Category Archives: Music

on the fourth avenue

on the fourth avenue, the night said hi
and the rain wiped away my tears
as the sky played its finest overture
wrapping my stone cold heart with the gladness of warmth

when I glanced the lonely street,
I yearned for your eyes
looking deep into my wound
and telling me, ‘it’s gonna be alright’

but my dear,
the night will die soon
and the sun shall soon enlighten me
about the beauty of limitless dream
and the lovely smile it brings

as I regain my steps
I’ll take our memory and hope with me
enticing the fate
once again

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Cannonball

Title: Cannonball
Artist: Damien Rice
Album: O

Enchanting melody, heart-touching lyrics, beautiful song

Still a little bit of your taste in my mouth
Still a little bit of you laced with my doubt
Still a little hard to say what’s going on

Still a little bit of your ghost your witness
Still a little bit of your face I haven’t kissed
You step a little closer each day
Still I can’t say what’s going on

Stones taught me to fly
Love taught me to lie
Life taught me to die
So it’s not hard to fall
When you float like a cannonball

Still a little bit of your song in my ear
Still a little bit of your words I long to hear
You step a little closer to me
So close that I can’t see what’s going on

Stones taught me to fly
Love taught me to lie
Life taught me to die
So it’s not hard to fall
When you float like a cannon

Stones taught me to fly
Love taught me to cry
So come on courage!
Teach me to be shy
‘Cause it’s not hard to fall
And I don’t wanna scare her
It’s not hard to fall
And I don’t wanna lose
It’s not hard to grow
When you know that you just don’t know

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Lonely Girls

“Lonely Girls” is a song written and played by one of my favorite band, Suede. This band marked my teenager years and I personally think that Suede is the it band for the 90’s era.

If one day I make a screenplay about my adolescence years, “Lonely Girls” will be my ultimate soundtrack.

The key message will be like this …
“Lonely girls fill the world”, thanks to you [this song], we knew that we were not alone. 🙂

And how about you? What will you choose to be the soundtrack of your adolescence years?

Artist: Suede
Album: A New Morning

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Transatlanticism

Title: Transatlanticism
Artist: Death Cab for Cutie
Album: Transatlanticism

Listening this song, my mind wanders elsewhere. Swaying my heart, embracing a longing heart, humming a hymn to come home.

The Atlantic was born today, and I’ll tell you how:
The clouds above opened up and let it out.

I was standing on the surface of a perforated sphere
When the water filled every hole.
And thousands upon thousands made an ocean,
Making islands where no island should go.
Oh no.

Most people were overjoyed; they took to their boats.
I thought it less like a lake and more like a moat.
The rhythm of my footsteps crossing floodlands to your door
Have been silenced forever more.
The distance is quite simply much too far for me to row
It seems farther than ever before
Oh no.

I need you so much closer [x8]

I need you so much closer [x4]

So come on, come on [x4]

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“You Deserve to Be Loved”

Selama ini, semenjak kita masih kecil, masyarakat mengajarkan bahwa…

Sebagai perempuan, mungkin kita untuk diharuskan untuk belajar menata rumah, berbicara yang halus, berkarier di bidang yang tidak menghabiskan banyak waktu di luar rumah, tidak boleh pulang malam, jangan terlalu sering bergaul dengan laki-laki (supaya tidak disangka murahan), jangan terlalu sering mengkritik, jangan tertawa lebar-lebar, jangan potong rambut terlalu pendek, jangan terlalu sering berjemur supaya kulit tidak hitam, berdandan dan diet supaya laku, bisa menikah, punya anak, dan sebagainya.

Laki-laki mungkin diprogram untuk tidak boleh menangis, bekerja di perusahaan ternama, punya banyak uang, mencari istri, punya anak, dan sebagainya.

Selama ini masyarakat kita mengajarkan segala sesuatu supaya kita bisa diterima menjadi bagian dari mereka. Kebebasan ekspresi dibatasi sepatutnya, sepantasnya, sewajarnya, sesuai aturan. “Be anything but what you are.” Seolah-olah cinta itu bersyarat, dan kita harus berusaha keras agar dapat dicintai. Padahal kita diciptakan Tuhan karena cinta, dan mengapakah kita menghargakan cinta?

Kalau begitu, apakah naif jika saya menyimpulkan dan ingin percaya bahwa setiap orang pantas dicintai dengan segala kekurangan dan kelebihannya, dengan segala laku dan rasanya?

Ketika kita jatuh cinta, terkadang kita takut kehilangan diri. Namun apakah kehilangan diri itu?

Jangan-jangan kita takut kehilangan kontrol diri kita sehingga ketika kita dihadapkan pada serangkaian ‘fit and proper test’, kita dinyatakan melanggar ‘syarat-syarat untuk dicintai’.

Apakah kita tidak rindu melepaskan diri dari serangkaian aturan tersebut, bebas merengkuh diri dan nyata bahwa kita pantas dicintai, berhak untuk menjalani hidup kita, dan bukan hidup orang lain yang dipaksakan untuk kita?

I think, that’s the beauty of love: letting you out of control, to live life. Therefore, put a stop to this society madness, see love, feel love, embrace it, caress it, because you deserve to be loved.

image, courtesy of soulpancake.com

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I Will Possess Your Heart

Title: I Will Possess Your Heart
Artist: Death Cab for Cutie
Album: Narrow Stairs

Ingenious music with psychedelic touch, hypnotizing yet bringing you to an 8-minutes world that you wish you never have to leave. Guys, because of this song, I forgive you for jumping into “Twilight” Cullen-mania zone. I may not meet you on the Equinox, but you possess my heart.

Lyrics (courtesy of http://www.azlyrics.com):

How I wish you could see the potential,
the potential of you and me.
It’s like a book elegantly bound but,
in a language that you can’t read.
Just yet.

You gotta spend some time, Love.
You gotta spend some time with me.
And I know that you’ll find, love
I will possess your heart.
You gotta spend some time, Love.
You gotta spend some time with me.
And I know that you’ll find, love
I will possess your heart.

There are days when outside your window
I see my reflection as I slowly pass,
and I long for this mirrored perspective
when we’ll be lovers, lovers at last.

You gotta spend some time, Love.
You gotta spend some time with me.
And I know that you’ll find, love
I will possess your heart.
You gotta spend some time, Love.
You gotta spend some time with me.
And I know that you’ll find, love
I will possess your heart.
I will possess your heart.
I will possess your heart.

You reject my… advances… and desperate pleas…
I won’t let you… let me down… so easily.
So easily.

You gotta spend some time, Love.
You gotta spend some time with me.
And I know that you’ll find, love
I will possess your heart.
You gotta spend some time, Love.
You gotta spend some time with me.
And I know that you’ll find, love
I will possess your heart.
You gotta spend some time, Love.
You gotta spend some time with me.
And I know that you’ll find, love
I will possess your heart.
I will possess your heart.
I will possess your heart.

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Inaudible Melodies

The relaxing breezy tune from Jack Johnson fits this Sunday evening perfectly.
Welcoming the rain that has just went home to its mother,
slow down everyone you’re moving too fast

Inaudible Melodies
Artist: Jack Johnson
Album: Brushfire Fairytales

Brushfire fairytales
Itsy bitsy diamond wells
Big fat hurricanes
Yellow bellied given names
Well shortcuts can slow you down
And in the end we’re bound
To rebound off of we

Well dust off your thinking caps
Solar powered plastic plants
Pretty pictures of things we ate
We are only what we hate
But in the long run we have found
Silent films are full of sound
Inaudibly free

Slow down everyone
You’re moving too fast
Frames can’t catch you when
You’re moving like that

Inaudible melodies
Serve narrational strategies
Unobtrusive tones
Help to notice nothing but the zone
Of visual relevancy
Frame-lines tell me what to see
Chopping like an axe and

Maybe Eisenstein should just relax

Slow down everyone
You’re moving too fast
Frames can’t catch you when
You’re moving like that

Well Plato’s cave is full of freaks
Demanding refunds for the things they’ve seen
I wish they could believe
In all the things that never made the screen
And just slow down everyone
You’re moving too fast
Frames can’t catch you when
You’re moving like that
Slow down everyone
You’re moving too fast
Frames can’t catch you when
You’re moving like that
Moving Too….


lyrics, courtesy of http://www.sing365.com

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No You Girls

“hit me with your eyes so sweetly” 🙂

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A Letter from Jakarta: Dear Franz Ferdinand…

Dear Franz Ferdinand,

Thank you for coming to Jakarta, wiping our tears while our medias are busy exposing corruption that makes us gasping for just a breath. We’re singing “Fallen are the virtuous among us, walk among us, never judge us”.

Playing music, dancing, moving, you burn the fire in us, “this fire is out of control, we gotta burn the city.” Yup, burn the city!

Joy, dance, music, what’s better than all of those? You bewitched us and we long for your music, your gig. When you played “The Dark of The Matinee”, I was brought back to my school years. Though I couldn’t change the past, I was glad that I had already been out from that psychedelic factory and entered another exciting moments when I found you in “The Dark of The Matinee”. You brought me to “Lucid Dream”. I’ll definitely dial Ithaca for you.

When you suddenly disappear from us, it’s as if you asked us “Do you want to”, and yes we want you more! This “can’t stop feeling’ was out of control, the fire burned us already. Nothing can’t stop us! At that time, I really prayed to God, hoping that you didn’t “walk away” on us. Apparently, you did not.

When you, Alex, came down to us, shaking our hands. We yelled triumphantly. You love us, we love you even more.

Let’s get high together. You’re my “Ulysses”. Do come back to Jakarta again very soon. Rock our body, heart, and soul ever after.

From your biggest fan in Jakarta,

Olivia

franz-ferdinand

From the deepest of my heart, I love you guys!

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[petak umpet di bus kota]

duduk di bus kota
aku mengenangmu

takdir rupanya suka main mata
kulihat tawa-tawa kecil kita
cubitan mesra
gerutumu manismu
pongahmu dan aku yang menggeleng-geleng
ada di dia, di mereka, di dia, di orang itu
laki-laki di depanku, perempuan di belakangku

lama kubiarkan takdir merengek-rengek
menyeretku untuk membalas ajakannya

kuberi permen,
ia merengut
kubelikan susu,
ia emoh, takut gemuk protesnya
kuselipkan gulali jembut nenek
apalagi, mimpi buruk ia bilang
kupetikkan mawar,
“memangnya aku banci opera sabun!”, teriaknya
kuajak nonton TV
ia melengos, menginjak jempol kakiku
(sampai lebam)
kutanya, “uang?”
“aku bukan buaya!”
alamak! kali ini ia menamparku!

matahari terbit
langit pun meronta
amarah Agni menyelusupi tiap sisi kota
kota semakin sempit
sabarku kian tipis

sebelum aku turun,
ia menarik ujung bajuku
dan memelas
“aku cuma ingin dibacakan cerita, Bunda”

ah aku menyerah

ternyata aliran waktu tak sanggup menahan ombak rindu!