Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Album Review: Owl City's Ocean Eyes


I never thought something good can come from electronics music! I mean, this Adam Young has proved himself worthy for the pop beat in almost all genre, thanks to his insomnia. Ocean Eyes (just got the album last week) is an all-in-one album. You want to know why?

1. Cave in - this song's beat was more about summer breakaways. But then, the lyrics would mean moving onwards, not looking back. The metaphors used was so funny peculiar and the beat, so refreshing.

2. The Bird and The Worm - This song, with its catchy beat, is such a happy love song. Imagine you're in the beach with your significant someone, that's the feel of this song. Say, "you're the bird/and I'm the worm/and it's plain to see that we're meant to be." So cheesy for an electronica guy!

3. Hello Seattle - This song is full of metaphors that explains who he was and who he wanted to be. This could mean that he wants to tell Seattle, or perhaps the whole world, who he really is, why he wanted to pursue music.

4. Umbrella Beach - This one's for par-tey!Add some cello and some synth, and we're good to go! It shows how a musical monster this man is.

5. The Saltwater Room - Put an acoustic touch on the start, you'll know it's a love song. Yes it is a summer love song, just a little opposite to The bird and the Worm. It is like doubting about love.

6. Dental Care - Was he funnily talking about the dentists? No. About parallels in life? Yes most probably. So funny descriptions, they are not actually the complete parallels but the thought counts. You, would you rather pick flowers than a fight? Hmmmm....

7. Meteor Shower - Yeah. This marks the start of the emotional part of the album perhaps. Strong words to describe the feeling? So Owl City. Adam is so expressive in his songs, that is why I'm starting to like his songs.

8. On The Wing - He misses the girl right here. He is so in love, I could tell. They are on a mall, talking about themselves, and maybe walking down the arcades, through the parades and all that makes a girl happy. Yup, he is so in love.

9. Fireflies - Oh my, do I really need to explain this? Yes, this is a good song. Polytonic tone like a phone ringing is so nostalgic, like you want to go back to childhood days. But then, as the song suggests, we must live what is now, and not the fantasy.

10. The Tip of the Iceberg - A song about winter loving. Another Club Party song. This song's so hypnotic, and it describes much what happens during winter. I find it cool (no pun intended).

11. Vanilla Twilight - Piano does it all at the start, making the ambiance so lovely. Again, he is so in love! But he's right, we just think of the one(s) we love, then we feel not so alone. But this song is so EMO! This is just what makes this album amazing, complete servings of all music.

12. Tidal Wave - Fast beats would really hide what he wants to portray. This one shows how weak a man can be. I love the lyrics when it says "I forget the time I felt brave/I just recall insecurity/'cause it came like a tidal wave and sorrow swept over me."

13. If My Heart Was A House - "If my heart was a house you'd be home". how cheesy this song have been! I really want to sleep upon hearing this song! I just love to hear this!

Well, that was about the 13-track album. Download the album here for free (just like what I did. haha). Till then! Good luck for OWL CITY! \m/

Sunday, March 21, 2010

awit para kay juan dela cruz

I was trying to find something to blog about in the internet, until I saw myself tagged in this video my Choir-mate-slash-friend made. She, Shirley Anne Mendoza, is a freshman in The University of The Philippines Mindanao under the BA Communication Arts program. She is a member of a budding singing group in UPMin named KATINGUGAN.

She composed the song and compiled the pictures in the video. I think she is getting the hang of being in UP! =)

Here at last is the copy of the video!

video

anyways, the lyrics of the song so you could sing along..
Inyo bang nakikita
Inyo bang napapansin
Kalunos-lunos na kalagayan ng bayan natin
Atin mang bansa’y malaya kung ituring
Mamamayan sa kahirapa’y bilanggo pa rin

Mga kabataang sa kahirapa’y biktima
Kanilang kinubakasa’y di maipinta
Araw-araw nagdarasal ng kaginhawaan
wala na nga bang pag-asang sila’y aahon pa

Ikaw ako tayo lahat ay Pilipino
Bilang mamamayan anong magagawa mo?
Tayong lahat ay susi sa pagbangon ng bayan
Huwag hayaang magdusa kapwa mamamayan


Juan gumising ka at ngayo’y kumilos na
Gawin mong nararapat, gawin mo ang tama
Nasa iyong kamay ang pag-asang hinihintay
Ating bigyang liwanag kinabukasan ng bayan


isang mapaglayang araw po sa lahat! =)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

pakikibaka

ewan ko noon kung tama ba
mas mabuti pang manahimik nalang
pero dito sa peyups ko unang nalaman
ang tinig ng estudyante ay kelangan

paano tayo uunlad
kung walang maghahayag ng mali?
paano tayo matututong ipaglaban
ang karapatang sa ati'y hinawi?

nakikita ko ang bansang naghihirap
at ang iba'y wala nang ginawa
nabulag na ba tayo sa katotohanang
hindi tayo naging maunlad?

marami din ang todo welga
di na inisip sarili nila
pero may punto din sila
bayan kanilang inuuna

sino pa ang kikilos
kung di natin sisimulan?
sino pa ang tutulong sa atin
dito sa malaking problema ng bayan?

KILOS KABATAAN
HABANG MAY PANAHON KA PA!
TAYO ANG PAG-ASA NG BAYAN
PARA SA KAUNLARAN AT KINABUKASAN!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

LIFE IN UPMIN (PART 1)

August 2007
I took the UPCAT (University of the Philippines College Admission Test) just to find a college for me. No harm in trying, as they said. I saw a bright light of enthusiasm. Effortless as I am, I want to pass, or else I would have a harder try to other schools. We went on road with my cousin as early as four o'clock am, to UP Mindanao. We took the 1st "Abortion Road" Experience. We arrived five thirty am, already in fullest speed ever. Take this, we had a cold experience in the CHSS-AVR! Good thing I had put the jacket in the car. There were snack time, but who has time to? At long last, the half-day agony ends.

Febuary 2008
My father brought me the paper he downloaded from the internet. It says that I passed, and was selected the course of BA English major in Creative Writing. I then opposed and chose BS Agribusiness economics. We tried all means to transfer me into the course.

April 2008
We went to UP Mindanao to check the dormitory. But who are these people? I see people of my age entering the dorm! Out of curiosity we asked. A Summer Bridge Program is going on! Too bad for me, it is too late.

June 2008
Enrollment time! I was excited to write the course: BSABE (BS Agribusiness Economics). But when I came to the Office of the University Registrar, I was registered as BAE (BA English). Oh my! My mother then asked the Registrar what happened. I was low in math (I knew it!). But we compromised on the pact I made, to make my study a priority. So my parents and the registrar agreed to add me in BSABE. Whew!

1ST YEAR 1ST SEM
Ok. Before going back to the university, got my phone jammed! It always show the startup, but the desktop won't show. Back to the basic phone. first night at the dormitory, I was alone. Thanks for this dude named Kevin Labrador who shared the same situation with me. We talked and went out of the dorm till we won another friend who called out another and we had a herd of them! Thanks God for these wonderful people! 1st block encounter, only five out of sixteen I recognized. But we got close enough to know each other through our bondings. We experienced diversity of teachers - an expert one, a boring one, a terror one, a sleepy one, a "tweety" one, and a funny one. We were cool, and we see the bright side of life. All of us passed the course. On extracurriculars, I joined Koro Kantahanay and PSALM (Philippine Student Alliance Lay Movement, Inc.).

1ST YEAR 2ND SEM
A new time to kill myself! I'm inflicted with so many conflicts. First, desperately trying to move on. Second, I fell in love again with the wrong woman. Third, I became so tardy. I would come to the Calculus and Analytic Geometry (MATH26) class unprepared. I was lucky that every time I attempt not to go, there would be no classes. Due to the fact that I love the arts (for I am a musician and an enthusiast in photography), I prioritized Arts and Humanities 5 (AH5). Biology 1 (BIO1) was taken for granted, until I forgot to pass the returned Scientific Papers. I was given 5 in laboratory for that reason. But thanks to the Lecture teacher who saved me from failing the subject, and given me incomplete (inc) grade to comply to the laboratory and pass. But I failed in MATH26. I have two options - to take the summer class in UP Diliman or wait for another semester in my delay. I have to take the second. I have to relax, I said to myself.

June 2009
Prior to enrollment, I need to check my grade in BIO1. Good gracious, I passed! And I need two days to wait for it to be signed by the proper persons. But it was worth it. I passed! and I need to enroll MATH26 this semester.

2ND YEAR 1ST SEM
Another year! I can't believe I am on my second year in the university! Glad I have survived (or did I? Almost I haven't). More girls around, but can't help. I need to study! Been on my good statistics ever, coping up with the mistake last semester. I enrolled in MATH26 with the hope of passing. in the end, I passed. I also passed all of the subjects. Looks like another cool semester for me! On the other side, I was pressured to be called "KUYA", as I thought my roommates (both freshmen) were looking up on me.

2ND YEAR 2ND SEM
Good things do happen for a reason. I was elected as president in our choral, KATINGUGAN. And on the verge of accepting it, I was appointed as the treasurer of the religious group, PSALM. and before the semester ends, I joined PSALM's official Praise and Worship team. And thus With the pressure, I flunked MST5, and almost had not pass ANSC10. I was frustrated then. But still I survived! My teacher in ANSC10 compromised me. So that's the benefit of being a christian. =)

-RESTONI