I Offer My Life - Don Moen

This is a very memorable song for me and my spiritual life.

Have I told you I used to teach in college? I guess not. Well, I used to teach in college. It was one of the highlights of my life. It was my passion to teach because I wanted to contribute to the development of youth, in my own ways. I always admired teachers and I said, maybe I could be like them.

I taught college students. I lectured on Ethics, Art Appreciation, Logic, Philosophy of Man and Political Science (which were my major courses back at UP). I want to remember this as a highlight of my life because I learned to embrace my spiritual life. I learned that there is one supreme Being who made all things possible. God made things possible when, with the help of our community, my best friend and I were able to start an organization in the campus, the Christ's Youth in Action. You probably heard about it when you are in Manila and Baguio City, but not in Dagupan, where my cousin and I used to work.

As a group, we sang our very fist Doxology during the opening program of a University-wide activity. This is the song that remained in my heart each time I remember CYA. When I think of this breakthrough of my life, I will always remember this song because we learned the signs of this song. We sang it in front of the University's president, all the teachers, the staff and all the students of the University. This is one of the most unforgetable moment of my teaching days... and I miss teaching... and now I know, I am also missing some aspect of my spiritual life. Maybe it's about time I recharge... maybe it's about time I share this soft spot of my heart... and maybe, it's about time I should take heed of my heart's desire, the deepest desire... just maybe. I would need a lot of preparations for this so I hope you will be there with me.

For the meantime, let's read the lyrics of the most highlighted song of my life:

(Verse 1)
All that I am, all that I have
I lay them down before you, oh Lord
All my regrets, all my acclaims
The joy and the pain, I'm making them yours
Lord, I offer my life to you
Everything I've been through
Use it for your glory
Lord I offer my days to you
Lifting my praise to you
As a pleasing sacrifice
Lord I offer you my life
(Verse 2)
Things in the past, things yet unseen
Wishes and dreams that are yet to come true
All of my heart, alll of my praise
My heart and my hands are lifted to you
Lord, I offer my life to you
Everything I've been through
Use it for your glory
Lord I offer my days to you
Lifting my praise to you
As a pleasing sacrifice
Lord I offer you my life
What can we give
That you have not given?
And what do we have
That is not already yours?
All we possess
Are these lives we're living
That's what we give to you, Lord
Lord, I offer my life to you
Everything I've been through
Use it for your glory
Lord I offer my days to you
Lifting my praise to you
As a pleasing sacrifice
Lord I offer you my life
Lord, I offer my life to you
Everything I've been through
Use it for your glory
Lord I offer my days to you
Lifting my praise to you
As a pleasing sacrifice
Lord I offer you my life
Lord I offer you my life

And this is the audio from Imeem:
I Offer My Life - Don Moen

My Life - Billy Joel

Lyrics My Life lyrics

I missed Billy Joel because I am also a big fan! I came to learn of this song when I was alone in Manila. If you happened to read my previous blog (Complicated), I am a "loner" so when I lived by myself, my routine was just work and home and vice versa. While I was alone, I felt so scared and there were a lot of lonely nights. One time I got scared when there was a house burning, in the middle of the night, on the other street. I didn't know what to do and so I just prayed. Most of the time, my music gave me company. During my lonesome days, one of the albums that my CD player kept playing was Billy Joel's and I comprehended the lyrics of the song.

Despite my fear, my lonely nights and my solitary ways, this song gave me comfort because it gave me a confrimation I needed: THIS IS MY LIFE!

That's me! I wanted to spend sometime with my life and I don't care what other people say... at least I tried not to care most especially when they did not understand what is going on in my head. This song gave me a consolation for being left alone and yes, solitary. I can't count the days I was alone and hoping somebody would come along and give me company.

Thankfully, somebody dropped by and stayed with me for a while. She's my officemate who shared an apartment with me. I experienced camaraderie and in fact, we established a good relationship that after she left our workplace for greener pasture abroad, we still get in touch. Then I was back to MY LIFE!

Being alone was liberating and at the same time. it's a sad phase in anyone's life. It was one thing when you were left alone to decide for yourself, and another whe you are left alone physically -no family within hand's reach, no person to return my smile, nobody to wrap my arms around to... just no one in sight! So I had developed a connection with this song... it was my way of life... this is me... This is MY LIFE! And to all who have left me... to be with myself, thank you. I found myslef because you left me... Bitter? Of course not! Thankful? You bet!

My Life - Billy Joel

When You Say Nothing at all - Ronan Keating

I am a person of deep thought. However, I do not normally keep things to myself. In fact, I am a very expressive person, no wonder I keep blogging. But I am a believer of the saying that "if you have nothing good to say, zip your mouth"

I have to admit though that most of the time, this virtue really challenges me. It is too difficult to keep my mouth shut when my heart is beating so fast and I know I can beat the crap out of the person I am having an argument with...

You say it best when you say nothing at all... Right now, I don't know where the conversation have gone. I used to be able to interpret silence but now, I no longer know it's meaning. Probably I'm getting a lot of silence and I only hear myself. Am I winning the argument or am I losing it altogether? Nevertheless, I like playing this song with the guitar because it has easy chords.

I love the introduction of the song: "It's amazing how you can speak right to my heart" and I memorized that line by heart. I've memorized that since the movie Notting Hill. I even learned to sing it while playing the guitar.

I also wish I could say more but let me be quiet for a while. Let's just all check the lyrics of the song and if you want to hear the song, I downloaded it from Imeem so enjoy folks!

Thanks for taking the time to undesrtand me.

Lyrics | When You Say Nothing At All lyrics

When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating

Friends are friends forever - Michael W. Smith

Lyrics | Michael W. Smith - Friends are friends forever lyrics

I first heard of this song back in high school, when my big brother and sister were still singing with the church choir. We went to a catholic school together, even my youngest brother Matt (but due to financial difficulties of our parents, public school was forced upon him. That time both our big brother and sister were already in college). So I guess my story about this song is my siblings. They are in fact my first friends despite the normal sibling rivalry.

I believe your sibling are your first friends because you get to share the same sorrow when parents impose upon children the do's and don'ts in the house. However, most often than not, jealousy and hate come to picture. "Why do I always get the hand me downs? Why do I need to wash the dishes after dinner? Do I really have to obey my older sister and brother all the time?" Such questions definitely floated in my head back then. Now I can say, that is all part of growing up and one will never really know what a friend is unless you feel neglected, isolated and left alone. I always point that to "my law of opposites".

Incidentally, one of my favorite bible verses talks about friends: "A friend is loving at all times, and becomes a brother in times of trouble." (Basic English Version, Proverb 17:17) and I believe that. No matter how many times you inflict pain on your brother/sister, they will always understand. No matter how many times you will have disagreements, we will always find a way to forget the negative vibrations and continue on with life. Besides, we were raised to be open-minded, loving and understanding. This is one of the reasons I love my family.

Complicated - Avril Lavigne

If you see me with a microphone, in a videoke bar or in the house, definitely, this is one of the songs on queue.

Lyrics | Complicated lyrics

This is a story not about anybody else but me. You see, a lot of people misunderstand me. I am indeed a quiet person and when you hear me laugh or talk too much, it just means I'm trying to socialize, which is not really like me. I used to be a loner. I'd rather be with myself because I love to think. What do I normally think about? I think about my moves, I day dream, I think about my days in the sea where everything is calm. I recall my dreams, I regret a few things and thought I could have done something better. I think about the past so that I won'd fall on the same pit again. I just thought everything would be simple if life would just be about me. There would be no complications.

But in a world of "interconnected-ness", I learned that indeed, "no one is an island". That is the main reason why we have to socialize, meet people and talk to them. I could meet with people but I don't know how to start a conversation. If I do, expect dead air after my second sentence because I have nothing else to ask, I have nothing else to say and I think about various things then my mind will just go blank. Then I thought... what if this happens in a courtroom, where I am already a practicing lawyer? When after my second question, I'd say, "I have nothing further, your honor"! (This is so future but questions like this pops up). Aha! There goes another thing to consider -my schooling! This is my childhood dream and maybe I just want to fulfill that. Maybe I just wanted the title and who knows luck would be on my side this time.

Honestly, I do have the tendency to make things so complicated. I just don't get to enjoy things in themselves. I still have to consider the pros and the cons. You might ask, what's wrong with that? There are people who just enjoys doing things, they enjoy themselves, they enjoy what they do no matter what other people say. I take things seriously, I take criticisms wholeheartedly because I am a people pleaser. I will try to satisfy my friends, do everything for my family, I will do what others think is right, I will socialize regardless if I'm not being myself and I will go beyond my means if pressed with a crisis. See how complicated I make my life?

This are the choices I make and this is me. My choices... my decisions are mine and if I break down or tear apart -happens once in a blue moon- I don't blame anybody. I just put it on me because I don't want to bother anybody else. But if you happen to have learned about my story, if you knew any of my darkest secrets, if I told you what I've been through and still you're there, I'd say, we had a connection and accept my grtitude for bearing with me (wink!).

So there you are... This is a song about my life, my complicated life. This is my life's theme song.

This is from imeem:
Complicated - Avril Lavigne

Don't Fade Away - Acosta Russell

Lyrics | Don't Fade Away lyrics

When it comes to our big clan, this is one of our most memorable songs. This reminds us of a very tragic event and I can't help but experience goosebumps each time I recall this part of our history.

This is a story of my cousin Emil, who left his earthly being at an early age because of an accident. I can describe him as a responsible person, very far from his siblings. He had great respect for his parents and he felt all the agony that befall their family. At an early age, he was forced to wrok in order to support his family and somehow save for his own future and siblings. I don't wanna dwell so much on this sad story.

I wasn't really there all the days of his life but I knew him since childhood. He used to be this bully person, hard headed and everything that a young lad could be. He worked as a bartender and he often gets drunk before he could serve the customers because of the nature of his work. He's also a friendly person. His townmates like him so much and even if those friends made it to another place, they remember him. Then it was time for him to meet his Maker... we are just glad he left us with this memory and left us this song that he used to sing with his guitar.

At the mass, all his cousins sung this song as our farewell song. This was the only time all cousins were there singing in one voice, all offering their talents to this great cousin of ours. His momories won't fade away!

I tried to look for this music.
Dont Fade Away - Acosta Russell

Sa Kanya - Ogie Alcasid/MYMP

This is my first time to write on this blogsite and the song is a local song. I will find a way to translate it's lyrics in English. Let me begin:

How can I forget December of 2005, when I was admitted to the Hospital because of acute bronchitis leading to asthma attack. I was confined for 3 days with all the oxygen and dextrose inserted to my body. My sincerest gratitude to my family because they were all there to provide me with all the things I needed.

The last time I was admitted to the hospital was when I have undergone an apendectomy procedure which is a surgical operation on appendix. It was one of the painful moments in my life that i had to overcome. Every single day and night, I had to cry because of the pain of it, but this person has shown his sincere concern, provided me with all the things I needed, from going to the bathroom and going back to my bed and put me back to sleep. All these he endured to lessen the inconveniences. If only he has the power to switch place with me so I'll never have to suffer the pain, he could have done it long ago out of his great and sincere love for me.

I felt the same longing the second time I was admitted on December of 2005. I broke up with him 3 years back and never had any communication with him. The song that keeps playing back on my mind while I was in the hospital is this "Sa Kanya" MYMP. I was deeply moved because it reminds me that despite of all the storms in life. I may have met few people who attempted to take his place in my heart...but nothing has levelled/equalled his ways. I just realized that, it is still heart longs for. If only we have given it another chance, we could've restored the broken part. In my despair and loneliness... in my sleepless nights and disappointments... my lips has only spoken nothing else but his name. Hoping, just maybe, he'd come back for if that time comes, I would say... "my Heart still belongs to you".

This is my rough translation of the song:
Namulat ako at ngayo'y nag-iisa (I came to realize that I'm now alone)
Pagkatapos ng ulan (After the rain)
Bagama't nakalipas na ang mga sandali (Although the moments have passed)
Ay nagmumuni kung ako'y nagwagi (I am pondering if I won)

Pinipilit mang sabihin na ito'y wala sa akin (I tell myself that it is nothing)
Ngunit bakit hanggang ngayon, nagdurugo pa rin (But until now, I'm still in pain)

Sa kanya pa rin babalik sigaw, ng damdamin (I'll still come back to him)
Sa kanya pa rin sasaya bulong ng puso ko (I'll still be happy with him)
Kung buhay pa ang alaala ng ating nakaraan (If the memories are still alive...)
Ang pagmamahal at panahon alay pa rin sa kanya (All the love and time, I will still offer to him...)

At sa hatinggabi ay nag-iisa na lang (And while alone in the midnight)
Ay minamasdan ang larawan mo (I stare at your photo)
At ngayo'y bumalik nang siya'y kapiling pa (Now you came back while she's still with you)
Alaala ng buong magdamag (I think of this the whole night)
Kung sakali man isipin na ito'y wala sa akin (If you think this is nothing to me...)
Sana'y dinggin ang tinig kong nag-iisa pa rin (Please listen, my heart's desire is still the same)

Ang pagmamahal at panahon alay pa rin (All the love and time is offered...)
Sa kanya, sa kanya, sa kanya, hah-ooh
Sa kanya.
( him)

You can also listen to the song here:

Sa Kanya - Ogie Alcasid

Will I Survive - Introvoys

It's been a while since I wrote here. I was expecting my co-author (Yes, I now have a co-author -music247- also a music addict) to post a blog but I guess, it's still on the way.

I was in the City of Pines last night. It was one of the biggest gatherings I have attended in my alam mater since I graduated and there was a lot of fun. I didn't mind the trip plus the financial factor that is currently hurting me. Just the thought of going back to the one of my most favorite places, is enough to keep me going. Here is a photo of the famous "Oblation" of the University of the Philippines, my beloved UP.

My college days was the first time I was separated from my parents for a such a long time. They said it was a form of liberation to be living away from parents. I agree, but what is more liberating is to be counted as one of those "lucky" UP students. I do not subscribe to things that are meant to compare schools from one another, most especially, we are all on the same footing. To me, the difference between these big universities are their students -the future hope of the motherland, so to speak.

My parents are proud of me -for passing the entrance exam of UP, but I was so scared. I was scared of college life that is why I asked myself "Will I survive"? (This is another song, not related to the previous post I made about "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor). Then there was this OPM band (Priginal Pilipino Music) who sang this song. It was supposed to be a love song but I got struck by its title. This is memorable to me because I was separated from my parents, uprooted from my hometown, endured this "culture shock" that every freshman student would encounter when they frist enter UP. This is it... life now is going to be me and others, me and my school, me and my classmates, me and the world. I didn't mean it as a competition. It was more of either I make it or I break it. It was tough for me especially when you developed so much dependence on the people around you, my parents most especially. Then it hit me! My decisions are now me!

There was this Math subject handled by Ma'am Joy (which after I graduated from college, I learned is also a member of ANAK-UP). Mark was a classmate who can play the electric organ. We had this one project, a presentation, and there he played this song. He was good and I enjoyed the music even more. The topic back then was "Making Math Fun!" I did not just had fun, I think I was in a cloud! (Exaggeration? Nuh!). This is also one of the reasons why I think this is my college life song. After all, college life was not really scary. I survived UP and I'm proud of that. I never thought I would admit that because I thought I was really a failure in UP. Then I came to think of it, after our anniversary celebration last night, I am proud of UP. I am proud to be called ANAK-UP! And hurrah, I survived!

This is the lyrics of the song:

Lyrics | Will I Survive lyrics

Will I Survive - Introvoys

PS. ANAK in the Filipino language means a "child" and the acronym ANAK-UP is: Alyansa ng Nagkakaisang Kabataan sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas (Alliance of United Youth in UP)

Of All the Things - Dennis Lambert

Read the lyrics of this song:

Dennis Lambert Lyrics

I have always admired this song, not to mentioned its lovely lyrics. This is one of those songs that will keep on buzzing my ears for hours and hours and still my heart will long to hear more of it. I want it non-stop at times.

Today, while I'm in front of my computer, nursing a burned fingers from an accident spill last night, this song played. The song suddenly made me think of a person who was hurt more than what I am feeling right now because of the previous accident. I am thankful this is all I got from my carelessness but I felt sorry for those who met an accident or are feeling much worse than I do, they'd wish they're rather dead.

I haven't been in such situation but as I have always been declaring, I would willingly take a bullet for someone. I just hope this time won't come but if it did... if it does happen... I'd be more than willing to take this bullet for my loved one. Because I think I can handle it better if I am the one in pain than seeing other people dying with pain. While I was at the Emergency Room last night, I saw a patient who was near shouting because of the pain. One patient was in a wheelchair who was half-conscious. I tried to suppress my own pain and imagine I was them. Then I asked myself... if it happened to me, will somebody take the bullet? I could hardly guess. It doesn't really matter as long as I know, and I let them know that I will do it -I will do it for him.

As the song says, "of all the things I ever wanna do, I think I'll stop and end with loving you" to let them know that I love them. But for all the things I ever done... (and I will ever do) I'd rather have a part of you than all of my so-called friends... (or lovers).

This is the song, I hope you will all appreciate it. :-p

Of All The Things - Dennis Lambert

Love Song - Kenny Rogers

Lyrics | A Love Song lyrics

I'm a Kenny Rogers fan as far as his songs are concerned. He has a lot of songs that I know so well. I will be writing some of them here too, on my future blogs. I knew the song first before I have discovered that this Love Song was sung my Kenny. I guess he is also the original singer, I just wonder why I did not recognize his voice when I first heard this.

Because of my prodding, my friend permitted me to write this story. I am writing about a friend from my last workplace. She's the best I had when I was still working there. You see, we shared a lot of things. But wait, there's more...!

I mean, let me tell something more about her :-)

She's pretty, sweet, friendly, caring and most of all, a very proud mom! If you'll see his cute little boy, I'm sure you'd be very, very proud too! Our first encounter was in Waterhole in Shangri-La EDSA. She had the offer she can't resist so she joined our company and would-soon-to-be one of my trainees in one of our projects. Since then, we exchanged issues, shared ideas, communicated frustrations and the rest is history. We would then become so updated with each other. Thanks to modern technology.

One of our conversations back then was about her failing relationship, and I told her everything we talked about reminded me of this song. I guess the way they relationship is ending made me think of this song. It was just about saying goodbye, nothing else. From my point, the reason of the doomed relationship is: wanting to say goodbye. I said I don't like "goodbyes" and she said "who would be happy with goodbyes?" but have to say it after all. I didn't want to hear goodbye, but what is more important for me is her happiness. To make the story shorter: So there was a goodbye but it was more of a relief for her to see someone-she-used-to-love free again and now a happily engaged person.

Now, I am happy for my friend. I feel sad about that part but all the more, I am still happy for her. And now I miss her because I bade her goodbye. I just had to leave the company. We are still friends and I know we'll remain that way through eternity. I have to write this story because I also said goodbye and now we're 5-hour-bus-ride-apart.

Here's the song:

A Love Song - Kenny Rogers

214 - Rivermaya

It's my brother's birthday today. We just came from their house and we had a little chat from the past and then I remembered this song from one of the local bands. I used to like this song, in fact, I like all of their songs in their first album. Next to my favorite band, Eraserheads, is Rivermaya. If you want to know where they got their names, you can find it elsewhere. But for sure, one thing that attracted me to Rivermaya is the word "maya". It is the national bird of my beloved country and I'm not sure if it would mean anything to you but I like them. One time I was in the zoo with my cousin, we just looked at the mayas (plural) in the cage. It's as if we don't see maya everyday. I just admired them. Despite of their tiny built, they are still free -free as a bird- as they say. I also used to have a friend back in college named Maya, and I missed her. I don't know where she is now. I will try to trace later on.

So much about the maya. It's my brother's birthday! He's the only guy who had been so close to my heart. He is my big brother. Of course my little brother (who is taller than me) is also close to me and I love my family! I will talk about him later on the show (huh? show? haha, as if!) My big brother is different. He is just quiet most of the time and who doesn't love quiet people? I know why he is just quiet. He abhors arguments, period.

If there is one song I know he would appreciate is this one. Just read the lyrics and you'll see what I mean. It's being someone you always wanted to be and still be afforded the love one needed and wanted. Sometimes, we dare to do everything we want at the expense of other people's feelings. So, what do we need to consider? Is it others' happiness or your own? My brother gives an assurance like that. Do your own thing and he'll still stick by your side -understanding, encouraging and loving you. He got himself a very lucky wife, and two loving daughters.

Enjoy the song, lyrics and photo. The man in grey shirt is my BIG brother. The cute little gir making face in front of the photo is his cute Kyla and the one beside him is his lovely Cyrelle. Til next story!

214 - Rivermaya

Am I real?
Do the words I speak before you make feel
That the love I've got for you will see no ending?
Well if you look into my eyes then you should know
That you have nothing here to doubt nothing to fear
And you can lay your questions down 'cause if you'll hold me
we can fade into the night and you'll know

The world would die and everything may lie
Still you shan't cry 'Cause time may pass
But longer than it'll last I'll be by your side

Take my hand
And gently close your eyes so you could understand
That there's no greater love tonight than what I've for you
Well if you feel the same way for me then let go
We can journey to a garden no one knows
Life is short my darling tell me that you love me
So we can fade into the night and you'll know
The world could die and everything may lie
But you won't cry 'cause time may pass
And everything won't last but I'll be by your side
Forever by your side so you
won't cry

I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

Song Lyrics

I have mentioned about this song in my previous blogs. This is my favorite videoke song, and my sister too. I love to sing this song because of it's very lively tone plus the chance to dance on its interlude or instrumental part. I'd rather sing it than dance to it. My sister is good in both dancing and singing so I grab the mic from her when we reach the instrumental part of this song. (That's her with our new baby in the family, Chezka.)

I remembered to write about this song because I was thinking of the previous post from raimster16. I asked myself "what if the boyfriend came back, not to love her back, but just to give her hope". It is not far from possible because sometimes we tend to love a person (or so we thought) because we feel sorry about them. We don't want to see them crying. It's like there is something we could do but that is a quicksand, if you know what I mean.

We feel so sorry about them to the extent that we neglect our own happiness just to see such people to be happy. I do that, so don't wonder why I had this thought coming around. So I said, go ahead raimster, you can do it! You will survive this by yourself. You wouldn't need him again if he will just give you false hopes. That's when I remembered to write about this song.

I also would like to talk about my sister whom I'm reminded when I hear this song. I love her and I would never trade anybody else for her. She is the best for me! So to my best friend, my drinking buddy, my favorite sister, my "ATE"... We will survive as we always do!

I love you siz!

Above is the lyrics of the song. If it is loading very, very slow, try this link:

I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

(If you think the lyrics format for this blog is better than the previous lyrics I embedded on my site, please let me know. Thanks!)

I Need You - America

Thank you raimster16 for this story:

Hi there! I read your blog and I wanted to share to you my story about this song by America.

My experience with this song is very sad because that is when my boyfriend left me after 7 years of being together. I want to seek revenge but I cannot do it. He was so dear to me because he knows me inside and out. He knows when I want to cry and why I want to cry. I wanted to tell him that I need him, not as my boyfriend or someone intimate but someone who knows me, someone I can cry on and someone I can feel genuine affection. I know he’s a very happy soon-to-be-married man and I want him to stay that way. I hope he can read this so that he will know that I need him and when he comes to me, I will embrace him with my two hands because I just needed him beside me. Last night we talked and I never told him about this song but now my heart is singing it out for me.

I know I was hurt when he left me. I am still hurting until now and I can’t forget how he hurt me. I will not try to win him back. I just want him to be there for me when I need him. And I guess he promised he will.

“I just need you.”

We used to laugh, we used to cry
We used to bow our heads then, wonder why
And now you're gone, I guess I'll carry on
And make the best of what you've left to me
Left to me, left to me
I need you like the flower needs the rain
You know I need you,
guess I'll start it all again
You know I need you like the winter needs the spring
You know I need you,
I need you
And every day, I'd laugh the hours away
Just knowing you were thinking of me
And then it came that I was put to blame
For every story told about me
About me, about me
I need you like the flower needs the rain
You know I need you,
guess I'll start it all again You know I need you,
I need you
I need you like the winter needs the spring
You know I need you, guess
I'll start it all again
You know I need you,
I need you...

Isn’t it nice when after ending the relationship, you are still good friends? -0-

Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo Ole'

I used to hear my big brother say: there is a rainbow behind the clouds. I know he got it from somewhere and he was the first person that came to my mind when I heard this song. I love the rainbow and all the ideas that come with it. Ideas like "there's a pot of gold on rainbow's end" or "there's a rainbow after the rain" or "rainbows have the richest colors", and I'm reminded of Rainbow Bright. She's my favorite cartoon character when I was still a little kid. I seldom see her now, but I still have her in my heart. Well, I also remember this song playing back then. (Was it already playing before I was born or perhaps, when I already had a recollection of things happening around me.)

I am always amazed by rainbows and when I see them, I enjoy nature all the more.

I have a lot of memories when it comes to rainbows but for this particular song, the rendetion of Israel, struck me! Honestly, I first heard of it in the movie Finding Forrester, a different character portrayed by Sean Connery, being a literature enthusiast/an author/educator. He seemed an intelligent man in that movie and I liked him. I think everyone would wish there was a William Forrester in our midst when we are so unsure of what to do. At least we will be reminded that we have to move on... Like when it's raining hard, our consolation is... we'll get a rainbow. There is harmony after all the chaos that storms or rains bring. There is a calming effect on me when I remember the rainbow. I tell you, I really love nature and one of the wonders it leaves me is how the rainbow colors are orderly laid. There is a scientific explanation to that and I find it complicated so I'd rather wonder with awe and be amazed!

As I was searching for the lyrics of the song, i learned that it is actually some kind of a remix or blended song. Read on so you'll know what I mean. It's nice! It's all about the beauty of nature and our wonderful world!

So here is the song I got from Imeem. I tried to color the lyrics with the rainbow's colors. Hope you liked it.

Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwoole

Ooooo oooooo ohoohohoo
Ooooo ohooohoo oooohoo
Ooooo ohoohooo oohoooo
Oohooo oohoooho ooooho
Ooooo oooooo oooooo
Ooooo oooooo oooooo

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Once in a lullaby ii ii iii
Somewhere over the rainbow
Blue birds fly
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Dreams really do come true ooh ooooh
Someday I'll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me ee ee eeh
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney tops thats where you'll find me oh
Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly
And the dream that you dare to,why, oh why can't I? i iiii

Well I see trees of green and
Red roses too,
I'll watch them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

Well I see skies of blue and I see clouds of white
And the brightness of day
I like the dark and I think to myself
What a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people passing by
I see friends shaking hands
Saying, "How do you do?"
They're really saying, I...I love you
I hear babies cry and I watch them grow,
They'll learn much more
Than we'll know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world (w)oohoorld

Someday I'll wish upon a star,
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top that's where you'll find me
Oh, Somewhere over the rainbow way up high
And the dream that you dare to, why, oh why can't I? I hiii ?

Ooooo oooooo oooooo
Ooooo oooooo oooooo
Ooooo oooooo oooooo
Ooooo oooooo oooooo
Ooooo oooooo oooooo
Ooooo oooooo oooooo

American Pie - Don McLean

This is a very famous song. I just recently learned that Roberta Flack's rendetion of Killing Me Softly (with his song) is a song about Don McLean while he is singing American Pie. There are a lot of websites there avaialable to give you the meaning of this song. As for me, this is how my story goes:

I have been meaning to write about this song because this song reminds me of the person who made this blog site for me. I told her my idea, never intended that she'll be spending like 48 hours to create this site.

She's my dad's cousin but within my generation, we're 4 years apart. She used to have a huge collection of turntable records (I'm not really sure how they are called right now because they have been replaced by CDs, mini CDs and DVDs). It was an awe to see a turntable, the fact being that I grew from a far-flung area. We only knew about transistor radios, black & white TVs and a game called hide n' seek.

One of her collection was that of Don McLean. I first heard of this song from my aunt's collections. I appreciated it, but didn't bother to know the story behind this song. I would say she is a big fan of this artist. She has a good choice of music, you know. And she is the only person I knew who was so organized in things. She organized her collections, labeled them neatly and knew the contents of her collection by heart! When the first part of the movie series American Pie (Jason Biggs) came to the big screen, I instantly remembered my aunt. The reason being, she practically inculcated this song in my mind. I appreciated the song, not for it's lyrics or singer. I appreciated it because deep within me, I know this one will always tell me a story about my childhood days with my aunt.

This is one of the reasons why I wanted to talk about songs and music. Music connects the past and the future, like music lives forever!

Enjoy the music!

American Pie - Don McLean

I put here a link where you can find the lyrics.

Realize - Colbie Caillat

My cousin is going out of town to be with her husband and told me I should write about this song. This is a new song, as far as I'm concerned because it's sung by a new singer, the famous Colbie! I asked her, her own story of this song and told me to just read the lyrics. Alright, I've read the lyrics and maybe, she's just trying to tell me something. She's always difficult to understand but when you get to understand her, she's just full of wonder, full of sense, full of fun and full of everything I miss about her.

I realized just right now that she has been more than a sister to me, more than a cousin and more than a friend. If there is one word I could say about her, if you will not misunderstand me - soulmate. Yeah, that's what I feel right now. Why did I say this?

Without a word, she understands me. She just understands! And now she's leaving, I'll miss her for sure but I will rejoice for her, the fact that she'll be living with her husband now. I know her husband, he's a good man and a very sincere person. We got the chance to be together and I am just happy that he loved my cousin more than anybody else.

As for his song... I got her point! But let me tell you... we had the time of our lives!!!

If she'll gonna read this when you get to your place, I will bear this in mind. I know you're reading my mind and I'm thankful I have you! You take care now! I know he's gonna take care of you more than I took care of you. Love you cuz!

This is the song you're leaving me with and I figured out what you're trying to tell me. That's the story behind this song... let's realize!

Lyrics | Realize lyrics

realize - colbie caillat