Sunday, February 28, 2010

I Just Want To Be Me And Not Be Bugged: I Don't Want To Changed The World By Ozzy Osbourne

Despite the fact that there 's too many things going on, I just want to go my merry/lonely way. You can say that after all that I've been through, I've learned not to be swayed by current trends and rather stick with what's tested and true. I go by a live and let live creed, meaning I leave you alone so leave me alone. I'm content to live quietly so don't rock my boat. The song "I Don't Want To Change The World" by Ozzy Osbourne rings true my sentiments.

Because of the fact that I have to sort out in my life is the reason why I don't stick my nose into other people's affairs. The thing that I hate about the world today is that it's starting to grow smaller and as it does, a lot of people start poking into the lives of others thinking that they have the right to do so. Well, they better not do so to me because one of the reasons why I'm in the state I'm in is because there were too many people who gummed up my plans. As I result I still haven't gotten it together. Right now the last thing that I want is another "friendly intervention" that might break that which already fixed.

As for the changing the world, it's up the young ones now. They got the energy for it and I hope they use it wisely. As for me, I just want to be left alone. Once things start running according to plan, I will be content. That's enough for me.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Wondering What Life Has In Store For Me: Gold Teeth By Steely Dan

With all the things that has happened over the last 10 years, it sure was a one big emotional roller coaster. The problem was that there was a lot more downs than ups in that ride. A lot of times, things were happening and people came and went so fast my head started spinning. It got worse when things looked bleak and I held on hoping that the bad times would end soon. So here I am again trying to get things together at the same time wondering what going to happen next. Questions about life and the future make me want to listen to Steely Dan's song "Good Teeth".

The best way to listen to this song would probably be when you're alone in your house with a drink in your hand and a cigar in your mouth while staring out the window. It's only when you're older that you realize how valuable time is, especially when things are always uncertain. I've tried a lot of things and while some were good, others really costs me dearly, resulting in two steps forward, one step back scenario. This bouncing off the wall situation is really starting to get to me because I'm tired of this situation. Sometimes it makes one want to ask "What's My Destiny" the way Forrest Gump did.

I guess that's for me to determine and if I want something to happen, I have to move to make it happen. Right now, I hope I get right because I'm feeling the urgency of my situation day by day. I just hope that I can get what I'm working on off the ground within this month which help answer some of my questions. Till then I will just carry on and do what I can. Maybe one day, the answers will be revealed to me.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Having Power Is One Thing, Using It Wisely Is Another: People Have The Power By Patti Smith

Because we didn't get the day off yesterday, I forgot that it was the Anniversary of People Power. Back then, I really thought that great changes were going to be made and I was ready to grab a gun and fight out on the streets if they would let me. Unfortunately greedy, ambitious politicians hijacked the gains we made in Edsa and that's the reason why things are so screwed up right now. We had the ball and fumbled it. Still the song "People Have The Power" by Patti Smith reminds me of that one moment we had the power.

As I've written in my "Millennium Blues" article and my last year's entry, what was supposed to be a movement by the people was hijacked by a lot of opportunistic clowns both during People Power and its aftermath. It wasn't enough that we gathered on the streets and ousted the dictator. We should have made sure that what we gained would have benefited the people first but because we didn't different factions started to appear whose greed is driving this country and its people to the ground. These days, I shake my head in resignation at what was lost and the consequences that it had for us all. What hurt the most is that everyone was duped in the process.

With the 2010 elections now coming near, it's up to the next generation to carry on. They can rally the people to action just like back in 1986. This time around, please THINK carefully before your passion gets the better of you. A lot of people will play on your anger and desperation but look carefully before it's too late. People have the power but they have to use it wisely to effect real change to come about. If not, it's the same old ride all over again.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

More Like Good Riddence: Na, Na, Na, Hey, Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye By Steam

remember an episode from "Simpsons" where Mr. Burns retired and entered Mo's Tavern where Homer and his friends were hanging out. They started making fun of Mr. Burns which made him mad, but as he tried to threaten them, they pointed out that he's not their boss anymore. As a result, Burns backed down and left the bar with Homer and others mocking him as he left. As they mocked him, Homer sang a song which sums up that Burns was finished and the others joined him. That song was "Na, Na, Na, Hey, Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye" by Steam.

I know this song is about a guy trying to convince his crush to choose him over her current companion. Because of that episode of the Simpsons, for me this is about rejoicing that someone jerk has hit the road. Whenever I remember that female co-worker from "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" blog entry, I sang this song when she was finally given the boot. She was a lazy, condescending @#@! who though that she can always getaway with it. I guess there is some justice after all.

Nowadays, I think this song is appropriate for celebrating after the blues has been chased away. Whether it's to convince that special someone to choose you or simply to celebrate the end of a bad period in your life, this song fits the bill. Whenever I think about her finally being out of here, I really sing this song the way Homer did. As for her, I sing this song whenever someone asks me what I think about her being cut. It's more like good riddance than goodbye and also don't come back.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

City Boy Through And Through: C.I.T.Y. By John Cafferty And The Beaver Brown Band

One difference between me and my brothers is that they've been around and I haven't. For me, I'm just a city-dweller who goes from one end to another. How much my travel allowance takes me is the extent of my travel. Still, my pleasures are simple and so long as they are within the city's reach, that's fine with me. Kinda reminds me of that song "C.I.T.Y." by John Cafferty And The Beaver Brown Band.

It's not that I don't like going out beyond my space; it's just that I'm a guy with simple pleasures. I have to admit I am a bit low financially but that doesn't mean I can't get around. Back then, I just hop on the bus and see what the city has to offer. I'd go around and look at what I want to look and if there's something worth enjoying then I go for it. When the day's over, I head on home and relax a bit as I prepare for the next day's chores.

Sure it's big world out there but for now, this will do. Just to be able to absorb all the sights and sounds is enough for me. It gets better if I end the night with a brew together with my bros and buds. If there's always something going down and you just have to go look for it. That's the best way to end the day and I'm happy with that. What can I say but I'm a city boy through and through.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Still Looking For It: Heart Of Gold By Neil Young

You know it's only in this blog do I really get to express a lot of what I feel. The fact that I'm getting older yet haven't gotten it together has really been bothering me lately. I guess you can say that I'm at that point of desperation where I know I need to get things in order. I guess that's the reason for my anxiety and restlessness. The song "Heart Of Gold" by Neil Young really sums up how I feel about this situation.

The older I get, the more sensitive I am when this is brought up for discussion. Yet it's something I can't or shouldn't avoid because I haven't gotten it together yet and the only way to put it to a close is to get things organized. Bad decisions, missed opportunities, being indecisive and hesitant are just some of the reason which got me to where I am. Despite outside factors, I know the end point rest with me so I don't blame anything or anyone for what happened. I just want to resolve all these things while there's still time.

Right now I'm trying to make some changes that I hope will turn things around. Among the changes include getting out of my comfort zone; trying new things; learning new skills and more importantly being more firm on what it is that I want out of life. The things that I do aren't just for me but for those around me. I hope that this time around, I get it right. Until then I'll keep on looking for that which will make me complete.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Laughing On The Outside, Crying On The Inside: I'm So Happy That I Can't Stop Crying By Sting

For those of us who have had a lot of hits in our hearts, it's a miracle that we're still on our feet despite all the disappointments that we've had time and time again. We comfort that once the storm blows over, things finally look good. When that happens, we can go face the world and get our lives back in order. Still, there are times that the old hurt still lingers and even though we laugh outside, we also cry inside as well. I listen to the song "The Inside: I'm So Happy That I Can't Stop Crying" by Sting when bittersweet memories make me feel both happy and sad at the same time.

Whether it's a dream that didn't come true, an institution that I failed to be part of or the one that got away, it's during these kinds of situations that both emotions hit me at once. Like a lot of people, I just have to move on and hope that things get better at the same time or work towards that kind of future. Sometimes when I hear something about those dreams that didn't come true or see those institutions or even meet that someone, that when it really gets to me. I often have to stop for a bit and get my thoughts together. Even though I'm presently doing fine, experiences like that still get to me.

Still, what's done is done and you just have to move on. Of course, what could have been will always hurt but that's life. All I know that I'm still alive and there are other things in store for me. It's just a matter of just looking out there in the great wide open. Just live your life and make the most of what it brings you and try to be happy both inside and out.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

If There Was Such A River, I'd Be The First To Take A Plunge: River Of Love By Lynch Mob

Times are sure getting harder these days we all try to cope with the pressures that life throws at us. As it mounts, a lot of us feel angry, lonely and frustrated by the fact that this is what we are with this situation day in and day out. Being stuck with that kind situation would make us wish that there was a place we could go to where we can leave all this crap behind even for just a moment. More than that, some place where we can heal our helves and be renewed. Longing for such a place reminds me of the song "River Of Love" by Lynch Mob.

When you're younger, friends were all around and the fun never ends. These days, I feel like riding a sick cycle carousel where getting some shut-eye at the end of the day was all that you have for relief. When you don't get to do the things that you want and get stuck in being in chores or activities that you hate, you know you really need to get away. If there was such a place, I would take the plunge without hesitation, knowing that all my wounds would be healed and my spirit renewed. Anything to feel renewed is most welcome.

Before I take such a plunge, I want to make sure that what I am working on will start to pay off. That way, I can take off without having to worry about anything else. When (not if) that happens, I am going to savor every moment in that place with reckless abandon. Because it's my time and I will make the most of it. After all the crap that we go through, we deserve and @#$#$@$ anyone who tries to ruin it.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Let Me Hear My Request Before I Do Anything Else: Just A Song Before I Go By Crosby, Stills And Nash

Last night, I once again made preparations for 24K Weekend by charging my MP3 player as well as loading my cellphone. As I have mentioned time and time again, whenever the program starts, my ears are glued 24/7 and my fingers dial the station's number to either phone in or text my request. Whenever there's a confirmation that the song will be played, I wait like a hunter for it to be played. When it does get played, everything stops for me as I savor the tune from begining to end. That savory feeling that I get whenever I hear my request on the air reminds me of the song "Just A Song Before I Go" by Crosby, Stills And Nash.

Due to that the fact that these songs are so are so rare is the reason why I suddenly go on sudden freeze when I hear them. I'm pretty much like that guy from that episode on "Senfield" who freezes every time he hears the song "Desperado" by the Eagles. Whenever, I listen to my request, I hate when people bother me. It always happens in a middle of my request, just when I was getting into it when they destroy the mood. Sometimes, I think these people are the masters of bad timing.

I just can't help but freeze whenever I hear my favorite song gets played because I only get to listen to it once a week. The fact that there is now so-called "playlist" rule in the station and the fact that some dj's won't play the same song on the same time and day makes it even more difficult. This makes lessens the possibility of hearing my favorite 24K songs on the program. If that's the case, I can't help but freeze when the song does get played. I don't know when they will play it again.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Talk The Talk, Walk The Walk: I'll Stop The World And Melt With You By Modern English

Though Valentine's Day is over, for a lot of people love is still in the air. It's a wonderful thing to fall in love with someone but it's a different story when it it comes to winning that person's heart. A lot of times, suitors would flatter their object of affections with a lot of pledges of love and claim that they would go through any lengths to win their affections. Later on, they realize that talk the talk is one thing but walking the walk is something very different. When I hear the song "I'll Stop The World And Melt With Yo" by Modern English, I get reminded of that old saying, especially when it comes to courting someone.

Some people think that just because you've made contact, you got it made. Unfortunately, so have all the other suitors and many of them can have the potential of snatching that special someone from you. Before you start make making promises that you can't keep, try to find out what makes that person tick. Start with the simple things and also try to find what you and that person have in common to make that person more comfortable with you and build on that. It's better than trying to do something you can't do or be something that you are not.

It's easy to make a dramatic pledge to someone just to impress them but if you can't do it, you wind up getting dump. Sometimes even being practical can apply to this kind of situation. It's just a matter of knowing when to keep it simple and when to pull out all the stops. You pull out all the stops when that person is now at the palm of your hands. In the end, a matter making sure you are able to do what you say. If you can't put up, then shut up.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

If You Really Want It, You're Going To Have To Go Beyond Yourself: You Can't Always Get What You Want By The Rolling Stones

I remember an entry I made a while back using the song "Anyway You Want It" by Journey. In it, I described how some people will do anything to get what they want no matter what the cost. When some people around me get into that mood, you can bet I'd be lying on the floor with tongue flomped out of my mouth because of the lengths from what I had to go through to keep them satisfied. Lately, I've been thinking that the reason behind this is because they're determined to do all that it takes to get the job done no matter what the cost. Listening to the song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by the Rolling Stones, I realize that unless I really pull out all the stops, I won't get that what I need. let alone, what I want.

It's no secret that one of the reason why people succeed is because they go beyond their limitations to achieve their goals. None of us are perfect and there are times our flaws hinder us from what we want to accomplish. Yet, there are people out there who were able to attain their goals despite these obstacles. Whether it was physical, mental, emotional, status or whatever, these guys made it against the odds. It's a lesson we should never forget.

A lot of times, we fall short of our goals and when that happens, we act like the fox who failed to get the grapes. Others try to reassure themselves that next time, we'll get it. As for me, I know that we don't always get what we want. However, if we try hard enough, we will prevail in the end. Just keep on trying and you'll get it and that's what I intend to do.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Making It Through Despite All The Obstacles: Breakdown Dead A Head By Boz Scaggs

Ever had one of those times, when you got a job to do with very little time and resources to do it? As the clock ticks, you race against time and work furiously to get it done. Along the way, a lot of snags start to appear which may impede your progress. To add insult to injury, there'll be time when people can't help you or worse, even make fun of your predicament. Still, despite all the bad obstacles, you force yourself to give it that one push that's needed and you get the job done in the end. Making through despite all those obstacles reminds me of the song "Breakdown Dead A Head" by Boz Scaggs.

I'm not perfect, but one I don't like doing is letting other people down. When people ask you do something important, they not only depend on you but more importantly, they believe in you. When I sense that, I feel that I have to do what it takes to get it done. It also forces me to really dig deep into everything I know and use it during this time. I also have to focus all my energy to the task at hand and it feels good that you're doing something productive that's going to benefit a lot of people or even one special person. For me, seeing people liking what I did can be rewarding enough because it makes me feel that I did good.

Nothing is ever easy in life and you gotta move if you want to get it done. Even when I'm tired or if it is out of the blue, I don't like shrinking from a task. I'd rather see it as a challenge to see if I can pull it off. The more you do, the more you accomplish and more importantly, the more you learn. Besides, listening to 24K songs such as this makes work all the more enjoyable. With 24K songs, I feel can get through the job even if there's a breakdown dead ahead.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Knowing When You've Had Too Much Or Even Too Little: Too Much By The Spice Girls

You know these days, I take things in moderation. 15 years ago, I had the time of my life. I used to go out where I wanted to go and come home right after I've had my fill. These days, it's just grind in and grind out and I'm starting to feel more and more dull. Every time I hear that song "Too Much" by The Spice Girls, I am trying to figure out what it is that I'm missing out of and what I've been too much.

I'm not really a fan of this group and although this song is about romance, I'd rather apply to things that are in excess as well as what is lacking in me lately. As I have blogged before, one of the things that I am missing out in is some quality time for myself. I don't even go out anymore and the only thing that keeps me together to date is being able to work out in the early mornings. Some people are starting to ask me if I have a social life outside of work and I suddenly find myself at a loss for words which is why I need to take stock of what's been happening to me.

That doesn't mean that I'm just going to tuck tail run off on my family. The fact that they still need my help is the reason why I do what I'm doing. Still, I hope that one day, I get to do some of the things that I use to. I just hope that things here would truly be settled when that day comes. This has been going for too long lately and I hope something turns up soon.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Why I Don't Want To Get Into Trouble Anymore: Criminal By Fiona Apple

I remember a scene from the movie "The Blues Brothers" where they visit the Penguin after Jake got out of the slammer. The visit goes wrong as the nun starts to literally beat them both and tells them to leave and not to come back until they redeem themselves. Apart from being a very funny scene, the reason why it stuck to my head is because when you do something wrong, you're to be marked for it. And until you make it right, people will look at you would never look at you the same way again and you'll find yourself alone in a prison of your own making. The stigma that comes with the mistakes that you've made reminds me of the song "Criminal" by Fiona Apple.

As I've blogged countless times, I've made a lot of mistakes in my life, all of which I really regret. They all seemed to happen at times when things were at their worst. I've also mentioned that with those mistakes came the puritanical sermons from everyone around but I had to take it in because it was my fault and in this house, you take your medicine whether you like or not. To make up for it, I had to fix what went wrong while I still could and fortunately,.I did. Still, the scars left by those mistakes were pretty deep and people, though they forgive, never forget.

The hard part about making mistakes where I come from is that they always remind you of it, especially when things are tough. That's the reason why I don't want to get myself in trouble anymore. It is so hard to find redemption and worse, there's always a reminder of that mistake that you can never erase and just have to learn to live with. If there's anything that I can advise others is simply to stay out of trouble. It's just not worth it.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

When I've Found The One: You Know That I Love You By Santana

Well, today is the big day of hearts which of course is Valentine's Day. I bet every happy couple is hitting the town and having a good time. Some people keep nagging me how come you're still single? The answer, apart from the fact that I still have a lot to do is simply that I haven't found the one yet. But when I do, I really will give that someone my all. Carlos Santana's song "You Know That I Love You" would pretty much sum up my feelings when I found that special someone.

I don't if it will happen in an instant or over a period of time but when it hits you, you're hooked. How will I know? When that person makes me feel good; makes me want to be a better man; when I want to go beyond my capabilities and when I want to be with her for the rest of my life is when I know. At that point, I'll want nothing else.

As I've said countless times, I have other priorities. Apart from getting things in order, I want to make sure that everything is okay around which I know might take a while. Still, doesn't mean I don't want to be with someone, it's just that I want to be ready and that I am committed. Once I take the plunge, it should be worth it. One thing I do is that once I've found the one, I'll be happy for the rest of my life.

Too Bad Someone Has Too Loose: What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted By Jilmmy Ruffin

As the 14th draws near, everyone's doing all that they can to make sure that things go as planned on Valentine's Day. The hard part about falling in love is when you realize that you're not the only one in the picture. When that happens, things just got a little tougher especially when the other guy has a lot more to offer. In the end, although someone won, what about the guy who lost? Jimmy Ruffin's song "What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted" make wonder about that.

I guess that's the reason why I don't watch love triangles. Sometimes the rival is just as or more deserving than the other guy. Anyway, one thing that I learned is that when your competing for someone's heart. That's why they call it heart-break when you're left there alone after giving it all that you got. Unfortunately while the new couple rejoices, the loser is left to weep in the alleyways. He's out of the picture and that's there is the image of a happy couple only it's not him.

Getting your heart ripped to shreds will really take time to heal. It's going to hurt but the best way to get over it is simply accepting the verdict no matter how much you hate it. It may take some time but time will heal all wounds or at least make you learn to live with it. Who knows? Maybe somewhere down the road, something good will come and your heart will heal again.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Love Always Does: Love Will Find A Way By Pablo Cruise

Every time you read or watch a romance story the plot is always the same. It starts off with two people meeting and falling in love. As their love grows deeper, a lot of obstacles are put in their way. It gets so much so that you start to think that it was destined to fail. But in the end, love prevails and they make it through the storm to live happily ever after. Pablo Cruise's song "Love Will Find A Way" reminds of that tested and true formula.

As I've said before, I'm not much of a romantic, but I have to admit sometimes a good romance story can get me interested. The song starts out with a a relationship hitting the rocks but the singer assures us that things will be okay in the end. It's just a matter of letting the pain out and maybe that person just wasn't the one. When the right one does, then things will begin to get better. Love always has a way of working things out.

Love is never easy because it's one thing to be in love, but hitting it off to the end is a different thing altogether. You're gonna have to pull out all the stops if you are really determined to win. Don't be afraid and give it all you've got. One way or another, love comes through in the end. Never forget that.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hopeless Romantics/Get Your Head Out Of The Clouds: Ocean Deep By Cliff Richards

Since February is the month of hearts, don't be surprise to see a lot of mush all around you. For some reason, people seem to loose their senses, especially the young. It even gets worse for those who have jilted one to many times. Once again, they put their hearts out on a limb and when they get busted, get ready to bring the buckets to catch the tears. When I think about all these hopeless romantics who go overboard, the song "Ocean Deep" by Cliff Richards comes to mind.

At this time, romance is on air and during this time, common sense gets thrown out the window. People at this point can really get so emotional as they try their luck at love. As the game goes on, some get lucky and some don't. I wouldn't be surprised if the ones who get unlucky are at bar ordering gallons of booze while listening to this song. I just hope that some of these guys don't get the idea of tying a rope with a stone around their neck and suddenly decide to jump off a bridge.

As for me, right now I have other priorities to attend to. I don't have time to have my emotions warp my sense of judgment. Even if you do get busted life goes on. No use moaning over it and there other important things that need to be attended to. If that doesn't work then I would suggest that you get a life like 'Billy Crystal said in the movie Analyze This.

Since February is the month of hearts, don't be surprise to see a lot of mush all around you. For some reason, people seem to loose their senses, especially the young. It even gets worse for those who have jilted one to many times. Once again, they put their hearts out on a limb and when they get busted, get ready to bring the buckets to catch the tears. When I think about all these hopeless romantics who go overboard, the song "Ocean Deep" by Cliff Richards comes to mind.

At this time, romance is on air and during this time, common sense gets thrown out the window. People at this point can really get so emotional as they try their luck at love. As the game goes on, some get lucky and some don't. I wouldn't be surprised if the ones who get unlucky are at bar ordering gallons of booze while listening to this song. I just hope that some of these guys don't get the idea of tying a rope with a stone around their neck and suddenly decide to jump off a bridge.

As for me, right now I have other priorities to attend to. I don't have time to have my emotions warp my sense of judgment. Even if you do get busted life goes on. No use moaning over it and there other important things that need to be attended to. If that doesn't work then I would suggest that you get a life like what Billy Crystal said in the movie Analyze This.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Remembering Past Loves: Scarborough Fair By Simon And Garfunkel

Everytime February comes in, my mind drifts back to a lot of people who I've met over the years. Unfortunately, I was close but not good enough as they all came and went with the passing of time. Still the good times that I've had with them soften the blows a bit. A lot of times I wonder how they are now and I hope that they are all doing fine. The song "Scarborough Fair" by Simon and Garfunkel pretty much sums up how I feel about them.

Whether it was a moment or over number of years, when someone touches you, it is so hard to forget them. Whenever this song, I just want to sit down and listen to it, especially during late afternoons when the wind blows a bit stronger. When that happens, you a lot about what happened and how things might have been if the situation was different. When I get into this mood, I make sure that I'm by myself. The reason for that is because the emotion that these memories bring can really overwhelming.

I have to admit, there are a lot of things that I wanted to say, but alas I was not able to do so. I need not mention that as they disappeared, they took a little of me with them. Though things didn't work out, I which them well which is the best that I can do for them. We had our moments and that's good enough for me. They were all once true loves of mine.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

When Time Was On Your Side: Too Much Time On My Hands By Styx

When you were younger, time was a luxury you had in abundance. You hanged out with your friends and did all the things that you want without a care in the world. All the while you're doing that, you think it will last forever. When time runs out and opportunities are lost, it becomes a different story. That's a hard lesson that we all learn the song "Too Much Time On My Hands" by Styx reminds me of that lesson.

While you still have the time, plan carefully what path in life you wish to take. Take advantage of whatever time that you to think, plan and choose wisely. I'll tell you some choices that you make can stick with you for life. What's worse if it's the wrong, you'll be spending a large part of your life undoing a very bad mistake. If you're lucky to have done that, time has passed you by and with all the opportunities that could have been yours.

It's that time has passed you over and you find yourself with very little opportunities to improve your life. When that happens, you make do with what's left. It's all up to you if you're really determined to get things done. My advice for the young is to make the most of your time and choose wisely while you still can. One day, time will pass you by as well.

Monday, February 8, 2010

When You Get Dumped: Love Stinks By The J. Geils Band

Yesterday, I said that when love gets a hold of you, it can really lift you up. You get so high that you think that you won't fall down. When the feeling isn't mutual, it's a different story and from being suspended from the air to suddenly plummeting down to the ground. In short, you got dumped and boy does it hurt. At that point, it reminds me of the song "Love Stinks" by The J. Geils Band.

The hard part about love is that doesn't come easy. You're going to have find a way to win that person and to do that you have know what makes that person tick. You have to know when to give them some space and when to move in. It's a delicate balancing act which is why it hurts when you get dumped. You gave your heart and soul to win that person and it just wasn't meant to be. Well somebody's got win and somebody's got to loose.

It doesn't matter how much you give and sacrifice cause if that doesn't like you that much, then that's it. It's best to cool off and have brew and a herb to down the grief. As hard as it is, that's how it played out. Cheer up though, when you're over it, there's still a lot of fish in the sea. One thing's for sure, when you get dumped, love really stinks.

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

When Love Happens: Love Comes Walking In By Van Halen

One of the things that gave me a big surprise in 1985 was the fact that Van Halen suddenly changed lead singers. David Lee Roth was out and taking his place was Sammy Hagar who already had a successful solo career of his own. Hagar took the band to a new level and I couldn't be happier. One song that I liked from them was song "Love Comes Walking In".

Like last year, don't be surprise if a lot of these entries will have the "L" word for this month. Anyway, nobody sings hard rock songs the way the red rocker and and with this band they make a good combination. It always happen when someone makes contact with you. Like what Renee Zellweger said in "Jerry Maguire" when she said "You Had Me At Hello", it always starts with contact. From there, your whole world starts turning upside down. Pretty soon that person starts to grow on you and you think of nothing else.

You can't explain it but it sure feels good whenever that person walks in and it gets better when the feeling's mutual. When that happens, then you know it's the real thing. It's crazy how love changes you, but if it's worth it, go for it. At that point, nothing else matters. Forrest Gump said it best because even though he wasn't smart, he knew what love is.

When The Ones You Love Hurt You: Every Rose Has Its Thorn By Poison

Yeah, it's sure is wonderful to be in love. You're so caught up in the feeling that you think it'll always be perfect. It becomes a different story when someone get's hurt. What started out so well, starts going down in flames and before you know it, you go your separate ways. When I think about how love can hurt the song "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" by Poison comes to mind.

When you hit big, you think it would last forever. Wining is one thing but staying together is another story. It's when the euphoria goes down and things get tough is your relationship goes through the trial stage. That's when you find out if it's the real thing or just a fling and there's going to be alot of hurtful words and actions that get thrown around. If it was meant to be, then you have made it through the storm, if not, then easy come and easy go.

What to do after the break-up is simply part ways and just walk away. It's going to be hard but that's the only thing that you can do. Sometimes you're going to hear some snide remarks that will really cut you up but you have to bear it because that's part of the process. Take some to get yourself together cause it's not easy to get after some so good has ended that way. That's what when a you pricked by thorny rose.

Friday, February 5, 2010

What We Wouldn't Do: The Things We Do For Love By 10CC

As I've said yesterday, love is in the air and that's because it's February and Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Even though it was still January, I can see heart decorations on the department stores and shopping malls. By this time, every love-struck dude and dudette is probably drawing up a game plan on how to please that special someone. At this time, they're probably pulling out all the stops to make sure that it's perfect. That what I think when I hear the song "The Things We Do For Love" by 10CC.

Even when things are tough, someone who's in love won't let that stop him or her for making it on that day. Whatever it is that you're planning though better be a good balance for between being practical and being able to impress. You don't do enough, you'll look like a miser; do too much and you might look like a fool. Also be ready for any contingencies if something goes wrong, but don't force that person to doing something he or she wouldn't want to do. If you do, then it's game over for the day.

Whatever you do, try to do it naturally. That way, she or he will know the real you. Also, it's best to get to know what makes that person tick, that will make planning for the evening easier. Just try to be honest without being offensive. Well, whatever you plan, I wish you well.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

When We Remember The Ones Who Got Away: Back Where You Belong By 38 Special

Well, February's here and that' means it's the month of hearts. I say that for the obvious reason that it's Valentine's Day on the 14th. For those who are happily married or very in love with someone, its the time where you go all-out to prove how much you care. For contented single guys like me, it's just another day but for the jilted majority, it's a bitter reminder of losing the game of love. Though we don't want to admit, on this month and on that particularly day, it's no surprise that sometimes we think about that special someone who got away. The song "Back Where You Belong" by 38 Special always makes me feel that way.

Though it's been awhile, whenever I hear this song play, I think of all those special ones who got snagged by someone else. It's starts with getting awestruck, then you do what you can to win her attention. A lot of times, you throw away all that you once valued and sometimes you find yourself looking like a buffoon in a desperate attempt to gain her favor. Alas, even you're close, things happen and despite all that you've done, she took someone else's offer. That's the game, sometimes you win and sometimes you loose.

So you go back and try pick the pieces and get on with your life as best as you can. Though time heals all wounds, sometimes it gets to when you really think about it. It's just a matter of learning to live with the loss and move on. You did the best that you could. Better luck next time.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Don't Want To Miss Out Anymore: Missed Opportunities By Hall And Oates

Though we never want to admit, each and everyone of us experienced a time when we passed up a good opportunity that could have made life better. We don't see impact of such choices until later in life. As always, we realize the significance when it's too late. Well, sadly, them's the brakes and we have to make due with what we have chosen. I got this idea from the song "Missed Opportunities" by Daryl Hall and John Oates.

I guess this song reminds me to be very careful about the choices we make in life. A wrong choice can sometimes lead to a lifetime of regret for a lot of people. Why do we make the choices that we make could be because we were narrow-minded, impulsive, didn't consider other options or was just plain immature or scared of it either being a failure or even being a success. No matter what the reason, once one decides, there's no turning back. One is lucky if there was a chance to take back such a choice, especially if it affects one's life.

If there's one thing that I learned from all this is that you should think things thoroughly and carefully of what options to take regarding certain matters and situations. Know everything that you need to know before you take that big leap. If you don't, it make be a deep plunge to something very unpleasant. I'm not saying that I won't be making any mistakes along the way but what is important is that in the end, you made the right choice of opportunities. For me, one thing is for sure and that is that I don't want to miss out on any good opportunities anymore, especially now at this stage in my life where are so few left.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Another Cool Sunset/Driving Song: 29 Palms By Robert Plant

If you've read some of my entries on this blog, you'll notice that the best time for me to listen to these tunes is either when the sun is about to set as the wind grows stronger, when your pals and bros are all present or when you're just cruising down the highway as the memories race through your mind. It's at these times when the pull of the past is at its strongest and as you gaze to that far off horizon that only you know what it is. It's usually when you're alone that the memories really become vivid. Sometimes it gets so strong that it you just get caught up in them. One such song that does that is Robert Plant's "29 Palms".

I don't why but whenever I drive down the road or simply gaze out to sunset, memories really hit me hard. Maybe it's because of the many unanswered questions that I have or the fact that I still haven't found that which would give me the inner peace that I have longed for. At my age, I really need to put myself at ease as time is now rapidly fading and worse, passing me by. I guess should explain my constant restlessness these days.

It's not like I just want to bury my head under the ground but sometimes finding peace is getting more and more difficult. Still if it's out there, then I'll find it. It's just a matter of finding the right way. Until then, the sunset and the driving will suffice. Especially, when there's a 24K song playing in the radio.

Monday, February 1, 2010

We Are All Each Others Keepers: Distant Early Warning

I remember that part in the Bible when Cain fled after killing his brother Abel. As he fled, God asked him where his brother is and he said he didn't know and that he wasn't his brother's keeper but the jig was up and God punished him. The reason why I am mentioning this is because Cain was wrong and the truth we are all each other's keeper because we are all apart of each other. Looking out for each other and making sure that everyone is okay is what family is all about. I get reminded of that when I hear the song "Distant Early Warning" by Rush.

I know I can be such a worry wart sometimes but I can't because when it comes to my parents, brothers, nephews, nieces and sister-in-laws, I always pray for their good fortune and safety. Whenever I sense something's amiss, it sets off alarms in my head. People tell me that I should first look after myself and straighten my life and I totally agree with them. Still, that doesn't mean that I should just ignore them and just go my jolly way. Their joy is my joy and their sorrow is my sorrow and screw those would do them harm.

After three years of seeing the bond is peril, the thought of looking out for family is something I really learned to appreciate. That's when I feel something's going on, it really hits me hard. I really take it personally when someone tries to do them harm. If ask if I am my brother's keeper, the answer is definitely YES! The fact is we are all each other's keepers and we will always look out for each others.