color & design: photography and music videos

I think one of the most surprising things I learned about myself is that I really value design and color. They could be about anything; food presentation, home interiors, choreography and fashion. It's silly to not know before, but now that I do, it seems so obvious. I did not have a desire to study [...]

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music therapy

it's the piano keys hitting the downer notes. it's the guitar that strums along with the beat. it's the lyrics that dance along the melodies. it's the meaning behind all the words; every single letter that created the masterpiece. i used to live in this bubble of misconception that what i listened to defined who [...]

“look at the stars” – coldplay

I never thought I'd listen to Coldplay as much as I have in my life. I even own one of their cds randomly, oddly, since I don't consider them one of my favorite bands. But maybe I do now. There's just something about the words they sing. Or the messages they have. I think I'm [...]

heartbreak

There is so much building inside my heart. The sorrow I feel is so full that I can't contain the tears and they just fall. Aimlessly. I do not know what it is my heart is trying to say. Am I crying for what was? Am I crying for a release? Am I crying to [...]

Music video review: MONDO GROSSO / ラビリンス

There's something so powerful and romantic about this video. The cinematography is shot well with a clear vision of beginning to end. I admire and wish I could dance so freely as the woman in the video does; so comfortably in city streets as if she's in her home like a child at play. Similarly, [...]

singer spotlight: Birdy

Although her Fire Within studio album was released a little over four years ago, I've only just sort of discovered Birdy. Sort of in that I think I have heard some of her songs in the past, but for some reason, it was only now did I feel connected to her music. There's just something [...]

Music video review: Want You Back, HAIM

After watching and listening to this song for a few days now, I decided to write some thoughts that stood out to me about this music video. Firstly, I believe it was filmed in one shot, which is really amazing. It's being live, but not. The timing & execution for everything (the dance moves, singing [...]

temporary relationship roadblocks

Silver thimbles hung on twiddle thumbs On guitar strings strumming goodbye songs. Uncover the lost messages in this puzzle game As I spew out metaphors of this heartfelt strain. Wrap me over your shoulders as I hang on tight, Like a baby girl sleeping in soft blankets delight. Nourish my wounded ego with salted teardrops [...]

sigur rós // concert photographs

i could hear the sporadic cheers start from the front row and soon we all gathered to see them on stage. the night wasn't clear and we could see the clouds pile on. it was risky business but none of us cared. rain is water and water is in all of us. i will say [...]

swept away

gather the spaces in the sky between the clouds as they sweep by use the space to create time lingering on like oil and water separating themselves in glass. as you watch out the window, the sunrise doesn't wait for you because time isn't on your side. post inspired by this song "And I was [...]

eternal love

i had bought their vinyl on a whim, never having heard any one of their songs. i liked the poster that was included with it and taped it up on my door. one day, while blow-drying my hair, i read the lyrics below. it moved me. isn't this what we all feel at some point [...]

couldn’t have said it better

something i noticed about myself is that in the past, i loved reading quotes and would frequently feel depth with them. perhaps i was young and put weight on quotes because they described life experiences i hadn't had yet (love, loss, etc). now that i'm older, i still love them, but it's less of me idolizing [...]

CD review: Lights Out by Ingrid Michaelson

Ingrid Michaelson's album, Girls and Boys, was the first one I heard of hers.  It was fantastic and still holds the position as one of my all-time favorites.  This may sound really weird, but years ago, I would listen to her songs while working out at my university's gym facilities.  There was just something inspiring [...]