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Surviving…

It’s been god knows how long since I last blogged. It’s not that I was too lazy to do it; I was just too busy to put my thoughts down. I am still busy. I’ve been very busy at work and also working on my pet project.

You see, I just started a small little online business selling fashion apparel a few months back. It’s called JK Fashion Trenz. This little venture has really kept me occupied. It’s good, in a way. Now, at least I have lesser time to think about certain stuff.

I can’t believe that it’s already August now. Almost 12 months. I survived. Not a day goes by that I do not think of what’s in store for me tomorrow. I keep waiting for the day to come when everything will return to normal. A part of me is afraid that that day might not happen. Perhaps it’s just the insecure half of me trying to prepare for the worst?

Anyhow, I’m not ready to think about it now. I just want to keep busy.

亲爱的小乌龟, 希望我们很快就会见面…

外面的世界 – 莫文蔚 

在很久很久以前
你拥有我
我拥有你
在很久很久以前
你离开我
去远空翱翔

外面的世界很精彩
外面的世界也很无奈
当你觉得外面的世界很精彩
我会在这里深深的祝福你

每当夕阳西沉的时候
我总是在这里盼望你
天空中虽然飘着雨
我依然等待你的归期

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQRaQIDyTcM

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2010 in Life in Transition, Music

 

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One Day You Will

When you’re weary and you feel like the world is caving in on you, just remember that one day you WILL find what your heart desires. One day….


One Day You Will
by Lady Antebellum
You feel like you're falling backwards
Like you're slippin' through the cracks
Like no one would even notice
If you left this town and never came back
You walk outside and all you see is rain
You look inside and all you feel is pain
And you can't see it now

[Chorus] But down the road the sun is shining
In every cloud there's a silver lining
Just keep holding on (just keep holding on)
And every heartache makes you stronger
But it won't be much longer
You'll find love, you'll find peace
And the you you're meant to be
I know right now that's not the way you feel
But one day you will

You wake up every morning and ask yourself
What am I doing here anyway
With the weight of all those disappointments
Whispering in your ear
You're just barely hanging by a thread
You wanna scream but you're down to your last breath
And you don't know it yet

[Repeat Chorus] 
Find the strength to rise above
You will
Find just what you're made of, you're made of

[Repeat Chorus] 
One day you will
Oh one day you will
 
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Posted by on April 14, 2010 in Life in Transition, Love, Music

 

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I Am…

I wish someone would say something like this to me…

Sigh… just wishful thinking…

 

I am

by Mary J. Blige

Hey no … noo oooh …
Ain’t nobody gonna treat you better
Ain’t nobody gonna touch you better
Ain’t nobody gonna love you better boy
Than I am, Than I am

When your out at night and you’re in the streets
And you have timeto yourself
Think of all the love that you get from me
That you can’t find nowhere else
When your far away and I’m not around
And temptation fills your heart
Think of all the ways that I’m faithful babe
To replace me would be hard
Cause there’s nobody

Ain’t nobody gonna treat you better
Ain’t nobody gonna touch you better
Ain’t nobody gonna love you better boy than I am
Than I am
(nobody, nobody) than I am
(nobody, nobody) than I am
(nobody, nobody)
Ohh nobody gonna treat you as good as I am

You can try to act single if you wanna
You can go ahead and mingle if you wanna
You can even behave like you don’t care
But you know (but you know) like I know (like I know)
That you ain’t that foolish
Who you foolin’? You won’t ruin
What’s been here all along, you ain’t movin’
From what you’ve got at home

Ain’t nobody gonna treat you better
Ain’t nobody gonna touch you better
Ain’t nobody gonna love you better boy than I am
Than I am
(nobody, nobody) than I am
(nobody, nobody) than I am
(nobody, nobody)
Ohh nobody gonna treat you as good as I am

I just want you to know
Baby I love you so
There is no need to go lookin’ for nothin more
Cause I’ve got everything you’ll ever need right here
But if you feel that you need to leave
Just know!!

Ain’t nobody gonna treat you better
Ain’t nobody gonna touch you better
Ain’t nobody gonna love you better boy than I am
Than I am
(repeat)
(nobody, nobody) than I am
(nobody, nobody) than I am
(nobody, nobody)
Ohh nobody gonna treat you as good as I am

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2010 in Love, Music

 

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Music of My Heart

Corrinne May is a Singaporean singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles. Born on 19 January 1973, she was named after her mother’s favourite song, “Corinna, Corinna”.

Corrinne studied in Raffles Girls’ Primary School, Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) and Raffles Junior College. She later majored in mass communications and English literature at the National University of Singapore. Corrinne left Singapore to further her music education at the Berklee College of Music, where she majored in songwriting and film scoring. In order to pursue her dreams in music, she moved to Los Angeles in 1999.

Corrinne co-wrote the song “If You Didn’t Love Me” with the legendary songwriters Carole King and Carole Bayer Sager as part of her winning entry in a songwriting competition on the music industry website Tonos.com. Carole King & Carole Bayer Sager wrote the lyric for the song and entertained submissions for the best musical accompaniment and melody. Corrinne’s version was the winner. The song is featured on Corrinne’s debut album. Corrinne has met Carole Bayer Sager but not Carole King.

Her song “Journey” was featured on the Taiwanese drama Love at the Dolphin Bay and was covered by popular Asian singers Angela Chang and Gigi Leung.

Corrinne’s cover version of the Burt Bacharach classic “Close to You” was featured prominently in the movie So Close released by Columbia-Tristar films (2002).

In September 2004, Corrinne May became the first (and only) artist singing exclusively in English, to be signed by the record label Forward Music in Taiwan, which distributes her music to Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong and China.

Two songs from Corrinne’s second album, “Save Me” and “Everything in its Time”, were featured in Channel 5’s hit television series Chase, which ran from March to May 2005. Chase arguably propelled Corrinne May from relative obscurity to an unprecedented level of recognition in Singapore.

Corrinne has been playing the piano since the age of 5, and is also proficient with the guitar. On 11 February 2005, The Straits Times interviewed May, who related that being a devout Catholic, “much of her music has been inspired by her relationship with God”.

On 12 February 2006, Corrinne held a concert “Strings & Serenades: Corrinne May in Concert” in Singapore at UCC Hall. Singapore’s answer to Sarah McLachlan returned to kick off the Arts Festival with this one-night-only acoustic concert, backed by an eight-piece string ensemble. Due to popular demand, an extra show was added on Monday 13 February 2006. This second show was more intimate and featured Corrinne on her piano accompanied by just a string quartet.

On 16 December 2006, Corrinne also held a Christmas Concert in Esplanade following the release of her Christmas album, The Gift.

Corrinne’s latest concert, “Beautiful Seed: Corrinne May in Concert”, was held at the UCC Hall on Friday 3 August 2007. The singer performed tracks from her latest CD, Beautiful Seed, which was to be released the following Monday. A pre-release sale of the CD was held after the concert, followed by an autograph session, which lasted almost four hours.

“Beautiful Seed” is the title of Corrinne May’s life-affirming fourth album and it is the fruit of a songwriting period stretching over the course of the past one and a half years. The title song itself was inspired by the image of an unborn child, hand-painted by a friend on his car bumper and bearing the message “Let the Little Stinker Live”. Around the same time, the nation celebrated civil-rights icon Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday and debated abortion issues in the wake of the “Roe Vs Wade” anniversary. This sequence of events inspired Corrinne to reflect about the sanctity of life, the reality that we all begin life, in essence as a ‘seed’, and the difference one person’s life can make.  For, as she writes in the song “Beautiful Seed” : “There is hope in every heartbeat/ Tiny as it seems/ You’re a beautiful seed”.

She elaborates : “My goal in writing a lot of these songs, was to make an album full of hope, full of optimistic joy. I think we often forget how the smallest, most seemingly insignificant things can have such beautiful possibilities. All it takes is one person to make a difference in this world. People like Mother Teresa, Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. testify to this fact. But often, we are so afraid to try, to speak up, or to make a difference.”

Corrinne’s own desire to make a difference was bolstered after she underwent minor heart surgery in March 2007 to fix a rapid heartbeat. During the month it took her to recover, she found herself undergoing a spiritual awakening and began pouring her reflections into her blog. “My heart was literally re-wired. I became more aware of God’s hand in my life. I began to look deeper into things I had once overlooked. I felt compelled to write about things I had been afraid to write about before.”

Raised from birth as a Catholic, Corrinne has always drawn inspiration from her faith, weaving it subtly into her songs. However, in Beautiful Seed, she takes the bold step of casting aside her apprehensions and puts forth some of her most specifically Christian songs to date.  In ‘Five Loaves and Two Fishes’, she writes ‘Take my five loaves and two fishes/ Do with it as you will/ I surrender’ and in ‘33’, she reflects upon reaching the same age as Jesus was when he died.

The sound of the album in ‘Beautiful Seed’ continues the musical signature that Corrinne has become known for, Hallmark-esque piano/strings, ballad-flavoured songs paired with lyrics of soul-baring sincerity, sung with piercing fragility. However, there is a new spirit of adventure in Corrinne’s musical palette on songs like “Scars (Stronger For Life)” and “Green-Eyed Monster” where she embraces an unusual minor key motif, retro-sounding drums and guitar. On ‘Shelter (Cherry Blossom Edition)’ she uses a Japanese-music inspired piano motif, complete with Taiko drums.

I really like her songs. They have a way of bringing warmth to the heart. There’s more info on her official site at http://www.corrinnemay.com. Anyway, here’s one of my favourites.

Same Side of the Moon

 
I'm looking out the window
Where we sat to watch the stars
There's a chill within the air
It makes my heart long for your touch
You may be miles away
But as I kneel to pray

I see the same side of the moon
That we'll be looking on when the world turns blue
And know that time and space
can't come between me and you
We share the same side of the moon
And though you'll never see all my tears shine through
I know I can't be that far from you
If we're both looking on the same side of the moon.

I picture you across the oceans
In your corner of the world
I pray the wind will blow my voice
And gently whisper in your ear
Your night may be my day
And though the seasons change

It's still the same side of the moon
That we'll be looking on when the world turns blue
And know that time and space
can't come between me and you
We share the same side of the moon
And though you'll never see all my tears shine through
I know I can't be that far from you
If we're both looking on the same side of the moon
I know I can't be that far from you
If we're both looking on the same side of the moon
 
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Posted by on December 11, 2009 in Music

 

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lalala…

what i’m into right now…. 🙂

The Climb by Miley Cyrus

I can almost see it
That dream Im dreaming but
Theres a voice inside my head sayin,
Youll never reach it,
Every step Im taking,
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking but I
Got to keep trying
Got to keep my head held high

Theres always going to be another mountain
Im always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes you going to have to lose,
Aint about how fast I get there,
Aint about whats waiting on the other side
Its the climb

The struggles Im facing,
The chances Im taking
Sometimes they knock me down but
No Im not breaking
The pain Im knowing
But these are the moments that
Im going to remember most yeah
Just got to keep going
And I,
I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on,

Theres always going to be another mountain
Im always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes you going to have to lose,
Aint about how fast I get there,
Aint about whats waiting on the other side
Its the climb

Theres always going to be another mountain
Im always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes you going to have to lose,
Aint about how fast I get there,
Aint about whats waiting on the other side
Its the climb

Keep on moving
Keep climbing
Keep the faith baby
Its all about
Its all about
The climb
Keep the faith
Keep your faith

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2009 in Creative Juices

 

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come what may…

The 1st half of the semester has been pretty hectic. What more, classes are shortened during the fasting month which means less contact hours with the students. I’m trying my darndest to cover as much as possible before the break. You see, this semester’s mid sem break has been pushed back to coincide with Hari Raya. This is to prevent MIA cases in the class, I guess also perhaps to allow the staff to have a solid break! Yippie!!

Well, I’m not really looking forward to the coming months. It’s not about work. Work is fine. It’s personal. I’ve just got to learn to deal with something which I’m not prepared for. It’s gonna be an uphill battle. I keep telling myself it’s no biggie. Things will be back to normal in no time. The months will fly by but as usual it’s easier said than done. I’m not even sure when normality will resume or would it ever? Now, every time I think about it, I tear up a little.

Anyway, here’s a little scribbling for someone out there. It’s not an original but a very rough adaptation of Corrinne May’s “Fly Away”. It’s not a song and I’m not sure if it qualifies as a poem. Let’s just call it the haphazard thoughts of an anguished heart.

 

Fly Away

When will you be home?

We both know there’s no clear answer

to where your dreams may lead you

We’ve shared unending joys and laughter

for these, I thank you

and now to let you go

it hurts me deeply

and yet all I can say is…

Fly away…

You can fly so high

keep your gaze upon the sky

I’ll be praying every step along the way

Even though it breaks my heart

to know we’ll be so far apart

I love you too much to make you stay

and so, I bid thee adieu for now

Fly…fly away, my love.

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2009 in Creative Juices, Love

 

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WHERE??

Worried FaceThere are days when I’m unsure of my destination. I don’t know where my quest is leading me to. Everything gets so bloody confusing. I look at some others and things seem pretty simple for them. Why must mine be so freaking complicated, frustrating and trying?

It gets worse when I’m asked certain questions coz’ I don’t have answers for them. I would like to get some answers or at least clues but it’s easier said than done. I keep telling myself to be patient.

 In His time…Everything happens according to what He a.k.a. God has planned. I just hope He doesn’t take too long a time to show me his designs. There’s only so much I can tahan. I’m getting crankier by the day. I guess aging does that to you.     

Anyway, it’s at these trying times that I think of Diana Ross’s song “Do you know where you are going to”. It’s such a simple question, right? But for the life of me, I seriously don’t have a preset answer for it. Sigh…

  

Do you know where you are going to

by Diana Ross

 Do you know where you’re going to?
Do you like the things that life is showing you?
Where are you going to? do you know?

Do you get what you’re hoping for?
When you look behind you there’s no open door
What are you hoping for?
Do you know?

Once we were standing still in time
Chasing the fantasies that filled our minds
You knew i loved you, but my spirit was free
Laughing at the question that you once ask me

Do you know where you’re going to?
Do you like the things that life is showing you?
Where are you going to? do you know?

Now, looking back in all we pass
We’ve let so many dreams just slip through our hands
Why must we wait so long before we see
How sad the answers to those questions can be?

Do you know where you’re going to?
Do you like the things that life is showing you?
Where are you going to? do you know?

Do you get what you’re hoping for?
When you look behind you there’s no open door
What are you hoping for? do you know?

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2009 in Creative Juices, Life in Transition

 

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