Music Mondays: Seasons of Love (Rent)

More than a week ago I saw this posted on Instagram:

seasons of love

And this reminded of this article from waitbutwhy, which was heavily laden with statistics on how meaningful a day could be if only we measure it in terms of our connections with people. If I think about it, most of the highlights of my days are in my interactions with the people I love and with new people I get to meet. The moments I’m alone, except for when I’m reading a wonderful book or practicing a new dance routine, weren’t as memorable.

I believe humans long for connection—to touch someone and be meaningful to someone. And I have come to an understanding that the underlying reason for all this is love. It has always been about love.

So I’m making my 2016 a year of love—to choose love, be in love, to love and be loved, in whatever form that love may be. Because it is always about love. My 2016 is a season for love.

Seasons of Love (Rent)


Music Mondays: Like I’m Gonna Lose You (Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend)

People die…
Beauty fades…
Love changes…
And you will always be alone.
— L.J. Smith (Night World No. 3)

This is one of my favorite quotes from the novels I read and one that has stayed since I first read it. Nothing ever truly is permanent in this world and we are always subjected to change. Life is more fluid than we would like to think and what we have now will one day be taken from us.

Whatever happens, the question is how will you deal with it.

Today’s Music Mondays has been playing in my mind since I posted last week’s featured song. It’s such a sweet song with a romantic melody and a message that drives the truth home: we’re not promised tomorrow.

Like I’m Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor Ft. John Legend

So let’s stop for a moment and cherish what we have now. For what is no longer part of our life, let’s be thankful for the memories that have of it. And let’s hope for another day, another moment, another chance, to live once more and appreciate those we hold most dear.

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: Hate To See Your Heart Break (Paramore feat. Joy Williams)

Happy Mondays everyone! If you’ve been following along with me, you’re probably wondering why my Music Mondays have lately been about love. I only just noticed, really. Actually, even this week’s Music Mondays is about love. I guess it’s just the infiniteness of love that makes for a very long discussion (indulge me please) 😉

Hate To See You Heart Break by Paramore ft. Joy Williams

The melody of Paramore’s Hate To See Your Heart Break can be hypnotic. The voices of Haley Williams and Joy Williams (I do ‘t thing they’re sisters) combined make the song seem like it was sung by a siren.

The lyrics say a different story, though. Instead of the promise of love, it talks of the extent of pain that a heart tries to endure when it is broken.

The dullest knife just sawing back and forth
And ripping through the softest skin there ever was

Imagine this being sung to you by a very close friend or relative who tries to absorb, in a way, the pain that you are feeling. Or if you’ve been there before, imagine this as your message to a very close friend or relative who is undergoing the same pain you endured before.

But as the song goes, just remember:

For all the things that you’re alive to feel
Just let the pain remind you hearts can heal

~ o ~ 0 ~ o ~

Are you the singer or the receiver of the song? What’s your Music Mondays?

Music Mondays: If I Never Knew You (Jon Secada and Shanice)

As a last hurrah to the month of love, I’d like to share a tragic love song. One that describes of a love so wonderful but had to end so soon. Though it may seem sad, it spoke of the beauty of having such love regardless.

“If I never knew you I’d be safe but half as real Never knowing I could feel A love so strong and true”

You may be familiar with this but may have forgotten but it’s a classic from Disney’s Pocahontas. It was played during the film’s end credits although originally, it was part of the film itself sung by John Smith and Pocahontas.

P.S. This is the only Disney film I know that has the most passionate kissing scenes. 🙂