Thursday, March 27, 2008

Green means GO!!!

It's been 10 years and this song's still messing with my head. Sometimes it's almost like my folks talking to me... (so what's your plan? what are you gonna do now? what's next? what and when??!). But you know, it's not like you can just will something to happen overnight. There's no magic pill, no genie in a bottle and certainly no formula. Things just happen and I believe in right timing.

A certain shade of green
Tell me is that what you need
All signs around say move ahead
Will someone please explain to me
Your ever present lack of speed
Are your muscles bound by ropes
Or do crutches cloud your day
My sources say the road is clear
And street signs point the way

Are you gonna stand around till 2012 A.D
What are you waiting for
A certain shade of green?
I think I grew a grey watching you procrastinate
What are you waiting for
A certain shade of green

Would a written invitation
Signed choose now or lose it all
Sedate your hesitation
Or inflame and make you stall

You've been raised in limitations
But that glove never fit quite right
The time has come for hand-me downs
Choose anew, please evolve, take flight

What are you waiting for?
A written invitation?
A public declaration?
A private consolation?
Remember when you procrastinate you chose last

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

routine is the enemy.

so we should break it... break it, break it the best way we can. I think I'll go hibernate for a while, be detached from the outside world altogether. The past few days, I realized that if you get away from the media for a while, you get to focus more on the personal aspects of your life. I know that Manny Pacquiao won but I didn't feel it. I was away from it. I wasn't reading the papers or watching the news days before the fight so I wasn't 'excited' by it the way the media intended to the Filipino people. I also didn't follow through on the news, I just heard about it from some people. Didn't see any post-match interviews, commentaries or whatever. So now I'm stuck in my own little world, minding my own business, listening to the music I love or watching stuff on youtube, reading a book (which gets me lost again in a different world altogether). I listen to people talk about current affairs, Boxing, the Gucci Gang, or Amy Whinehouse, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears on the otherside of the world and find myself rather disinterested or disengaged. What the hell. I haven't been to perezhilton or for like a month now. Wow, this is new.

I have to admit that I did keep track of F1 over the weekend. Heck, that's the first race of the season.

This morning, my colleagues told me that Andrea Del Rosario and some other celebrities got to hang out with Maroon 5 at the after party. In another space and time, I would've died of envy. But I'm so over it now, I don't care. The music goes on and on and on.

Monday, March 17, 2008


I thought I lost my love for Incubus already... but when I first heard the riffs, it all came back to me. hello. you had me at hello!!! Ethereal...

Late post, I know, but still can't get over it! Haha... Looking back, I think I enjoyed the Incubus concert here more than I did Maroon 5. Well, I mean, Maroon 5 was really good (as you may have read from my previous post) but I was in a perpetual state of trance the whole time... I was there but I wasn't really 'there'. Incubus is really better seen live - the energy, the people. Whereas Adam amused the crowd with his counting in Filipino, saying mahal kita and all that, Incubus didn't even exert the effort to make themselves endearing to the crowd (no Filipino words learned whatsoever), they just were. No talkies here. They just went from song to song to song to song...

And in comparison, Brandon Boyd really can sing! Adam Levine sounds effeminate now and I wonder why I hadn't noticed before that he sounded weird. Highlights of the concert for me (aside from when Brandon took his shirt and then his undershirt off) were when the crowd went wild with Megalomaniac (the floor vibrated because everyone jumped), when they did Oil and Water (one of my faves from Light Grenades), of course, the classics Dirve, Nice to Know You, Vitamin (my ring tone forever!), and Wish You Were Here... we also enjoyed the jam on Sick Sad Little World, Circles

My favorite part was Stellar (beginning of the encore). The stadium was dark (duh) and the lights projected stars onto the audience, the roof... everywhere. It was like a rock song on prom night. I wasn't able to take photos or videos when they were doing that song... we just kept quiet and took it all in. Lurve.

I actually resent that they didn't play some of the hits like Pardon Me and A Certain Shade of Green (reminiscent of my angsty highschool life), Are You In (trippin' in college. no dude, not that kind of 'trip') and Dig (the song that brought me back to them in 2006 so to speak hehe).

But they did sing my favorite Incubus sing-along song - Talk Shows on Mute! Uploaded the video capture, see below. Mems.

Come one, come all... into 1984. If you haven't heard it, suggest you listen to it and read between the lines. Look up the lyrics in Google.

Wish You Were Here

I dig my toes into the sand

The ocean looks like a thousand diamonds

Strewn across a blue blanket

I lean against the wind

Pretend that I am weightless

And in this moment I am happy...happy

Monday, March 10, 2008


There's something more to live acts than just merely seeing foreign artists perform right before your eyes. There's some kind of natural high - you're actually looking at the very people behind the songs that you grew up with, songs that define phases of your life, or music that you wished you would have created yourself. I like bands more than solo acts because most bands create their own music. They write the lyrics and lay out the tunes, unlike some solo acts who have composers and all the other people who do the whole shebang for them and their only role is to perform. And just by the songs they sing, you get to have a feel of how these people live their lives, what they go through and the emotions they feel and when you can to relate, you know that you're not alone. There's someone out there, probably in a parallel universe, who's going through exactly what your going through right now. Some lyrics may be a bit obscure, but somehow, you just know - that's you.

Thank God for all the Adam Levines, Brandon Boyds (Maroon 5s and Incbuses) who somehow make us feel a bit better about life.

Below is a playlist with some of the Incubus songs that I love:

Dig - it's about having someone who helps you see things through. If you go astray, you can always count on someone who would 'dig you up from under what is covering' the better part of you. I also like how this song was sung... obviously it could be very difficult to pull off, especially live. I wanna see this covered in American Idol (make or break!).

Oil and Water - two people who are exact opposites but they continue co-exist because they share something greater than what they can comprehend. They continue to disagree (wouldn't be the first time, wouldn't be the last time), but what the heck. This is love. (hehe)

Drive - Finding your place in the world.

Megalomaniac - a bit political. You could say that this is my call to resignation (for the current administration, yes you, Ms. President).

Just click on a song and hit the Play button.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

flavor of the month

'Cause you keep me coming back for more and I feel a little better than I did before...

- If I Never See Your Face Again
From It Won't Be Soon Before Long

Here's Maroon 5's own rendition of The Police's So Lonely ocassionally injected with Akon's Don't Matter and a dash of R. Kelly's Ignition. I don't know how he does it but everything he touches is gold! Adam Levine is love.

A few days to go and Happy Birthday to me!

Friday, March 07, 2008

massive hang over

Tap on my window, knock on my door

The Maroon 5 concert here was surreal! About two years ago, I remember watching the M5 concert on TV with colleagues in a hotel room in Hong Kong and the three of us totally went nuts. We were screaming our lungs out inside the room and covering our faces with pillows so the entire floor wouldn't hear. And now that we actually got to see them live here... shit! I can't even begin to explain. It was just... bliss! happiness. Sulit! I've been digging this band since college. I like all the songs and I know the lyrics of most of them.

One of the highlights of the night was when they did the hottest, sexiest version of She Will Be Loved and it's crazy crazy crazy! There's a part there when in the middle of the song, the band stopped playing and all the lights went off except for a spotlight on Adam and he was just standing there staring at the crowd as if he was taking it all in... he looks up, closes his eyes, smiles, opens his eyes again and slowly looks at the crowd from left to right. Heart attack!!! Love love love!

The whole thing was like a roller coaster ride -- that part when the coaster slowly climbs to the highest point and makes a complete stop right before it drops... that very moment! Only this one lasted for almost two hours.

It's been 24 hours since the concert and here I am, wide awake. I was actually smiling all day, still giddy from the night before. After I posted all the photos (not so good, though) and the video on multiply, I still feel it. I feel it! I hope when I go to sleep in a while, I'd wake up and find that it's Wednesday morning still, March 5, so I can go through it all over again. Oh I'm such a fan girl!

I can't focus on anything else right now, Adam, and this is all your fault! you you you.

On Sunday, it will be Incubus. Let's see what Brandon Boyd can do. to me. haha! Insanity. Good thing we've had enough of the Beyonce/Akon/Ne-Yo type. Bring in more of the cool ones! M5 and Incubus are a good start. I wish to see Dave Matthews, Coldplay, Matchbox Twenty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and of course, OASIS (although I doubt it) in Manila!