Out of Nothing

If you had watched several episodes the popular anime Full Metal Alchemist, you  are probably familiar with Edward’s monologue which he delivers before the opening theme song. It goes something like the paragraph below which I got from the third link of my Google search.

“Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy’s first law of Equivalent Exchange. In those days, we really believed that to be the world’s one, and only truth.”

I was a sucker for the series, not only for its powerful lines that makes you think about the metaphysical aspect of our life but also for the brotherly love between Edward and Alphonse, willing to sacrifice their life and cross parallel dimensions for each other.

Until one fateful Sunday morning changed everything I thought about the series. I was doing my usual habit of hopping radio stations while waiting for the green light, when I heard the line “Out of nothing at all, makin’ na na na and so on…” I had gone past 3 stations when I realized that I need to get back to the channel and listen more to the song. My mind was battered with what I heard, feeling close to having an intra-cerebral hemorrhage. I came to class still agitated, I was thinking about the song I heard, if I heard it right in the first place.

After a quick search in Google, I found out the song was entitled MAKING LOVE OUT OF NOTHING AT ALL, by Air Supply. I hastily clicked on the link to YouTube and listened to the song.

“Out of nothing at all, na na na”

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Closer

I’ve been listening to this song every single day. I thought I’d share this song because it has this strange but positive effect on me.

Closer
Songwriter: Caleb Followill

Stranded in this spooky town
Stoplights are swaying and the phone lines are down
Snow is crackling cold, she took my heart, I think she took my soul
With the moon I run far from the carnage of the fiery sun

Driven by the strangle of vein showing no mercy I do it again,
Open up your eye, you keep on crying baby, I?ll bleed you dry
Skies they blink at me, I see a storm bubbling up from the sea

And it’s coming closer
And it’s coming closer

You shimmy shook my bone leaving me stranded all in love on my own
Do you think of me? Where am I now? Baby where do I sleep?
Feel so good but I’m old, 2000 years of chasing’s taking its toll

And it?s coming closer
And it?s coming closer
And it?s coming closer
And it?s coming closer

LSS: Manny Villar’s Political Ad “Naging Mahirap”

I wish Noynoy’s campaign manager could come up with something like this. From security guards to high school students, I hear people singing this song everywhere I go.  In fairness to Manny Villar, if winning the presidency depended on having the best television ads, it would be a landslide victory for you.

Lyrics below:

Naging Mahirap

Nakaligo ka na ba sa dagat ng basura?
Nag-Pasko ka na ba sa gitna ng kalsada?
Yan ang tanong namin,
Tunay ka bang isa sa amin?

Nalaman mo na bang mapapag-aral ka nya?
Tutulungan tayo para magka-trabaho?
At kanyang plano’y magka-bahay tayo?

Si Villar ang tunay na mahirap.
si Villar ang tunay na may malasakit.
Si Villar ang may kakayahan
At gumawa ng sariling pangalan.

Si Manny Villar ang magtatapos
ng ating kahirapan.

LSS: Use Somebody by Kings of Leon

Among the eleven tracks in their album Only by the Night, “Use Somebody” was the song that gave me goose pimples. It has a unique effect on me. It helped me re-evaluate the people around me. Ultimately, people who genuinely care about you are within arm’s reach. Looking further will only prolong the emptiness that one feels. Somehow, that was the effect it had on me. Continue reading

If I were a Girl

If I were a Girl

APRIL 14, 2009

if i were a girl even just for a day
I’d roll out of bed in the morning
and go straight to a mall that’s open
and go window shopping with the girls

and look for great bargains
i’d pick everything i wanted
And I’d never get confronted for it
cause they stick up for me

If I were a girl
I think I could understand
How it feels to love a boy
I swear I’d be a better girl

I’d listen to him
‘Cause I know how hard he works
To give her the life she wanted
Please don’t take him for granted
Cause it’s you that’s all he ever wanted.

If I were a girl
I would turn off my phone
So he will spend all day worried
Thinking about what happened to me

I’d put myself first
And make the rules as I go
‘Cause I know that he’d be faithful
Waiting for me to come home, to come home

If I were a girl
I think I could understand
How it feels to love a boy
I swear I’d be a better girl

I’d listen to him
‘Cause I know how it hurts
When you lose the one you wanted
‘Cause she’s taking you for granted
And everything you had got destroyed

It’s a little too late for you to come back
Say it’s just a mistake
Think I’d forgive you like that
If you thought I would wait for you
You thought wrong

But you’re just a girl
You don’t understand
And you don’t understand, oh
How it feels to love a boy
Someday you wish you were a better girl

You don’t listen to him
You don’t care how it hurts
Until you lose the one you wanted
‘Cause you’re taking him for granted
And everything you had got destroyed
But you’re just a girl