Super Bass

I sometimes fall into the habit of being click-happy, meaning I need some self-control when it comes to surfing the Net. Haha! But it’s not as bad as people might think (well, except for the fact that sometimes I take too long and it steals the time away from doing important activities). Here’s a great find I stumbled upon recently: Musicians friend. I am no musician but it’s one of my biggest frustrations. So don’t be surprised if I check out stores like this one at random. I collect a bunch of notebooks, pens, and bookmarks IRL, but it would be nice to also have a collection of cool instruments and accessories, and that I actually get to use it. Maybe when I finally learn an instrument or two, this can come true (unintentional rhyme right there).

Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2014: Pare, Mahal Mo Raw Ako

Entry highlight: “Pare, Mahal Mo Raw Ako”
Words and music by Joven Tan
Interpreted by Michael Pangilinan
Music video by University of the Philippines

The biggest songwriting competition in the country is back with 15 entries interpreted by 19 artists. Most of the songs are about *surprise* heartache, including my bet, “Pare, Mahal Mo Raw Ako.” The song might initially remind one of another Himig Handog entry some years ago (“This Guy’s In Love with You, Pare”), but upon reading the lyrics and listening to the track itself, that’s when you realize that it’s far from being a novelty track. It’s serious, captivating, and bold. While the title implies that it’s addressed to another male (since the performer is male), the message of the song is still universal and applicable to any gender. Friendzone, parezone, what have you. It’s all the same, it hurts the same.