Jeepney Ride

Sing the Blues

I was riding a jeepney going to a place I planned to go to do some errands on a busy afternoon.

I paid my fare by passing it to a co-passenger who in turn passed it to another co-passenger until it reached the jeepney driver. I waited for a change to be returned to me since I know I did not pay an exact amount of fare.

A couple of seconds went by, I suddenly noticed this cute little girl who sat on the lap of her mother I presume.  She began acting out with her mouth from which I thought she was talking with another person she knows who is seated in front of her.

It was like she was imparting a message I could not decipher.

And then it took sometime before I realized she was just letting all out a song lyrics from a familiar Filipino song currently being played in a radio in the same jeepney. That’s when I really get what she was doing!

I was kind of amused at her because of her facial expressions while singing the song with her feelings. She looked as if she really understood its meaning and even knew the lyrics by heart.

I started to wonder if this cute little kid was aware she’s being watched and she appeared like she did not care at all as long as she sings along with the song.

Suddenly, I found myself grinning amusingly. I remember myself also doing what the young lass did but in a barely simple manner. Most people in my younger days would even say that when you sing along feeling the song, you are acting as if you are in your own MTV!

And sometimes I can’t help not just listening to it but also humming a few lyrics from a song. There are some days like when I’m strolling in the mall or riding in a bus or any means of transport, I feel like barely singing especially when I hear my favorite tune.

The song I was referring to became one of the much loved Philippine theme songs for a Korean TV series that was shown in our country.

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