Dream Concert

This week I had the chance to watch Justin Timberlake and The Tennessee Kids – a Netflix original movie on JT’s last show in Las Vegas during his recent world tour.

Boy… I went crazy watching it! I was in awe, I cried, and found myself dancing even though I only watched it through my 13″ laptop screen.

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Life Lesson I Learned Today

I came across this song on Spotify today. It’s not a new song, it was released back in 2014. I think the lyrics are so on point, especially for those who feel tired…

Tired of the mundane things in life.

For those who feel that they are stuck in a moment and you can’t get out of it (I’m borrowing a popular song.. guess what! hehe).

I too, have been feeling the same. I am tired and sometimes I get jealous of other people’s lives. Those who I think have progressed better while I’m still stuck here. Sometimes I can’t help but wondering what does it like to live a stress-free life. You know, the pretty ones you see on instagram 😉

 

But then this song made me think again. I am being reminded that there’s no such thing as a life that’s better than yours. There are always better things out there but you’re never gonna be happy until you love your life.

Funny how sometimes life can give you messages through many ways. Sometimes through your friends, sometimes through the small things you see on the streets, and in days like this… a rap song by J.Cole :)))))))))

Cheers, don’t forget to love your life today!

 

Zayn – Mind of Mine

Today’s a Friday and it’s a public holiday here in Indonesia. Here I am still in bed with my laptop, just lazily browsing the net while listening to Zayn’s debut album – Mind of Mine.

Yes people, the full album is out! I have been anticipating it since Zayn first dropped the first single – Pillow Talk. It caught my attention because it’s so different than 1D’s songs and no, I’m not a fan of 1D and I didn’t even know Zayn before he said he’s leaving the band.. anyway… I like Pillow Talk, but not as much as It’s You or Like I Would – two songs that he released afterwards.

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Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself

Last Christmas I went to Bali with two girlfriends. I’ve known them from my grad school days in the UK. During that one year period, they were two of my closest friends – N and P. While P is Indonesian and I got to meet her regularly, N is Russian – she’s still living the UK, and I haven’t met her since I left – five years ago. We still keep in touch though, and finally, she decided to visit Indonesia.

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I have to admit that I..

If there’s one thing that you probably did not know about me is that .. I cry easily! :p

Most of the time I found my self so emotional over even the smallest things until I can’t help it and shed a tear or two.

I cry over standard things – romantic, sappy movies. Novels.

I cry during friends’ weddings, especially during the holy matrimony. On my bestfriend’s wedding very recently, I cried at the church during a ritual just because I saw her mother was crying. That, plus the choir successfully made me cry even though I had no idea what ritual was happening and did not understand any words sang by the choir as it was in Latin. But still I cried.. and made it to the wedding video… hahaha. Now whenever my friend sees her wedding video, she’ll always see my ugly crying face :p

Oh and there are a lot of other moments when I found myself got teary. Reading the news, listening to prayers, reminiscing old memories… bottom line is I cry easily. Sometimes it makes sense, but sometimes it does not and other times even makes me annoyed of myself!

Like what happened yesterday – I was driving to work and as usual I turned on my Apple Music. Then I found out that Adele has just dropped a new single on her VEVO! Being her fan I listened to it straightaway.. and suddenly cried while driving. Really????!! Over an Adele song? Just to be clear I am not currently missing anybody from the past but still.. just her voice that is soooo goood got me teary eyed! 😐

Oh well, here’s the song if you haven’t heard it :

Have a good Friday!

Ah, Justin!

Justin Bieber is back, and at first I did not care. I have to admit some of previous his songs are super catchy and very Karaoke-genic (Baby, anyone?), but none actually made me want to purchase his albums or even his singles.

His first single from the album Purpose, which is titled “Where are U now” is a collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo. It’s catchy, sounds very 2015 and of course, seems like it’s going to be a big hit. But I don’t like it. Then came another single, “What do you mean”. Still catchy, but not for me… I can’t relate to and I hate the repetitive lyrics! But then again, the song is so 2015, don’t you agree? almost every songs in today’s radio are like that.

Anyway recently I found that my friends on Path posted several new tracks from Bieber. Oh, so there are other songs from the album… I thought. I gave “Sorry” a try and found myself surprised! Is it just me, or does it has similar sounds like little bit like Friendly Fires’ Pala album? Yes? no?

After “Sorry”, I came across “Love Yourself” or Track 5 on the album. It was an instant love, and I have no shame in saying this out loud. The song is so chill yet groovy – is such genre exist? it is definitely the kind of song you can hear in a beach club, chillin’ with your drink. #noshame.

With the instant love, I decided to borrow *yes, borrow, not yet purchased* my colleague’s digital album and have been hearing it… all day at work today. again, #noshame.

So what do I think about the album?

Image from: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/6730788/justin-bieber-ariana-grande-duet-purpose
Image from: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/6730788/justin-bieber-ariana-grande-duet-purpose

Well to me it has some great tunes.. different from previous Bieber’s songs that I was aware of. Since his main target market is teenagers, there are still a lot of teen sounds and tunes like “No Pressure”, “No Sense”..  which sounds very today, with very simple and repetitive lyrics. Then there’s also some teen disco like “Children” and “Where are U now”. And of course, what is teenager life without some ballad, found in “Life is Worth Living” and “Purpose”.

But, the album also have some cool songs like “Get Used to Me”, “Company”, and “Been You” – which has some vintage disco tunes.. the ones that I can totally dance to! Last but not least.. it has a collaboration with Nas called “we are”. Since Nas previously collaborated with Jermaine Dupri, 2Pac, and Dr.Dre.. his collaboration with Bieber now must really mean something.

Will I buy the album? Yes!

Am I a belieber now? Haha not really.. but Justin, you really got me this time 😉

Summer Songs

As summer is approaching in my part of the world.. I’ve been trying to find the perfect summer song. Thanks to Spotify  I came across this song…

OMI – Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)

And I can’t get it out of my mind ever since! sooooo addictive! Now, about the artist – OMI is a Jamaican-born singer but his single is widely known across the UK, Australia, and according to my friend – just launched in the US recently and starting to be a hit too.

Oh, btw, because of this song I started to browse some other reggae pop/ reggae fusion artist and so far I’m liking what I hear! I guess it’s official, my summer genre this year is… Reggae!  *dance* *dance* *dance*

Here’s some other songs that I’m currently listening to, and although I don’t understand a word from the lyrics… believe me these kind of songs are such mood booster, especially when you listen to them at work 😀

Justin Quiles – Maria 

J Balvin, Farruko – 6 AM

So, what’s your summer song? x

New Releases

Although I’m a self proclaimed music enthusiast, it’s been a while since I had the time to browse new music (or simply listening to music!). Sad, I know. It’s been also a while since I update my playlists. Anyway with the help of Spotify, I have been listening to more music lately (YAY!). And here are my the current new and upcoming releases that got me excited:

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I’m listening to: Hozier

Hozier – an Irish singer/songwriter is one of the artists that will perform on Coachella. Since I am going (YAY!), I’ve been doing some research on the artists that will perform on the 3 days weekend festival.

To be honest all I knew about Hozier prior to my research was “Take Me To Church” song, which I am indifferent about. I think it’s just alright, but it’s been overly played on the radio. Now if you saw this year’s Grammy, there’s a big chance that you are familiar with this particular performance:

The performance has been widely discussed since it involves THE Annie Lennox! I thought her performance is stellar but since I don’t really like the song… it’s not my favorite performance of the Grammys. This performance is (because I got chills watching it!):

Anyway, back to Hozier. Last weekend I decided to do more research about his songs. I was rather surprised when I heard his other songs, which I think are different than “Take Me to Church”.

Let’s have a listen to this one, called “To be Alone”.

The song started with minimal sounds of guitar and drums. Well, the song is minimal in a way, but as it is powered with his soulful singing, it has a very soulful and bluesy (is that even a word?) feeling. The lyrics uses simple words, nothing too fancy, but crafted beautifully.

And now my favorite song so far, called “Cherry Wine”.

This is a sad song, actually. I’m not sure if it’s about an abusive relationship or about one-sided love. But the song is beautiful! I can imagine a slow dance happening to the melody 🙂

To sum up my research, I fell in love with Hozier’s other songs and his voice is JUST AMAZING. Definitely going to see him on Coachella! He’s playing Saturday though, hopefully not at the same time with Belle and Sebastian.. 😀