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)
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.
I wonder if that wisdom is automatic because I am excited as hell to be married to my man too.
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.
Okay, so this song has been stuck in my head all week. And I mean all week. It doesn’t help too that my niece Juliana (Philippine edition lol) can’t stop singing it too. Hahaha.
So I decided to give in. And just sing it out loud. I mean, come on. It’s a good song.
Are you ready to sing with me? Don’t be ashamed. I know you are.
Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of party music. For those who have come to know me pretty well, I’m not really a fan of club music. But lately, the lyrics are becoming more meaningful and the beat, more relatable.
Or maybe they always have been, I just never paid attention.
Either way, the music has been giving me the necessary energy to push through midterms and final paper requirements. It has been a pretty tough first quarter. There are days when I regret going to school and working full-time at the same time, but then, there are days when I just need a little extra push.
And this is one of those days.
Did that just perk you up too? What do you often listen to when you need that little extra push?
I am just moved to tears. I have no words. Only a prayer.
That the love I find is as great as this.
Jason Magbanua, you are the best storyteller.