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MY PLAYLIST: Top 10 Tracks for January 2014

The first month of the year always compels me to start an overall fresh playlist to (maybe) last for about 3 months or so. A combination of old, new and obscure songs, I kick-start the new year with something different — at least for me.

Jan 2014 playlist

In so doing, I’ve gone through my folders at the very first day of the year and was unhappy about it. Then I went scouring the internet for stuff that I don’t have but have already heard or even loved when I was younger as well as the current ones playing on the radio. Along the way, I’ve found more than I’ve expected. My search yielded more than enough to pamper my eardrums for at least the first quarter of this year. Continue reading MY PLAYLIST: Top 10 Tracks for January 2014

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Versions: Paramore’s Ain’t It Fun

Paramore is one of those pop/rock bands that had amassed a massive following even before they got major exposure through the first where their song Decode is included. It was rare to have a girl-fronted modern pop/rock/alternative band to get major mainstream success.

I don’t know if it’s a misogynistic mindset among music consumers that any pop/rock/alternative band fronted by a woman is lame. Hello!!! The 90’s band scene spawned such amazing female vocalists like Shirley Manson of Garbage and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth to name a few. And what about Joan Jett and Janis Joplin? (I could go on and on with this — believe me. Lol!)

Anyway, I always thought that Hayley Williams is one interesting artist; She can actually go solo and be successful. But together with the rest of the band, she’s phenomenal. She seems much brighter when she performs with the rest of the guys. Yeah, she’s a star — without a doubt.

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Versions: Lana del Rey’s Video Games

Doing this segment often takes me somewhere where true artistry and ingenuity reigns. Oftentimes, the original versions of songs are eclipsed by cover versions done by less than popular but more talented artists such as what I’ll be featuring today.

For those who’ve been following this segment, you are much aware of my love and admiration for Ben Howard. Every note that comes out of his mouth is absolutely heartfelt and sounds like poetry — full of feelings and emotions that only someone with a deep understanding of the music and lyrics of a song can truly showcase. His versions of popular songs are truly magical for an indie music enthusiast. His has a calming quality that sometimes the original versions do not have. The world seemed to be a better place with artists like him around, sharing their talent and their gift in bringing color to a sometimes greyscaled existence.

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MY PLAYLIST: Top 10 Tracks for May 2013

I know I’m really cutting it close, but this portion of my blog makes more sense by scheduling it at the end of the month. So here I am again, listing down the most played tracks on my mp3 player this month. I’ve even have most of the songs in this list played on my radio show when my partner asked what are my top picks for the week and would usually let me pick 2 out of the 3 we allot in the segment.

Anyway, May was . . . shall we say . . . a trip down memory lane for me. It’s probably because after such a long time, I’m composing songs once again.

Am I inspired? Or am I trying to prove something?

I think the answer is both. I am proving something to myself; that I still have it and the other part is I’m inspired by all the new things around me and the records I recently got my grasping hands on. 

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