Music Mondays: Man On A Wire (The Script)

Here’s one way to illustrate a phase in our lives: moving on.  And I didn’t think that The Script would take it literally in their official music video of Man On A Wire.

Man On A Wire by The Script

And yes, getting over someone does feel like walking on a tightrope. You do it alone and can’t rely on anybody else but yourself. There are no safety nets, no one to hold your hand, no one to guide you through it. If you stay where you are, you’re stuck and would probably be in a downward spiral, emotional roller coaster ride. At the end of the day, you’re the only one who can get yourself through it, no one else.

Taking that first step takes a lot of courage. It means you’ve decided to move forward, let go of the past, and face the future no matter how uncertain and knowing that your only anchor will no longer be there. Taking the next step takes commitment because then you have both your feet off the ground.  With it, you’re saying there’s no going back. And walking all the way takes determination and persevarance—to never look back or take a step back, no matter what happens, no matter how fragile your course is.

But what’s not mentioned is acceptance. When you accept things as they are, moving on becomes an inevitable journey, regardless of whether it feels like you’re walking on a tightrope or just letting the current carry you where you need to go. You’ll get there, eventually.

On Letting Go

Music Mondays: Want To Want Me (Jason Derulo)

It’s one of those songs that get stuck in your head because of the catchy melody and sweet lyrics. Jason Derulo’s Want To Want Me is as romantic as you want it to be, until you see the official music video or listen carefully to the lyrics of the song other than the chorus. So like one of his songs that I featured before, instead of the official music video, I found this one by Mike Tompkins.

I had fun watching this video trying to catch the sound he was making and matching it to the one on the video. But if ever you wonder if he did make these sounds, the last bit of the video will show you that he did and can make them.

Want To Want Me by Jason Derulo

Don’t get me wrong. I like the song, enough to share it with everyone. It’s just that for me, music videos that oversexualize the body diminishes the value of the song. That’s what the official music video did for me.

So even if I find romantic the idea of waking up beside someone I love, which is part of the lyrics, the context given by the video ruined it for me. When it comes right down to it, the song ended up describing a booty call instead of something that can be considered as sweet or romantic (IMO).

Music Mondays: Back To Me (The All-American Rejects)

Once in a while, when I’m not listening to the radio, I browse whatever is recommended to me by Spotify. I’m not exactly sure how Spotify does this—if it considers my browsing history or the number of times I play a particular song compared to the others—but it sure knows what to recommend. I fell in love with Back To Me by The All-American Rejects instantly. Yes, I know, the song’s been a while but it really was the first time I heard it.

Back to Me by The All-American Rejects

I’m always a sucker for songs that have strong instrumental background, the kind that allows me to nod my head in time to the strumming of the guitar or stomp my feet with every drum beat. Most of the time, when the melody is just right and matches with the lyrics, it’s enough for me to hit that 🔂 button for just that song until I memorize it.

Music Mondays: Last Thing On My Mind (Steps)

If you are familiar with this week’s Music Mondays song and group, you’re most likely a ’90s kid. I remember dancing to Last Thing On My Mind during elementary and loving Steps for having easy-to-follow dance steps in their music. Nowadays, they kind of remind me of Hi-5 because of their bright personalities and colorful ensembles.

Anyway, Last Thing On My Mind is again, one of those songs that gets stuck in my head. But unlike other songs, it’s a welcome melody. I still find it funny that they’re all smiles in the music video when the lyrics of the song is quite serious. Go figure.

Last Thing On My Mind by Steps

Music Mondays: Everywhere (Michelle Branch)

It still irks me that Inside Out was shown much, much later here in the Philippines. And seeing Inside Out merchandise and online quizzes and memes was just too much. I dislike spoilers so I try to get away at the mere mention of the movie.

But it’s okay now. I’ve seen it and am now relaxed. And because I’ve seen it, this week’s Music Mondays is dedicated to it in a funny sort of way. I guess by now most people have seen it and if you haven’t, then don’t worry. I’m not going to mention anything to spoil your movie watching. So no spoilers here.

There’s a portion in the movie that has to do with recurring memories—in Inside Out, it’s about the Triple Dent Gum jingle. I don’t know if there’s actually a Triple Dent Gum but I’m sure you’ve had those jingles or parts of songs that you just can’t get out of your head. And even if you get them unstuck in your head, they get stuck right back there one way or another and sometimes for no reason at all.

This week’s Music Mondays is that song that I can’t get out of my head. It’s been playing on and off, during radio commercials, in between song transitions, while daydreaming, right after sneezing, etc. You get the picture. And since I don’t have any other song on queue, might as well share it with you, right?

Everywhere by Michelle Branch