02 November 2005


I was tagged again, this time courtesy of my cousin Pao. This is a music tag, and my task for the day is to come up with the seven most favorite songs of mine (with a quote of the lyrics, if possible), and why.

Well, I guess this will reflect my broad range of musical interests. My selections would be from various genres known to man.

To start with...

1.Nessun Dorma, an aria from Giacomo Puccini's Turandot. I haven't seen the opera ever, but if I would see an opera, this would be the first in my list. This song is sung by Calaf, the tenor in the story, and it is popularized by Luciano Pavarotti, making this his signature song. Everytime I hear this, it just gives me goosebumps and time stops.

Nessun dorma! Nessun dorma!
Tu pure, o, Principessa,
nella tua fredda stanza,
guardi le stelle
che fremono d'amore
e di speranza.

Ma il mio mistero e chiuso in me,
il nome mio nessun sapra!
No, no, sulla tua bocca lo diro
quando la luce splendera!

Ed il mio bacio sciogliera il silenzio
che ti fa mia!

(Il nome suo nessun sapra!...
e noi dovrem, ahime, morir!)

Dilegua, o notte!
Tramontate, stelle!
Tramontate, stelle!
All'alba vincero!
vincero, vincero!

2.Zombie, by The Cranberries. From their album No Need To Argue, this is the first "pop" song I heard when I was a kid, that made an impression to me. This song also introduced me to teenage angst. It was released in 1994, and I was just twelve years old, when my adolescent hormones were starting to churn inside. I found this song to be an outlet of my unexplainable rage, and I even translated the lyrics from English to Tagalog.

Another head hangs lowly,
Child is slowly taken.
And the violence caused such silence,
Who are we mistaken?

But you see, it's not me, it's not my family.
In your head, in your head they are fighting,
With their tanks and their bombs,
And their bombs and their guns.
In your head, in your head, they are crying...

In your head, in your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie,
Hey, hey, hey. What's in your head,
In your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie?
Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, dou, dou, dou, dou, dou...

Another mother's breakin',
Heart is taking over.
When the vi'lence causes silence,
We must be mistaken.

It's the same old theme since nineteen-sixteen.
In your head, in your head they're still fighting,
With their tanks and their bombs,
And their bombs and their guns.
In your head, in your head, they are dying...

In your head, in your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie,
Hey, hey, hey. What's in your head,
In your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie?
Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, oh, oh,
Oh, oh, oh, oh, hey, oh, ya, ya-a...

3.The Rite of Spring, a ballet by the genius Igor Stravinsky. Now this is my introduction to avant-garde music. When I was in Japan, I started to learn the piano at 14, in 1996. Of course, the basic courses would be the gentle-to-the-ear Beethoven, Bach, Clementi, and other works by composers who lived in the 1500's to 1800's. But when a classmate of mine who was also an amateur ballet dancer lent me a CD of this ballet, I was captivated. Written in 1911, this was very modern for its times. There actually was a riot during its premiere in Paris. By the way, there's no lyrics for this piece.

4.Cocoon, by the Icelandic singer/songwriter Bjork. This is from her 2001 album Vespertine. The reason this is in my list is because for me, this is a song of irony. It is a song that is very subtle, yet its topic is not so, because the lyrics deals with sexual intercourse. But unlike the pop music that sings about outrageous sex drives (ie. Britney Spears), this is more of a romantic sexual encounter, a rather passionate and climactic encounter between man and woman. When you read the lyrics, notice the subtle figure of speech that Bjork uses to describe sex. If I am not mistaken, MTV banned Bjork's video of this song, because it features her naked, with a pair of red ribbons oozing out of her nipples, which would eventually wrap her whole body into a cocoon. Check this site if you want to watch the video.

Who would have known
That a boy like him
Would have entered me lightly
Restoring my blisses

Who would have known
That a boy like him
After sharing my core
Would stay going nowhere

Who would have known
A beauty this immense
Who would have known
A saintly trance
Who would have known
Miraculous breath
To inhale a beard
Loaded with courage

Who would have known
That a boy like him
Possessed of magical
Who would approach a girl like me
Who caresses cradles his head
In her bosom

He slides inside
Half awake, half asleep
We faint back
Into sleephood
When I wake up
The second time
In his arms
He's still inside me

Who would have known
Who ahhh
Who would have known

A train of pearls
Cabin by cabin
Is shot precisely
Across an ocean

From a mouth
From a
From the mouth
Of a girl like me
To a boy
To a boy
To a boy

5.Carmina Burana, a cantata by Carl Orff, which is a collection of songs using 13th-century Latin, Middle High German, and Old French poems as lyrics. Perhaps the most famous of these is the opening and closing O Fortuna. If you have the chance to listen to this, definitely do so, because you will simply be moved by this. When I was still aspiring to be a composer, I wanted to write a piece like this, a clockstopper, something that will catch everybody's attention.

O Fortuna
velut luna
statu variabilis,
semper crescis
aut decrescis;
vita detestabilis
nunc obdurat
et tunc curat
ludo mentis aciem,
dissolvit ut glaciem.

Sors immanis
et inanis,
rota tu volubilis,
status malus,
vana salus
semper dissolubilis,
et velata
michi quoque niteris;
nunc per ludum
dorsum nudum
fero tui sceleris.

Sors salutis
et virtutis
michi nunc contraria,
est affectus
et defectus
semper in angaria.
Hac in hora
sine mora
corde pulsum tangite;
quod per sortem
sternit fortem,
mecum omnes plangite!

6.I Miss You by Blink-182. This single is taken from their self-titled album, blink-182. Given the fact that my life has involved moving to different places, it cannot be avoided that I would miss different people that has intersected my life. For me, this is one of the best post-grunge punk rock songs that I have ever set ears on.

(I miss you miss you)
Hello there the angel from my nightmare
The shadow in backround of the morgue
The unsespecting victim of darkness in the valley
We can live like Jack and Sally if we want
Where you can always find me
And we'll have Halloween on Christmas
And in the night we'll wish this never ends
We'll wish this never end

Where are you and I'm so sorry
I cannot sleep I cannot dream tonight
I need somebody and always
This sick strange darkness comes creeping on so haunting everytime
And as I stared I counted the webs from all the spiders
catching things and eating their insides
Like indecision to call you
And hear your voice of treason
Will you come home and stop this pain tonight
stop this pain tonight

Don't waste your time on me your already the voice inside my head(6x)

I miss you miss you(6x)

7.Por Una Cabeza by the Argentinian tango composer Carlos Gardel. Probably, most of you will recognize this song as the tango that was played in the movie True Lies, by Arnold Schwazzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis. This perhaps is my very first introduction to Latin music.

Well, I hope you enjoyed reading my list. I believe this gives a clear sample of my musical tastes, that range from classical opera to post-grunge punk rock.

1 comment:

  1. I love your list!from Carmina Burana to Blink 182 :D I have a feeling we will jive when it comes to musical preferences.