Saturday, January 30, 2010

Just BeSure You Live Wisely: It's My Life By Talk Talk

It's a fact that we all want to take control of our lives. To be who we want to be or do what we want to do is determines just how much we are in control of ourselves. There are times, however, when things happen and our lives take a bad turn where we not only hurt ourselves but others as well. When that happens, don't be surprised when freedom gets taken away from you and others start to intervene because you're going too far. Just like the song "It's My Life" by Talk Talk, I know respect that it is but that doesn't mean that you should put yourself in harm's way.

I'm not the type of guy who meddles in other people's lives, but when their mess becomes other people's mess, it's time to intervene. That's the reason why I try not to get into trouble because it brings an awful lot of heat. I've been through those times when things were just really bad and as a result people where on my case 24/7. If there's anything that I've learned from that harsh time is that I need to be more responsible with my life. Making mistakes is one thing but when they get out of hand, others can get hurt and that's plain wrong.

I respect the fact that people want to live their lives the way they see fit. Just don't hurt anybody else because when that happens, it's not just about you anymore. Also remember that one person can affect another, proving that we are all apart of one another. Nobody likes being restrained but that's the price you pay if you go too far. I know its your life but live it wisely.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Knowing Is Half The Battle: I know What I Like By Huey Lewis And The News

If there's any advice I would give to the young is know what you want and go for it. The most successful people out there knew what they wanted in life and did what had to be done to get it. Some got lucky while others tried something else and others became miserable. If you really want and if it makes you happy then, go for it. Now I understand what Huey Lewis meant in the song "I Know What I Want".

People who are successful are often those who stay the course. A lot of times, others would discourage them by telling them that they're not good enough or belittle their dreams which I find mean. Who are these people to say such cruel things when they themselves have settled for less or moaning opportunities that they lost. For these people, misery loves company and pulls others down because they themselves failed to get what they want. I wish people like that would shut up because who are they to say such things.

Still, once you know what it is that you want, it's just the first half of it. You to know what it takes to get there as well as what you have to make it happen. It won't just land on your lap just because it's what you want. Most important of all, learn things that will help you achieve your goal and be willing to listen to suggestions which are different from snide remarks because they'll help in the long run if you use them right. If you are able to do that, then you made it my friend.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

That Was Some Quick Wave: I Ran By Flock Of Seagulls

I remember when New Wave hit the scene in the early 80's. Pants started getting slimmer and hair styles started to look very space age. A lot of bands from the UK who played this kind of music started taking over the airwaves. I wasn't a fan of this trend but a lot of my batch mates took to this music like fish to water. During my time, this music flooded the airwaves. One such band was riding on the success of this trend was A Flock Of Seagulls and one of the hit songs that they had was called "I Ran".

Though I didn't really listen to this band or this type of music, nevertheless it was played on Rt back then and also on 24K Week End. The first thing that struck about this band was it's hairstyle. They looked more like Hawkman that seagulls. Still I remember that once this song played on the radio, my friends started gyrating like Elvis. It was one of those songs that you heard on the radio 24/7 and thought that it would never stop.

Well, when the 80's disappeared, so did New Wave. When the 90's came along, grunge as well 60's and 70's style music became the norm. Today, it's seems that 80's music is enjoying a revival, though I think the new bands are a poor imitation of the genre. I guess you know that the trend is over when the music stops playing and the bands who played them suddenly disappear. One thing for sure, that was some quick wave.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Another Upbeat Song About A Feeling Dump: Smoke From A Distant Fire By The Sanford Townsend Band

For some reason, when I listened to the songs of the 70's and 80's, even if they're about depressing for some reason, they're still very upbeat. As if even though something bad happened, it's like better luck next time. A good example of this is in my entry of REO Speedwagon's song "Out Of Season". The song was full energy and cheerful even though the message was about the break-up of a relationship. Another song that was a similar that had a similar message was "Smoke From A Distant Fire" by he Sanford Townsend Band.

This was back in the days when the band was complete with horns, keyboards, guitars and drums. More importantly, everybody was giving it all that they got. Despite the depressing message of uncovering an affair, for some reason, this song is so upbeat. If I was listening to this guys in a bar, I'd probably drank a whole case of beer and not be drunk because this so cool. The music really gets to you that you don't the message of the song quite the opposite.

It was only during the 90's that the true expression of anger and angst was really made known in song. Still, whether I heard this song in the past or in the present, it rocks! That's the essence of what 24K songs are all about. They don't make them like this anymore. I pity the younger generation for it.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hidden Secrets: Skeletons By Stevie Wonder

Back then, you think everything was picture perfect. People appear to be wholesome, upstanding citizens and you would trust them with your lives and even that of your family. What goes on inside their homes is a different story. Some may be doing that may either be out of their character at best or some very frightening at worst. How they appear in society may be a front for something dark that they're hiding. That's a lesson I learned from Stevie Wonder's song "Skeleton".

I have to admit I've watching too many HBO series because it always has characters who are not what they seemed to be. It's not that I'm paranoid or too quick to judge but sometimes when seem too perfect about somebody, there must something behind it. A lot of times, these people seem to be everybody's pal but for some reason, they always put a fence around them. It's like there's something inside them that they don't want you to know. If gets out, it could lead to their ruin.

I'm saying that we should poke around on other people's affairs. Still, we better be careful as to who we associate with. One's for sure and that's people are not all that they appear to be. The more the secrets, the more pleasant the disguise. If I was ask which scared me the most: a bandit with multiple weapons blazing or a geek with a hidden, I'd be more afraid of the latter. You'd never know when he'd whip that blade out and use it on you.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Tough Choice: Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now By The Clash

Ever had those times when yourself in a very tight squeeze? You know those situations where you find the thing you want the most within your grasp only to find that there are more pressing matters to attend. The worst part about it is when you've invested too much time and it was all for nothing. In the end, your own you wind up with nothing. Whenever there times when it's so hard to decide in a tight fix, the song "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" by the Clash.

For me, this usually happens whenever something comes out of the blue and disrupts my routine. I get on with my life then all of a sudden opportunity knocks and I'm force to drop everything and rush to it. The indecision comes in when it's not all that it's hyped up to be. In the end, you went through all that stress and nothing came out of it. That's a bummer.

Sometimes it sounds to good to be true that's why it's so hard to decide. When you read the fine print, however, it's not all that black and white. I guess it's all about making sure you know what you want right then and there. That why way you don't have to stress yourself out on what your plans are. And stress is definitely the last thing I need.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Plea For Extending The Weekend: One More Saturday Night By The Grateful Dead

Whether you're young or old, you can't seem to get enough of the weekends, for the kids and young adults, sometimes the weekend partying is just too short. For adults who are worn out at the end of the week, there just isn't enough time to re-charge and just when they are about to unwind, it's back to the grind. Times like that, both parties probably wish for an extension just to get the most of out the weekends or even the holidays. The song "One More Saturday Night" comes to mind when we wish for a little more off-time.

It's getting brutal out there where every penny you make rides on every hour or even every minute of work you put in. When you're a kid, you want to go out and visit every place that you can and even party as much as you can. When you're an adult you're hoping not to wake up at 6:00 in the morning or for a few catnaps in the hopes of feeling refreshed before going back to work. Sadly for both the young and old, there's not enough time. Before you know it, the weekend's over and you're lucky if you keep your eyes open on the first day of work.

These days, it's all about time management and priorities even on the weekend. The ones that matter most comes first. For this reason, I always ask in advance what's the weekend plan to find out if I'm going to gets some rest or get even more worn out. If I don't get any down time , those are the breaks and just comfort yourself with the fact that something got done. Although sometimes, when I'm tired, I really wish for one more Saturday night. I could sure use it and so can a lot of people.

Another Rare Find/Girl Friday Song: My Baby By Cold Chisel

Every weekend, my ears are plugged on Rt's 24K program as it takes me back to the good old days of my youth. Apart from the cat-and-mouse game of waiting for my favorite songs, I'm on the hunt for hits that have long been forgotten, hoping for slight possibility that the DJ will play it out of the blue. Sometimes I get lucky and as they start playing it, time starts to stop. The rare songs always do that to me. One song that I finally found and hopes that Rt will play is Cold Chisel's "My Baby".

I have to thank both Jeremiah Jr. and Joshua because the Jr. found out the song's name and the band who played while Joshua used to play it from time to time but recently this song went M.I.A. on 24K for some time now. Anyway, I dedicate this song to all those girl buddies who are always there for us whenever we need them. We guys always have their backs and they come through for us and should always be grateful for that. Apart from that, this song is another rare find that makes me feel good whenever I hear it. Only a 24K song has that kind of magic.

Like all my other 24K hits, I can't get enough of this song and when it plays, I just wanna stop what I'm doing. The reason for that is because this song is so cool! Apart from that, I get remember all the girl buddies who really helped me out in the past. This song for and I wish you gals well. I do so hope that 24K plays this song again because this is another song that used to be heard only during this program and it makes me feel good. Enough said.

Friday, January 22, 2010

When You Hanged Around With Your Friends And Talked About Anything Under The Sun: Me And Julio Down At The School Yard By Paul Simon

When I was a kid, my pleasures were simple and that just hanging around with my friends. listening to some cool music (24K sounds of course) and talked about anything under the sun. Whether it was some experience, a new a hangout, a joke or simply anything under the sun, We always had something to talk about. The best part about it is that we all had a good time while doing it. As simple as it was, it was always great just being with them. Remembering those times when you just slacked-off and shared good conversation reminds me of the song "Me And Julio Down At The School Yard" by Paul Simon.

Back then, we often met either in the morning or at lunch time. We couldn't meet at recess because I had to fight my way into the cafeteria to buy a cheap hamburger before the bell rang. You can say that the benefits of such a lazy activity is that you could be yourself with good people you could trust. More importantly, if there was something you needed to talk about to get it off your chest, they were there for you. Not only do they chase the blues off but you get good advice free of charge and there's no way you can beat that.

I'm glad to see even at this age of Ipods, internet, High-tech games, nothing still beats that good gathering of friends and brothers just to hang out and talk. When your lucky, something will come out and out of nowhere you have a small party in your hands. Those were the days that I fondly remember. Whether its the schoolyard or any other place, so long as they were there, the day was all right. All it takes is a little imagination to get things going.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Always Trying To Remain Upbeat: All Fired Up By Pat Benatar

Despite a lot of depressing entries that I have written on this blog, I try to keep looking on the bright side of things. Not everything that happens is bad and sometimes even in the worst situations there's always a sliver of light. Things will only get worse if you just succumb to all the bad things that happen. Just remember to pump yourself up as the day begins. Pat Benatar's song "All Fired Up" reminded me of that lesson.

It takes me back to the early days when I was starting make use of all the exercise equipment in the house. I remember reading Arnold Schwarzenegger's advice in his book about motivating one's self for a work, but setting your goals higher for each work out and mentally coaxing yourself to enjoy it rather than layoff. I realize that it extended not only to training but also to the things you do everyday. You have to pump yourself up physically, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually. That way you cant face what the day brings you with a smiling face and a calm heart.

Right now, that's what I am trying to do. The last two weekends haven't given me enough time to rest and I still haven't recovered from the holidays. I guess this is the reason why I have a hard time at the office. Still, I won't let that stop me because a new day is a new opportunity. I just have to think positively and be all fired up for the day's task.

P.S. I'm sorry for not putting any new entries in the past two days because my internet server went down. I finally had it fixed this morning.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Another Song That Pissed My Friend Off: Curly Shuffle By Jump The Saddle

Apart from enjoying good music, one of the uses that I found for the songs from RT was to tease a friend of mine who easily gets pissed when someone jokes him. I already mentioned this in my "Automatic Man" entry a while back. Modify the song to focus on him and you have a raving lunatic coming at you from out of nowhere. I couldn't help it because for some sadistic reason, I found it amusing. Another song that drove him off the wall was "The Curly Shuffle" by Jump The Saddle.

Anything that would make him look foolish was enough to tick him off. I remember singing this song, he would suddenly go ballistic. He would shove his big nose at my face and say those immortal words, "D#$#$% you, boy, d@#@% you!!!" and the chase begins. As I've stated before, when the bell rang for lunch and recess, it was time to run. Boy, did we make a spectacle of ourselves.

Since then, every time I see a chase scene on the tv or the movies, it brings me back to those days. I guess by he's out-grown it. I wish that he'd curb his obnoxiousness. He doesn't know when to quit whenever he's ticked off. As for me, I still get a laugh at those times when I drive him up the wall.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

That Alienated Feeling: Under The Bridge By The Red Hot Chili Peppers

When I was first thrusted into the world, it wasn't exactly a pleasant experience. Growing in what was then an isolated area, I wasn't really comfortable outside my home. Back then, every time I left the house, I feel like I'm leaving earth and heading to another planet. Because of that, a lot of people often misunderstand me and back then, that happened a lot. The song "Under The Bridge" by The Red Hot Chili Peppers remind of those awkward days when I found it hard to fit in.

As I've said before, I was very much a loner when I was young. On top of that, I also went against the flow, meaning that while everyone else was soaking themselves on the music and style of the time, I was more retro and thus was the odd man out. I really couldn't relate to the music, to the style and most of all, to the culture back then, Thank God, I found Dr. Wu, Felonius and others guys who could relate with me. They did a lot to help me through this strange new world which I had a hard time finding myself in.

You know I still carry a lot of the principles that I had back then. Although this time around I've mellowed with age and learned to get along with others. Atleast now, I realized that I can be myself and still be accepted into other circles if I find a common where I can establish a rapport with my peers. You know no man is an island. Even the most reclusive loner will come to that point where that alienated feeling wears thin and realizes that he needs the company of others to survive.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge

Sarah | MySpace Video

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Nobody Likes Being The Fool: Everybody Plays The Fool By Aaron Neville

You know that saying "every dog has his day"? It usually means that there are times when you do things or get into situations that make you look foolish. It's either you get too emotional or fell victim to someone's charmed words. One thing's for sure, in the end, you get duped. When it comes to days like that, I remember Aaron Neville's song "Everybody Plays The Fool".

I know this song is about being heart-broken after being rejected but there are more ways where people find themselves feeling like a fool. When you give your all and nothing comes about or worse when you try helping others and wind taking the fall are situations where you become the duped. It really tears you up inside when that happens. It gets worse when the person who hurt you is someone you really trusted. I've been there one too many times and you never get used to it.

They also that there will be days like this and it'll come when you least expect it. These days, I try to learn from what I have experienced. That way I can remember where I went wrong and try to avoid those darn pitfalls. I guess I'm a little too soft sometimes which is why I often find myself feeling this way. Oh well, there are times you wind up playing the fool.

Always Feel Like A Beat-Up Detective: Peter Gunn

It is a noble gesture when people go out of their way to help others out. The problem is that when you try to extend your hand, your arm nearly gets ripped off in the process. What you think is a simple task suddenly blows up in your face as more problems start to pile up, leaving you physically and mentally drained. In short when sometimes those who try to help out are sometimes the ones who get beat up and chewed-out in the process. Every time I hear the Art Of Noise's version of the "Peter Gunn Theme", it reminds me of those times when I help out only to get my butt kicked in the process like some detective in a cheap mystery novel.

It started yesterday when someone in my family asked for my help which I obliged which I thought would be a simple routine, until another person also needed my assistance which I whole-heartedly gave. Unfortunately, every time he needs something, things start to go awry which starts to take its toll on me physically and mentally. Good thing my brother came to my aid and helped me figure things out and we both got the job done. Though I have to admit I was a little teed off because I really wanted to help and every time that guy needed assistance, something is bound to go wrong and the house goes BOOM!

I still believe in helping others when they are in need. The problem is that you really get beat-up in the process and a lot is taken out of you. It's to think those who want to help are the ones who get worse of it. Still, someone has to do it even it does stink. Better it get done or you'll never hear the end of it which is worse.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Go For It: Make A Move On Me By Olivia Newton John

One of the programs that recently appeared on my cable provider was "Keys To The VIP" which is featured on both MAXX and Channel V. It's a contest where swingers try their best to make a move on a girl at a bar. The first swinger who lands a girl gets the prize and if I remember right, it's the keys to an exclusive room as well as additional prizes. I have to admit, those guys aren't shy about scoring at places like that cause I have to call on all my courage just to go to such a joint. When I think about guys like these who go for it, the song "Make A Move On Me" by Olivia Newton John comes to mind.

I remember my brother's disco days when I hear this song. You better be dressed to impress if you're going to clubs like these. Not only should you be properly attired, you better make sure you got your moves right. If you see someone you like, don't be hesitant. Just be yourself but be more refined in doing so. Make sure you say the right things that will make that person want to go with you. If you do hesitate, then you got yourself all dressed up for nothing.

It doesn't only apply to scoring at a club. If there's something you want to do or someone you want to be with, then go for it. Just remember to know what you need to before doing so. Don't miss up a chance when it's within your grasp. If you can do it, just go and make your move.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Chilling Out And Having A Good Time: Cherry Bomb By John Mellencamp

When I was young one thing that I liked about the weekends is that feeling of chilling out and relaxing as the hot sun starts to set and the cools starts to blow a little more. We'd break out the beer and let the party begin till all the brews were gone. Out of nowhere our friends would just drop by and before you know it, we have a full-blown party. At times like that, it was great way to chase the week's blues away. When I hear the song "Cherry Bomb" by John Mellencamp, that good old feeling always creeps into me.

When we had nothing to do and nowhere to go, we get whatever money we had left and get a few cases of beer and there you have it, instant party. We didn't have any fancy sound system so we just fired up the car stereo and all the good tunes (including 24K hits) filled the late afternoons. Then we'd recall all the good times that we had in the past and laugh of all of the silly antics and our friends who equally bored would join in and the day was set. It may not have been the fanciest of parties but with all your friends and brothers there, what more could one ask for? Man, those were cool times.

Though we seldom drink nowadays, the times will always be with me. Sometimes when the cool afternoon winds start to blow, the memories of those times suddenly come alive in my mind. The stronger the wind, the more vivid the memories become. That's why when we gather, we live it up as best as we can on the times when we get to see each other. What matters is that when we're together, we feel good and that's good enough.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Now This Is Hip: What Is Hip By Tower Of Power

No matter kind of music I listened to in the past, there was always a band that a either had a saxophone or a horn sections. From the 60's, 70's, 80's and even the 90's, you would be able to hear someone belt a mean horn tune. It really added a kick to a song by filling it with a lot of soul. It could give a lead guitarist or a drummer a run for his money when it came to standing out. One such song where horns rule was Tower Of Power's "What Is Hip?"

This is one band where the horns rule. The first time I listened to this song, the horns really blew me away. There was a lot of funk to it and to say that it caught one's attention was an understatement. Ironically, it is the vocals who give the horns some competition. The way they take turns at answering each other was really cool.

These days, I don't hear any songs that has a saxophone, let alone a horn section in it. These days I'd rather retreat to my 24K favs than see what's new. It's not just about horn bands, but there's no soul to it anymore. These days, singers sound more like crying or whining rather than signing. There's no fun music like this. If there was something that was hip, this song was definitely hip and will be in my ears and still is.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Need To Take It Easy Before I Hit The Grind: Crash Into Me By The Dave Mathews Band

Whew, another hectic weekend has just passed and I still am not able to recharge my batteries. It's not only me but my brothers and parents still have to do and the work-week is just around the corner. If there's anything worse than a hectic week is an even more hectic weekend. What was supposed to be some down time to recharge gets spent other important matters. Well I guess when you get older, your rest time gets cut a little shorter through the years. When I think about about being half-charged as the new work-week dawns, the song "Crash Into Me" comes into mind.

I guess the easy-going times are over as more responsibilities get delegated to you. As much as you want some time to chill, these things just can't wait. So you pull whatever reserve energy you have and take the bull by the horns. It's going to be tiring but someone has to do it. It takes all your time and effort but it has to be dealt with even if you're tired and need to do other things. Just when you finish it, the weekend is over and its back to the grind.

It's like getting up from after struggling in the water only to be hit by a big wave as you try to get up. At best, it's only during lunch-breaks that I catch a few zzz. Even as I step into the door, something again needs to be done and here we go again. At times like that, I wish a was in deep-freeze. Well life waits for nobody and you have to do what needs to be done and tomorrow I once again will crash into the daily grind.

Crash Into Me- Dave Matthews Band

Stephen | MySpace Video

Sunday, January 10, 2010

When We're Together, I Feel We Could Do Anything: The Boys Are Back In Town By Thin Lizzy

As I have stated in past entries, one thing that I have wished for came true during the holidays. That wish was that the bond was finally restored and maybe I'm jumping the gun, but I really am glad that all the bad blood have been taken out. the last three years really took its toll on me as something that I consider to be the most important thing that this family ever had was in danger of being destroyed. I was so happy that things turned out in the end. Because of that, I can finally post Thin Lizzy's song "The Boys Are Back In Town" by Thin Lizzy on my site.

We may not be rich or famous both then and now, but bond that we had was something special. Every time we were together, our friends always addressed us as one. We always made quite an entrance which made others think twice before messing with us. I always feel that we could do anything when we are together because of the bond that we had. Whenever we go out together, this song always played at the back of my head as we zoomed off to another adventure and the fact that we were together always made more meaningful.

I hope this song gets played whenever we gather together for as long as we live. It really represents the bond that we have which must always remain strong. No matter where we are or what we're doing what's important is that it is there. It's been a long since we had a good get-together and that's all I can ask for. More importantly, THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN!!!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Another Closet Song: Waterfall By Wendy And Lisa

As I've stated before, apart from my 24K songs, most of the tunes that I listened to were either 60's and 70's rock, some metal, blues, folk and some jazz. I very much went against the flow at the time. Yet I hate to admit that there some songs that caught my fancy even though I'm not a fan of their style of music (some of which are already in my blog entries). I guess they make me feel good for some reason. One such song was "Waterfall" by Wendy And Lisa.

Another for it is probably guilty pleasure because once it plays and catches my fancy, I give it a listen much against my will. I guess it's because of the calming nature of water as well as the sound of the song, that made me like it. Anyway, for some reason, I get relaxed when I hear this song. I get relaxed and all my troubles seemed to fade away when I hear just like a lot of 24K songs. And like a lot of 24K songs, I just want to stop what I'm doing and just listen to it.

Come to think about it what happened to these two after making it big with this song? If anyone out there knows, just drop a line in the comment section. I have to admit it's a haunting tune and I am a sucker for that kind of music. When I hear today's music, I don't dig it anymore. They just don't make it these anymore.

Friday, January 8, 2010

When I'm Lost For I Ideas: Don't You Loose My Number By Phil Collins

The hard part about writing is that you have a lot of ideas on hand every week. Whether it's writing a p.r. at work or a blog entry, sometimes it difficult when you look around for ideas. It's gets worse when there are too much distractions or too little time and not enough data to work with. Nevertheless, I am able to pull through despite all the obstacles which really takes the air out me in the end. When I scramble for ideas on what to write, the song "Don't You Loose My Number" by Phil Collins comes to mind.

I guess the reason for this is because of the video of the song that I identify it with the need to come with something. The first part of the song reminds of a story's beginning but the video is where I got that concept of trying to piece it all together. Sometimes I have to be careful of what it is I put because I don't want to put a bunch of crap which nobody wants to read. It gets worse when the you only got two days left. Good thing, something turns up and I have something to write about.

One good thing about tight schedules and deadlines is that you learn to be resourceful. You have to if you want to keep your job. That's why I'm glad someone said that I was passionate about what I do. I do it because I like it. Still, sometimes it's too close for comfort. Well, it's part of the job.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Nothing Like A Fresh Start: Starting Over By John Lennon

After all the turmoil that me and my family have gone through, I was glad that things got resolved in the end. What's good about the New Year is a chance to make a new start. Even if it means going back to square one, so long as things are better than what they were in the past. I do believe that this is what all of us hope for. When it comes to fresh starts, the song "Starting Over" by John Lennon sure fits the bill.

Yeah, I know this is a love song, but there are other things that can sure use a fresh start. True, it may be a drag to go back to the drawing board, but at least you get to explore new possibilities. Maybe one of these possibilities could be the start of something good. It may be hard but it's better than nothing. You just have to give a try.

I really hope something good comes about this year. I also that I have to do my part if I want that to happen. I hope this time around, I get right. The year is still young so who knows what it will bring. As for now, I'll settle for a fresh start.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

I Always Drive Him Nuts With That Song: Automatic Man By Micheal Sembello

For some reason when I was in High School, I became friends with a very obnoxious guy. He never liked jokes or being called names and always chased after those who teased. Though we were friends, I was the one who teased him the most and for that, I find myself being chased by him every break period in school. If I were to compile all the jokes that I teased him with was called "Automatic Man" by Micheal Sembello.

I'm not really a fan of this song, but when I hear it I remember that obnoxious guy who would go crazy after I teased him with this song. The reason for this was because the video featured a silver-colored man who moved like a robot and it reminded me of him which he didn't take it very well the first time I used it on him. Needless to say, when the bell rang, it was time to run and I didn't run because I was scared but because it was just so funny teasing him at the time and the look on his face was priceless. Whenever it was time to go home and the car came, I threw my bag and jumped and as I looked behind me, I would see him jump up and down because he couldn't run after the car. Man, was he crazy!

The last that I heard from him was six years ago. He now works for the army and has the rank of an officer. Still for me, he's still that obnoxious guy who would chase after me after a joking everyday during class break. Even now some my batchmates talk about those crazy escapades that I had with him. Those were funny times and he was a funny guy.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I Guess I Should Be Glad I'm Still Here: I'm Still Standing By Elton John

I sure am glad that its the new decade already. As I've said before, the years from 2000 to 2009 was really terrible for me. A lot of bad decisions, mistakes and lost opportunities sure took its toll on me. After what I've been through, I am really glad that me and my family are still together. Thinking of all those terrible times and trials and that I am still here with them reminds me of the song "I'm Still Standing" by Elton John.

I walked away scarred, but at least, I was able to walk away. I know it's now water under the bridge, but when it still hurts thinking about what could have been. The hardest part was when things didn't pull through when I needed it most. The worst part was when inner rifts and bad blood threatened the "bond" which saddened all of us because deep inside if that is lost, then all will be lost as well. Thank goodness that things pulled through in the end.

Well, the holidays are over and I'm back in the grind. I just hope that this around, this work out because time is luxury that is now becoming extinct. I just hope thing happens to anyone here and that all are happy and safe. I've knocked down a lot of times but still I got up. It may not be much but at least after all that I've been through, I'm still standing.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Don't Be Too Stubborn: Don't Fight It By Kenny Loggins And Steve Perry

As much as I try to be very open about things, apart of me still sticks to a routine. After trying to makes sure that you are able to fit everything into your schedule, really want don't anything to disrupt it. That's why when changes occur, it sure presents a new problem for me. Be that as it may, I try to stay cool and figure out what adjustments that I need to make. Another song that gives assurance to face these changes is "Don't Fight It" by Kenny Loggins and Steve Perry.

As as I know, this was Kenny's song but Journey and Steve Perry also sing this song. Anyway, this is one of my favorite songs that I listened to during the early 80's when I was growing up. It's a pretty upbeat song that gives you assurance that everything will workout in the end. It also teaches me not to be afraid of new things and to give a try cause it might be good for me in the end. They don't make songs like this anymore, that's for sure.

With the tasks ahead, I really need to get up and deliver cause it's something that I should've done a long time ago. I just hope I do it right this time around. I don't waste the resources and opportunity that I have and want to utilize them to the fullest. True there will be unexpected developments that will happen along the way. Don't be afraid and don't fight but roll with to turn it to your advantage.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Need A Shot Of Adrenaline For The First Week Of The Year: Never Gonna Stop By Rob Zombie

Well, after the jingle bells and fire crackers, my head is still a little woozy. To top it off, I had to help with a lot of the housework and I haven't even gotten enough to recharge for the week. Apart from that, there's going to some developments which will set me on a roller coaster ride for the next six months. What I need is a good shot of adrenaline to face all these things because I got a feeling that it's all going to crash into me. Hard rock songs like Rob Zombie's "Never Gonna Stop", helps me get pumped up for the coming grind.

The good thing I like about songs like these is that they really give you a natural boost. Whether you're on the job, working out or just plain beat, this kind music really gives a jolt without having to resort to those "intoxicating" stuff which will later do more harm than good. Apart from that, it's better than getting splashed with water or slapped in the cheek to clear your head. Right now, I am taking stock of all that I need to do for the year. A lot of things are going to be on shoulders and I better be ready for it.

Well first things first and that is to get ready for tomorrow. Things were really rocking at the office during the holidays and its going to get tougher for the next six months. I also need to improve on what I am working on to help me get through the years. I better start planning ahead and this time, I better make sure that I get it right because there's too much at stake. I hope I'm ready because a lot of things are starting to get real to me. I can't take it for granted anymore.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

What I Feel When The DJ Doesn't Play My Request: Panic By The Smiths

Whenever it's 24K Weekend, I do all that I can so to make sure that my request gets played. Loading up my cellphone or dialing the hotline non-stop until I can convey my request to the DJ. The next part is to keep my ears glued to the radio and wait for my request to get played and when it does, my day is complete. There are times, however, after all that effort, for some reason, my request doesn't get played, it really ruins my day. The song "Panic" by The Smiths pretty sums up my mood when they don't play my request.

24K only comes around the weekend so it is only during that time when time stands still and we all want to hear the songs that brings us back to the goods times of our youth. Apart from that, 24K also has a collection of songs that were seldom or never played on others stations and many don't have music videos and some songs are so rare that even surfing through the internet is impossible to locate them. I hate when the DJs says he'll check to see if it was played even if it wasn't, making you unsure if he will play it or not. There are also those who don't play your request but manage to play another song twice if not three times during the weekend which is against the rules. When they do that, it really makes me mad and I really want to go to the station and tells guys off: you won't play request but you played a lesser twice today?!!! Well !#!#!%#$$ you!!!!

These songs are so precious to those who listen to this program and it hurts when we don't hear it played. They now even have a rule where you can't play it twice during the weekend but for some reason, some songs manage to played twice or more during the weekends. I would propose that if a song got played on a Saturday, then it shouldn't be played anymore on that day and just play it again once on a Sunday because there are a lot of people who like that song and you fault them if they want to hear it again. Also, strict monitoring of the rules because there are some there who won't play a song twice but manages to play another song twice or more so and should be given notice. These songs are rare classics and to deny them the chance to hear it is cruel and if dj doesn't play it, it is tempting to hang the dj.

Friday, January 1, 2010

What I Really Wish For This Year: No More Tears By The Little River Band

Woke up this morning with splitting headache after all that partying last night. We had the blast as we welcomed 2010 with the usual brewskies and beanstalks. After a horrendous year, we all really want to have fresh start and leave all that grief in the past. For me, not only last year but whole decade since the millennium was a nightmare as I though the worst of my "bad cycles". If there was a song that would summarize what I want for the year, it would the song " No More Tears" by The Little River Band.

Not just last, but as I've said, the whole decade was really bad. Lost opportunities, disrupted plans, being broke, family conflicts and loss of loved ones really drove me up the whole. There was a lot of grief, confusion, frustration and anger because things were slipping of control and no matter how hard I tried to change things, they either remained the same or got worse. Things that I was working haven't produced anything after all that effort. I just hope that things will be different this time around.

You know every time new year comes along, I wish that me and every member of my family be protected from all harm and be happy. I hope it comes true this time because there's so little of the good and too much of the bad. The last decade sure filled grief and though I'm glad that I survived, I don't want to go through that again. Cause if there's one thing I really don't want for me or any member of my family, it simply more tears because we can't anymore stress.