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Need to Rise to the Occasion

For years, listening to this song has helped me a number of times ease some heartaches and broken spirits. Hope you still have your magic…

I can see it in your eyes
You need a friend tonight
‘Cause someone broke your heart in two
You need a volunteer
To wipe away your tears
Someone who will rescue you.

Your whole world is tumbling down
Can’t get your feet on solid ground
You’re looking for someone
Someone you know, you can count on

I’ll rise to the occasion
Help me through the situation
I’ll be your inspiration
Yeah, I’ll rise to the occasion, oh

No memories to shake
No promises to break
Just tender love and honestly
I can offer you so much
And I feel it when we touch
Maybe this was meant to be
I’m gonna share a secret with you
My heart’s been broken too
I’m looking for someone
Someone I know I can count on

So won’t you rise to the occasion
Help me through the situation
You can be my inspiration
Take to heart this invitation
Come on come on baby, ooh

Rise to the occasion
We’ll get through this situation
Be each other’s inspiration
I’ll rise to the occasion
I’ll give you real apprecation
I’ll be your inspiration

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Go Adam!

Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert

Although I have not been able to religiously follow this whole season of American Idol (unlike the past seasons), I have seen enough to rally for a favorite contender.

Yes, it’s Adam. I don’t like it that he’s so gay (and at times theatrical), yet I still find his performances great compared to the other contestants.

Earlier in the season, I was rooting for Danny Gokey who was booted off last week.  But as the show progressed, I was slowly getting bored with Gokey and I found Adam consistently delivering exceptional performances.

Being a fan of  Tears for Fears and a lover of the song “Mad World”,  Adam’s rendition of the song has become one of my favorites. With that performance, he had definitely gotten my vote!

This is his second performance of the song (during the finale)…

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Tenth Avenue North: “By Your Side”

This is a nice song with a really great message. Take time to listen.

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Early Christmas Present

This is the reason I couldn’t remove the grin off my face last Friday. As much as I put effort to straighten my face at times (or else I look like an idiot smiling foolishly to myself), it still couldn’t be helped that my lips would unconciously find its way to curve into a smile.

This is hubby’s early Christmas present. I actually had some money saved up to buy myself a new guitar this month. Remember how my other two guitars are finally giving up on me? I guess it’s also about time since the old ones have been with me for so many years now. Though I know I still couldn’t let go of my first one.

He asked me if I wanted to go with him to the mall where he needed to buy something. At first I said no, not needing anything and feeling too lazy to go to the mall. However, when he asked if I wanted to take a look at some guitars, I suddenly changed my mind. I was ready and anxious to buy one this month anyway.

When I finally had a few options chosen, he told me this would be his Christmas present and I was to choose the one I liked most without worrying about the price. And it turned out that I (or we) ended up buying one that was way more than my original budget. Of course, I still had to be somehow frugal and practical, putting my own  limit to my options in monetary terms.

Yet, I couldn’t complain. Not in a million years. I still got more than I hoped for. And it is indeed a very nice guitar!

This is my best gift this Christmas.  🙂

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Cinderella: The Musical

It was our girls’ “gimmik” trip. My sisters, my five-year old daughter and I headed out last Sunday to the Cultural Center of the Phlippines (CCP) to watch Cinderella, the musical stage play featuring Lea Salonga.

It was the first time I ever got to watch Lea perform on stage and hear her sing live, since it was not Lea who performed when we watched Miss Saigon few years ago.

She really has a great voice and we all enjoyed the show. Alterations to the story to depict some current realities made it more interesting and humorous, such as having a king who appears stingy due to hard times and was not too excited about the expense of having a grand ball for his son, a godmother who seemingly tries to conceal her “fairy” or magical prowess , and lots more.

We’re all looking forward to more musical plays. Our next target : “Rapunzel” in September.

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About Seventh Stranger

When I signed up for this blog, I was actually surprised that “7thstranger” was already taken. I guess I was absurdly thinking that I’m the only one in this world of billion bloggers who would want to use that name. Thus, I decided to use the longer version instead since it was available. I have been using “Seventh Stranger” as a pseudonym for as long as I can remember…

I was ten or eleven, a raging fan of a bygone (but not forgotten, for me at least) era of new wave 80’s music. I went gaga-crazy over bands like Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, Spandau Ballet, Power Station, Menudo (oh yes, cheesy as it is!), A-ha, The Cure, Culture Club. Hmmm, did I miss anything?

One day, a few weeks before our annual class Christmas party, we had our usual drawing of lots (or pieces of paper with codenames) for our usual “Manito Manita”. “Manito Manita” is a traditional Christmas game of exchanging gifts.

Each one had to write on a piece of paper a codename they like, roll the paper and drop it in a box or container. Then each one in the class took turns to pick one paper from the box. If it was your own, then you return it. If not, then that one would be your “manita” (if a girl) or “manito” (if a boy). However, sometimes it is hard to tell from the codenames being used.

Then for the next few weeks that followed, there would be a theme per week and we would be secretly giving a gift to our “manita” or “manito”. On the day of the Christmas party, we would then reveal our identities and have the final exchange of gifts.

And that was when I first thought of using “Seventh Stranger” as a codename. Of course, I couldn’t use it in the years that followed in that same school. But each time I transferred to a new school (yes, I’ve moved a couple of times but that’s a different story to tell), I would be using it on my first Christmas party.

From grade school to high school to college, the name has stuck with me. It has become a part of me. And as you can see, to this date, I’m still using it.

About “Seventh Stranger”

It is claimed as one of the best songs that Duran Duran has ever done under their “Seven and The Ragged Tiger” album in 1983. The title of the album was actually one of several songs they completed in 1983 but was never released. Eventually though, parts of that song evolved into the track “The Seventh Stranger”. For those not familiar with it, here it is…

Those words are all remainders
Echoes growing in the heart of twilight
They lay back laughing at naivety’s star
Awaken all those whispers in the dusty shadow of a passing favour
I wouldn’t say that you were ruthless or right
I couldn’t see from so far
Was I chasing after rainbows
One thing for sure you never answered when I called
And I wiped away the water from my face
To look through the eyes of a stranger
For rumours in the wake of such a lonely crowd
Trading in my shelter for danger
I’m changing my name just as the sun goes down
In the eyes of a stranger

Can’t tell the real from reflections
When all these faces look the same to me
In every city such a desolate dream
Some days are strange to number
some say the seventh sounds a little bit stranger
A year of Sundays seems to have drifted right by
(I could have sworn) in one evening
And I’m not seized in desperation
No steel reproaches on the table from before
But I still can feel those splinters of ice
I look through the eyes of a stranger
For rumours in the wake of such a lonely crowd
Trading in my shelter for danger
I’m changing my name just as the sun goes down
In the eyes of a stranger

I must be chasing after rainbows
One thing for sure you never answer when I call
And I wipe away the water from my face
To look through the eyes of a stranger
For rumour in the wake of such a lonely crowd
Trading in my shelter for danger
I’m changing my name just as the sun goes down
Walking away like a stranger
From rumours in the wake of such a lonely crowd
Trading in my shelter for danger
I’m changing my name just as the sun goes down
In the eyes of a stranger

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Heath Ledger: Dark Knight’s Maniacal Joker

Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger

I like Heath Ledger. From the very first movie of his that I watched (10 Things I Hate About You) and up to the top-rated ones that followed — The Patriot, Four Feathers, A Knight’s Tale. I didn’t watch Brokeback Mountain, and I have yet to watch Dark Knight. Yes, I must see Dark Knight.

That is why this morning, when I turned on my computer and saw on Yahoo News! an article about the feds dropping his case, I couldn’t help but open and read it.

I felt sad when I first heard the news earlier this year about his death. I couldn’t believe it. My initial reaction was “it may just be a rumor”. So I immediately surfed the net about it. But to my dismay, it was real. What disheartened me more was the fact that he died from accidental drug overdose. And it wasn’t that he was taking illegal drugs or took more than the limit, it was the combination of six prescription drugs — painkillers, sleeping pills and anti-anxiety medications — that caused his fatality.

And to this day, whenever I hear about him or see photos of him, I feel wistful about his potential of what he could have been as an actor.

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