Music Mondays: Second Hand Heart (Ben Haenow ft. Kelly Clarkson)

Music can do wonders to lift one’s spirit and inspire a person to write, dance, or create a masterpiece. And it’s thanks to the melody of Second Hand Heart that I finally got up to write another Music Mondays post.

Yes, I’ve been missing in action for two months now and it’s not that anything major has happened to me, only that I didn’t find the motivation to write. “I’m busy” in not an excuse since I’m always busy and I’ve always found time to write but it’s the motivation that went missing.

With that said, here we go:

Second Hand Heart by Ben Haenow ft. Kelly Clarkson

Obviously, this song falls within a certain category when it comes to how I choose my Music Mondays posts—this is the type that cause me to visualize a scene in a movie, like a past Music Mondays post and also the type that cause me to see dance steps. The melody was powerful enough to inspire me to create a routine for my Zumba® Fitness class, at least for the warm-up.

Putting the melody aside, the part of the lyrics that caught my attention was “I know who you want me to be but I’m just not there, yet. And this got me listening to the whole song and it’s about hope. You can interpret this any way you want because it keeps changing for me (yesterday it was about getting a second chance) so I know it’ll be a different interpretation for your as well.

Whatever it is, I’m glad I got to listen to this song. 🙂

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What’s your Music Mondays?

Music Mondays: I Can (Donna Cruz, Regine Velasquez, and Mikee Cojuanco)

I have the capacity to say, “I can do this”.
~ 2016 Belle de Jour Power Planner, Affirmation of the Week

Most of the time we tend to settle and grow comfortable of what we already have and we stop dreaming for more. Overtime, this turns into a feeling of fear—fear of losing what we have, afraid that it is all that we have and will ever have. When we stop dreaming, we end up believing that our current situation is reality and the only reality that we will ever have. What we forget is our capacity to change ourselves, our surroundings, and our own situation.

“We are not meant to settle. We are created to soar.”

The reason we dream is because our hearts know that there is always something better. I’m not saying that what we currently have is bad, only that we can always make better the good that we already have. We are meant to grow and evolve. That is why we dream, to counter our tendency to become too comfortable and settle.

Great Things Comfort Zones

So with gratitude, I’m happy to be blessed with the abundance of dreams and am proud to be called a dreamer. At the beginning of this year, 2016—a LEAP year—let me share with you a song that is homegrown and that which reminds us of the things that we are actually capable of doing, I Can, by Donna Cruz, Regine Velasquez, and Mikee Conjuanco.

I can by Donna Cruz, Regine Velasquez, and Mikee Cojuanco

The above video is a lyric video for those who like to read the lyrics while listening to the music. But if you wish to see the original of this as it was sung in the memorable 1996 movie, you can find it here:

I still get goosebumps every time I hear this song.

Music Mondays: What Do You Mean (Justin Bieber)

I’m always amazed by how music can be incorporated in so many things, and how it adds more color in life in anything that I do. Music inspires in many ways and it’s different to every person. So what I’d like to share for this week’s Music Mondays is a very unique way to incorporate Segway (or hover board for some) into dance. It’s a dance cover of What Do You Mean by Justin Bieber.

What Do You Mean by Justin Bieber

A note on the song itself, I’ve been hearing it a lot lately on the radio and although it doesn’t have much impact on me, the fact that it’s one of the most requested songs here in the Philippines means that it’s very well received.

And now the fact that there is a very unique dance cover for it, one that has been circulating in social media, draws my attention to it. Most of you have probably seen this video but I never get tired of watching it. Kudos to David Moore for creating such a beautiful piece.

What inspires is beautiful.

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