Not Afraid (Eminem, 2010)

Never mind his “ehh” statement regarding “Relapse“, the video and the song itself perfectly captures the message Marshall Mathers is trying to get across – an angsty rebellion, a wrecking realization and an ultimate recovery.

Not Afraid” on repeat in my music player for days just goes to show how I missed the Eminem music.

Key lyrics which are very thematic.

Whether he’s on salary, paid hourly
Until he bows out or he shit’s his bowels out of him
Whichever comes first, for better or worse
He’s married to the game, like a fuck you for christmas
His gift is a curse, forget the earth he’s got the urge
To pull his dick from the dirt and fuck the universe

To realization…

It was my decision to get clean, I did it for me
Admittedly I probably did it subliminally for you
So I could come back a brand new me, you helped see me through

…and recovery

I’m not afraid to take a stand
Everybody come take my hand
We’ll walk this road together, through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm
Just let you know that, you’re not alone

For the First Time (The Script, 2010) – Single Review

We’ve all been hit by a lot of worse -ions in the Merriam-Webster dictionary: recession, depression, rejection, inflation and what-have-yous. The least we want to hear is another piece of grief-stricken music that will drown us with sorrow and hopelessness. That’s exactly how The Script crafted “For the First Time,” the first single from their second album “Science and Faith.”

It talks about a couple whose relationship is being jeopardized by  personal and external factors. The analogy is made with Ireland’s experience during the recession. The lyrics in itself loudly reverberates the difficulties of our travails and how we struggle to surmount them. And we’ve all been there, right? Some of us are still sulking right now, looming over lost jobs or failed relationships. Others have moved on and courageously faced the challenge. The melodramatic impact of “For the First Time” in this aspect is two-edged.

I believe that the track effectively portrayed misery and at the same time, left a window for second chances. Danny sang it true to his heart. His soulful voice at the opening soothes your heart and he sustained it throughout. The electric guitar jived with the drum rhythmics, powerfully evoking the emotions carried by the song. However, the song is also a bit formulaic. The band stuck with their sentimental signature style  which somehow rendered the song predictable. The concept has been used over and over in genres other than modern or alternative or pop rock. At some point, “For the First Time” reminded me of “Breakeven” and “Before the Worst”, songs from their acclaimed self-titled first album.  The songs did really well in the music charts, especially “Breakeven” which climbed the Irish and UK Singles Chart.

“For the First Time” could do well in the bid for chart-topping hits. But there are still serious contenders out there which offer a lighter, lifting kind of music. Nevertheless, this single made me crave more for the entire album.

More Blood Drips for True Blood SE03 Finale

More blood. More sex. More deaths. That’s how werewolf Alcide (Joe Manganiello) described the season finale of True Blood. It’s only a day away before the third season ends and I can already feel my blood boiling for Eric (Alexander Skarsgard).

Here’s the preview from HBO:

And for bloody scoops:

  • There will be an adrenaline rush-inducing fight scene between Eric and Russel (Denis O’Hare) and Pam (Kristin Bauer) kicks her ass off to save her maker. Godric re-appears and sprinkles some act of mercy for Eric towards Russel.
  • Seems Sookie (Anna Paquin) will get involve in a fight as well.
  • But, wait! Why do I get the feeling that Russel won’t be out for good. The fae blood must have worked, eh?
  • I surmise from the preview, that after the Fangtasia ruckus is over, Bill (Stephen Moyer) reports to Queen Sophie-Anne (Evan Rachel Wood) that both Eric and Russel are “gone”. Then, he presents Sookie to the Queen. Now, I can sense Sookie will have more doubts about Bill’s intentions to her. The last few episodes of the season already hinted that Sookie is contemplating of breaking up with Bill and living her own life without connection to any of her “vampire friends.”
  • What’s wrong with Sam (Sam Trammell)? Definitely a lot. His aura this season has been very, very dark. If I were Tommy (Marshall Allman), I would not mess with my brother. The preview shows Sam either killed someone or saved someone, with blood all over his hands. Tara (Rutina Wesley) seems to be involved, though.
  • I found the whole Arlene’s baby storyline creepy. I hope to see an end to it in the finale.

What you should watch out for in Season 4:

  • Season 4 will be the year of the witch. And werevolves, please? I know Joe’s definitely up for next season.
  • Eric will get amnesia. The Eric-Sookie romance heats up and I love it! Ever since Eric’s first appearance in the series, I knew he is the perfect vampire. Not sure, though, if the blood bond between him and Sookie will happen in next season.
  • Tommy (Marshall Allman) will remain next season. My relationship with Tommy has been the love-and-hate kind. But after watching the preview, I think the writers have developed more twists in his character that are worth watching out for.
  • I cringe whenever I see Holly (Lauren Bowles) and since this will be the year of the witch, it seems I will cringe a lot next season.

That’s all for now, fangbangers. True Blood SE03 finale, Evil is Going On, airs Sunday, September 12 at 9/8c on HBO.

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The Man Who Can’t Be Moved (The Script, 2008)

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The melody warmed my heart. The lyrics hit the bull’s eye. Danny sang it with unwavering love that I want to pick him up from that corner and let him out of the misery he is in.

The Man Who Can’t Be Moved is my favorite song from the Irish alternative rock band, The Script. They have been in the sidelines for quite a while but they are making waves in the music scene again as they release their new album, Science and Faith, this September. I got so excited that I played the songs from their first album on loop for weeks!

Let me share with you the best lines of the song.

Some try to hand me money, they don’t understand / I’m not broke I’m just a broken hearted man

And here’s another one:

People talk about the guy / Who’s waiting on a girl / There are no holes in his shoes / But a big hole in his world

Of course, the chorus will make every hopeless romantic cry for their lost loves, their ‘could-have-beens’, and their ‘the-ones-who-got-away’.

‘Cause if one day you wake up and find that you’re missing me
And your heart starts to wonder where on this earth I could be
Thinking maybe you’ll come back here to the place that we meet
Oh, you see me waiting for you on a corner of the street

Just the right song that will deeply move you.

Image from amazon.com

Philosophies of Calvin and Hobbes

I’ve been reading comic books since I first learned to read. My uncle used to buy either local or foreign comic books for us when we were kids. Time went and most of them have rotten, but their influence remained. I went beyond the abakada and became a superhero of my own story because of those comic books. I still keep a few collections and read them, but mostly online. One of my favorites is Calvin and Hobbes. I love little rambunctious Calvin and his innocent playful stuffed tiger Hobbes. I value the socio-political content and life philosophies shared by Bill Watterson in his creation, but I cherish Calvin and Hobbes more because it showed the essence of friendship and joys of childhood. It was sad when the comic ended, but we know Calvin and Hobbes are still out there continuing their adventures.

This is a personal favorite.

There were also the “socks” and “flat tire” strips.

Calvin and Hobbes on human nature and death.

You can never argue against the wisdom of a mother.

And strike!

This particular strip moved me. Its message spans decades and decades to come.

And we all would like to explore with you, Calvin and Hobbes.

We ♥ Venus Raj viral video and other Major Major things

Filipinos are popular for being optimistic. We always look at the brighter side of things and learn from the mistakes we committed. A day after the tragic hostage taking of Chinese nationals aboard a tourist bus in Quirino grandstand YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and even PerezHilton.com generated almost a million hits when four fanatics of the Miss Universe pageant went wild after Ms. Philippines Venus Raj made it to the Top 15. As most of us know by now, Venus bagged the fourth runner-up spot and we also know why she landed there. I can only imagine how Veejay Floresca and friends gone “major, major” crazy after the Top 5 was announced. So, I am re-posting the viral video which altered the mood of the entire Philippines last Tuesday. Enjoy watching!

Moving on to other “major, major” things, I found other hilarious pageant Q&A videos. First, we have Ms. South Carolina’s confusing answer during Ms. Teen USA 2007. Second, Ms. California’s booed opinion during Ms. USA 2009. And, of course, we have our own Janina San Miguel’s I-don’t-feel-any-pressure-right-now response during Bb. Pilipinas 2008.

My take: It was her opinion. No matter how unpopular it seemed, it remains a legitimate answer.

My take: I was uh… like, also confused and such as the Iraq. Uh, can you repeat the question? You can find the text for her answer here.

My take: There’s always room for improvement.