever tried searching and listening to that music inscribed in such book? I was and I did.
Thanks to young Elio, the main character in the book Call Me By Your Name, for he introduced me to Fenesta Ca Lucive, an old, sad and touching Neapolitan song. As soon as I finished reading the pages where Fenesta Ca Lucive was penned, I dropped the book and took my Ipad. I searched the song and this is what it was…
Chiagneva sempe ca durmeva sola Mo dorme co’ li muorte accompagnata She always wept because she slept alone, Now she sleeps among the dead
While listening to this beautiful lullaby, I took the book and re-read the portion where it was portrayed. The music gave a different sensation. It suddenly gave the novel I was reading a brighter color. Though, I don’t understand a single word of the song, the music is so haunting, it felt like I was in the streets of Rome witnessing the tenderness, passion and the imminent despair of the main character.
I was a little upset when two Facebook friends posted the viral video of A-ha singing a new and acoustic version of Take On Me during their recent gig on MTV Unplugged. Both FB friends by the way (though they don’t know each other) are like me. Both were teenagers and grew up in the ‘80s.
I was a little upset because for me an excellent song that has turned into a classic, Take On Me, must never be moved. As the saying goes, don’t fix it if ain’t broke. And since I have the twisted tendency of letting myself indulge into my being a distressed, I tried watching the video.
But to my surprise, I actually loved the rebooted form of the song. Take On Me in its acoustic version seem to have been stripped naked and the genuine beautiful colors of the song has been exposed. The song suddenly became more sincere and the exquisiteness of the lyrics embedded beneath the upbeat electronic synthesizers seem to have finally been uncovered.
I have never been so moved the way I am now moved by the acoustic form of A-Ha’s Take On Me. Only now was I able to digest and appreciate the beauty of the song’s lyrics. If the original version goes with the saying don’t fix it if ain’t broke, the acoustic version lives by the saying perfect is the enemy of good.
The new version does not just deserve to be shared only by two of my Facebook friends it is worthy of being imparted and listened to by all folks which ever era that they may have been born.
The Filipino translation for the word “beast” is halimaw. And halimaw is how I would describe the strength, depth and power of the singing voice of Morisette Amon during her participation in the recent Asian Song Festival held somewhere in South Korea.
This kind of a Filipina beast simply slayed it! This was such a phenomenal performance. Her pure talent is out of this world! And she looks absolutely gorgeous in that video!
What is so surprising with this number is that I was less impressed by her whistling capability. Maybe it’s because a number of good singers can do the whistle. I was more impressed and surprised by the unique squeaking sound that her voice makes. That is so rare and exclusively Morisette. That squeak would most probably be the most beautiful squeaking sound that I’ve ever heard.
With the poor showing and popularity of my blog which I tweet every time I post a writing, I have admitted a long time ago that my blog has been a part of surplus of internet space. My tweets in particular are a waste of Tweeter space. It deserves a room inside a black hole at the edge of the universe.
But of all Tweets! From the mass and heaps of tweets about John Splithoff and his bouncy song Show Me, one of the tweets he happen to have liked was MINE!
the precious tweet. hahaha!
And as soon as I was notified about Splithoff’s liking my tweet, I cartwheeled, I somersaulted and I raised my fist out into the air and shouted OMG! John Splithoff doesn’t know how elated I am when I saw the red-colored heart on my boring, flat and uninteresting Tweeter account.
can’t believe this! pinusuan!
the artist (photo taken from his tweeter account)
Thanks John! I promise that my Spotify account will be on a repeat-single-song mode (if it has that) so as to listen to Show Me for the whole 30-minute duration of my treadmill walk at my gym tonight.
This has been my gym-treadmill-music for the past week
After hearing series of newly released songs in my Spotify account, I can conclude that music released nowadays seem to sound the same. And this makes Show Me by John Splithoff stands out from the rest. The beat is vibrant and the rhythm is cool! The tempo is just perfect for those who wish to walk and lose a couple of pounds on a treadmill.
Though it may be silly, another thing I love about this release is the poster. It’s a reminder of the famous Madonna pose!