Music Mondays: Don Gato and Shoo Fly

A SONG FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD

Oh, the joys of being young, wild and free! I’ll definitely go back to the time when things weren’t so complicated and playing was number one on my to-do list. I’m reminiscing the times when everyday life were easy and you were counting the days until you’re officially a grown-up (because they were COOL according to my little mind at that time). Oh boy, I’ve never been so wrong in my life! LOL! I sometimes find myself thinking of my childhood and how it’s been like. I remember the fun, the not-so-fun moments and the music that formed my earlier years.

Let me share to you guys two songs that I can remember from that time of my life. The first one is the Señor Don Gato song. It is a children’s song about a cat that is sitting on a roof and reading a letter. He learned that the love of his life has agreed to marry him. Because of sooo much happiness, he jumped on the roof but fell down on the ground and injured himself. All of the cat doctors went to help him but they couldn’t do anything to heal Don Gato so he died. On his funeral procession, they passed by a market and the smell of fish was too strong that Don Gato was brought back to life.

It’s a bit weird but a fun song for me actually and because it’s a song about a cat, there has to be a “Meow, Meow, Meow” in the lyrics there somewhere. I asked my younger sister if she remembers this song. She said she doesn’t even know the song until I made her listen to it. Maybe I’m the only one who remembers because I’m the eldest.

As the funeral passed the market square,
Such a smell of fish was in the air
Though the funeral was slated,
Meow, meow, meow
He became re-animated,
Meow, meow, meow
He came back to life Don Gato

Another song that takes me down to memory lane is Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me. You know that song where you are constantly driving away a fly because you already belong to a somebody? Yes, that song! (I still don’t get the connection between the fly and you belonging to someone, honestly). Then, you will sing about feeling like a morning star. And how does being a morning star feel like? I don’t know either. It’s just fun to sing when I was a kid.

Shoo fly don’t bother me
For I belong to somebody

I feel, I feel
I feel like a morning star

I remember having this cassette tape (90’s baby!) with children’s songs in it but I don’t know why these two songs stuck with me until now. I had forgotten the other songs no matter how much I tried to remember them. I realized that it’s fun to remember your childhood once in a while and let the inner kid in you go out and have fun, since all work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy.

Do you know these songs too? What is your favorite song when you were a child? Share it to me! 🙂

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Music Mondays: Chandelier – Sia

MUSIC THAT IS CURRENTLY ON REPEAT

I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist
Like it doesn’t exist
I’m gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry
I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier

I guess I have been living under a rock these past few months because I only heard of Sia’s “Chandelier” song just a couple of weeks ago. I don’t know where I’ve been all this time while this song has been garnering a lot of attention and views on YouTube. I knew I occasionally encounter it being played on music channels but never really bothered to listen. Also, the fact that the little girl freaked me out when I first tried to watch the music video, doesn’t help too.

Throw ’em back ’til I lose count

But the moment I got to finish it, I was in awe and can’t stop searching the web for more information about Sia and Maddie Ziegler (the little girl dancing in the video). My youngest sister even teases me about my obsession. I was drawn by the powerful message of the song (which is about alcoholism, btw), backed up by the brilliant concept and execution of the video. There’s something about the fluidity of the steps and creepy vibe that makes me watch it over and over again.

The song is pure genius and is my current on-repeat song. You can also watch the one-take version of the video and the performance of Sia (with her back to the audience actually – something about not wanting to be famous and whatnot) and Maddie at Ellen’s show below.

What’s your current jam? You can tell me about it in the comments. Ciao!

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Music Mondays: Forevermore – Side A

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”

    ― Victor Hugo

I am looking for a quote that will directly speak to me and describe what music is in my life in fewer words than I could ever come up with. Fortunately, I found the quote above very fitting with my relationship with music. There are days when you got thoughts in your head and then you just find a song that perfectly says exactly what you are thinking. It is about relating to a song or even in a simple melody with no lyrics. Just like me having to Google a quote because I know someone said it better than I would ever have. That’s why some people can relate to other songs, while others can’t. You can find music for angsty teenagers, for a breakup, for falling in love, for being yourself. It’s why we say “This song gets me” and probably become our favorite.

Maybe, you are wondering why am I having this monologue with music. “Where is she going with this?”, you might think. Well, it’s because I’ll be starting to post songs that affect me in any way. It can be from my elementary days or it can be as present as today. Anyway, I am calling these posts “Music Monday” – too cliché, right? But I don’t care, I love it! (that’s Icona Pop for you, folks! LOL!)

There is no question on what song am I going to share to you for my first Music Monday post. Of course, it’s supposed to be MY FAVORITE SONG – OF ALL TIME! Some of you, okay, maybe a majority of you will not know this song because the original band who composed and played this is a local band, a Filipino pop band called Side A. This song became my favorite because of a homework in high school. Who would’ve thought, right? The assignment was we were supposed to translate an English song to our native language. After that homework, me and this song have stood the test of time up until now. LOL! All my close friends and family knew that this is my favorite song because I’m not ashamed of letting them know and I’m very vocal about it.

There are times when I just want to look at your face
with the stars in the night
There are times when I just want to feel your embrace
in the cold night
I just can’t believe that you are mine now

You were just a dream that I once knew
I never thought I would be right for you
I just can’t compare you with anything in this world
You’re all I need to be with forevermore

I love every part of this song even though it’s one of those too-mushy-for-its-own-good song. Maybe that’s why it is a popular wedding song here in the Philippines. This is about your dream girl/boy who’s not a dream anymore because he/she is a part of your reality now and you’re off to your own happily ever after. Perfect for weddings, right? Enjoy listening and let me know in the comments what’s your favorite song and why it is special to you. 🙂

P.S: David Archuleta of American Idol also has his version of this song. You also might want to check it out. 🙂

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