Saturday, 25 October 2014

It's A Four Letters Word (L.O.V.E)

While Having a Great Conversation

Ola. i know it's not a Valentine's Day, but i feel like talking about Love. Yep, maybe some of you guessed it right. That four letters word are indeed LOVE. I actually believe that music is a universal media for expressing your feeling especially love. and this time i would like to talk about some memorable songs related to love topic whether it's on its downfall or on its rise time.

Nazareth - Love Hurts

the lyric of this song is truly heartbreaking. it feels like whoever wrote this song had experienced the worst side of being in love with someone. 

Love hurts, love scars, love wounds
And mars, any heart
Not tough or strong enough
To take a lot of pain, take a lot of pain

Just from looking at those lyrics above, i can tell that whoever wrote it has been through a lot. he has lost faith in love yet love is the most wonderful thing in the world.

Bryan Adams - Have you ever really love a woman

Every word of its lyric are magical, sweet and honest. you can easily agree with his words whether you're a boy or a girl. Guitar strums at the beginning really bring some romantic atmosphere and the entrance of Bryan's sexy voice really adds the missing puzzle. of course it's the lyric that really speaks to our heart. Honestly, if a guy sings me this song, it would be very hard not to pay attention. In my opinion, it is far from cheesy.

Michael Buble - Everything

i admit, there's a lot of lovey dovey, love related songs came from this singer. But what really caught my attention was this song. just check out this optimistic and honest lyric :

And in this crazy life, and through these crazy times
It's you, it's you, you make me sing.
You're every line, you're every word, you're everything.

And I can't believe, uh that I'm your man,
And I get to kiss you baby just because I can.
Whatever comes our way, ah we'll see it through,
And you know that's what our love can do.

this song, this lyric somehow makes us believe in the existence of love.

Maroon 5 - Infatuation

This song are not the famous one from this band. Maybe some of you never heard of this one. me neither, before. Until one guy asked me to hear this because he said that this song really explains his situation at that time. So, this is more of a personal related pick. But objectively speaking, this song speaks about an infatuation. It is the state of being carried away by unreasoned passion or love. But in this song, this dude can't have this girl because it is an unrequited love.

Blink182 - Going Away to College

the first time hearing this song was in Junior High. I didn't really get the meaning of it nor feel the same way. Basically this song is about a guy that's gonna leave his girlfriend for academic purpose. And never thought i would experience it first hand. Anyway, farewell sucks, especially with your loved ones. But that's life.
I never thought Blink182 had this sensible side in them. because i think these lyrics are not cheesy at all, actually it's kinda sad once you truly understand them. And long distance relationship is a tough call. No one is gonna make it, if they don't have enough love and trust...and respect.
just check out some of their lyrics :

Westlife - Flying Without Wings

You know, English is not my native language. Of course LOL. So when i heard this song in my Elementary years, i didn't know what it meant. And i remember asking my mom for the translation. And we were discussing it. But still with my mom translating it, i still didn't really get what it meant until, i was Karaoke-ing with my friends then and seeing the lyric popped out and i realized that this song is so effing sweet.

"who can't deny the joy it brings, when you've found that special thing, you're flying without wings".

Someone really did tell me one time that he feels like flying when i said i love him. I never really experience that 'flying' sensation, maybe i had but i just didn't realize. but i was so happy knowing that i could make someone feel that way :)

The Script - The Man Who Can't Be Moved

Ok. This is a personal pick as well, because a guy asked me to listen to this song because he said that he feels that way at that time. Truly this song talks about dedication. Dedication of a man that is very very sure that this particular girl is a love of his life. So, he will wait at the same spot (whether it's a literally meaning or not) and he thought it would be easier for this girl to find him. Because he won't budge and he'll stay. 

Well, after reading my list, i came to a conclusion. Love is weird, it makes you stronger sometimes but it also makes you vulnerable as hell. But no human being will survive without love, because it is the most wonderful thing in the world. Before i get too sensitive and cheesy, i will stop :)

Oh! here's one of my photos taken in Bali last week. Just wanna brag it a little. Please don't hate me.

Saturday, 11 October 2014


While Listening to Saturday Night by Travis Barker featuring Transplants and Slash

Hy there. So, there are a lot of music genres. Psychedelic rock is one of them and categorized as rock. I'm not very familiar with this genre, but i'm so excited about it and i want to talk about it in my blog. Mainly, Rock genre divided into these :
Adult Alternative
American Trad Rock
Arena Rock
Blues Rock
British Invasion
Death Metal/Black Metal
Glam Rock
Hair Metal
Hard Rock
Jam Bands
Prog-Rock/Art Rock
Rock & Roll
Roots Rock
Southern Rock

Psychedelic rock is a style of rock music that is inspired or influenced by psychedelic culture and attempts to replicate and enhance the mind-altering experiences of psychedelic drug such as marijuana and LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide; ‘acid’) and that reflected drug-induced states through the use of feedback, electronics and intense volume. It reached a peak in between 1967 and 1969 with the Summer of Love and Woodstock Rock Festival (I can tell more about Woodstock later). And because it emerged in 1966, psychedelic rock became the soundtrack of the wider cultural exploration of the hippie movement, initially centred on the West Coast of the United States. In other article psychedelic rock is also mentioned as space rock.

These are the example of psychedelic songs : (i only familiar with some of these)
  1. Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles
  2. The American Metaphysical Circus - The United States of America
3. Grace - Country Joe & The Fish
4. Interstellar Overdrive - Pink Floyd
5. Are You Experienced - Jimi Hendrix Experience
6. At The Mountains of Madness - H.P. Lovecraft
7. Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles
8. Dark Star - Grateful Dead
9. Bass Strings - Country Joe & The Fish
10. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - The Beatles
11. Spare Chaynge - Jefferson Airplane
12. Strange Days - The Doors
13. Other Side of The Sky - Gong
14. My White Bicycle - Tomorrow
15. Translucent Carriages - Pearls Before Swine
16. White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
17. Beacon From Mars - Kaleidoscope
18. Season of The Witch - Donovan
19. Venus In Furs - The Velvet Underground
20. Magoo - Country Joe & The Fish

In addition, psychedelic element can be found in many other genres of progressive rock.
Psychedelic Rock generally blue based, like most rock, but often the most psychedelic aspects of this kind of music come from the juxtaposition of traditional rock sounds with outlandish ones (ie: When the Beatles used a sitar rather than a guitar). The psychedelic aspect can also come in the lyrics, though it is rare to see psychedelic lyrics without music that fits the part. Popular techniques in this genre are to use exotic musical styles and warbly effects in order to sink you in the trippy mood (or perhaps even STIMULATE) the effects of psychedelic drugs.

How did i even get sort of familiar with this genre? Maybe it was started when i heard The Flaming Lips quite a long time ago, but the band that very very triggered me to just kinda explore more about this genre was MGMT. and it was in 2009-ish. Make sure you check their songs such as Time to Pretend, Kids, Electric Feel, Pieces of What (OMG i love this song so much) or Flash Delirium.

MGMT (from left to right - Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew Vanwyngarden)
They are dreamy aren't they? especially Andrew, but i loved them since before i saw that dreamy faces. So i wasn't biased and they're purely talented. just saying :)

Thursday, 9 October 2014

10 Songs that would set your mood right

While Listening to Perfume by Britney Spears

Helo. Life is very interesting. it has its own ups and downs moments. this article will share some of my personal song lists that would set my mood right when i'm in THE down state. these are very subjective, because these are my own collections. but maybe you will agree with some of these songs. here they are, starting from number 10. 

10. Pink - Try

Pink is one of my favorite performer. i've been listening to her song since 2001 (get the party started). This particular song released not too long ago. It has that essence which telling you to never give up and just try. 

9. Adele - Set Fire to the Rain

Have you ever felt that down and angry then you just wanna scream at the top of your lungs? Well, singing this song could satisfy that needs. Adele reached her top of singing carrier from releasing '21' titled album. That album was famous for its break up songs (lyric-wise). But it doesn't mean that this song only apply to broken-hearted situation. It's all about reviving and just to bounce back to track.

8. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Part.1

I've read somewhere that this song was dedicated to one of their (the Flaming Lips) friends. it was told that this particular friend has suffered from cancer and she's been struggling in a huge battle. Yoshimi (maybe not a real name) was the name of that friend and Pink Robots is an analogy for Cancer disease. This song tells us that no matter what, we'd still have people that cares a lot about us and support us.

7. Monkey Majik - Open Happiness

First time i heard this song was in 2010. It's late, i know. but i remember my first impression of this song. it was a complete joy. even its music video was delightful to watch. dogs, cute dogs were everywhere.

6. Sheila On 7 - Pagi Yang Menakjubkan

This local (Indonesia) song just has that x factor in setting your mood right. lyrics, melody and beat. it feels like when you're not in that good mood for waking up in the morning or starting your day with such optimism, i suggest you to listen to this track. and plus, i'm a huge fan of Sheila on 7 :)

5. The Strokes - Someday

This, is one of my all time favorite songs from one of my most favorite bands. This song always sets my mood in its rightful place. it's like having this massive raid of warm breeze into your heart and just making you grateful for even survive the day. The intro, guitar riffs and Julian's voice, it all just feels right.

4. Travis - Flowers in the Windows

First time hearing this song was in my middle school period of time. Same with The Strokes - Someday, this song just has that warm and peace feeling bursting into your soul, especially the intro. Lyric-wise, this song tells a story about a man in doubt. i'm just talking from a very board perspective, but there were flowers in the window that day. it's growing and it makes the day brighter and more beautiful. This song makes you believe once more in the good side of life. At least that's my opinion.

3. Coldplay - Fix You

Do you know the background of the song? Chris Martin was comforting his ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow when her dad passed away. he said "when you're too in love to let it go, lights will guide you home" it's like telling us to just stay strong, this problem called life and you still have people that love you no matter what. 

2. The Beatles - Let It Be

Who doesn't know this famous band? The Beatles was known for their amazing tracks. One of my favorite track is Let It Be. The music, the piano intro, Paul's voice. they're just perfect. This song is telling us that in bad of the baddest situation you're still have God. You need to turn to God and just let it be. God knows what best for you and there will be an answer.

1. Oasis - Stop Crying Your Heart Out

"Cos all of the stars are fading away just try not to worry you'll see them some day. Take what you need and be on your way and stop crying your heart out". That's the chorus of this song. I think that's enough explaining, this song literally speaking to you to stop crying and being sad, everything is meant to fade away, but you don't have to worry because you'll see them again someday. Try listen to this and you'll know what i mean. Liam's voice just so mesmerizing. and personally, when i'm so so so sad about something, i will always listen to this piece from Oasis because this song works.


People have their own opinion about this list, so i gathered some of my friends opinion about songs that would set their mood right.
Imey : Muse - Butterflies Hurricane
Binsar : Johnny Winter - Johnny b goode, Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son, Bee Gees - Staying Alive
Iji : Koil - Nyanyikan Lagu Perang
Kydie : Linkin Park or Simple Plan
Basir : Post-Rock songs
Citra : Sara Bareilles - Brave
Prista : Nidji - Laskar Pelangi
Yoe : Christina Aguilera - Fighter
Gde : Just some calming piano sounds