Friday, July 13, 2012

Changing Places Won't Change Anything: Why Can't I Be You By The Cure

This is turning out to be another one of those weeks where I always wind up going without. Just when things can't get any better, they just got worse.  Sometimes I feel tempted to wish I was someone else.  Yet as tempting as it sounds, I know deep inside that won't solve anything.  Keeping that thought in mind reminds of the song "Why Ca n't I Be You" by The Cure.

Whether it's personal, professional, mental or emotional, it all comes down to dealing with problems.  Sometimes so many come at once that you feel you're alone and have nothing to deal with the situation.  During those times, you'd wish you were someone else.  Someone who has all and doesn't have to deal with any crap that life throws at others.  Someone who has everything you don't and nothing that would give you a headache is the type of person you'd wish to be at the moment.

Sadly, that's just scratching the surface.  No matter how perfect the other guy's life appears, that person is probably dealing with crap that is probably worse than yours.  You may not see it, but it's probably worse than what you're dealing with now.  In the end, you have to find the solutions yourself and wanting to be someone else is not going solve your problems.  When you think that way, you're just running away from it all.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Keep It Under Control: Make Me Lose Control By Eric Carmen

As I've said before, my 24k songs help me calm down when things hit the fan.  These days a lot of things just burst into the scene and fill my life with worry.  Only these songs help keep whatever anxiety or rage I feel when things are bad and they are bad.  It's my only release after a long hard day.  One song that keeps me under raps is "Make Me Loose Control" by Eric Carmen.

I know this is a song about I guy who gets exited over the girl but it also reminds me to get a hold of myself when things are just plain awful.  I can relate with the part about turning the radio up which I do whenever 24K Weekends on the airwaves again because it takes me back to happier times.  Times when there was always something to do and your friends were always there.  You didn't to login to a social because you were physically with your friends and bros everyday.  The best about that is they took the crap away and things were always under control, in fact they were cool.  The sweet sound and the good company was enough to soothe the save beast when times were crap.

These days, it's a battle to maintain control as problems hit you from all sides.  There's no one to turn to and no place to go.  So all that I have left are exercising and my 24k songs to keep me under control.  These days there is always something that cause me great anxiety and worry.  I just keep it to myself and keep it under control.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

This Song Gets The Adrenaline Pumping: Chinese Fire Drill By KittyHawk

One good thing about a 24K song is that it gives me a natural high that jolts me out of my slumber of laziness.  If there's no coffee in the house, I play a song and I'm ready to go.  With a lot of pressure that can be daunting sometimes, these songs also help me get motivated to face whatever the day brings me. One song that gives me a good jolt is KittyHawk's "Chinese Fire Drill".

This is one of those really rare songs that I listened to when I was a kid. It starts off very slow, then it thee is a burst of energy that takes you by surprise.  It's more like an electric shock that courses through your body and pops your eyes open.  After the song is through, you feel like you're pumped and full of energy.  With a lot of things to do, getting energized is one thing I need to start  the day right.

Most of the time, I get this kind of kick from rock and heavy metal songs.  I never expected this from a jazz band.  This is one of my all time favorite songs because of that.  I never get enough of it.  It gets my adrenaline pumping every time.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Lot On My Mind: Thinking About You By The Sundays

Whenever I meet people, the first impression I seem to give them is that I am either in deep thought or I have  a lot on my mind. A lot of times, they are right and usually it's due to the pressures that I face everyday.  It's also due to problems that haven't been resolved or something bad that happened that's worry the crap out of me.  With no money and no where to go, some happy thoughts help put my overcrowded mind at ease.  When it comes to happy thoughts and having a lot on a troubled mind, the song "I'm Thinking About You" by   The Sundays is what I listen to.

What are the things that occupy my worried mind?Trying to figure out things that could uplift my plight but have a hard time putting it together. Other times it could be problems that come out of nowhere and put everybody in heart attack mode.  I won't ,mention what they are but it's been happening every year.  Just when you think that things will be better after one problem gets resolved, another takes its place and it's worse than the previous one.

I try to think happy thoughts to keep me at ease.  It's a miracle that I can still think of something good when everything is going bad.  Well I think about a lot of things and a lot of people who I care about. I worry for their safety as well as their happiness. 12 years and I'm still dealing with crap.  Hopefully one day I'll be thinking  more happy than worrying thoughts when I know everything and everyone is fine.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Makes Me Feel Good When I'm Blue: Feeling Blue By Earth Wind And Fire

Sigh, I still feel stressed about this year's issue that really turned my world upside down.  Yet when the day comes, you have to get and do what you have to do.  It's like trying to work with a rock on top of your head.  I try my best to stay focus but sometimes I wish I had some quality time of my own where I can chill a bit and hopefully cheer up. A good song that helps me do that is "Are You Blue" by Earth, Wind And Fire.

This is another one of those songs who lyrics are sad yet the tune is uplifting.  When you worry about something or someone, it is so hard to focus.  Everything is oblivious to you and you want to just in your room with the lights turned and everything is quiet.  This is so because you just want to clear your head and chest of everything that's troubling you.  There are times when I do but l listen to this song which helps chase the blues away.

As comforting as it is, there are still things that need to be done.  I take a deep breath and get to the grind.  That issue that's been bugging me still hangs heavy but at least with a little chill time while listening to this song, it becomes a little bearable.  Despite that I believe things will be all right.  Just have to bear the blues for a while.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Take The Pain: Painkiller By Judas Priest

This world is getting crueler every day.  When the year starts, all I want is to some peace and safety for myself and my family.  Just when I think that things are going smoothly, all the crap suddenly hits the fan.  Next thing I know chaos is breaking loose and my chest is starting to tighten.  Once again, I worry myself sick at this new dilemna and as much as I want relief and a quick solution, I am not going to get any.  This desperate feeling of wanting a quick relief from life's unrelenting rain of problems reminds me of the song "Pain Killer" by Judas Priest.

Everywhere you turn, there's trouble all around you.  Apart from this current problem, other small annoyance just creep out of the woodwork one after another.  The worst part about it is that it comes at a time when you're most vulnerable.  It gets worse when it all piles up when you're hands are already full.  It's a real sick helpless feeling when it does happen.

Like this song, you would like to wish that something would come and solve all your problems in a flash.  Just like a magic bullet that will slay the pest that's been troubling you to no end.  Alas there is no such thing.  In the end, you just have to take the pain no matter much it hurts till the storm is over.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

When It Was Fun To Listen To The Radio Every Night: Bedside Radio By Krokus

I remember when my father would play golf, he'd sometimes bring some prizes that he would win from raffles  that was part of the tournaments that he participated from.  One of those prizes was a radio and cassette player that he gave me.  I had a blast with that radio because after school, i would turn it on and listen to my favorite songs that are now my 24K collections. It wasn't high-tech by today's standards but it had good frequency and that was all that mattered.  Remembering how I enjoyed listening to that radio reminded me of the song Bedside Radio" by Krokus.

Back in the day, I didn't need to buy cassettes to listen to good music.  It was because good music was all around me.  All I needed to do was turn the radio and sit back and relax as good tunes filled the air.  When there was no gimmick or party going on, we just rock to the tunes that the disc jockey's would play on the radio.  Man, it was simple but satisfying.

These days when it comes to listening to music there's a sleuth of gadgets out there to listen to.  From mp3 and mp4 players to Ipods and even cellphones are capable of accessing the radio or storing the songs you want to listen to.  Sadly though, the sounds are now alien to me and I just can't relate to it anymore.  That's why the program I listen to is 24K weekend.  It takes me back to the days when the bedside radio was enough to keep you tuned to good music.