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”.