Throwback (2000’s)

It’s time for some throwback!

I love music. I have always been into music probably since I was born because my dad used to be a musician and he plays music wherever and whenever he can. He introduced me to my first music from the 80’s and he still listens to them until now. If you ever ride with my dad, he still has that CD and FlashDisk (once upon a time they were cassette tapes). I remembered him playing so many Phil Collins, Elton JohnRichard Marx, The Roxette, Air Supply, Michael Bolton, Marc Anthony, Toni Braxton, All-4-One, and his all-time-fave Kenny G (have I mentioned that he collected all of his records?) and this one Kenny G song always plays in his car ‘Songbird’ and this one song that still in his playlist with Songbird, ‘Careless Whisper’ by George Michael. Every time I listen to those songs, the first thing that pops out in my head is the smell of my dad’s car (it will always smell the same since I was born even though he changes cars quite a lot), his presence, and driving with him in a pouring rain (don’t ask me why because I have no explanation why). I love you, Papa! Thanks for introducing me to music since I was born.

Moving on…

Then growing up, my mom introduced me to (mostly boybands because she is one of Westlife’s biggest fans and she had a huge crush on Mark Freehily) pop music. I remember my older sister and me collected cassette tapes of Backstreet Boys, Westlife, *NSYNC, Madonna, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera (since around 2000, Christina Aguilera has always been my idol until now) and etc.

But my sister and I could finally explore music on our own when we were ten and eight.

Then, I started to dig deeper into music and started to watch MTV more often. In 2005, I started to love Pop Rock/Alternative Rock music. We listened to Good Charlotte, Muse, Simple Plan, Evanescence, and Linkin Park, MCR, and etc.

So I am going to share with you the ‘Playlist of My Life Millennium Edition’;

  1.  Britney Spears – Sometimes (this is my and my sister’s favorite song. I was 6 and she was 8, we used to sing this wherever we go and we used to play the music video before bed)
  2. t.A.T.u – Not Gonna Get Us and All About Us, (does anyone else know this Russian duo?),
  3. Good Charlotte – I Just Wanna Live (I still remember singing and dancing crazily to this song with my sister. Such good times)
  4. Hoobastank – The Reason
  5. Simple Plan – Untitled (this song makes me sad)
  6. Muse – Unintended (this song always makes me cry since 2000), and Sing For Absolution
  7. Maroon 5 – Sunday Morning (of course I have to include Maroon 5, I mean come on!)
  8. Lily Allen – Smile (we loved the music video!)
  9. Linkin Park – Leave Out All The Rest and What I’ve Done
  10. James Blunt – Beautiful (classic!)
  11. Secondhand Serenade – Fall For You (I started to love Secondhand Serenade already as a teenager if 13 years old is considered a teen)
  12. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dani California
  13. Eminem – When I’m Gone (this song shatters my heart)
  14. *NSYNC – This I Promise You
  15. The Killers – Mr. Brightside

There are still so many of them, but let me just share 15 of them for now on. I was such a dark muse when I was a kid LOL

Share with me your own Millennium Playlist 🙂

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No Vacation

 

It’s time for some review and I will pick music as the topic.

SO…*drumroll*

This particular bedroom-pop / indie-pop band called “No Vacation” with four members from San Francisco, they stole my mind away. I have always been into an indie type of music, but mostly it would be an indie-folk. BUT THIS GROUP, though they have only been in the music industry for three years, they have changed my taste in music to a whole new level!

Read here for other GREAT bedroom pop artists

I still have no idea how this band can create such ear-catching sounds that are called music. I mean, if I were able to be an artist I would never have thought of making this kind of song. Okay, I am going to be honest here, I love listening to Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits playlist (guilty pleasure) and kind of enjoy some of the contemporary pop, pop remixes, I don’t know… I just love music. I love listening to all genres in certain moments. I mean talking about music genres, who am I to say anything about it?! I know nothing about music, I am just a loyal listener.

But No Vacation…deserves to be on that playlist!

I first heard No Vacation in one of Spotify’s indie-pop playlist in early 2018 and first stumbled into Yam Yam and I just played it on repeat. Here is the song for you to enjoy so that we can admire this song together:

 

And then I became a little too obsessed with this group and listened more. AND THEN *dramatic sound inserted* I fell in love with ‘Lovefool’ and the lyrics are kindda touchy HAHAHA but I am here for their music, not just the lyrics *wink*. Here is “Lovefool” with the lyrics for extra *wink again*:


Don’t look me in the eye
I get embarrassed when you see me cry
These thoughts I can’t articulate
Got me feelin’ some type of way

Guess I was a fool for believing you
Yeah the truth hurts more than a lie or two
More than a lie or two

Door closes and you’re gone
You left me hangin’ on this love
For far too long

Nostalgia has me feeling bittersweet
Reminiscing on the days things were easy

Guess I was a fool for believing you
Yeah the truth hurts more than a lie or two
More than a lie or two


I think that is all for this review because you know what, my words won’t mean anything if you don’t listen to this group ASAP!

 

So, enjoy…

Where’s My Love?

Wait, it is not that I am asking a literal question… (I mean, hey I don’t know where he is right now. In the future, for sure)

This is one of my favorite songs of all times! (not exaggerating, really)

SYML – Where’s My Love?

SYML (Simple in Welsh) was born from Brian Fennell’s unknown lineage and complex feelings.

I first stumbled into this song from one of Spotify’s indie folk playlist at the end of 2016 during a sad rainy day. There are so many versions of this song, (piano solo, original, alternate version, acoustic, duet) and the first version I ever heard was the alternate version and of course it touched my heart into the very core.


Cold bones. Yeah, that’s my love
She hides away, like a ghost

Does she know that we bleed the same?
Don’t wanna cry but I break that way

Cold sheets. Oh, where’s my love?
I am searching high, I’m searching low in the night

Does she know that we bleed the same?
Don’t wanna cry but I break that way

Did she run away?
Did she run away? I don’t know
If she ran away
If she ran away, come back home
Just come home

I got a fear, oh, in my blood
She was carried up into the clouds, high above

If you bled, I’ll bleed the same
If you’re scared, I’m on my way

Did you run away?
Did you run away? I don’t need to know
If you ran away
If you ran away, come back home
Just come home


If this song ain’t giving you chill, then you probably… are not an indie folk person.

This is the alternate version that I first heard (and fell in love with it after ten seconds into the intro):

 

This is the piano solo version, my tips for listening to this song;

  • open your window (best in the morning and when it is cloudy or raining)
  • sit on the edge of your window sill
  • put on your headphone
  • have your cup of hot (steaming will be best) coffee or milk or tea
  • turn on this song (adjust your own volume)
  • have your favorite book (if you don’t like to read, then it is optional)
  • then read (or stare out the window if you don’t fancy reading)
  • or just simply absorb the tune, let your mind wander on its own. You will be surprised at what it will find.

 

This is the acoustic version of the song. I found it in one of my favorite YouTube channel (for all Indie people, check this account out!)

 

BONUS FOR YOU

Demons

I have been so addicted to Jacob Lee lately. He is an Australian Indie singer and songwriter. You can check him out more here !

This is the first song I stumbled into first and I fell in love with it directly. This song for me is so full of emotion and probably because I love a dark indie song. This song is called ‘Demons’

But then, this is also my favorite Demons video when he performed at the Philosophical Session last year. Jacob Lee is one of the underrated most brilliant musicians. I bet you will fall in love with him too after this. Watch!


The second song I found very enticing is called ‘Ghost’

I actually love all of his songs to be honest, like Ocean, Secrets, I Just Know, Chariot, etc. I can’t wait for his full album release. I hope he is working on it very soon. It would have been so great too if one of his songs used as movie soundtracks like 13 Reasons Why or something. It would also be so great to have him do a collaboration with Billie Eilish! OMG, okay I will stop here so you can enjoy and check him out!

The Least You Could Do


It was darker that night

The night that you did me wrong

Yeah, the stars weren’t too bright

And our hearts weren’t too strong

So tell me i’m alone now

Tell me you don’t want me

Tell me to give up now

Unless you want to see me bleed

Oh, the least you could do

Is help me get over you

Oh I hate that you did it

And it hurts that you wanted to

But don’t try to protect me

When your words just won’t be the truth

Rather tell me i’m alone now

Tell me you don’t want me

And don’t you dare say that you’re in love now

Unless you wanna see me bleed

Oh, the least you could do Is help me get over you

Don’t be so selfish

Don’t be so selfish

Stop being so selfish

Just help me out

Say you’ll always love me

Say I need to know

That you won’t forget me

So I can let this go…

Billie Eilish – idontwannabeyouanymore


Don’t be that way
Fall apart twice a day
I just wish you could feel what you say
Show, never tell
But I know you too well
Kind of mood that you wish you could sell

If teardrops could be bottled
There’d be swimming pools filled by models
Told “that tight dress is what makes you a whore”
If “I love you” was a promise
Would you break it, if you’re honest
Tell the mirror what you know she’s heard before
I don’t wanna be you anymore

Hands getting cold
Losing feeling’s getting old
Was I made from a broken mold
Hurt, I can’t shake
We’ve made every mistake
Only you know the way that I break

If teardrops could be bottled
There’d be swimming pools filled by models
Told “that tight dress is what makes you a whore”
If “I love you” was a promise
Would you break it, if you’re honest
Tell the mirror what you know she’s heard before
I don’t wanna be you
I don’t wanna be you
I don’t wanna be you anymore

Young in Love

 


[verse 1]
I used to think it’s funny
How you go from black to white
And now I think it’s funny
Where are you tonight?
Just a boy with a knife
You were staring right at my heart
So you make a start
Just as i’m making it

[pre-Chorus]
(did you forget) that you opened up to her
(did you forget) that you opened up to her

[Chorus]
Cause we once were in love
And I once was all yours
We were once young, we were once young
We were once young, we were once young in love
In love, in love, in love

[verse 2]
You are a mean boy
Lucky you keep mostly to yourself
You didn’t want to be kind or accept any help
Dark is the color of your heart
Is that why you locked it up?

[pre-Chorus]
(did you forget) that you opened up to her
(did you forget) that you opened up to her

[Chorus]
Cause we once were in love
And I once was all yours
We were once young, we were once young
We were once young, we were once young in love
In love, in love, in love

[bridge]
So bad, so sad
Ain’t nobody ever coming back
So bad, so sad
Ain’t nobody ever fallin’ in love
In love, in love, in love

Cause we once were in love
And I once was all yours
Cause we once were in love
And I once was all yours

Billie Eilish – Bored

Billie Eilish – Bored


The games you played were never fun
You’d say you’d stay but then you’d run

Giving you what you’re begging for
Giving you what you say I need
I don’t want any settled scores
I just want you to set me free
Giving you what you’re begging for
Giving you what you say I need, say I need

I’m not afraid anymore
What makes you sure you’re all I need?
Forget about it
When you walk out the door and leave me torn
You’re teaching me to live without it
Bored, I’m so bored, I’m so bored, so bored

I’m home alone, you’re God knows where
I hope you don’t think that shit’s fair

Giving you all you want and more
Giving you every piece of me
But I will never can afford
I just want you to love for free
Can’t you see that I’m getting bored?
Giving you every piece of me, piece of me

I’m not afraid anymore
What makes you sure you’re all I need?
Forget about it
When you walk out the door and leave me torn
You’re teaching me to live without it
I’m so bored, I’m so bored, so bored

Giving you what you’re begging for
Giving you what you say I need
I don’t want any settled scores
I just want you to set me free
Giving you what you’re begging for
Giving you what you say I need, say I need

I’m not afraid anymore
What makes you sure you’re all I need?
Forget about it
And when you walk out the door and leave me torn
You’re teaching me to live without it

Wrong Crowd

Guys, guys… I just want you to listen and sing along this song. Okay? I love this song so much and you guys are gonna love it too.

And my mother is standing beside me
As I’m packing my bags in the car
She says please boy no more fighting
Oh it’s only gonna do you harm

But I can’t help it, I don’t know how
I guess I’ll always be hanging round with the wrong crowd
I can’t help it, I don’t know how
I guess I’ll always be hanging round with the wrong crowd

Ohhhhhhh my boy

And my brother is standing behind me
As I’m slowly going out my head
He says you know those people don’t like me
Why d’you wanna be one of them.

But I can’t help it, I don’t know how
I guess I’ll always be hanging round with the wrong crowd
I can’t help it, I don’t know how
I guess I’ll always be hanging round with the wrong crowd

Ohhhhh I wish I could find somebody
That my mother would like
Oh I wish I can find somebody
That could treat me right

But I can’t help it, I don’t know how
I guess I’ll always be hanging round with the wrong crowd
I can’t help it, I don’t know how
I guess I’ll always be hanging round with the wrong crowd
But I can’t help it, I don’t know how
I guess I’ll always be hanging round with the wrong crowd
I can’t help it, I don’t know how
I guess I’ll always be hanging round with the wrong crowd
But I can’t help it, I don’t know how
I guess I’ll always be hanging round with the wrong crowd
I can’t help it, I don’t know how
I guess I’ll always be hanging round with the wrong crowd
But I can’t help it, I don’t know how
I guess I’ll always be hanging round with the wrong crowd
I can’t help it, I don’t know how
I guess I’ll always be hanging round with the wrong crowd

Half Moon Run

So, this morning I will share about my other favorite indie folk band. This Canadian band is called Half Moon Run(from the tittle of this post). This band had signed in 4 different record labels in different countries. This band was first active in media in 2010 and had already released 2 amazing albums!

Their first debut Album released in 2012, Dark Eyes, which a year later the song of Full Circle was used as the credit opening song of Assasin’s Creed IV: Black Flag game’s trailer.

Their second album was released in 2015 called Sun Leads Me On.

These are the songs which I personally like the most from both albums combined and not in particular order;

Check them out and tell me which are your fav songs!