Not a pin drop

My father has this almost-habit of going through different YouTube videos, watching recaps and audition performances of various singing competitions all over the world.

Well, Dad isn’t that tech-savvy but he likes good auditions and even better singers so he really took my sister’s how-to-browse-YouTube sessions by heart.

It is in one of his browsing days that he found this 16-year-old finalist at last year’s The X Factor UK. Janet Devlin.

She hits, man. Her sweetness and innocence and continuous blossoming all takes backstage when her voice comes out. In Kelly Rowland’s frequent expression, one can hear a pin drop in a room where Janet sings.

That’s what happened during her audition. Here:

See what I mean?

Throughout Janet’s time in the competition, you would see how people can change themselves from hair color to perspectives because of the desire to fulfill a dream.

Here are some more of Janet’s performances (my personal favorites). Watch them, see her grow and believe in the power of dreaming.

Janet singing “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith

Janet at her Judges’ Houses Audition singing “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera

Janet’s Final Performance, “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol

As my heart begins to shatter

First heard this song via my younger sister’s phone. It struck me because the music’s surprisingly and ironically relaxing considering the pain that the song contains. Oh well, listen and feel it yourself.

12:51, Krissy and Erika

Cause it’s 12:51 and I thought my feelings were gone 
But I’m lying on my bed, thinking of you again
And the moon shines so bright, but I gotta dry these tears tonight 
Cause you’re moving on and I’m not that strong to hold on any longer

(See full lyrics here)


PS. I’m not a big fan of the music vid. But the song’s cool just the same.

It’s a Hit

You may have heard them somewhere already and have thought that they are beautiful, too.

For everyone who likes a good dose of new renditions and cool songs, here are my current addictions:

I Can’t Make you Love Me, Adele

Perfect, Hollie Cavanagh (AI 11 contestant)

Grenade, Bruno Mars

Back to December, Taylor Swift

And though I may not look like much . . .

I’m YoursThe Script

You touch these tired eyes of mine
And map my face out line by line
And somehow growing old feels fine
I listen close for I’m not smart
You wrap your thoughts in works of art
And they’re hanging on the walls of my heart

I may not have the softest touch
I may not say the words as such
And though I may not look like much
I’m yours
And though my edges may be rough
I never feel I’m quite enough
It may not seem like very much
But I’m yours

You healed these scars over time
Embraced my soul
You loved my mind
You’re the only angel in my life
The day news came my best friend died
My knees went week and you saw me cry
Say I’m still the soldier in your eyes

I may not have the softest touch
I may not say the words as such
And though I may not look like much
I’m yours
And though my edges may be rough
I never feel I’m quite enough
It may not seem like very much
But I’m yours

I may not have the softest touch
I may not say the words as such
I know I don’t fit in that much
But I’m yours


*** Can’t find an official music vid in Youtube. Is there any?

And they call it safe and sound, huh?

I got to see the music video of Safe and Sound with Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars a few days after it was previewed in MTV. I was on Tumblr then and everybody was just raving about the first-ever music video from The Hunger Games OST. So, being a THG fan myself, I checked it out.

Here’s the video, if you are ever one of those under the rocks these past few weeks and therefore have not seen it:

And my thoughts?

Well, I love the song, always will do. I love Taylor’s take on it, the way she sang it with so much emotions and softness.

But this video is, to its core, creepy. I mean, seriously, it’s entitled Safe and Sound and I’m seeing Taylor in a cemetery? Well, I do get the general idea and the reason behind it. Just that it’s creepy. It sends shivers up my spine.

Nonetheless, this has only strengthened that infamous theme of forbidding and graveness surround The Hunger Games.

That said, I cannot wait to see how this song would be used in the entire movie, let alone in scenes where I most imagine it would be in.


P.S. Maybe Taylor can consider doing a horror movie? Hahahaha! Her whiteness can make a fine ghost, that’s why.

No, I’m not a Kpop fanatic

I just happen to be in love with these:

Because I Miss You, Jung Yong Hwa

Star, Kang Min Hyuk

The Day We Fall in Love, Park Shin Hye

Well, yes, they are all from the Korean series Heartstrings. I like them because: a) they make me smile every time I listen to them, b) they do not really require that I understand the words in them, and c) they’re soothing.

So no, I’m not as solid a Kpop fanatic as the others are. I just happen to love listening to songs that make me “feel”.

On THG: Taylor Swift

Safe and Sound, Taylor Swift feat. The Civil Wars

(No official music video yet, I think. I’ve tried searching, but there’s none yet in YouTube).

Three reasons I am so loving this song right now:

1. Makes me want to cry every time I hear it.

2. I can very much visualize/imagine so many scenes that the song could be used and I know that it would just make the film more heartbreaking than it already is.

3. It’s something I could listen to whenever I feel so stressed (which is bordering on always).

But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it

Well, I do like my set of country songs.

It’s an officemate who has introduced me to Adele’s music. Frankly, I think I’ve been out of the loop for good long while that I haven’t even noticed Taylor Swift’s new songs. Which means I’m quite passive when the girls in the office has started playing Adele songs one after another.

But one particular song has done a fair work in catching my attention:

If you know me personally and you have listened intently on every word of this song, you may understand why I’m so taken by it.

Someone Like You is a song about a woman finding out the man she loves already has someone else and is perfectly happy. In the duration of the lyrics, we can finally figure out that the woman is somehow coming to terms with this discovery amid the utterly painful feeling it goes along with.

Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead

On a personal level, I’d like to say I especially love the song for its rather hopeful feel. It shows how much love can lead to a person finally letting go of all the bitterness and being thankful for that other who’s been part of something special.

As a music lover (albeit my own lack of musical talent), I like how Adele’s ultimately clear voice has made the song both relaxing and intriguing. Her delivery of the words are with such transparency that you cannot help but really think about what’s happened. On the other hand, her soothing voice makes the listener simply want to hear the song out for good feel.

On the whole, Someone Like You is the perfect break from my collection of angry girl music about love and loss. Aside from the fact that it’s one of those songs I can listen while on my way to dreamland, it is also that particular set of lyrics I can always turn to when the abysmal pit that is heartbreak starts pulling on me again.

When You Feel Like Doing Nothing at All

It was at the office that I first played this new single by Bruno Mars. And I laughed real hard because of the opening lyrics:

Today I don’t feel like doing anything. . . 

My officemates and I thought the song was really inappropriate to play especially from our system- and record-laden computers. But before we were even aware of what we’re doing, we began to dance along with the song. Laughing our voices hoarse, we surely got to find a way to be relieved of the stressful day.

At home that night, I Google-d the song’s music video. It was really amusing. Here, get a look at it yourself:

I do love Bruno Mars’ songs, they sound cool and relaxed. They make me feel cool and relaxed. His music sounded as if you’re in Hawaiian shores, where people have nothing to do but dance to crooning music.

I’m trying my best to make the most of the song, so I play it every time the stress level around me is at high tide.

And let everything hang loose. . .