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 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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