Music Mondays: The Longest Time (Billy Joel)

It’s a new month once again and all too soon, the summer will be over. I hope you’ve already made memorable experiences for the past weeks. I know I have. And speaking of memorable, I want to go back to a song that to me will never die. If you haven’t heard of The Longest Time by Billy Joel, yet, then at least you will hear it now.

My Dad loves singing this song on Videoke so much that my cousin and I have begun singing it during Videoke sessions when Dad’s not around or when we’re with friends and we are sure that we’ll be the only ones who have this song in our “set list”. It’s catchy, sweet, and easy to sing along to.

The Longest Time by Billy Joel

This song was revived by The Overtones and though it did not deviate so much from the original (which I like, thank you), it’s their music video that I want to share. My brain can’t seem to understand how the video was made (this would be pre-research on behind the scenes). I’m guessing it was taken simultaneously with 5 cameras but I could be very wrong. It’s a mind bender so it’s a good watch.

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What songs do you usually sing at Videoke (or Karaoke) sessions?

Music Mondays: Photograph (Ed Sheeran)

I honestly have something else lined up for this week’s Music Mondays but after hearing this on the radio this morning, I just had to have it featured today.

Photograph by Ed sheeran

There’s no official music video available yet (UPDATE below) but this one is the best I’ve seen so far. Really felt like it’s the official music video (if it really is, please let me know). The quality is great and the interpretation pretty much faithful to the lyrics.

We keep this love in a photograph
We made these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing
Hearts are never broken
And times are forever frozen still

I especially love this portion of the lyrics that I quoted because this is exactly what I’ve been thinking for the past few months. I was asked by a friend, “How do you deal with a broken heart?” I could only say that you deal with it on your own at your own pace. You cannot force it but you cannot resist it as well.  There’s nothing that time won’t heal if you let it.

But what of the hurt? The pain? All the memories? Well they’re all there and it will stay with you always, unless you bump your head and suffer amnesia or something. But I’ve said months ago although in a different context, everything is by your choice. You choose to love. When you get hurt, you choose how that hurt will affect you.

Our mind is an amazing thing. Mind over matter is not just a slogan but a fact of life. So when you deal with a broken heart, you can choose to look at your memories together positively or negatively. You can highlight the bad or the good. My advice, choose to see the good memories and treasure the fact that you experienced them than not at all. With the bad ones, well, we do have our past to learn from so use it as a guide in your present.

There’s nothing to be gained by being negative. After all, using math logic, being negative is a minus (-) that can only lessen you, not add to your well-being.

What does this have to do with our Music Mondays? Look at your past like you’re looking through pictures to put in your photo album. Would you immortalize the blurred and ugly photos? Or would rather pick the ones that make you smile and bring the best and beautiful memories that you’ve had? It’s always your choice. You make the memories for yourself, hopefully the best ones.

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P.S. Watch through to the end and you’ll get a surprise appearance by a famous music artist. 🙂


UPDATE: I just saw the official music video for Photograph. If you haven’t watched it and wouldn’t want to be spoiled, all I can say is that Ed Sheeran is very much loved. And if I haven’t been a fan of his before, I am now. Here’s the official music video:

Dear Ed Sheeran, I’ll wait for your next concert in the Philippines. I will surely be there. 🙂

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: Blank Space (Taylor Swift)

Happy new year everyone! And since a new year has come, we normally think of new beginnings, new experiences, new challenges, and, for some, a chance to start over. For the mistakes in the past, we vow to never do them again. For bad habits, we make a list of resolutions, or just one, for the new year. In short, a new year = clean slate.

And what better way to start our first Music Mondays for the 2015 with a Blank Space by none other than Taylor Swift.

The video I’d like to feature is one from BBC Radio 1, a one take video in a car featuring Taylor Swift and Greg James. There’s a charm in this video that I just had to share, which the nine million plus, plus viewers will pretty much agree with.

For the official music video for Blank Space, click here.

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Have you made your new year’s resolution?