Annie and Manhattan

August 11, 2011

Once upon a dream, there were a boy named Manhattan and a girl named Annie. She loved him so much with all her heart. And Manhattan was nothing but nice and lovely to her all the time. Annie was pretty sure, without a slight of hesitation, that Manhattan would finally declare his pure and everlasting love to her.

All days and nights Annie waited for him to say the words. She had been waiting with an unbelievable kind of patience and smiles. In other hand, Manhattan gave back her kindness and smiles with his lovely way of act, like he usually did but more.

But as my dream started to fade away, Manhattan never said to Annie the words she desperately wanted to hear. They remained nothing but a lovely nothing. Continue reading “Annie and Manhattan”

sights

what did you do?
wonder where your heart came from.
what have you done?
my only friend keep on wonder or leave;
turn into winter light;
keeping your strength when it gets dark at night.

what you’re feeling is what I’m feeling too.
what you’re made of is what I’m made of too.
what are you afraid of? I know what you are.

Year of the Robots (and the Beauty-Queen-in-Tears)

DAFT PUNK RULED! The duo won five Grammy Awards (out of five nominations) including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Dance/Electronica Album, and Best Engineered Album (Non Classical). And performing “Get Lucky/Le Freak/Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger/Another Star”, they gave the best performance in the Grammy Awards this year, alongside with Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonders, and Nile Rodgers. France must be proud of them!

Lorde brought two awards (out of four nominations) including Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Royals”. She was one of the two artists I was rooting for their success in Grammy this year (the other one being Sara Bareilles). Ella Yelich-O’Conor has proved that simplicity rules!

Even though Sara Bareilles did not win any award, she still looked incredibly beautiful. But being nominated in the most fabulous award in Grammy (read: Album of the Year) was fabulous in its own way. Her performance with the Musicares Award Winner, Carol King, was also sweet. I love your music, Sara. That’s enough.

What surprised me was the Nashville star and country singer, Kacey Musgraves, seemed to take a spotlight in Grammy. She even won two awards in which Taylor Swift was nominated. This year is just not Taylor’s year. In two years, she failed to win any nominations in which “Red” or any song from it was nominated in.

Over all I am so relieved by the Winners of the General categories! Why? Because Daft Punk (originally from France) and Lorde (originally from New Zealand) have proved that the US doesn’t hold the best music that currently exists.

Well, among 14 categories that I’ve made attempt to guess who’d win, I got 7 of them right.

I really need Bon Iver and Florence and the Machine to make a new album this year so Grammy next year can become an incredible madness. Continue reading “Year of the Robots (and the Beauty-Queen-in-Tears)”

ephemeral dreams

I noticed that the dreams have changed in these past several years. When I was younger—my adolescent years—I used to have a lot of painfully breathtaking dreams in various kinds: romantic, frightening, adventurous, fantastical, or even erotic. Not that I now don’t have any of those kind of dreams, but the dreams I’ve had nowadays seem a lot less epic—they didn’t make impressions. I used to have dreams that had a very good story and exciting plot—the ones that were so vivid and everytime I woke up from it, the scenes burned in the back of head.

I once had this dream in which I was running down the road of my neighbourhood in the middle of the night, getting away from a pack of foul creatures. These creatures were so frightening I felt so helpless. But when I was about to give up running, the scenery before me turned in to a magnificent view. The sky above the road I was running to was vast, deep, and clear. All and all I forget about the boring foul creatures or how the night felt thickly dark and cold. All that mattered was the sky before me looked crystal and the stars were shimmering at their brightest state. It was calming and frightening at the same time. The next moment, an object—extraterrestrial one—was heading towards me. As it got bigger to my sight, the object became clearer. To my surprise, it was a planet, getting closer to me like it was about to hit me but it did not. It flew past me just above my head. Then the other planets did the same thing—one after another: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. The look of those titanic objects hover before my eyes felt so surreal and scary—not that I-wanted-t0-get-away-from-it kind, but the so-divine-it-made-my-heart-falter kind. It was a divine dream. After all these years I could never forget those scenes in my head.

I love reading or watching fictions, or even imagining ones. That habit is I believe one of the things that keep the fantasy world inside my head flourished. But things got a lot more complicated when I entered my adult years and got into college. Since then my brain seemed to be working on the “reality” mode more often. Nowadays my mind seems so cloudy and under oppression. I find a lot more difficulties to enter my calm and blissful-mind state than before. Only in such state my fantastical imagination works at its best. But I hardly have the luxury of it anymore. The kind of dream I mentioned above is the one I hardly get these days. My dreams now feel plain, forgettable, insensible, and often meaningless. I don’t quite understand how dreams work, what they mean, or where they come from. Even science has yet had an explanation to it. But one thing I’m certain is that I’m missing the vividly colossal dreams I used to be getting so easily. Sadly all I have now is mere flashes of ephemeral dreams.

Guess Who Will Win 56th Grammy Awards

Bless 56th Grammy Awards for this year it’s nominating a lot of amazing artists (most of them I adore) and they are competing on the same good categories (I’m talking about for the four General categories). I found it hard whom to root for!
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shows my objective judgment for the performer(s) to win categories.
underlined shows my personal preference for the performer(s) to win categories.

General

Record of the Year

  • “Get Lucky” – Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams
  • “Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
  • “Royals” – Lorde
  • Locked Out of Heaven” – Bruno Mars
  • “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
Album of the Year
  • The Blessed Unrest – Sara Bareilles
  • Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
  • Good Kid, M.A.A.D City – Kendrick Lamar
  • The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Red – Taylor Swift
Song of the Year
  • “Just Give Me a Reason” (Pink featuring Nate Ruess)
  • “Locked Out of Heaven” (Bruno Mars)
  • “Roar” (Katy Perry)
  • “Royals” (Lorde)
  • “Same Love” (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert)
Best New Artist
  • James Blake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Ed Sheeran

Pop

Best Pop Solo Performance
  • “Brave” – Sara Bareilles
  • “Royals” – Lorde
  • “When I Was Your Man” – Bruno Mars
  • “Roar” – Katy Perry
  • “Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
  • “Get Lucky” – Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams
  • “Just Give Me a Reason” – Pink featuring Nate Ruess
  • “Stay” – Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
  • “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
  • “Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z
Best Pop Vocal Album
  • Paradise – Lana Del Rey
  • Pure Heroine – Lorde
  • Unorthodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars
  • Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
  • The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience – Justin Timberlake

Dance/Electronica

Best Dance Recording
  • “Need U (100%)” – Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E & MNEK
  • “Sweet Nothing” – Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch
  • “Atmosphere” – Kaskade
  • “This Is What It Feels Like” – Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie
  • “Clarity” – Zedd featuring Foxes
Best Dance/Electronica Album
  • Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
  • Settle – Disclosure
  • 18 Months – Calvin Harris
  • Atmosphere – Kaskade
  • A Color Map of the Sun – Pretty Lights

Alternative

Best Alternative Music Album
  • The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You – Neko Case
  • Trouble Will Find Me – The National
  • Hesitation Marks – Nine Inch Nails
  • Lonerism – Tame Impala
  • Modern Vampires of the City – Vampire Weekend

Country

Best Country Solo Performance
  • “I Drive Your Truck” – Lee Brice
  • “I Want Crazy” – Hunter Hayes
  • “Mama’s Broken Heart” – Miranda Lambert
  • “Wagon Wheel” – Darius Rucker
  • “Mine Would Be You” – Blake Shelton
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
  • “From This Valley” – The Civil Wars
  • “Don’t Rush” – Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill
  • “Your Side of the Bed” – Little Big Town
  • “Highway Don’t Care” – Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
  • “You Can’t Make Old Friends” – Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton
Best Country Song
  • “Begin Again” (Taylor Swift)
  • “I Drive Your Truck” (Lee Brice)
  • “Mama’s Broken Heart” (Miranda Lambert)
  • “Merry Go ‘Round” (Kacey Musgraves)
  • “Mine Would Be You” (Blake Shelton)
Best Country Album
  • Night Train – Jason Aldean
  • Two Lanes of Freedom – Tim McGraw
  • Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Musgraves
  • Based on a True Story… – Blake Shelton
  • Red – Taylor Swift

2013 in Anime

Japanese Anime is one of the most decent art and entertainment productions in the world. I started watching anime thoroughly after I was fascinated by Studio Ghibli’s films. This year I grow even fonder towards anime and I’ve been having a lot of feelings: happiness, sadness, excitement, sentiment, etc. And naturally I grow fonder to Japanese language. These are 13 notable anime of 2013. Continue reading “2013 in Anime”

Matt Smith’s and Karen Gillan’s Very Last “Doctor Who” Moment

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Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) re-united on Doctor Who 2013 Christmas Special: The Time of the Doctor. It was the very last episode of Matt Smith portraying The Doctor since season 5 in 2010. Gillan’s character, Amy Pond, actually was trapped in endless time-loop (or might as well died) on mid-season 7, December 2012, in NYC. I literally cried my eyes out back then, and I did again just now. I’ve been fan of this show for 3 years, and Smith and Gillan are, without a doubt, an emotionally iconic pair! Goodbye, Raggedy Man. Goodbye, the Girl Who Waits. Now they’re both no longer on the show, I’m not sure I still have it in me the will to watch season 8 next year. [link out: instagram]