Music Mondays: No Matter Where You Are (Us The Duo)

Wouldn’t it be nice to find someone who sings not just any song, but your song—the one that resonates in your soul, the one song that can only be dedicated to you and that can only be described as you?

Though I only knew of them recently, Michael and Carissa Rae Alvarado of Us The Duo are probably an example of this. And their love story is too sweet for words.

No Matter Where you Are I’ll Be There by Us The Duo


I think this is one of those moments that I can’t find any words to share about this week’s Music Mondays. Their tandem and story leave me speechless and I’m afraid that any words mentioned would only do a disservice in a way.

However, I’m sure I’ve said somewhere that we have our own unique vibrations. Some call it “aura” while others say “personal space”. But they’re all the same. Those with similar or complementing vibrations would stick together, harmonizing like different pieces of instrument. I believe that with these two, they are two musical instruments that only need each other to create beautiful music and their melody—their vibrations—inspires anyone who it touches.

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: Fight Song (Rachel Platten)

When you’ve already hit rock bottom, then there’s no other way you could go but up.

I’m sure we’ve all felt this at one point in time—feeling hopeless, helpless, and downright depressed. And I’m sure we’ve all had our reasons for feeling this way and the cause of these emotions are unique to each one of us.

But have you ever wondered why you’re still holding on despite everything? It’s because deep inside, you know that there is still something or someone somewhere out there that will turn things around. But what you fail to see is that that “something or someone somewhere out there” is not really out there, but within. Every person has a strength beyond his or her awareness. As this week’s Music Mondays’ feature song, you still have a lot of fight left in you.

Fight Song by Rachel Platten

Personally, for songs to inspire me to fight back, be strong, and not lose hope, I normally look to Kelly Clarkson’s music (like this one). Not only do the lyrics give encouraging message, the upbeat melody itself can really lift me up and pull me out of the dumps.

But Rachel Platten’s Fight Song, which is literally meant to be any one’s fight song (if you haven’t found yours yet), also got me going. I’m sure if you’ve heard of it, you’d also make it your theme song for the week if ever you’re embarking on an impossible journey or hard mission, whatever it is. I know it’s my theme song for this week.

Music Mondays: Bad Blood (Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar)

Just a break from dance-y Music Mondays to give way for a star-studded music video of Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood. Since its release on YouTube on 18 May 2015, it’s gotten close to 300 million views. Artists such as Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, and Hayley Williams, not to mention film stars such as Jessica Alba and Cindy Crawford, may be seen in the music video. A complete list of the cast may be seen in the YouTube site itself.

Bad Blood by Taylor Swift Ft. Kendrick Lamar

Other than this, the music video gives off a movie feel—more like a compilation of scenes alluding to most famous superhero and action films out there. To name a few, there’s the X-Men, Divergent, Hunger Games, The Matrix, Mission Impossible, Fast and the Furious, and even the Expendables. I leave it to you link the scenes to your own movie watching experience.

It doesn’t hurt that when I first watched the music video, I didn’t know that it would have an A-List cast. I ended up thinking, “Oh this one looks like Selena Gomez!” or “Is that Jessica Alba?” or “Wait a minute…isn’t that a movie star?” I enjoyed the mov—I mean, the music video, actually. It really is worth the almost 300 million views.

Music Mondays: Love Me Like You Do (Ellie Goulding)

Hello everyone! It’s been a while. I took a week off on Music Mondays after its anniversary just to review those in my list I’ve not yet featured. And because I rested and skipped one posting, I’ll be posting 2 Music Mondays for the day both by Ellie Goulding. Oddly enough, when I decided on the 2 songs to feature today, I didn’t know at first that both were by the same artist.

LOve Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding

I’d like to focus on the lyrics of the song (without the movie in mind). Mind you, I’ve read the book but didn’t watch the movie. So however the story was interpreted in the movie, I plan to work on my own interpretation that’s leaning towards discovering love and giving in to it.

So why the lyrics? This song is actually the piece my group will be dancing to in our upcoming recital so I really needed to internalize it. Honestly, I swung between thinking that it’s sweet to sad then back again.

Imagine a girl who’s afraid to love or a girl who doesn’t care about love or a girl who doesn’t want to love too much. Imagine that girl, being with someone that she might be taking for granted but along the way—for some reason or another—realizes that she actually and genuinely loves that person so much so that nothing else seems to matter. And this girl sees that person in a whole new light and wants to discover more of him. In turn, she opens herself to him when before, she was afraid to show her real self or maybe didn’t care at all.

That’s how I interpret it and I guess that’s best, taking our recital into consideration. Sometimes, when I listen to the song, I get a tug at my heartstrings that’s sometimes sweet, sometimes sad, sometimes both. The music video, though, I find sweet—mainly because there’s a dance sequence (kind of reminds me of the music video of one of my Music Mondays post). I could dance through life happy if I could dance with the one I love.