Archive | November, 2008

With a little help from my friends

29 Nov

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I usually dread Novembers. I remember spending most of November 2005 mourning my grandmother. It was a month of tears – crying for my grandmother, my problematic relationship, the shock of having my house burgled.

Then November 2006 was when I found out my bestest guy friend was about to make a really big mistake. One that would reverberate all through the year to come.

November 2007 brought drama, tears and running right back into the arms of God. Yeah, after all the hard work God’s put into trying to save my soul, I’d been adrift for years before I just sought His anchor again.

And this November was no different. I was sick (as I always am in November, I don’t know why), grappling with the Cough That Would Not Go Away, dealt with angst-ridden boyfriend who is now Man I Love But Am Not With Because He Needs To Sort His Fucking Life Out before he can really be with me. Then a horrific family emergency that had me flying home, simultaneously mending rifts with family and bestest guy friend.

I met someone. He makes me laugh. I’m hoping this one will always be a friend no matter what happens. Sometimes you need a little joy in your life and if it comes in the guise of a Really Bad Idea, well, hey. For a Bad Idea, he’s one heck of a good friend. Just for that, I’m more grateful than I’ll ever be able to say.

Am thankful that my family and friends have shown me how much love there is in my life. That I never have to go far for a hug. That the Big Guy up there makes a point to remind me that the rain does stop, the clouds do pass and when I least expect it, there’ll always be someone around the corner with an umbrella.

I love everybody.

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I want the world to burn

24 Nov

…so from the ashes maybe there’ll be born a better place, safe for you, baby girl.

All over again

23 Nov

I hated Ronan Keating’s version of Iris, and was prepared not to give the album it was on a listen.

Then I heard someone singing the song “All Over Again” from said album and so I Googled it and found the original version (there are at least 4 others Ronan did with different duet partners):

I quite like Kate Rusby’s voice and I enjoyed it the most about the song. The lyrics are crazy cheesy, though, and if I hadn’t loved hearing the person sing it, would probably have ignored it if I’d heard it on the radio.

So can I do it? Fall all over again? I don’t know anymore. And the lyrics from Falling Slowly just play over in my head: “I don’t know you, but I want you all the more for that.” But right now, I’m just happy being happy.

Turn down the light, turn up the radio.
There’s a fire in your eyes, and its keeping me warm
Hold on to me like it was yesterday,
When we both felt our spirits collide

I remember the moment, being struck down by lightning
Since the first time I saw your face, and you smiled
Come and lay down with me
Fill the space that’s between us
Feel the magic that keeps love alive
This time, can be like the first time
Close your eyes and soon we’ll be there
No man could ever guess what you’re feeling
Turn a spark to a flame,
Make a wish, close your eyes, won’t you start all over again.

Just like the first time that you touched my skin,
All over again
I tasted heaven take me there again,
All over again
Your smile
Your touch,
Your taste,
It turns me on and on and on,
That I fall in love with you,
All over again

Come and step through the stars,
Take a ride though the universe.
As long as we’re here, lets take this whole thing in

What I’m trying to say,
Is that you are so beautiful
Let me say it, all over again.
‘Cos this time can be like the first time,
Close your eyes, but you’ll soon will be there
No man could ever guess what he’s feeling,
Turn a spark to a flame,
Make a wish, close your eyes, won’t you start all over again.
[Repeat chorus]
Your smile,
Your touch,
Your taste,
It turns me on and on and on.
That I fall in love with you,
I keep falling in love, with you.
All over again
All over again
All over again.

If A Song Could Get Me You – Marit Larsen

20 Nov

I confess – I tend to judge songs by their titles. And Marit Larsen’s new single, If A Song Could Get Me You, was too cute-sounding to resist.

But then I caught her homemade video for the song, which she shot in a subway station.

It’s so cute my blood sugar levels rose.

Strangely appropriate though, because I have a massive crush on someone which is, of course, plainly ridiculous. Because I’m pretty sure it’s one-sided. It’s probably just a side-effect of too much mental chemistry.

But crushes can be mad fun so long as they don’t border on psychotic obsession. Instead, I’ve gotten plenty of ideas for songs and have figured out what I’m going to do in 2009 career-wise as well as my gameplan for 2010. So though my mad attraction is unrequited, I’m still inspired in good ways. (Yes, Sivin, that’s a good thing)

I could try with a waltz
I could try rock’n’roll
I could try with the blues
If a song would do

I could sing it high or low
When I let you go, you know
I thought it was for the best
Now it is so obvious

So here it is, here it goes
I could try it rock’n’roll
A change-your-life-forever-tune
If a song could get me you

I could make it high or low
Sing it on the radio
If that is what I need to do
If a song could get me you

I could run for miles and miles
I’d take off and I’d start flying
I could cross land and sea
If you’d just believe me

I should not have hurt you so
This old house is not a home
Without you here there’s no use
I’ve got no time left to lose

So here it is, here it goes
I could try it rock’n’roll
A change-your-life-forever-tune
If a song could get me you

I could make it high or low
Sing it on the radio
If that is what I need to do
If a song could get me you
If a song could get me through
I’d sing my way right back to you

Tell me how to make it right
Tell me now, I’ll start tonight
I know I could make it last
I swear to you that if I knew
What I was getting myself into
I wouldn’t answer to my fears
I’d never leave you standing there

Just look at me

If you’d only see me
I would prove my love for you
I could swallow half the moon
Just tell me where, tell me when
I will have you back again

So here it is, here it goes
I could try it rock’n’roll
A change-your-life-forever-tune
If a song could get me you
I could make it high or low
Sing it on the radio
If that is what I need to do
If a song could get me you

So here it is, here it goes
I could try it rock’n’roll
A change-your-life-forever-tune
If a song could get me you
I could make it high or low
Sing it on the radio
If that is what I need to do
If a song could get me you

Choosing the Symbian side

20 Nov

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(picture from S60.com)

So I’m coming clean here and disclosing that I’ve been a Symbian S60 ambassador for the past month or so. A post of mine made ‘Post of the Week’ for the Symbian Files campaign so I might as well out myself early.

Symbian? Of all the things I want to champion, why this? I could go for Google’s flavour of the month Android, join the mindless iPhone hordes or attempt to resurrect Windows Mobile.

My favourite OS for the phone has always been Palm’s. I love Treos and spurn RIM’s service locked-in CrackBerries. But after reviewing countless phone models and thinking about what I want and need in a phone, I want Symbian to succeed.

Windows Mobile phones, IMHO, are pieces of expensive hardware struggling to run a bloated OS with poor boot times and expensive third-party apps. I loved how there were so many free Palm apps while for WM, you pay for everything. Call me cheap then, but I want my high quality freebies!

With Symbian eventually releasing the code (under restrictions, of course, not quite GPL here), it’ll make it easy for manufacturers and hobbyists alike to start making apps for the platform.

Am also heartened that mobile phone heavyweight Nokia is willing to invest the resources it has for Symbian and the Symbian Foundation. I like what I’ve seen of the upcoming new version on the Nokia Music Xpress 5800 and with a bit more polish, I foresee a great future for handsets running the new version of the OS.

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From the land of the overly sanitised, I bring my cough

20 Nov

Ah, Singapore. How doth thou hath becometh increasingly pretty for Christmas. The shopping malls – they celebrate the decadence of the coming festive Eating of the Wallets, I mean, Christmas.

Was supposed to play tour guide, but, well, plans turn awry. Admired the lovely new nightspots, shiny new malls, picturesque waterfront.

Singapore food still sucks. Can’t stand cigarette smoke? Move to Singapore where you can’t even smoke inside a pub.

And I feel like hell. Kthksbai.

Monday Music: Take A Message – Remy Shand

17 Nov

This guy seems to have disappeared completely, which is rather a shame because he was doing blue-eyed soul way before everyone knew Robin Thicke’s name.

Have a shipload of new stuff to listen to. Indie stuff like Smog, The Microphones as well as Heather Nova’s Siren.

I have no idea who these people are.

For familiar yet new territory, have appropriated Seal’s covers album, Soul and his supposedly awesome live album Seal:Live in Paris.

Added classics like Chaka Khan’s I Feel For You and Annie Lennox’s Walking on Broken Glass.

Guilty pleasure of the week: Boyzone’s Better.  Plenty of music to keep me company in what looks to be an interminable itinerary at the AMD Shanghai launch, where I predict the reps will attempt to pretend Barcelona never happened.