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Sad Songs Say So Much

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Remember that song by Mr. Elton John?
Sad songs says so much? No?
Never mind. You’re too young.

Anyways,
I have always been criticized,
for as long as I can remember,
that I play a lot of sad songs.

Well, I disagreed at first, of course.
I like Rock!
I play a lot of Rock.
I listen to a lot of Rock.

But over the years,
and as I look over my recorded tunes and covers,
I guess I really do.
I play a lot of Sad Songs.
Sad Ballads, if you call it that.

Then I realized, because it makes me feel better.
It makes me cope.
Sad songs have more substance than…let’s say
a happy, fast song full off Yeah, Yeahs or Baby, Baby’s.

Also, my voice is not made for Rocking and screaming.
I can’t. I really can’t.
I sing and play ballads with ease, compared to
hours and hours of trying to make a happy song work.

I don’t necessarily play sad songs because they’re what I feel.
I don’t even pay attention to the lyrics most of the time.
I just like how the music flows.
Let’s say my feelings flow more on the music rather than the message it conveys.

Then I read this article from Huffington Post,

Sad Songs May Actually Elicit Pleasant Emotions

So, that helped me understand.
I don’t mind being criticized now.
I like sad songs.
It makes me happy.

Except Country Music.
That one is just depressing.
(I kid, I kid.)

“Sad is happy for deep people.” – Sally Sparrow

I found it again

Friday, July 19th, 2013

I felt it.
I remembered why I worked hard to learn the instrument.
I love it.
I really do.

I’m not a guitar nor a music expert.
But I just really love how they both make me feel.

Cheesy as it may sound, I know.
But I remembered why I stood by it in the first place.
And that is why I’m still playing it all this time.

Thank you.

Friday, July 12th, 2013

If I may be serious for a moment.

A couple of months ago,
we had some troubling news within our family.

It has been challenging, to say the least.
Not just for me, but for every member of our clan.

Without going into details,
I would like to say that things are looking up.
And we have been given more hope.

I would like to take this opportunity
to thank everyone who have given their sincerest support,
thoughts and prayers.

Even to those whom I have only known by name
and not really acquainted with, offered a helping hand.

It is still a long journey ahead,
but at least hope is in sight.

Thank you.

You would think…

Monday, June 24th, 2013

You would think,
for someone who loves and is very passionate about music,
God would surround me with people who have the same thing.
Or at least bring me close enough to make it happen.

Nope.

Father’s Day 2013

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Some of the things I remember about my Dad
are his lame jokes.
Some of it are good,
but some of it are… cringe worthy.

He would tell the same jokes over and over
and all of us would just sit there and let him deliver it
and pretend that it’s our first time hearing them.

Allow me to share this one joke of his to you
that he told me when I became a father myself.

I will write it in Filipino first
since it was told to me that way
then I’ll translate it for our “Habla Inglesa” friends.

Keep in mind that we were on the phone,
talking very seriously.

Here it goes:

“Isa ka nang Tatay, anak.
Marami kang dadanasin at haharapin na pagsubok.
Pero eto ang tandaan mo.
Sa isang pamilya,
Ang Ina ang ilaw ng tahanan.
Sya ang nagbibigay liwanag sa inyong lahat.

Ang Ama ang haligi ng tahanan.
Ikaw ang pundasyon ng inyong pamilya at kabuhayan.

At ang pinaka importante,
Ang mga manugang ang mga anay,
na dumudurog sa pundasyon!”

Hahah!! I am still laughing about this joke
after all these years.

And now I’m going to translate it in …..

You know what..
I’d just rather not.
I may get in trouble for this.

I miss you, Dad.
Happy Father’s Day

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