Songs while Driving

I don’t drive a lot in real life, but I do so around fictional cities, which were based on real cities, therefore are like real cities except that you don’t always get busted when running over rude pedestrians.

Does that ring any bell? If you got GTA in mind, then you guessed it right! Although my other favorite game, L4D makes my heart beat terribly faster and hands sweaty, GTA gives a different kind of rush, a more relaxing feel, actually. I’ve been fond of this game ever since my siblings introduced it to me way back grade school or high school years. Ever since then, my brother has been purchasing the succeeding versions of the game. Lucky us!

Apart from being in this virtual reality world that is about as close as I am going to get to roaming around American cities at the moment, I also like the fact that they play really good and real songs on the radio! I remember downloading the ones that got my attention or those that I was left singing long after the song has ended. I remember doing that since GTA: Vice City (and even in Forza Horizon, which is where I discovered Nero’s “Me and You” – see video below), the first version we had.

So, I decided to play GTA again today, after soooo long, you know, since previous work interfered (kidding!). Who would ever thought that after playing GTA V for months or years now,there’d still be new (or old) songs to discover?

It’s really cool that players have that option to glance at the current songs playing for as long as they want, even when at a midst of a car chase; so that’s what I do whenever something catchy comes up on the radio!

So here are 3 songs that I couldn’t get off my mind at the moment. It’s funny ‘coz when you look them up on Youtube, you’d see one or two comments saying GTA brought them there, which I all gave the thumbs up!

You see, these songs all came from different music genre and I guess I wouldn’t mind having these played on the radio in my car for when…

driving along a freeway, wheels on steady and hands out the window, feeling the breeze…

driving late at night… and hey, it’s Hall & Oates!!!

going to the beach which can make you “shimmy shimmy” while driving…

for when driving sooooooper fast… (from Forza Horizon)




30 Day Writing Challenge: DAY 7

List 10 songs that you’re loving right now

I love this list! Hmmm, I definitely have a lot in mind, but the top 10 are (still not in any particular order):

  1. Don’t Say Goodbye, Say Goodnight – Binoculars
  2. Unsteady – X Ambassadors
  3. Premiere – Sophia Black
  4. Nothing Hurts Like This – SLO
  5. Gold Rays – Vinyl Pinups
  6. Night Changes – 1 Direction
  7. Shut Up and Dance – Walk The Moon
  8. High – Young Rising Sons
  9. I Wanna Get Better – Bleachers
  10. Dont’ Dream It’s Over – Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande’s Happy Hippies cover

I love listening to ALL of these lately. They’ve all been very catchy, even the slow songs like #1, #4, #6 and #10. If I were to make a mix-tape, then this would probably be it! I got 8tracks to thank for the indie songs though.

My Vday Playlist

I’ve been LSSed to these songs lately and I found it really coincidental that it’s actually the love month, so that’s why!! No Really! And it makes me feel good to hear these songs ‘coz they’re easy to the ears and good for the heart!

  1. Maroon 5’s Sugar  – Who doesn’t tear up bad in watching ordinary brides and grooms alike touched at the sight of an award-winning band play at their wedding reception? I’ve seen this a million times and I still end up in tears!
  2. Rod Stewart’s Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright) – I’ve just heard this this morning and even though it’s friday the 13th, I didn’t care because tonight’s the night and it’s gonna be alright!
  3. Starship’s Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – My Ultimate Favorite! I have dreams singing this on my own wedding reception complete with the guitar solo!
  4. Starship’s We Built This City – heard this yesterday morning after a long time! This is actually on my playlist but I’ve never listened to that playlist in a longtime and hearing it yesterday morning made me feel instantly energized! Not a love song I know, but you gotta love it still!

No Time

I Just saw the movie “The Fault In Our Stars” and I cried as much as I have when I read the book. Such a crybaby! First of all, kudos to them TFIOS team for being so faithful to the book. The famous lines, their eulogies for each other, the green car they egged, the infected peg of Gus (what I was actually waiting for just because i missed seeing one), they made the movie equally as heartbreaking and meaningful. I’m impressed, but more importantly, I was moved…again.

I started reading the book a couple of months ago and I got to finish it just last week. Like any other movie adaptation I’m a fan of, I would like to read the book first before seeing it on the big screen and this one’s not an exception. Though I didn’t get to see it with anyone special like my family, friends or my forever movie date, B, I find it actually comforting to have seen it alone and at home. I just saw it now and like what I said, I didn’t mind at all that my tears + snot were flash flooding through my face.

Like any other book, movie or story that tackles death or loss of a loved one, it would leave you more or less thankful but not in a selfish way, remorseful but in a sense that it would lead you to do something about the things you feel sorry about. It moves you to be a better person. Easy for me to say, but really, I want the things I realized after seeing the movie and reading the book to linger on in me and change the way I see life from now on just as the Imperial Affliction moved Hazel Grace and Augustus’s lives. (phew!)

Although I don’t know for how long I could tell myself to be good to everyone, to live every day as if it were my last or to treasure each moment with the ones that I love, I would do my best to make my life as meaningful as possible. Bullsh*t, I know, I guess what I’m trying to say is people make books and movies and stories not just to fade into oblivion. I know it’s a reference to Gus’ fear, but it’s true. It’s what happened when I saw the “Passion of the Christ”, “Magnifico” and all the other inspirational tearjerkers. I watched, cried, got inspired, but it ended there and my life moved on. I don’t like for something as tragic to happen in my life before I realize what my purpose in life is or that I need to be at least a better person. I can take it if I’d be forgotten, to get thrown into oblivion. I don’t dream to become a hero. I don’t want to be be someone great, I just want to be someone better.

If being better instead of being great is absurd then forgive me. I just don’t want to make promises I can’t keep, even more because this is a promise that I’m making for and to myself. Like what the title says, there’s no time. Not that I’m saying tomorrow’s the end of the world, but who can tell, right? So there’s nothing wrong by being better instead of being great if it makes a difference in yours and someone else’s life, but if being great is possible, then that would be better.

My brain’s making me say things again. Anyway other than the book and movie, the soundtrack’s also responsible for making me overly sentimental and emotional. Before I saw the movie, I listened to this playlist below for a million times. I listened to it when I blog. I played it while painting my “Okay? Okay.” masterpiece etc. So I was familiar with the songs even before I watched the movie today. I guess this added to the intensity of how I felt during the scenes where these songs were played. Two songs struck me the most unknowingly. The first one is “Let Me In” by Grouplove and “Wait” by M83. Grouplove was introduced to me by my sister a few months back, while I got to know M83 through the movie, Warm Bodies. I love them both or them all. Such talented people.

Here’s LET ME IN (with scenes from the movie):

and the official video of WAIT (which looks apocalyptic to me): BTW, aside from this entry being an inspirational and Carpe Diem-y hence the title, it also is the lyrics to this song below that I thought was sung as “Hosanna”. Crazy! No time = hosanna, sounds the same right? haha! Try listening to it!

P.S. Funny how when I was choosing categories and tags for this entry, I clicked on love, life, loss, death, happiness, inspirational etc. Words were ironically connected to one another. 🙂