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: You’ve got a friend – James Taylor

A SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF ONE/BOTH OF YOUR PARENTS

Whenever I hear “You’ve got a friend” playing anywhere, it immediately reminds me of my father (Papa, as we call him). Aside from the obvious you-can-count-on-me-wherever-I-am message, another thing I like about this is every time I will sing-along to this song, I will replace the line “You’ve got a friend” with “You’ve got EFREN” (My father’s name). Clever, right? Right?! No? [insert my sad face here] 😛

Imagine me singing this line with a voice of an angel (just kidding!)

You just call out my name and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call                                 And I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah
You’ve got a EFREN (a friend)

This song is special to me because I feel like it summarizes my relationship with my parents. Ever since I can remember, they have been my rock. A very sturdy rock, I might add. Our family is all about supporting each other and being there for each other in times of need. You can say that our relationship is a mix of friendship and being a tight-knit family. I am very fortunate to grew up in a family like that. So, I dedicate this to anyone who feels like they’re all alone and they don’t have a friend/family to lean on.

What are the songs that reminds you of your parents or your family? I would love to hear from you!

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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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Music is Life

Music is a part of everyone’s life. Maybe more for others than the rest. I, also, love music. It never fails to put me in a good mood whenever I hear one. Maybe my music knowledge or the genres that I have been listening to is not that broad but who cares? As long as it is a song/music that is special to you, it matters. I’m thinking of songs that are significant to me, but there are just so many that I can’t list them all here. There are songs that I listen to when I need to be strong, there are songs that reminds me of my friends and there are songs that I dedicate to my family. If I could pick just 3 in the moment, I would pick these songs and I’ll also include part of the lyrics that just hit me straight in the heart.

ALL TOO WELL by Taylor Swift

Maybe we got lost in translation, maybe I asked for too much,
And maybe this thing was a masterpiece ’til you tore it all up
Running scared, I was there, I remember it all too well…

Taylor Swift is one of my music idols. I don’t care if other people bash her because they don’t like her voice, or they think she doesn’t deserve her success. I like her as a person and she is a one-of-a-kind songwriter. I like how she’s able to relate her feelings and translate it to this truthful and relatable lyrics. All Too Well is one of my favorite songs of Taylor and it is on repeat on my phone currently. I have once read an article about this song that says that it is once a 10-minute song, but since you cannot have a song that long in an album, it is compressed to 4 minutes. Honestly, I would like to put the whole lyrics here because it’s just a sad but beautifully written story.It doesn’t repeat verses and choruses and the melody just captures the emotions that Taylor is trying to convey to her listeners.

BRAVE by Sara Bareilles

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I like songs that tells someone to speak up and stand for who they truly are. It doesn’t matter if you think that what you’re about to say is irrelevant but the important thing is you said what you have to say and you gave people a chance to actually listen to you. It’s important for us to know that we have been gifted with beautiful, encouraging words and it is only appropriate to use it to empower yourself and other people.  Pleasing other people is a trait that cannot be removed from us, but sometimes it is a reason why we are afraid to lose control and express what we truly want to say. I also love the music video of this song, it’s fun yet it shows people to not be afraid to stand out.  I actually like many songs that has the same theme as this one, but this is one of the most recent I have so I thought of sharing it with you.

TURN TO YOU by Christina Aguilera

When I lose the will to win,
I just reach for you and
I can reach the sky again
I can do anything
‘Cause your love is so amazing,
‘Cause your love inspires me

This song is the oldest in this list based on the year it was released but it never gets old to me. Whenever I think of this song, I think of my parents. If you would ask me what song would I dedicate to my parents, this is it. Why? Because all the important things that I would want to say to them is in this song. It is perfectly written to make the person you’re singing it to feel special and loved. The lyrics struck me hard because of the fact that for the longest time, in my 23 years of living, my parents have been my rock. They are always there to guide me, support me in all my decisions in life and to just love me. I just couldn’t imagine life without them. They are my main inspirations and my role models. I love them very much.

What are the songs that describes you as a person? Comment below! I would love to hear it. 🙂

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