Daily Post: How My Week So Far

I wish I could think of how my week went so far, but because I capped my Saturday early morning with a viewing of Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin, that’s the only soundtrack I’m able to think of right now.  There are two of them.  The first one is Love – though I doubt this is the type of love you’d like to experience.

The there’s Death, when Scarlett Johannsen’s character, Laura, does the fatal seduction of her prey.  This is a horror flick after all…

Alright, so enough with horror.  Then there’s the soundtrack for the next character I’m writing.  It’s Imagine Dragons’ Radioactive:

And then Demons, also by Imagine Dragons:

And finally this, still staying in character because I need him to have a happy ending, Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol:



Playlist of the Week

March Music Challenge

Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle [I used the playlist on my BB].  For each question, press the next button to get your answer.  You must write that song title down no matter how silly it sounds! [or you can cheat like I did and use the song on your playlist that best suits the question.]

If someone says, “are you okay?” you say? 
Nothing Else Matters (Metallica)

How would you describe yourself?
Sort Of (Ingrid Michaelson)

What do you like in a guy/girl?
Oh My God (Pink)

How do you feel today?
Somebody That I Used To Know (Gotye)

What is your life’s purpose?
Be Somebody (Kings of Leon)

What’s your motto?
Hanging By a Moment (Lifehouse)

What do you parents think of you?
Bongo Bong (Manu Chao)

What do you think about very often?
Can’t Let Go (Dot Dot Dot)

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Just the Way You Are (Bruno Mars)

What do you think when you see the person you like?
The Gipsy Hymn (HANA)

What will you dance to at your wedding?
Crawl, End Crawl (Four Tet)

What will they play at your funeral?
Save the Last Dance (The Drifters)

What is your hobby/interest?
Somewhere Only We Know (Keane)

What is your biggest fear?
Just Can’t Get Enough (Depeche Mode)

What is your biggest secret?
I’m On Fire (Bruce Springsteen)

What do you want right now?
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

What do you think of your friends?
Melt My Heart To Stone (Adele)

March Music Challenge

Daily Prompt: Tonight Is The Night…And I’m Feeling Alright

A song comes on the radio and instantly, you’re transported to a different time and place. Which song(s) bring back memories for you and why? Be sure to mention the song, and describe the memory it evokes.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us PAST.

We Filipinos love to sing.  I mean, we really love to sing to the point of shooting someone for his awful rendition of Frank Sinatra’s My Way simply because it sounded nothing like your way.  It even garnered its very own monicker as the My Way Killings.  I’m not kidding you, and I am glad that no one ever complained about my father’s rendition of said song because he simply knocked everyone’s socks off with his version – plus, he was always the host – certainly not good practice to shoot the host…

But while My Way is a song that’s memorable to me (but only in that infamous regard above), my most memorable and one that definitely brings me back in time is the song I first “really” heard when a-date-I-don’t-remember-now first sneaked my underage self into this private night club and bought me my first Long Island Iced Tea.

I remember how everyone and their mother sang this song during karaoke parties, but it wasn’t till I sat there in front of this singer and finally listened to the lyrics did I go – wow, is this, like, a song about the ‘other’ woman? – oh wait, it is about the other woman!

Oh well.  But there it is…

Whitney Houston in the early days of her career when she first started out as a model I read as someone to watch in Seventeen magazine.   Here she is killin’ it at the David Letterman show in 1985.

Daily Prompt

Weekly Writing Challenge: Get Out The Map

Music is powerful: it conjures memories, emotions, and people and things of the past. It’s not only a trigger, but an outlet to express who we are. For this challenge, pick one song and write about it — or use it as inspiration for a post. The track may be personally meaningful, or remind you of something, someone, or some event you can look back on. Or maybe you’re drawn to a song’s lyrics and want to use them as a springboard for a short piece of fiction. Or a poem. Or a free-write.

Before the age of iPhones, my friends always knew better than to write down my address in pen.  I moved around a lot and loved it.  They called me the wanderer because I simply just wanted to go places, even though I couldn’t afford it most of the time.  I’d get in my car and drive 500 miles if the mood struck me because it was a Friday and I had enough gas in my car, and someone would be waiting for me when I got there with a cup of coffee, a warm bed and a few days spent laughing.

When I first heard this song, I was in New Mexico and asking myself if I was willing to move and make my home in Alburquerque for the doctor I had fallen head over heels over had asked me to.  For some reason, many of the Indigo Girls’ music returned me to me at that time and many of them, through the course of our relationship, symbolized where we stood, as we transitioned from one point of the relationship to the next.  From elation and joy to pain and despair, the Indigo Girls captured them all, though this, Get Out the Map, was the start of it.  For it was to be the beginning of an adventure that I’d never forget.

And though in the end, our love didn’t last – and I never ended up in New Mexico permanently (something my clients admitted later on they were secretly hoping would never happen) – the songs and their meaning remain strong.  Just as this one is as strong as the first time I heard it, when I rolled the windows down and sang at the top of my lungs, knowing that with this man to whom I had fallen in love with, who never ceased to tell me how much he loved me, the lines “I’m going to love you good and strong while our love is good and young” rang so true it hurt.

Get Out the Map – Indigo Girls

The saddest sight my eyes can see is that big ball of orange sinking slyly down the trees
Sitting in a broken circle while you rest upon my knee this perfect moment will soon be leaving me
Suzanne calls from Boston the coffee’s hot the corn is high
And that same sun that warms your heart will suck the good earth dry
With everything it’s opposite enough to keep you crying or keep this old world spinning with a twinkle in its eye
Get out the map get out the map and lay your finger anywhere down
We’ll leave the figuring to those we pass on our way out of town
Don’t drink the water there seems to be something ailing everyone I’m gonna clear my head
I’m gonna drink that sun I’m gonna love you good and strong
while our love is good and young
Joni left for South Africa a few years ago and then

Beth took a job all the way over on the West Coast
And me I’m still trying to live half a life on the road
I’m heavier by the year and heavier by the load.
Why do we hurtle ourselves through every inch of time and space
I must say around some corner

I can sense a resting place
With every lesson learned a line upon your beautiful face
We’ll amuse ourselves one day with these memories we’ll trace
Get out the map get out the map and lay your finger anywhere down
We’ll leave the figuring to those we pass on our way out of town
Don’t drink the water there seems to be something ailing everyone
I’m gonna clear my head I’m gonna drink the sun
I’m gonna love you good and strong while our love is good and young

Weekly Writing Challenge