MUSIC MONDAY: That’s All by Frank Sinatra

Our Saturday meetings have recently been my source for these posts, and to be honest, they’re not bad at all!

As the term slowly reaches the finish line, we found ourselves growing much closer to the cafe employees and patrons.  A couple of weeks back, one of the regulars made sure to stream his music throughout the cafe, and we ended up having a music-filled writing session.

This weekend, though, we revisited some classics.  I remember first hearing this song from my cousin’s same-day edit video.  She was one of Jason Magbanua’s first clients and the version he used from their SDE is the one with Gary Granada.  (You can watch it here.)

At first, we were struggling to find out who’s the original version.  Then, one of my co-mentees dropped that line:  Frank Sinatra.  Of course.  That’s the only voice that would feel like you’re being courted and wooed from head to toe.

Plus it doesn’t hurt too, that you’re surround by grounded people with old souls.

That’s all.


MUSIC MONDAY: Battleships by Daughtry

I first fell in love with Chris Daughtry when he sang Hemorrhage in the before-the-live-show round in American Idol.  That was a good seven (or some) years ago and even though his elimination from that season is still a shock, he has since more than pulled himself back together.  He immediately formed a band, Daughtry, and churned out songs that were easy favorites.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Musicians Brian Craddock, Robin Diaz, Chris Daughtry, Josh Paul, and Josh Steely of Daughtry arrive at the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 20: Musicians Brian Craddock, Robin Diaz, Chris Daughtry, Josh Paul, and Josh Steely of Daughtry arrive at the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

It’s very tough to beat country rock for some space in my heart.  Hahaha.

While Home will always be my top Daughtry song, I must admit this took up some space too.  Even with all the booms.

Maybe it’s the wisdom of being a married man that’s why he always has the best lyrics.

20150622 Battleships by Daughtry

I wonder if that wisdom is automatic because I am excited as hell to be married to my man too.


MUSIC MONDAY: Lupang Hinirang by Joey Ayala

I love our National Anthem, and that’s not because I work for the government.  I sincerely love it. The lyrics are so romantic and so well imagined.  When you read it, it sounds so hopeful and optimistic, the very same spirit that stirred revolutionaries.

So it doesn’t make sense to me why it’s sang as a march.

Joey Ayala was right; we, as a people, are very melodramatic.  We have had our fair share of struggles — from colonization to natural disasters — and we have emerged, although quite scarred and traumatized, alive and victorious.  All these struggles is not something you march to.

I didn’t even know that TED Talks are hosted here till I started with graduate school in 2012.  This is a happy revelation.  If it weren’t for these forums, I don’t know where else this new ballad would be debuted.

20150615 Lupang Hinirang

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Now I can only pray that the authorities won’t put him to jail for this.

MUSIC MONDAY: In Your Arms by Nico & Vinz

My constant search of songs to fill my Ultimate Wedding Playlist led me to this amazing duo.  They’re not so new, but because of my dated tastes, you can only imagine how refreshing they sounded to me.

20150608 Nico & Vinz - In Your Arms

I think their more popular song is Am I Wrong but I love this song much much more!  The lyrics remind me of how I cuddle in Le Beau’s arms when things get tough.  My mind was immediately transported to Le Beau when I heard these lyrics.

The last couple of weeks have been quite tough.  Nothing seemed to be going my way, especially thesis wise when all my work seemed to be nullified each time I come in for a consultation with my mentor.  It’s disheartening because this is the first time I ever had difficulty finishing a paper.

So this song… yeah.  It fits just right.  I miss Le Beau more and more each day.  And though the promise of forever is inevitable as our wedding date draws near, there is nothing like having his arms around me now.

Enjoy <3

MUSIC MONDAY: Reclaiming this song

Have you ever had that one song you thought was fit for that moment and then you look back and you realize that it’s not?  It’s this song for me.

I first heard this song on the movie Wimbledon and then on Girl Next Door.  Never mind that in those movies, I fell in love with Paul Bettany and Elisha Cuthbert.  I fell in love with the song because of this line.

This year’s love had better last
Heaven knows it’s high time
I’ve been waiting on my own too long


And for the people who know me, I am a serial monogamist and a long term person.  I am always in a relationship and it’s never just a fling.  It’s always serious.  Each time.


But I have never really quite felt belonged.  If that’s even a word.  Have you ever felt that?  Being with someone but not really feeling it’s the right place?

When I heard this song, it was such a perfect fit.  I have been looking for that one great love — a love so great that I do not mind at all that it consumes me.  Because in my head, that’s how it should be.  That’s the kind of love I’ve always witnessed.

My grandmother and grandfather, an arranged marriage that turned out to be one of the best marriages you can ever witness in this lifetime.  My Tatay and Nanay, LDR turned can’t-do-anything-without-you marriage.  My cousins and their drunken nights with their partners who never hesitated to own up to their mistakes and vice versa.  My brother’s not so sneaky kisses to his now wife and stepdaughter.

It’s all over me.  The all consuming love and people didn’t mind it.

And you can only imagine my relief to have found it myself.  I have always thought that a song can only belong to a moment in time, but I never really thought a song can belong entirely to a person.

So I am reclaiming this song.  This is mine.  Always has been and I knew it before I could even admit it.