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!

November 9

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

This is my very first book review and my first Colleen Hoover’s book. I’ve seen people reading her books everywhere, but I don’t know somehow I hadn’t read one. When I bought this book, I read the little description behind it. It didn’t give me that curiosity I usually feel when I pick books. But I bought it because I hadn’t read the famous Colleen Hoover’s book.

Okay now onto the book.

What interests me from this book is that the two characters, Ben and Fallon. Why? Because Fallon is a lot like me; insecure about all things mostly about her physical looks, unconfident, always underestimate herself, and her head that is full of ‘what if’ questions. Maybe her character relates to so many girls in this world. And that is what makes her special, what makes this book is worth reading.

Ben. He is sweet, sometimes can be too cocky and blunt. But that is what I like about him. He reminds me of someone I know, I care about too. Okay, I’ll stop being personal here. Ben is so unexpected, or maybe he is too predictable. I don’t know. He can be both. He is smart. Fallon is smart too. They both are. But Ben always has his ways to outsmart Fallon, from the way he talks, the way he defends himself when Fallon starts to accuse him being all wrong.

The only part that I don’t fancy is the beginning of this book. I don’t want to give away the piece of the story because it will be a spoiler. But, really if there is someone who dares to do that unexpected thing like what Ben did in the beginning of the book, seems like impossible. I mean, it is not a smooth opening for a romance book. It is just too easy, too instant.

I could already predict the end of the story, like who actually Ben is in the beginning. But I had no idea that the story would have such a plot twist like that. I mean, IT WAS JUST AWSOME.

My MOST FAVORITE part in this book is, of course the romance itself! When Ben and Fallon are so in love they can’t be separated! I love how they’re connection is just so…..real. Like I could feel what Fallon feels when they fall in love with each other, when the uncertainty is always in the middle on their way, when they have fights and doubts, but when they’re sure about each other that what touches me the most!

I smiled the whole way through the very last page of this book. Ben and Fallon. They’re just like every other relationship in this world.

I even thought about doing the same thing, like Ben and Fallon do. One day, every year, for maybe a year because I’ll be 23 this year. So, yeah…….

I don’t know….. I can’t really express what I’m thinking about this book. Like no words can really describe anything about this book.

I love Colleen Hoover! I’m addicted to her books now….