I stayed up late at night to catch up watching a movie called Fame which I already saw a couple of years ago. I still remember almost all of the scenes especially the part when Denise who plays her classical piano began to sing her heart out with Out Here On My Own thinking she was alone in their school’s auditorium. And what really stuck in my mind was Jenny’s speech about success:
There are some things
success is not
It’s not fame.
It’s not money or power.
Success is waking up
in the morning
so excited about
what you have to do
that you literally
fly out the door.
It’s getting to work
with people you love.
Success is connecting with the
world and making people feel.
It’s finding a way to
bind together people
who have nothing in
common but a dream.
It’s falling asleep at night knowing
you did the best job you could.
Success is joy and
freedom and friendship.
And success is love.
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.
Every time I listen to this One Direction song being played in a radio especially when I’m malling, it just makes me feel good! The lyrics and the beat of this song continue to transmit good vibes that I keep on singing it even in my head. I feel like this song speaks to me in a way reminding me that being just the way I am is already enough. At times I fail to recognize that a cheerful smile, a positive aura, and feeling good about myself especially the love from my family already make me feel effortlessly beautiful.
I wake up at twilight
It’s gonna be alright
We don’t even have to try
It’s always a good time
It’s always a good time
We don’t even have to try, it’s always a good time.
I woke up very early this morning at the same time realizing that I sang this collaboration song in my dream! It was also the first time I had a musical dream and I recall becoming aware that I sang minor wrong lyrics which I just laughed off with a friend who is also in my dream. Still I proceeded singing this tune with gusto as if I’m part of a music video.
I find this song fitting and in good timing to serve as my current song in mind since I planned to go out and join a concert tonight but end up staying at home because of unavoidable personal circumstances and from which I immediately accepted. I was also supposed to go to a reunion yesterday and since I was feeling a lot sleepy I opt not to go instead. I just told myself that there are some events in life which are not meant to happen right now.
From my two successive cancelled trips, it turned out that I have more productive things to accomplish which I just chose to treasure. Realizing that there might be more important matters which needed my focused attention this time and in the near future I know I’ll also get to enjoy all the fruits of patient waiting.
This song has been playing as a music jingle in a TV commercial currently shown here in the Philippines. The opening part of the song specifically the beats and the instrumentals are playful in my ears and thus becoming a last song syndrome for me these past few days. A summery upbeat song like this can somehow make my heart joyful and I especially like the part when the ad is ended with the lyrics sang by Colbie Caillat:
“Shining how we want…Brighter than the Sun!”