Posted on September 20, 2014
On Thursday morning I received a text from my mom telling me to just work from home in the evening because she found out a storm was about to hit the country. I was already out drinking with friends then but I heeded her advice and went back to the office to fetch my office laptop.
I spent the evening working at our dining area at home while the storm was brewing outside. It wasn’t until around four or five in the morning that it started raining non-stop.
Once my shift ended, I moved to the bedroom and decided to curl up in bed and enjoy my rest with the cool bed weather. I woke up at around eleven and realized that the it was already raining harder and I could hear the wind howling outside.
Shortly after that we lost our electricity. I feared that the power outage would last until today so I decided to take advantage of still being able to read before it went completely dark in the evening.
I picked up Lisa Kleypas’ Tempt Me at Twilight which I had borrowed from a friend. I read it for the rest of the afternoon but finished it before dark so I decided to read Lang Leav’s Lullabies afterwards. It was a productive afternoon!
Although it was nice to not have to use the a/c last night I was already missing the sunny weather when the week started. There were flooded areas in the metro and other parts of the country because of the torrential rains. Hopefully the floods have subsided by now and we can all go back to normal programming.
Currently I am reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Narrative of John Smith as well as Christopher Gutierrez and Keltie Colleen’s The Imperfections of James and Kate.
And right now I am looking forward to an afternoon of musical marathon with my love tomorrow!
How about you, how are you spending your weekend? 🙂
Posted on July 7, 2014
Idina Menzel has always been someone I looked up to in terms of musical theater, especially after being part of the Original Broadway Cast of RENT as well as originating the role of Elphaba in Wicked. Apart from that, she also voiced the iconic Queen Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and sang the Academy Award-winning song “Let It Go”.
This year she made her return to Broadway with the new musical If/Then which is about Elizabeth, a woman in her late thirties who returns to New York City after a divorce. The storyline revolves around the question or phrase “What if?”, exploring two different paths that Elizabeth could take.
This week’s Music Mondays features one song from the musical called “Always Starting Over”, sung by Idina Menzel.
The song is one of the final songs from the musical and concludes that path that Elizabeth could have taken as “Liz”. “Liz” met an army doctor named Josh, who she eventually marries and have two children with. One of the songs prior to “Always Starting Over” reveals that Josh is then shipped overseas but then gets killed in line of duty. Liz is then left to take care of their two sons.
What I love about this song is the hope that Liz shows throughout. Despite having been divorced, she gave herself a new chance at love with Josh. She eventually loses Josh but despite that, she decides to take on a new life and start over.
Here are some memorable lines from the song:
“What the gods have to give, I’ll take and I’ll live and be bold!”
“All that’s ahead and all that’s behind, it’s all in the moment I make up my mind and open my heart and start!”
“My love, our life is over, but love, I’ll make you one last vow to start over and over and over somehow. My new life starts right now!”
Posted on May 17, 2014
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Posted on May 5, 2014
This would be the first time that I am featuring an original Filipino song on this blog and it’s a song that’s been on my playlist ever since I first listened to it.
Bingbong Badillo was a schoolmate of mine in UP Rural High School. I was one batch ahead of him but I distinctly remember him as one of the many musicians in their batch. He and his friends would always take part in the battle of the bands that was usually held during the annual H.E. – Aggie fair in our school and I guess I could say that they were one of the best bands in the competition.
It was in 2011 when I found out that Bingbong was battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and while I was not able to buy the first album that he and his friends released to raise funds for his treatment, I did donate some amount to help with his medical expenses.
Although he has survived Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Bingbong is now battling pancreatic cancer but Bingbong is a fighter. Though already thin and weak, he was eager to finish recording his second album entitled Buhay (Life) and even perform for his benefit gig that took place last March 27, 2014 at IC’s Bar in Los Banos.
Tahimik is the first single off the album and it’s one of those torpe songs where this guy has always liked this girl but he never really had the courage to confess his love. When he finally gets the courage though, it is already too late.
The song is simple but it was very relatable that it spoke to me and I couldn’t stop listening to it. It’s one of the most played songs on my iPod this month.
The song also doesn’t fall far from the album Buhay. The 10-track album contains an array of wonderfully written songs by Bingbong. I haven’t been listening to OPM that much but this made me want to listen to more local talent. I hope he gets to release more songs!
To celebrate such a great album and at the same time help promote it, I will be giving away one (1) Buhay album by Bingbong Badillo! This is the first time I will be doing a giveaway and I am very excited about it!
Also, the music video for Bingbong’s Tahimik is now on MYX! Vote for it or request it on MYX by registering at myxph.com and then vote or request “Tahimik – Bingbong Badillo”.
If you’re interested to get yourselves copies of the album to help raise funds for Bingbong’s chemotherapy, you can check out the details below:
You can also read Caio Cadiz’ blog post The Bingbong Badillo “Show”…