Music Mondays: El Poeta (Chino and Nacho)

I thought I’d try something different and share a Spanish song this time. As I’ve mentioned before, the way I get attracted to a song begins with the melody, then the lyrics. Now I’m not fluent in Spanish but I’m able to understand a few of the words in the lyrics to let me know that El Poeta by Chino and Nacho is an upbeat romantic song.

El Poeta by Chino and Nacho

The song pretty much describes how we are when in love—we become poets and all our senses seem to take in everything through rose-colored glasses (or filters). We speak in metaphors and our words become flowery when describing our feelings for the one we love. If you watch the video, you’d also get a feel for the song. I just feel that the scene in the end is a little off compared to how I interpreted the song. If it’s different for you, let me know in the comments. 🙂

 

Music Mondays: Broken Ones (Jacquie Lee)

Hello everyone! It’s that day of the week again. This week’s Music Mondays is thanks to a plane ride home and to Spotify’s many playlists that can cater to whatever mood you’re in. It’s Broken Ones by Jacquie Lee, one of the runners up in The Voice, Season 5.

When I first saw the title, I had thought whether this is related to the song The Broken Ones but as it turns out, they are by different artists and released years apart. I had The Broken Ones in my list for Music Mondays but there must have been a reason why I skipped it.

Broken Ones by Jacquie Lee

What I love about this song? It pierces the heart like a swiftly thrown dagger sure of its target. You will find these in the lyrics: “We wear a smile to hide that we’ve been hurt before” and “We all know how it feels to be forgotten for a while”. And with such a strong and powerful voice carrying this message, who wouldn’t be drawn to and hit by it?

The catch is, it may seem negative and emotional but it’s more empowering than what it appears to be. If you didn’t get that from the song, you may get that from the video, which I love by the way—an expression of the self through art: dance, writing, painting, music.

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: 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