LLP #3 – I am Asian

September 26, 2013 § 2 Comments

Week 3 post! Yay! Never mind that this week’s supposed to be week #5 already heh. You’d be glad to know (or maybe just me) that I have another post lined up after this.

If you’ve checked my profile page (which isn’t much really), you’d know that I am an Asian. So LLP #3 is all about Asian songs. I plan to feature more Asian songs later on but thought I’d start with these three. One is a Cebuano song, one is Korean, and one is Japanese.

Pa-Pictura ko Nimu, Gwapo – Marie Salvaleon
VISPOP 2013 Finalist. Recorded on April 2013.

I am an Asian. I am a Filipino. I am a Visayan. Specifically, I am a Cebuano. Confused? You probably understand how I’m an Asian and Filipino. The Philippines or Pilipinas in our language (the beautiful country I live in) is an archipelago made up of approximately 7,107 islands and these islands are grouped into three main divisions. The island I live in is Cebu and it is grouped in Visayas, one of the three main divisions. So, I’m a Visayan and a Cebuano.

Enough of the brief geography lesson. This song is a Cebuano song. I am highlighting this because Cebuanos (and really Filipinos in general) do not do good pop songs. We do great ballads but not pop. This song is one of the finalists in the first ever Visayan Pop (VISPOP) Songwriting Campaign.

The song is about a girl asking her crush for a picture. She isn’t expecting for the guy to reciprocate her interest and she really just wants a picture so she can post it on Facebook and make other girls jealous. Lol.

Late Autumn – Kyuhyun (Super Junior)
November song for Yoon Jongshin’s 2011 Monthly Project.

I’ve actually included this song on a previous did a few years back “My Jams in 2011“. Sang by Kyuhyun of Super Junior, it remains to be one of the ballads that make me remember the feeling of longing and sadness. It doesn’t matter that this one is in Korean and I only know a handful of Korean words. The music and Kyuhyun’s soulful voice does it for me.

Below is a translation of the lyrics:

Opened the closet
A few pieces of cloths that caught my eyes
Although it’s little too early, I wore them
My reflection in the mirror looked the same as back then
It’ll be nice if the weather is colder

The sun is setting in the valley
The scent of coffee brought me back in time
When I looked at the winter cloths through the shop window

(Chorus)
Yes, it’s you who brought me out
Clasping onto my hands in my pocket
The you of that late autumn, where has it gone
Missing the sound of your footsteps

Breathing in the cold air
My heart is missing you as well
Before my heart’s rushing
Let’s go back before the insufferable night comes

(Chorus)
Yes, it’s you who brought me out
Clasping onto my hands in my pocket
The you of that late autumn, where has it gone
Missing the sound of your footsteps

Yes, it’s you who told me that autumn
The brown nights or loneliness
Now I’m preparing for the winter that’s approaching
The winter filled with endless darkness
The winter filled with you

Possibility – BoA and Miura Daichi
On the 7the Japanese studio album of BoA entitled “Identity”. Released February 2010.

This song was also included on my 2011 jam list. It is my favorite BoA song. It actually is a sad song however it’s not obvious with the composition. I also love that this is a duet with Miura Daichi. This guy is my favorite Japanese male singer (and I don’t really have other Japanese favorites). His voice is yummy and he can dance even yummier hahaha.

So that’s it for this post. LLP #4 should be up in a few days too.

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Jon and Sara – LLP #2

September 16, 2013 § 3 Comments

So much for commitment, right? If I were another person, I would say I must have problems committing. I’m even thinking that of myself now lol. That or I’m lazy, which at this time would not be groundless seeing as I have less and less post every year lol. What can I say? I would rather read, watch, listen and want to write after but don’t actually do it.

Last week, one of my brothers was looking through a wedding video of another videographer and my good (at least to me) music radar came on. The song on the wedding video tore my heart so I dragged myself out of bed, headed outside, turned Shazam on my iPhone and tagged the song. It was If Only I by Jon McLaughlin, the same guy who sang So Close from Enchanted.

So on my last weekend (which is now Thursdays and Fridays), I went through his videos on Youtube and fell in love….. with his voice and music lol. Not only his but also Sara Bareilles. For this LLP post, I’m featuring songs by them.

Manhattan – Sara Bareilles
On the 3rd full-length album entitled The Blessed Unrest released on July 12, 2013. Lyric video posted on Youtube on July 16, 2013.

This is up on my list of “tearjerker songs for the heartbroken”. Tears fell from my eyes the first time I heard it. The lyric video is also stunning. Even if you’re not heartbroken, you won’t be able to stop yourself from feeling the sadness. Sara Bareilles is awesome. She can sing, dance, play the guitar, and a virtuoso! I want her for an elder sister or a best friend. We’d probably click. Favorite line from this song is “I’ll wish this away dismissing the days when I was one half of two.

If Only I – Jon McLaughlin
On the 3rd full-length album entitled Promising Promises released on May 22, 2012.

I actually should have fallen in love with Jon when So Close was released. But then I was in a one-sided love with a real guy, so I didn’t (lol). This song made my sleepy head wake up and lead me to the wonderful re-discovery of the handsome and talented Jon McLaughlin. When Jon sings and plays on the piano, he looks very passionate and it melts my heart. I wish I had my own Jon lol XD

Summer Is Over – Jon McLaughlin and Sara Bareilles
Released on January 2012. On the 3rd full-length album entitled Promising Promises released on May 22, 2012.

So this third song doesn’t actually qualify as a classic because it isn’t. But but but! Jon and Sara doing a song together is heavenly. Their voices, their gorgeousness, their pianos. If Jon isn’t married, I’d totally ship him with Sara. They just look good together. How can I tell? Look at the video. The scenes where they are on two separate pianos and playing together are love.

That’s it for my second LLP post. This week should be week #3 but… This week I’ll have two posts… Promise!

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