Friday, August 31, 2007

Two Sides to Every Story

Answer songs are usually a response to a song or a sequel to a previous song. Imitation is said to be the highest form of flattery as well as the lowest of all gimmickries if done in poor taste. Recently, I've been hearing some kind of a battle of the sexes on the airwaves.

Here are some of the good, the bad and the ugly...

"Beautiful Girls" by JoJo- The singer/actress made a cover response to Sean Kingston's #1 hit on her Myspace.

"So Sick" by Lil' Bit- According to wikipedia she's an "up and coming r&b artist" who assumed the ex-girlfriend's reply on Ne Yo's 2006 hit. I know some of JoJo' songs, but Lil' Bit doesn't even come up on any other searches.

"Hey There Delilah" by Plain White T's- Oops it's not a response to Regina Spektor's "Samson". He wrote it for a girl he liked named Delilah. The piano-driven "Samson" was already in her 2002 album and then re-released this May. Then a month after, the acoustic "Hey there Delilah" was also re-released. It first came out in 2005. It's also interesting that one of the lines in HTD , What's it like in New York City? kind of poses a question to Regina from the block.

"FURB" by Frankee- She matches ex-boyfriend Eamon's "Fuck It(I Don't Want You Back)" with the same eloquence. Relationship gone sweet deal for the two.

"Irreplaceable" by he-who-must-not-be-named-because-the-song-just-sucks.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Memorable Musicals and My Mom

(Inspired by "Hairspray")

Here are the musicals with songs I've loved from beginning to end.

1. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"- My first Disney favorite.I watched my betamax copy that I got from my mom like a million times as a kiddo. I kept on mimicking the "I'm Wishing" song complete with the echo.

2. "Sound of Music"- I remember my Mom brought this and in VHS format. We couldnt watch it because we don't have the player then. Haha! I was able to watch it in school.

3. "Beauty & the Beast"- I watched this on the bigscreen. It usually takes months before they show movies in the province. And it's doubled with another flick, so we stay glued in the seats for 4 hours.

4. "Aladdin"- I think we got this from my mom. I kept on hitting "pause" at the part where Aladdin's and Jasmine's lips met for their kiss.

5. "Evita"- When I was a kid I took this random cassette tape from my mom and then transcribed these two sings that I liked "Good Morning Sunshine" and "Don't Cry for me Argentina". After many years I fell in love with the Evita soundtrack I borrowed from Arni's mom and heard the latter song again. I watched the movie just by myself. A highschool kid watching alone and singing all throughout the movie.

6. "Miss Saigon"-I first heard the soundtrack on a one summer vacation at my Uncle's place. Years passed, I landed the part of Yvette in our highschool musical. My last phone conversation with my mom was that she's willing to let me watch the "Miss Saigon" which was running in Manila. She passed away a few days afterwards. I haven't had the heart to watch it then, but I vow to see this someday.

7. Moulin Rouge!- This movie is one my all time favorite. I always think that if my mom was able to see this she would have loved it. Musicals reminds me of my mom. I miss her.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Rain or Shine

I'm bumming again fresh from back to back trips in Boracay and Bicol for four days of sun, sand, swimming and surfing in the middle of tyhoons Chedeng, Dodong and Egay. How lucky indeed!

I've been ranting for the longest time that we should have fashionable rubber boots like to how Havaianas reinvented the flipflops. Pluey's is the answer to my prayers for rain and flood without looking like a traffic enforcer. Made sense doesnt it, with only sunny or rainy as the only seasons in our country.

I really love this song "B Boy Baby" by Mutya with Amy Whinehouse
You are my rainy day's sunshine...