[LSS] Sarah Jaffe – Clementine

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Dancing on the Blades: Yuri!!! on Ice OP and ED


My soul and my body has been completely taken over by Yuri!!! on Ice. The next few posts will be about me blabbering about it like an idiot, so I’m apologizing in advance. Since I already posted the summary+review for episode 1, right now I’ll be talking about the opening and ending songs, which are both lovely. It’s hard to resist not to analyze and break down the details of these two as they are really made for the show. It tells us a fuckton of stuff and not just entertain us with character antics that may not be shown in the show itself.

If you want to watch and/or listen to it first, here’s History Maker (OP) by Dean Fujioka, and You Only Live Once (ED), by Wataru Hatano.

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Surprise, surprise

It’s 2am today and I’m not yet done cleaning my emails and managing my subscriptions. But I found a surprise in one of my mails, a list of songs I listened way back 2012 (a list of my 2012 VL credits attached to boot). The titles are intriguing enough, which for sure the me today would understand why the 2012 me saved it way back for future reference.

Which made me wonder, what was I thinking that time I first listened to the songs? What feelings did these songs roused in me?

These two were somber, melancholic. Gorgeous and haunting, as one commenter puts it.

This one’s beat is kinda funky, and I liked it. I can now remember being intrigued by the cyberpunk-ish image (it’s just audio) and the story it tries to tell me.

two ships

Now I remember why. I had this post-rock fever years ago. Every night I’d listen to Mogwai, Sigur Ros, God is an Astronaut, Tides from Nebula, Caspian, Mono, etc. There’s something with the genre that captivated me. Let’s say that it’s like poetry. I may not be able to understand exactly what the words/melody meant, but the feelings they invoke are quite clear.

We’ll now the fever’s subsided, I don’t listen to post-rock that much these days, but those feelings are still with me. As much as I wanted to listen to them again as often as I could, too bad the office environment can be quite noisy, so listening to these artists made it more difficult. I guess I’ll just listen to them while I’m at home.

Woohoo! I made it!

..to the 2010 NU107 rock awards. On the day itself, while still in the office, one of my officemates is busy reading the newspaper. She saw the ad for the rock awards, then remarked that she didn’t realized that it will happen on that day.

This was what transpired before my shift ends:

Me: Yes, it ’s today. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend. It’s only on an invitational basis, I didn’t win the raffle, so I don’t have tickets. I tried joining a few times, but I guess malas talaga akong tao.

Officemate: Do you want to go?

M: Yes, of course, I’d love to, especially, this is the last..but i can’t, because i don’t have tickets!

O: I want to go, I think I can get tickets, but I don’t want to go there alone.  But do you really want to?

M: Yes, yes, yes!

O: Give me your phone. I don’t have minutes left. I need to text someone so we can get tickets.

**After a few minutes, someone called my number. My officemate answered it.**

O: All set, we now have tickets. And it’s VIP!

M: Wee!!  I love you!

And that’s how it happened. On that same day, Igot the tickets, and the two of us went there.

Well, there’s Hayden Kho. I texted mama, telling her that Hayden’s there. She replied immediately, saying that I should take a picture of him. She finds him very handsome. Too bad I wasn’t able to. There’s a lot of people around him, I’m not into celebs, I’m too shy to ask if he could pose for me so I can show it to my mother, and my phone is very ancient (2 MP, no flash, very slow, because it’s already filled to the brim with my music and videos).

I just concentrated on finishing the show and savoring my first (and last) NU107 rock awards. Too bad I was unable to take clear, crisp photos (as always, whenever I attend a gig or concert).

Oh well, stop whining. Without further ado, here are the winners: *

Artist of the Year                      Franco

Album of the Year                    Franco – Franco

Vocalist of the Year                 Gabby Alipe – Urbandub

Guitarist of the Year                Peavy “Sideshow” Nicolas, Fran Lorenzo – Sleepwalk Circus

Bassist of the Year                    Lalay Lim – Urbandub

Drummer of the Year              Otep Concepcion – Ozawa / In Love and War

Song of the Year                        This Gathering – Franco

Best New Artist                          Tanya Markova

In The Raw Award                   The Flying Ipis

Listeners Choice                         Franco

Video of the Year                      Disney – Tanya Markova

Best Album Packaging            Sleepwalk Circus

URock College Band of the  Year   Reese & Vica of Ateneo

Producer of the Year               Angee Rozul & Ely Buendia & Robert Javier – In Love and War

Best Live Act                               Tanya Markova

Hall of Fame                               Angee Rozul

Pinakacute musician/DJ award   Francis Brew

*This was taken from NU107’s page on facebook, the last award being the most special. Teehee. 🙂


*Originally posted on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 11:50 AM, when the excitement was still high.

On music.

“It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony.” – Benjamin Britten

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” – Aldous Huxley

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” – Victor Hugo

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” – Plato

“Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.”  – John Lennon

“Music is my religion.”  – Jimi Hendrix

“Music is the shorthand of emotion.”  – Leo Tolstoy

“When words leave off, music begins.”  – Heinrich Heine

*Found these on Monday, October 18, 2010  5:55 PM.