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Abi’s songs for survival (part 2)

Posted by Abi Kwok on June 3, 2009

In random order:

1. The Honorary Title — Far More

2. Lifehouse — Simon

3. Howie Day — Collide

4. Ingrid Michaelson — The Way I Am

5. James Blunt — High

6. Panic at the Disco — Northern Downpour

7. Jack Johnson — Breakdown

8. The Script — Breakeven

9. John Mayer — My Stupid Mouth

10. Rent Cast — Seasons of Love

11. Kate Voegele — Sweet Silver Lining

12. Matt Nathanson — Heartbreak World

13. Michael Buble — The Way You Look Tonight

14. Radiohead — Paranoid Android

15. Motion City Soundtrack — Feel Like Rain

16. Nada Surf — Inside of Love

17. New Radicals — You Get What You Give

18. Phantom Planet — Lonely Day

19. The Rasmus — Guilty

20. Rhett Miller — Come Around

21. Matthew Ryan — Return to Me

22. Saliva — Rest In Pieces

23. Secondhand Serenade — Like a Knife

24. Spandau Ballet — True

25. Taylor Swift — White Horse

26. Train — Drops of Jupiter

27. Trembling Blue Stars — Moonlight on Snow

28. Yellowcard — Only One

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Present

Posted by Abi Kwok on May 24, 2009

Through the years I’ve learned to be a “present” person. Thinking about the past made me regret a lot of things I did (leading to TONS of sleepless nights), and thinking about the future just, well, scares me. So I told myself that I would think of the NOW. Right here, where everything is still in my hands and in my control that I can make decisions without worrying too much of what will happen tomorrow or the next day, or the day after that.

Spontaneity? I guess so. But people can argue with me on that. I’ve never been much of a spontaneous person before, but I guess things change and PEOPLE change. I’ve learned to appreciate the “now” instead of the “yesterday” and the “tomorrow.” I guess, at the end of the day, this mindset keeps me sane. Because if I will spend each day planning and thinking ahead, I will definitely have a breakdown.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

I sometimes surprise myself at how I can keep such a cool head when I’m with other people. When I’m alone though, things are SO MUCH DIFFERENT.

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On a different note, the media and social attention being given to what I would like to call the “Hayden sexcapades” is getting annoying. The man’s a jerk, he’s sick (and he admitted it, right?), and he definitely has to face criminal charges sooner or later. Let’s just leave the law and the people behind its wheel to their work. What I find annoying is that several media outfits are just banking on, cashing in on the controversy.

I would like to think that the issue would just wither and die if media would stop prying on the private lives of these innocent, albeit careless people.

Ultimately, it would boil down to news sense. Is the issue still worth media coverage? Yes it is news worthy, but is it still relevant? And don’t tell me that all these takes on social relevance make the issue relevant, because people are just  getting it wrong.

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Artist of the day: The Bravery (coolness!)

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Music, music, music!

Posted by Abi Kwok on May 16, 2009

A week’s worth of bumming led me to discover tons of music from different genres that I have now stacked in my iPod for my different listening moods. Ranging from indie, new wave, pop, and rock, these are just some of the artists I discovered (or got oriented to, whichever you prefer :-)) this week:

EDITOR’S NOTE: I’m still too lazy to put descriptions. But I will once I get back on track and I get out of this “forced” vacation and my brain starts working again :-/ in the meantime, I will put in some of the songs I loved from the artists 😀

  • Jason Reeves – “Never Find Again, “Reaching,” and “Pretty Eyes” are my favorites.
  • James Morrison – I loved his duet with Nelly Furtado in “Broken Strings” and I also loved the song “Once, When I Was Little”
  • Alphabeat – super, SUPER loved this group. Their songs make me smile, especially “10,000 Nights.” Do check out the video. Super cool 😀
  • Ingrid Michaelson – “The Way I Am” rocks!
  • Kate Voegele – I love Kate’s character in One Tree Hill. I also love her songs. In her new album, I love “Angel” and “Inside Out” (like the name of this blog, heh)
  • Matthew Ryan – super hard to find his songs. Ugh. I love “Return To Me”
  • Vampire Weekend – I had their album in 2007 but lost it when my iPod conked. So I downloaded their self-titled album again this week and I was reminded of how cool this band is. Very nice!

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My Mixed Tape [4]

Posted by Abi Kwok on May 14, 2009

Gym Class Heroes – Cookie Jar

Matthew Ryan – Return to Me

The Cure – Love Song

Guns N’ Roses – Patience

Alphabeat – 10,000 Nights

Trembling Blue Stars – Moonlight On Snow

Stereophonics – Superman

Athlete – Airport Disco

Iron & Wine – Naked As We Came

A Fine Frenzy – Ashes and Wine

James Morrison – Broken Strings

Robin Thicke – The Sweetest Love

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Falling slowly

Posted by Abi Kwok on April 18, 2009

I don’t know you
But I want you
All the more for that
Words fall through me
And always fool me
And I can’t react
And games that never amount
To more than they’re meant
Will play themselves out

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We’ve still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you have a choice
You’ll make it now

Falling slowly, eyes that know me
And I can’t go back
Moods that take me and erase me
And I’m painted black
You have suffered enough
And warred with yourself
It’s time that you won

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We’ve still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you had a choice
You’ve made it now
Falling slowly sing your melody
I’ll sing along

*Sigh*

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One last for the road

Posted by Abi Kwok on March 22, 2009

Thunder

Today is a winding road
It’s taken me to places that I didn’t want to go
Whoa (whoa, whoa, whoa)
Today in the blink of an eye
I’m holding on to something and I do not know why
I tried (I tried)

I tried to read between the lines
(I tried to look in your eyes)
I want a simple explanation
(For what I’m feeling inside)
I gotta find a way out
Maybe there’s a way out

You’re voice was the soundtrack of my summer
Do you know you’re unlike any other?
You’ll always be my thunder, and I said
Your eyes are the brightest of all the colors
I don’t wanna ever love another
You’ll always be my thunder
So bring on the rain
And bring on the thunder

Today is a winding road
Tell me where to start and tell me something I don’t know
Whoa (Whoa, whoa, whoa)
Today I’m on my own
I can’t move a muscle and I can’t pick up the phone
I don’t know (I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know)

And now I’m itching for the tall grass
And longing for the breeze
I need to step outside
Just to see if I can breathe
I gotta find a way out
Maybe there’s a way out

You’re voice was the soundtrack of my summer
Do you know you’re unlike any other?
You’ll always be my thunder, and I said
Your eyes are the brightest of all the colors
I don’t wanna ever love another
You’ll always be my thunder
So bring on the rain
And bring on the thunder

Yeah I’m walking on a tightrope
I’m wrapped up in vines
I think I’ll make it out
But you just gotta give me time
Strike me down with lightning
Let me feel you in my veins
I wanna let you know how much I feel your pain

Today is a winding road,
It’s taken me to places that I didn’t want to go
Whoa…

You’re voice was the soundtrack of my summer
Do you know you’re unlike any other?
You’ll always be my thunder, and I said
Your eyes are the brightest of all the colors
I don’t wanna ever love another
You’ll always be my thunder, and I said
You’re my sweet soundtrack of my summer
Do you know you’re unlike any other?
You’ll always be my thunder
So bring on the rain
Oh baby bring
On the pain
And listen to the thunder

🙂

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My Mixed Tape [2]

Posted by Abi Kwok on February 16, 2009

Little Things — Colbie Caillat

Don’t Speak — No Doubt

Follow You Down — Gin Blossoms

XO — Fall Out Boy

America’s Suitehearts — Fall Out Boy

Roses — Outkast

Dead and Gone — T.I. feat Justin Timberlake

Heartless — Kanye West

Walking After You — Foo Fighters

Out of Reach — Gabrielle

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My mixed tape [1]

Posted by Abi Kwok on January 11, 2009

Avalanche — David Cook

Halo — Bethany Joy Lenz

Hotel California — The Eagles

What a Catch, Donnie — Fall Out Boy

You Found Me — The Fray

Always Be — Jimmy Eat World

Spinning — Jack’s Mannequin

Seasons of Love — Cast of RENT

Hot N Cold — Katy Perry

Human — The Killers

Goodnight Goodnight — Maroon 5

Mad — Ne-Yo

I Caught Myself — Paramore

Silver Lining — Rilo Kiley

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My mixed tape Part 1

Posted by Abi Kwok on November 16, 2008

In random order:

Apologies — Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Never Find Again — Jason Reeves

Make It Mine — Jason Mraz

Happily Never After — Pussycat Dolls 

Right Here, Right Now — HSM3 Soundtrack

Chase This Light — Jimmy Eat World

Best Not to Think About It — Athlete

Stay Away — The Honorary Title

Bent — Matt Nathanson

That’s What You Get — Paramore

Ordinary — Train

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Music is lurve 😀

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Don’t look away

Posted by Abi Kwok on September 16, 2008

I’ve always looked at TV shows as reliable sources of great indie music. Undiscovered, raw, and underrated artists are often featured in shows like One Tree Hill, The OC, and other CW Shows (to give them credit). OTH Season 5 has focused the spotlight on two “raw” artists: The Honorary Title and Kate Voegele.

To say the least, both are given such huge exposures that a whole episode – and two or more episodes for Kate – was devoted to them. I’ve checked out YouTube and many people commented on how these two artists wouldn’t have been “discovered” (more like shoved into the glaring limelight) without the help of OTH.

But I’d like to focus this entry to Kate Voegele. Her website introduces Kate like this:

The musical landscape is teeming with singer/songwriters, many of them quite capable, but only a handful have something truly distinctive to offer. Kate Voegele belongs in the latter category. Don’t Look Away, Voegele’s first full-length album (MySpace Records), is a revelation…

My first thought upon hearing her, “Ok she sounds JUST LIKE Michelle Branch.” Her song has that distinct Country twang, she plays excellent guitar, and her voice is deep and soulful like Branch.

But I think what sets Kate from Michelle is her songs. Yes, they do have the same Country/Acoustic/Alternative Rock approach to it, but Kate’s songs are raw. They talk about love, live, and everything between.

My favorite song in the album is “Wish You Were.” The song is painful but the melody is happy (in a way). There’s something very honest in her words, like when she sings “It’s Only Life,” which is another favorite of mine.

People have commented that Kate’s music was nothing special. But I think she deserves a chance. If you haven’t heard/seen her, take a look at this YouTube video:

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I was true as the sky is blue
I couldn’t soon say the same for you
So now I find denial in my eyes
I’m mesmerized by the picture that’s in my mind

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