Music Mondays Anniversary List

A year ago today, I posted my first ever Music Mondays featured song. I’m a amazed to be have been able to keep it up and all the more excited for another year of sharing music that inspires and uplifts the soul.

But before that, in case you missed and are wondering what were those songs featured for the past year, here they are:

Music Mondays Anniversary List

  1. I Choose You by Sara Bareilles
  2. The Woman I Love by Jason Mraz
  3. Say Something I’m Giving Up On You by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
  4. Telling the World by Taio Cruz
  5. Talk Dirty by Jason Derulo ft. Chainz
  6. Treasure by Bruno Mars
  7. Love Never Felt So Good by Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake
  8. Latch by Disclosure ft. Sam Smith
  9. Problem by Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea
  10. Candles by Hey Monday
  11. Try by Colbie Caillat
  12. Lost Stars by Adam Levine
  13. Little Wonders by Rob Thomas
  14. Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen
  15. Rude by Magic
  16. All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor
  17. Chandelier by Sia
  18. Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj
  19. Love Runs Out by One Republic
  20. Anaconda by Nicki Minaj
  21. Jet Lag by Simple Plan ft. Natasha Bedingfield
  22. Get Her Back by Robin Thicke
  23. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
  24. If I Die Young by The Band Perry
  25. Running From The Devil by District 78
  26. Broken Strings by James Morrison ft. Nelly Furtado
  27. You and I Both by Jason Mraz
  28. Love Someone by Jason Mraz
  29. Opposite of Blue by Raining Jane
  30. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
  31. Santa Tell Me by Ariana Grande
  32. Text Me Merry Christmas by Straight No Chaser ft. Kristen Bell
  33. I’ll Be Home by Meghan Trainor
  34. Blank Space by Taylor Swift
  35. It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday by Jason Mraz
  36. Distance by Christina Perri ft. Jason Mraz
  37. The Lonely by Christina Perri
  38. Flying Without Wings by Westlife
  39. Little Things by One Direction
  40. The Only Exception by Paramore
  41. If I Never Knew You by Jon Secada & Shanice
  42. Cry by Kelly Clarkson
  43. Marvin Gaye by Charlie Puth ft. Meghan Trainor
  44. Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
  45. Bailando by Enrique Iglesias ft. Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno, & Gente De Zona
  46. Risk It All by The Vamps
  47. Photograph by Ed Sheeran
  48. Hate to See Your Heart Break by Paramore ft. Joy Williams
  49. 3 Things by Jason Mraz
  50. Black Widow by Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora
  51. The Longest Time by Billy Joel
  52. The Words by Christina Perri
  53. Heartbeat Song by Kelly Clarkson

There you have it! A year’s worth of wonderful music. Obviously I have my favorites since the frequency of some artists are higher than the other but I try to vary as much as possible. After all, I have 5 things to consider when choosing my Music Mondays. It’s just that these artists’ music calls to me more than the others.

If you like the same songs I do, we’ll hit it off right away. I believe music preference is an aspect of one’s personally. If it resonates within you, then you have the same vibrations as that music. And if we like the same music, then we’re more than likely to be friends because we have the same vibes and probably same wave length.

Music Mondays: 3 Things (Jason Mraz)

At one point or another, we’ve all experienced a critical moment in our life that changes our perspective of the world. Sometimes, the change can be of a magnitude that we even begin to question our principles or the very things that we believe in. It becomes a test on our character, to see how much we can endure. More often, some of these critical moments include a loss—usually the loss of someone we love or the loss of a love. And in this moments, it becomes difficult to even continue with our lives because what we thought we knew, we didn’t know after all. In that, it’s all we could do not to break down, not to fall apart.

I’ve been there—still am—and I’ve been drawing strength from the people that I love. Because what other cure is there from the loss of a love than to know and feel the love of those who have been with you from the start? It may not be the same love, not what you would expect when you speak of love. But it’s still an emotion—the emotion—that will, in the end, pull you through.

And there’s no other person who can describe going through such a loss and still come out of it with a smile and positive feeling than Jason Mraz. Apart from my friends and family, his present album gets me through it. This week’s Music Mondays, in particular, nails it.

3 Things by Jason Mraz

I imagine his song as a blog post: 3 Things To Do When Your Life Falls Apart. And he’d enumerate such things:

  1. Cry your heart out until there are no more tears left. Pain demands to be felt, right? So let it all out. It may come as a huge blow or it may come in waves. Whatever it is, ride it out. Life will not throw you anything you can’t handle. If you think you can’t handle it, it’s because you’ve given up.
  2. Reflect on all that you have, all the good things. When you’ve already emptied yourself, what is left is to fill yourself and you get to choose. Hopefully, you fill yourself with goodness—not negativity or bitterness. So look around you and see where you can find what you need to find.
  3. Take a deep breath and see what happened for what it is and let go. You know the Prayer for Serenity? It’s exactly that. Accept the things that you can’t change when you know that there is nothing left you can do. Let go. You won’t be able to move on to the next chapter of your life if you let yourself get stuck at the last past of the present chapter.

Simple? Probably. But Jason Mraz never said that it is. Only that no matter what happens, look up. Whatever your sorrows may be, draw strength from it and know that wherever you are now in life, whatever it is you’re going through, it’s still your life. You decide what happens with it.

Love is still the answer I’m relying on.

~ o ~ 0 ~ o ~

What’s your Music Monday?

Music Mondays: Distance (Christina Perri feat. Jason Mraz)

When is it alright to cross the line and give in to falling in love? How do we know when to move on from being friends to being so much more? And how do we keep on pretending when the other one is not yet ready?

Today’s Music Monday is one I just stumbled upon when I let YouTube play to its heart’s content. I mean, I started with last week’s Music Monday and then this one came along. It was such a nice surprise for me to learn that Jason Mraz and Christina Perri (I loved her since her Jar of Hearts became a hit via SYTYCD) had this duet. Great voice blending!

In another time, a different plane of existence, I could’ve been the one singing this song.

The best part is falling.

~ o ~ o ~ o ~

You may also like the acoustic version and live acoustic version.

Music Mondays: It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday (Jason Mraz)

It’s still the beginning of the new year and it’s still not too late to have a clean slate. So in relation to last week‘s Music Monday, which was all about beginning anew, we, of course, cannot do so without letting go of certain things in our lives. Whether we like it or not, a new year brings along changes. A new day does that as well but annual turnovers have much more in store.

So for this week, our theme would be one of letting go. Forgiving and letting go. We cannot begin the new year with burdens from the past. We have to free ourselves of negativity and turn them into hope and faith. But as easy as it can be said, it’s not so easily done. We have attachments whether physical or emotional. And letting go of these can be a challenge.

If you ever find yourself in fear of letting go, remember this:

The good memories will always outweigh the bad so focus on them. Take with you the memories to be your sunshine after the rain.

Music Mondays: Opposite of Blue (Raining Jane)

So let’s take a little break from my high on Jason Mraz’s concert here in Manila. I say little because I’m bringing the spotlight this time to Raining Jane.

If you’re like me, you may have been mislead into thinking that Raining Jane is just one woman. Nope. Raining Jane is a group of 4 women–Mona, Mai, Becky, and Chaska. If you’re like me, you probably thought Mona was Raining Jane, the girl who did all the percussion in one of Jason Mraz’s concerts. Was I wrong.

Even during the concert, I heard some people say the same thing: I thought Raining Jane is just one person.

Whether just one person of a group of women, Raining Jane is quite a formation to have stayed strong with Jason Mraz since 2007, collaborated and created beautiful songs, one of which is A Beautiful Mess from Jason’s album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.

What left an impression on me was their opening number during the concert: Opposite of Blue. Simply put, it’s a song about dealing with a broken heart, of getting over someone. But the way it was sung and the way they made use of their instruments brought out a powerful song.

There’s no video yet available online of Raining Jane singing it in Manila so I’m sharing a video I got from the YouTube account of Taylor Guitars. I hope you like it as much as I did.

Opposite of Blue by Raining Jane