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My Life with Whitney’s

remember when we held on the rain, the nights we almost lost it, once again, we can’t take the night into tomorrow, living on feelings, touching you I feel it all again

February 19, 2012, was a fresh Sunday morning, after the hard rain fell the night before. A supposedly jolly day turned grey when the first thing I saw was a flashing text on TV: Whitney Houston, singer and actress, dead at 48.

Even typing those words, a few days after the news broke out, still left me stunned in silence. I had to pause typing just now, much like I opened my mouth in shock in front of TV on the above date, before rushing to my computer and found the news to be true.
Like most of you did, I switched on my iPod, and didn’t take it out most of the day. Out of 60-odd songs of hers in the iPod, I began to sing along to some 40 of them. Without Googling, we know the lyrics to those songs by heart.

The songs, spanning from 1985 to as recent as 2009, covered a good prime spot of one’s lifetime. For early 30s people like me, we cannot help being exposed to her songs, whether we are fans or not.
In fact, it was not her name I wrote down in ‘favorite singers’ most of these time. The entry belongs to other more so-called serious singers we often write to make ourselves look, like it or not, pretentious.

Here’s the thing about Whitney: she never takes herself seriously. Her big voice, while it is undoubtedly her natural talent, is delivered to us with heart. She puts big enough faith in songs she sings, and we cannot help but being drawn to the voice. It is the voice that we notice first, such an overwhelming voice that most of us look up to. Still.

And how we have looked up to her all these time, unknowingly. Doesn’t have to be from the start of her career, but at one point of our life, we listened to her whole album, and before we know, we remember the songs.

For me, the crucial point was before my final exam of elementary school.
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Posted by on 02/21/2012 in English, Music, Personal


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Love Me Do – A Love Letter by The Beatles’ Songs

Thanks to petitepoppies who wrote an effortlessly cute blog entry about a love letter using nothing but The Beatles’ songs, now I got the bug to do the same.

Hey, I still stick to my plan of using The Beatles’ songs for my wedding* later.
(*Mom, if you read this, remember what you insist on saying: don’t trust everything we read on the Internet!)

You can do the same by checking out the list of all songs sung by The Beatles. Man, they’re a bunch of geniuses, aren’t they?

Here goes:

Bad Boy,

Do You Want to Know a Secret?

Don’t Pass Me By. Don’t Ever Change. Don’t Let Me Down.

I’m Talking About You.

Tell Me What You See.

I Wanna Be Your Man. I Want to Hold Your Hand. Eight Days a Week.

All You Need is Love.

Yesterday. Here, There, Everywhere. Across the Universe.

Because. Baby It’s You.

If I Fell. In My Life. I Will.

You’ll Be Mine.

Love Letters to The Beatles


Posted by on 01/26/2012 in Blog, English, Music, Personal


Ola! I’ve been away for quite some time, but really, nothing much to tell, except … well … if you’ve seen my MSN nickname (it’s by the way), you’ll have an idea why ;=).

Anyway, people have been asking me about the current nickname, whether it is taken from a song, a poem or any other inspirational material (ha! inspirational? more like plagiatory resource! hahahahaha …).

It is taken from a track found in this famous Indonesian band’s latest album, “positive+POSITIVE” by POTRET, you know, the one w/ Melly and Anto Hoed, and Aksan Sjuman, DEWA’s ex-drummer.

The song is called Ketika Cinta Itu Hilang (do I need to bother translating here? yay, OK, before you accuse me of anything, it’s loosely translated as After The Love is Gone … and it’s not that Earth Wind and Fire’s jazzy song!).

I’m not an expert in defining music and emotional feeling (Nick Hornby already does that superbly in his 31 Songs, a must-read for music lovers and pop-lit everywhere!), but I feel this song belongs to one of the greatest break-up and brokenhearted songs ever! Let’s see if you find yourself in agreement w/ me on this …


Bulan dan tahun berganti / Kasih ini tak pernah meluntur

Walau jenuh pasti ada / Dalam cinta kalahkan semua

Namun kini lain / Kau tak lagi setia / Dimana cintamu, hilangkah ???

Sedikit demi sedikit / Rasa cinta ini hilang juga

Melihat raut wajahmu / Seperti melihat sampah busuk

Kau mengkhianati / Cintaku yang murni / Kau tidur dengannya, mengapa?!?

Namun mengapa sedih ini tak berlarut-larut

Mungkinkah memang aku / Mengharapkan semua ini memang terjadi

Oh, ketika cinta itu hilang dan punah / Rasaku pun melega

Ada harapan baru / Mendapat cinta baru, tak mengapa

Ketika cinta menghilang / Dalam diri dan hati bersyukur

Ternyata di lubuk hati / Ku ingin berpisah denganmu

Namun jangan aku yang memulainya / Kuingin dirimu yang salah

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Posted by on 12/10/2003 in English, Music