Music Mondays: The Only Exception (Paramore)

Once bitten, twice shy.

If you’ve been hurt before, chances are, you wouldn’t want to repeat the same experience again for fear of getting hurt. But there is no “same experience”. Nothing repeats itself exactly the same way. And you don’t receive and experience such things exactly the same way you did before. So there is no need to fear. There is no need to be “shy” because the person you were the first time is not the same person you are now. The same is true with other people. People change. It’s inevitable.

But if you’ve shied away from anything that could possibly hurt you because of the pain you saw in others, then you’d be missing a significant part of your life. You’d never know the value of all the positive things such as happiness, love, trust, beauty, and such if you don’t get to experience and relate it in the context of its negative side.

Then again, there’s no need to rush into things. You get over fear over time. Sometimes, it takes one person to make an exception and help you overcome your fears and doubts.

Today’s Music Monday embodies that notion. In love, it takes that one person to dispel the fear of getting hurt again.

The Only Exception by Paramore

Music Mondays: Little Things (One Direction)

When you love someone, you’re always aware of him. It’s as if your whole consciousness gravitates towards him. Everything little thing he does, the things he likes and dislikes, his mannerisms, etc., all these things are printed into your subconscious so much so that trivial things remind you of him.

It’s no wonder that in Avatar, they tell each other “I see you”. In anime/manga, guys/girls confess not only to get an answer but also to make the “confessee” become aware of them and consider them.

Can you imagine being the one at the receiving end of that attention? Will it scare you? Or will it flatter you? What would you feel? Personally, I’d be humbled. I always have prettier friends and so am used to being unnoticed. So catching someone’s attention and having his awareness focused only on me, I’d consider that a worthwhile feeling. To think that I’d be the one bringing color to his life.

Now, what if today’s rocking boy group (do we still call them boy band like in the 90s?) serenades you with a song that describes such awareness? Wouldn’t you just swoon to cloud nine?

Little Things by One Direction

P.S. Did you notice that last week’s Music Mondays, has the phrase “little things” in its lyrics, too?

Music Mondays: Flying Without Wings (Westlife)

Love is like flying without wings.

Love. It’s not a simple thing to understand yet we get a glimmer of it. We can’t really explain it even if we try. At times, we even doubt our own definition of it, especially when it is challenged or if it turns out that our own definition works to our disadvantage. But one thing is for sure. It’s always something wonderful. More so in moments we least expect to be.


I really love this song as it is one of those few songs written without needing to make each line rhyme. And the melody was beautifully presented so that it crescendos with the intensity of its words and into a wonderful chorus.

Also, it’s sweet to know that this was written (by Wayne Hector and Steve Mac mainly for and about their wives) taking into account different aspects and manifestations of love. Classic.


Westlife was originally signed by Simon Cowell. 😉

Music Mondays: Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)

Let’s fall in love.

It’s one of the best feelings we can ever hope to experience. And blessed are those who are able to fall in love again and again with the same person. I can’t even begin to describe it because it’s indescribable. One can only hope that it doesn’t end.

The same is what I feel with today’s featured song. I fell in love with the melody, fell in love with the lyrics, and now have fallen all over again for the video. I can sit all day just watching it.

If you ever dream of having that slow dance in your wedding, this would be it. The power of every movement strikes me and I got teary eyed in the end. I’m a sucker for such things–great melody, sweet lyrics, and a wonderful dance to accompany the whole thing.

Leave it to two wonderful choreographers (Tabitha and Napoleon, a.k.a. NappyTabs) who are obviously still very much in love with each other to be able to create such a mesmerizing routine. And kudos to Ed Sheeran for taking the part in his own song. It felt much, much more personal and heartfelt.

I know you will enjoy it as much as I did.

P.S. I also get a warm and fuzzy feeling just thinking about the reason behind the title of the song.

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What’s your Music Monday?

Music Mondays: The Woman I Love (Jason Mraz)

For this week’s Music Mondays, I’m grabbing Jason Mraz’s The Woman I Love.

Jason Mraz has always been my go-to artist when it comes to feel good music. Ever since my college friend introduced me to You and I Both, I’ve been hooked on Jason Mraz. I know most of his songs and have favorites that have not even been played on the radio.

Next to my all time crush Jackie Chan (another “J”), Jason Mraz would be my dream. =”>

Like Sara Bareilles, I also think Jason Mraz is an old soul. He’s even a vegan and practices yoga (not that this proves anything). Still, my admiration for him is such that I swore not to go to any concert unless my first concert would be his.

Ramon and I were supposed to go to Jason Mraz’s concert last 14 May 2013. We bought VIP tickets. Unfortunately, it was my 4th day at the hospital. The doctor didn’t want to have me discharged for the night to attend his concert. In the end, I was forced to have our VIP tickets sold. I hated the world that night. ='(

Moving on, the reason why I chose this song as my first Jason Mraz song for Music Mondays is due to the fact that at the time I was listening to his 4th album (Love is a Four Letter Word), by the time I got to this song, I got curious whether he’s in love. As it is, the song’s lyrics and melody is filled with good emotion that I couldn’t help but feel loved, as if I was the “woman”. The fact that the concept for the music video was sourced from fans on how they would describe the woman they love also doesn’t hurt.

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What’s your Monday Music?