Category Archives: The Music
it’s all about music and…music
Yes, the 21-year old singer with a sweet, angelic-voice. Taylor Swift. Who would’ve thought that a guy like me would listen to her songs? Of course I will. I’ve listen to pop-acts-with-rock-attitude like Hilary Duff, Lindsay Lohan, Michelle Branch, Ashlee Simpson… and even girly stuffs like Girls’ Generation… So, Taylor Swift. Why not? 🙂
Now, now. I’ve been listening to her songs from her very first one, her self-titled album, to Fearless and her latest effort, Speak Now, and all I can say is SHE IS INDEED THE TALENT.
Sometimes I feel tired listening to heavy, brutal and fast stuffs by Heavy Metal and Punk Rock bands and I think her songs quite make me feel relaxed, at night or even on daylight. It’s like Carrie Underwood meets Bon Jovi. It’s a sweet country voice in a semi-heavy sounding stuff.
The first 2 Taylor Swift songs I learned are, of course, You Belong With Me and Love Story. With the addition of Picture to Burn, all 3 songs came out in the Band Hero game, together with Taylor Swift herself as a playable avatar. Those songs are really good, I would say. Picture to Burn, a very catchy and melodic song, proves that Taylor Swift have Country influences. The song Speak Now also includes the same feel and energy like Picture to Burn, but sounds much better and more melodic. You can even dance with the song, I think.
In the end, I came out with a Taylor Swift playlist for me to listen to whenever I feel bored:
You can start listening to the songs above by clicking each title (and will re-direct you to Youtube).
There’s a song called “Back to December”. It’s a good song, but I won’t recommend it because it’s really a sad song, about relationship, break-up and regret. Still, it’s a good song. 🙂 Anyway, more Taylor Swift stuffs to come!
|> Taylor Swift – Speak Now
Artist: Girls’ Generation
Album: Hoot EP (2010)
Genre: K-Pop, Dance-Pop, Electro-Pop
Clips from MBC My Princess’ first episodes and a performance video of Girls’ Generation in SBS Inkigayo with Hoot. This is my first creating a video using Sony Vegas Pro 10. First, I made the My Princess clip in Windows Movie Maker 6.0 together with the Hoot mp3. And then I re-timed and finalized the video (including the video movement of the 2nd video) in Vegas Pro 10. I hope you guys enjoyed, and please leave a comment or hit the “Like” button if you’re satisfied with it. 🙂 I will provide a download link of the source file in HD 720P soon.
|> Vanessa Carlton – Ordinary Day
A few days ago, I did some report about the release of Girls’ Generation’s Mr. Taxi/Run Devil Run single, and then the Dance Version of the highly anticipated music video of the new Japanese single, Mr. Taxi. Finally, just right now, SM Entertainment released the full version of the internet-sensation music video.
The news came out from Twitter, via Soshified’s tweet:
Our friends from Soshified spread the word, along with an attached link which re-directs to the music video uploaded in YouTube. Here its goes:
[Credits to: yuri0sss]
Now, now, what can you say about it? As for me, just like what I expected from the dance version, I believe the all-kill status SNSD is expecting will no wonder come true. Re-tweet this post now by hitting the twitter button below, and spread the word!
|> f(x) – 피노키오 (Danger)
It’s the 19th of April today, almost less than a week until the release of Girls’ Generation’s very first Japanese double A-side single which is Mr. Taxi/Run Devil Run.
A few weeks ago, SM Entertainment released the teaser photo the new single, and a week ago, the Music Video of the japanese version of Run Devil Run came out in YouTube.
Just some days ago, I decided to visit the unified SNSD thread in local tech forum, TipidPC. I came across a photo with the SNSD Mr. Taxi teaser photo edited in a very awesome way. I was laughing out so hard, the idea is just so cool. It was a Photoshop~ed image. Instead of the black-colored taxi in the background, it has a jeepney!
I would like to praise the person behind this creative image. Very awesome idea!
Credits to: The owner of the image.
|> Bullet for My Valentine – Watching Us Die Tonight
This day, I finally got my picture with Good Charlotte taken during their live performance here in Manila, in Glorietta‘s Activity Center in particular. I’m so happy. I came all theway from school after finishing some important papers related to my graduation, and decided to go to Picture City in Ayala MRT Station together with my best buddy, Conte.
In this photo, I’m the guy next to Benji Madden, almost in the center. Look at me. Eternal Happiness~
It’s way too hot to go outside but that is not a problem with me, as long as I’m with my best bud. We keep talking and talking until the end, that’s what I like about him. We came from a far away area, so far from Makati City, and getting this thing wasn’t a serious matter for some people, but I’m sorry, I’m a GC fan for a long time now.
By the way, I would like to thank Ayala, PolyEast Records, EMI and Manila Concert Scene for getting Good Charlotte back in town. It was fun meeting them. To those kids who eventually gave me the chance to see them face to face, thanks. To Picture City for their warm welcome response earlier, thanks. To my bestbud Conte for joining in my journey, thanks. To Good Charlotte who keeps on inspiring both young kids and aspiring young kids, really thanks. To God of course, thanks. 🙂
|> Foo Fighters – Learn to Fly
Last Wednesday there’s my favorite band Good Charlotte hitting the stage of Glorietta and having my opportunity to see them and shake hands with them in person. Now, we have my favorite South Korean girl group, Girls’ Generation, having their 1st Asia Tour concert album launched in various music stores.
SM malls generally opens at 10AM so I came at that exact time and there, in SM North EDSA‘s The Block, Astroplus to be particular, SONEs and non-SONEs gather for the album launching. They also managed to have a public screening of some important video clips of the girls, including some fantaken videos from the said concert, as well as their music videos.
For P550.00, you have your copy of Into The New World Live Album, a big-sized poster, a random SNSD fan, some K-Pop photocards and a chance to take photos with those gorgeous SNSD standees. Originally I managed to have a Sooyoung fan, however a guy asked me if we could trade and he has a Hyoyeon one. Well, it’s not that I do not love Sooyoung, I’m okay with anyone from our 9 angels. I was just trying to be friendly.
Outside comes a mini-contest wherein you have to take a jump-shot picture for a chance to win all those SNSD fans. However, I’m feeling hungry, that’s why I went out and eat my lunch first. It’s so sad to go out alone. My older sister went with her highschool friends for an overnight swimming, that’s why no one can go with me. Sigh. Still, I keep on shopping a bit by myself.
I came back later on, and taking a glimpse of SNSD-cover group Nine Flames’ short performance. After that, I went home. Still, a great lonely day. 🙂
|> Good Charlotte – Where Would We Be Now (Troublemaker Remix)
So just like what my earlier post said, it is now time for me to watch my all-time favorite band Good Charlotte hit the stage and sing all-night. It was a pleasure for me to see them in person.
Firstly, thinking of how far my house is from the venue, it’s a bit tiring to go. However, we still went and we took an MRT ride in Quezon Ave. It took us almost an hour and we arrived at the Ayala MRT Station at 6PM, just in time to see the crowd, waiting to see GC perform. Near the entrance, there, you could buy their latest CD, Cardiology.
The problem is, we’re late to have the opportunity to see them while sitting in front. Instead, we’re just standing at the back, but satisfyingly enough to see them perform. And there’s that huge screen on top of Dean Butterworth’s drumset! Surprisingly, someone offered me to buy his ticket, for 250bucks. I did not deal with him, thinking of my older sister and brother.
The show started finally at around 6:30PM and everyone have gone crazy. People I see are almost teenagers or college kids, but I was a bit surprised seeing some moms, some middle-aged men, etc. It’s variety!
Good Charlotte took over the stage with the intro track from Cardiology, and then they followed it with their 2003 hit single, “The Anthem”. Basically, it’s a song for teenage kids to not follow the trend and waste life. A very good and meaningful song, that everyone enjoyed. The feeling was, like everyone’s jumping up and down, just like how the bass of the songs are.
What’s really fun to see is how Good Charlotte perform with energy while everyone’s into the song, jumping up and down, singing their loudest and waving their arms. And everytime a song ends, the Madden brothers, like what they usually do, they keep on talking and telling some stories like their experience here in Manila and how they missed it after their last tour back in 2005. The Maddens is so funny when they say “Yeah, man!”, and then there’s that moment when Joel said “Mahal~ ko kayo”. My sister couldn’t forget that, specially before they sang Like It’s Her Birthday, when Benji said “everytime we come here in the Philippines, I feel like it’s my birthday!”.
While the show continues, the three of us keeps on taking video, and to our surprise, MYX was there, doing some interview with our co-audiences. I’m not sure about this, but I guess we were also filmed, as the cameraman keep on taking video in our area.
The performance lasted for almost 2-3 hours, and everyone was so pleased. I feel like my wish during my teenage days for almost 7 years was finally fulfilled. I just felt envious of those people lucky enough to meet and great the band in the stage, and also those people who have an opportunity to get their CD’s signed by the band. T~T
Looking for a fast food chain to eat at, we came back to the Activity Center, and to my surprise, some teenage kids came, giving free stubs to meet and greet the band! It’s like, OMG! Now’s my chance to chat a little with the band, see my idols, the Madden twins, and tell Paul that we share the same birthday! And that’s what happened! It goes like this,
Me: Hey there, Paul!
Paul: Hey there, buddy
Me: You know what, we share the same birthday.
Paul: October 5..?
Paul: Cool.. My daughter was also born on October 5..
Me: ohhhh… (I was like, wow… I didn’t know that!)
Now, Song Seung Hoon-hyung is the only one left, then a group of handsome guys whose birthday is on October 5 will have a face off! Anyway, I had the chance to greet them all and shake hands. It was unbelievably true, just like how I realized that I’m almost taller than Benji! In the end, the crew took a group photo of me and the band, and I was next to Billy.
I will post the photo soon, after I claim it in Picture City on April 13. I’m definitely anticipating for it. 🙂 EDIT (110415): It’s here now, just click me. 🙂
It was a sigh that I won’t be able to get my CD signed by the band, I even brought my old The Chronicles of Life and Death and Good Morning Revival CD, as well as my old Pulp Magazine, but anyway, what’s more important is that I had a lot of fun, even my older sister and brother, and had a chance to meet and greet and take a photo with the band. I’m really thanking God for this. Thank you God 🙂
Oh, and I shouldn’t forget about the videos I took, here they are:
Currently, this video playlist only includes videos I took, which is in a very bad quality. I’m gonna upload my sister’s and brother’s soon.
|> Good Charlotte – I Don’t Wanna Be In Love (Dance Floor Anthem)
I heard about the news through Good Charlotte’s website, as well as a newly created Facebook eventpage only for the event. After knowing that my long-time idols are coming back to my country, all my hope rose suddenly.
I started listening to Good Charlotte songs the time after my Dad passed away some months after my 13th birthday. It was 2005 and the band is currently promoting their 3rd effort entitled “The Chronicles of Life and Death”, and their latest carrier single called “Predictable”. That time, I’m not yet into real heavy metal bands, but only those popular ones whose music videos are always viewable in either MTV or MYX. The Chronicles of Life and Death, basically it is a concept album about every person’s life after being born in this world, the opportunity to live gracefully, have annoying problems, have a family and die. That record really helped me a lot to understand why my Dad left us, me being the weakest among the three of us. I remember this song called “We Believe”. That song always make me remember my suffering back then, and how I coped up with my own teenage problems, with just a little advice from my family. Thinking of those times right now makes me feel stronger, saying that after all, “I made it”.
The 3rd quarter of 2005 was an opportunity to for me to see these guys in person. It was a concert of the band brought by Pulp Magazine. They’re gonna be here in my country to perform in Folk Arts Theater with some local bands like Chicosci, Kamikaze, etc on the 8th of July.
Although I have no money coz’ I was just a highschool stundent, I still managed to buy myself their album plus a Pulp Magazine with them as the cover. Oh, and it has a free gen-ad ticket to the concert! Here, take a look:
Thanks to Pulp, I have a ticket to ride… But as you can see, it’s still there, it’s sill in my side. Why? that’s definitely because I did not go, I have no one to invite, thinking that there’s only one ticket. And even if I have the courage to go, my Mom would get worried, and I don’t want that. 😦
In anyway, after all the years and my patience, even after those new great bands I learned, they are still my number one and now they’re going back to my country to sing. And this could be my opportunity to see them live, in my own eyes. My opportunity to tell the Madden twins how much they’re like an idol to me, to tell Billy Martin how great he is now when doing those guitar solos, as well as Dean, and to tell Paul that we share the same birthday, October 5! Oh, and I heard in the news that our Benji will have a tattoo session here!
Let’s find out on the 6th of April, 6PM in Glorietta Activity Center!
|> Good Charlotte – Movin’ On