Every Breath You Take -Sting (The Police)

Just the other week, I watched Ally McBeal in DVD format. As a law student, I am inclined to watch courtroom-oriented movies, TV series and novels. Anything that would inspire me to continue with my studies.

Ally McBeal is a story about lawyers who go about lawyering and at the same time living their normal "lives and loves". That's what I love about that TV series (which unfortunately stopped airing since I-don't-know-when) and thankful that I was able to obtain a DVD copy. I am a DVD-addict, in fact. I just don't have enough time to watch right now because of school. Going back, I loved the eposide when Sting appeared in one of its episodes and Larry Paul (Robert Downey, Jr. -I just love him!) sang this song with him, and of course it was meant for Ally.

I loved that scene and it made me fall in love again. It's been a while since I fell in love. I used to say loving is an everyday thing but I guess because of the busy world we live in now, some elements of love dwindled, diminished or lost. Love for me is just giving everything and I guess I cannot do it anymore since my mind is so divided or maybe I forgot the meaning of love... haha! Silly thing to forget!

Well, the song says: "I'll be watching you..." but if it were me, I'd rether say I'll be watching over you... making sure nothing or no one will harm you. It is more of the protective shield. For me, when you say "I'll be watching you" means you're on the passive side, just letting things happen or worst, watching someone like a jail warden watching prisoners. That's just my two cents...

But what I really loved about this song is:
Since you've gone I've been lost without a trace
I dream at night I can only see your face
I look around but it's you I can't replace
I feel so cold and I long for your embrace

I loved that part especailly when I have the mic. wink! (Let me end now and start the videoke machine... till then!)

Every Breath You Take - Copeland

Reason to Believe - Rod Stewart

Here is the story for the day:

If I listened long enough to you
Id find a way to believe that its all true
Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried
Still I look to find a reason to believe

Someone like you makes it hard to live without
Somebody else
Someone like you makes it easy to give
Never think about myself

If I gave you time to change my mind
Id find a way just to leave the past behind
Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried
Still I look to find a reason to believe

If I listened long enough to you
I'd find a way to believe that its all true
Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried
Still I look to find a reason to believe

Someone like you makes it hard to live without somebody else
Someone like you makes it easy to give
Never think about myself

I remember clearly that this song is included in the movie "My Girl", also one of my favorites. I can no longer recall the scene where this song was played but I know it's there. Rod Stewart also sang it perfectly when he had a concert in the US. I watched that concert in DVD format.

I liked the part: "Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried..." which talks about how cruel life can be yet, because of an overwhelming love for a person, one will tend to forget the pain and switch it with affection instead. For me, this conveys a message of balance -that you cannot comprehend what is love unless you also understand the meaning of hate.

I am not a hard to get person; I don't easily get mad and if I do, I easily forget; and I am very, very trusting. I don't know how I do it but I could only give one explanation: I love to love.

Incidentally, I have been pondering on these words by Mother Teresa:
A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, must empty ourselves. The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace.

I always have that in my heart and I am fervently hoping that one day, we will all reap the fruit of LOVE.

Here is the song:

Reason to Believe - Rod Stewart

STAY - Matthew Arnold

I have told you stories about the members of my family and this time, I will talk about the artist in our family -in our nuclear family. He is our youngest brother who was born an artist. He used to draw and paint when we weres till young. As a teenager, he joined showbusiness and did extra appearances in some national movies. This stopped only when he had to work harder for his growing family.

His passion for music, as influence from mom, continued as he loved to play the guitar. With it, he started to compose his own songs and play it with his band during jamming sessions on some local bars. I still have some of his recorded songs and what I will share with you is his latest:

Composed and Sung by:
Matthew Arnold

Stay by my side and listen for a while
The words I say about the feelings I have for you

Hold me close don’t ever go away from me
Hold my hand try to understand and you will see
What you really mean to me
Why I need you in my life
With you I want to share
My everlasting love
So, hold me close don’t ever go away from me
Hold my hand try to understand and you will see

So, hold me close don’t ever go away from me
Hold my hand try to understand and you will see
How I love you…
How I need you…

What made this song special is that he sang it during the wedding of his colleagues. I know he enjoyed it because a crowd of more than 200 people listened and really appreciated his song. After his presentation, the crowd gave him a very loud cheer, in standing ovation. I wish I was there to celebrate his success. But let me just do it here in my blog and I want him to know that we have always been proud of him. We love you bro and we miss you here!

He is such an accomplished guy.

Please bear with me as this is the unedited version of the song. You will find that some of the lyrics written above is different from the one that you will hear. I will update this music as soon as the file becomes available. Thanks ;-)

Stay - Matthew Deguzman

Angel - Sarah Mclachlan

I always loved this song and I can't forget the very first time I heard it played in the movie City of Angels. I watched that movie not just because of Nicolas Cage but also because of Meg Ryan. I just loved the movie and the idea that an angel could just be anywhere we are, watching over us. The movie was a love story and this is my story about this song.

Lyrics | Angel (feat. Sarah McLachlan) lyrics

I have an angel. Her name is Sophie, from her real name Sophia. I called her Sophie because it reminds me so much of her and it reminds me of the very first novel I read: Sophie's World.

I met Sophie (or at least I came to know her when I was already capable of thinking and remembering) when I was still a little kid. She took care of me and apparently, we were like "mother and child". What I mostly remember about her is my desire to get even with her when I grow up, because she was typically an adult of do's and don'ts. But that negative feeling towards her totally vanished when I finally got into my senses. She just did what she had to do and if only I listened... and if only I understood her concern, not just towards me but to all kids my age. She is relly close to our family. She was probably on her mid 50s when she first took care of me as a baby. Legends have it... we were inseparable! She was always misundertood, but I admired her and I love her!

Then I went to school and we parted ways for a while. I seldom see her and on some occasion, I brought her gifts, bought her medicine, brought her to the doctor and add some penny to her savings. I was so fond of her. Until one day, I realized she is growing older and yet, she was still very active that only a tragic accident had to put an end to her grief (for the loss of her husband and daughter), difficulties (of getting medical treatment for some age-related illness) and all sorts of hardship in life (like taking care of stubborn me :)

I have always felt her presence because I knew right there and then that she would always take care of me. This is what I asked of her. True enough, I felt her presence and I wasn't scared. When I was living a solitary life in Manila, I knew she was there with me and several occasions, when good things happen, she is the person that comes to mind that's why I consider her my angel. At times when I need to wake up early to go to work, I dream of her waking me up. One time I almost burnt my apartment when I almost fell asleep while I was boiling water. I didn't know how it happened but I was like sleep walking, I went to the kitchen then it dawned on me -I could have been a news headline the following morning! There were a lot of sad moments during those times but I managed to keep up. Although I was figuratively, physically and emotionally alone, spiritually I was being guarded. God sent me an Angel! Each time she appears in my dream, it was always with a happy thought and a good vibration.

I miss my Angel. I really do. Wherever you are, Salamat! (thank you!) You will always be in my heart. If there is one person who truly loved me, cared for me and knew me since day 1, it would be my Sophie.

Angel - Sarah McLachlan

Hard Habit to Break - Chicago

This is another song whose lyrics I have kinda memorized, adn I'm proud I could still memorize some things. It is a story about a person you keep thinking about, a person stuck in your head for a very long time.

Lyrics Hard Habit To Break lyrics

I like this song most especially when it was revived by Jed Madela duet with Gary Valenciano (two famous artist from Manila). I just loved their singing! I've watched them perform live on different occasions and the experience was incomparable. Those were the rare moments I get to treat myself outside my home, for pleasure, as an outlet and a good break!

I've watched Gary Valenciano's concert in Dagupan, with my brother when we were still little children then I've seen him again in Bauio City when they performed at Burnham Park. I've seen Jed Madela once, in Katips Bar somewhere along Katipunan Ave, Quezon City. He sang really, really good and since then I have had head-over-heels admiration towards him. I always see them on TV, in a variety show, singing/performing. Gary V (for short) is a good dancer too, you know.

If you are wondering why this song popped up... I'm just out of my head lately. My partner called it "off" for I don't know how long. I know I sang this song once but it wasn't easy. Singing this song is not as easy as the good artists sing it. I like those singers, and I like this song so much that I can't break the habit of singing it. I'm sorry I can't write long right now. I still need to go through my notes in preparation for my exam this noon. Thanks for dropping by.

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