For the broken-hearted underdog

i am broken and cold without you, 12"x9", pastel and graphite on Bienfang 70-lb white paper

i am broken and cold without you, 12"x9", pastel and graphite on Bienfang 70-lb white paper

If someone in the past hurt you by betraying your trust, who promised you a life of togetherness but left you for somebody else, then I wouldn’t blame you if you might have given up on love already. But what if– despite your ill-fated past– a good heart (a really good heart and not one who pretends to be) found its way to your broken heart and offered to share your grief for as long as it’d take until it mended, would you give love another chance??! If your answer is yes, then, “hooray!” to you! Because that would have proven that you are indeed truly alive and rightfully only hoping for the best! As such, I’m rooting for you!!! I will always root for the broken-hearted underdog! In my book, when you found love by way of a broken heart, you are one blessed soul. Because how else would you describe a foregone conclusion that just defied all odds and reversed misfortune? How else would you define a life that turned the tide by receiving a new lease on love? How else, but “blessed” indeed! Yes, one whose life was maligned through no fault of his/her own has got to be one blessed soul when a kindhearted spirit find its way to his/her heart.
Life is too short to dilly-dally on the most precious of emotions. If you are certain that you found love at last, go grab it with your whole being! Say a prayer (of gratitude and blessing) and take the leap of faith! Because at the end of the day, it’s your own life that is on the line here. And when joy is what you seek for, love is the only way through it![Waiter, isa pa ngang round ng beer dito, please! Paki-dagdagan na rin yung yelo..! Whew! Sarap talaga ng broken-hearted!!!]

Do You Want to Know a Secret?

Are you old enough to know a secret? Are you young enough to care? Well, the secret’s already out on the world wide web. So I hope y’all will keep it that way– ya know, a secret!It’s a secret. So don’t tell a soul, okay?

The devil thinks he’s always HOT

the devil covets a naked soul, 11"x8.5", graphite and color pencil on Winsor & Newton 65-lb paper

the devil covets a naked soul, 11"x8.5", graphite and color pencil on Winsor & Newton 65-lb paper

Earthly woman: OMG!!! He’s so handsome as hell! I’ve always wanted to meet a hot guy with a bad-boy image!

Heavenly angel: Luka-luka! Bad talaga ‘yan! (You’re nuts! He really is bad news!)

Handsome as hell: No coaching please!

♀ ☻ ♂

Physical beauty is only skin deep. But true beauty can only radiate from within. For those who judge a book by its cover, they will most likely get frustrated more often than those who understand the contents of a book first and then keep it for what it’s worth. Good looks can be deceiving. A person’s countenance fades degradingly as he/she ages. But his/her character remains intact through the years. A good-looking person with a kind heart is indeed a truly beautiful soul. Merely looking at a person’s physical appearance will not give you the real worth of his/her being. In most instances, you don’t even have to do anything; you will feel his/her true character when he/she reaches out to touch you with his/her love.

I’m in love for the first time

Don't let me down, 14"x11", graphite on Canson Classic Cream 80-lb Drawing paper

Don't let me down, 14"x11", graphite on Canson Classic Cream 80-lb Drawing paper

I’m in love for the first time.
Don’t you know it’s gonna last.
It’s a love that lasts forever,
It’s a love that has no past.

–“Don’t Let Me Down” by The Beatles

This is a love song credited to the songwriting duo of Lennon and McCartney. But it is essentially a John Lennon composition written out of John’s love for Yoko Ono. The song is an anguished plea by John to Yoko, which Paul McCartney saw this way: “I’m really stepping out of line on this one. I’m really just letting my vulnerability be seen, so you must not let me down.”

Photo from The Beatles' Abbey Road album (Photograph by Ian McMillan; Source, http://thebeatles.com/core/home/)

Photo from The Beatles' Abbey Road album (Photograph by Iain Macmillan; Source, http://thebeatles.com/core/home/) In photo from left to right: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and John Lennon

Man, I love The Beatles! And even with that statement, I feel like I’m doing myself and the group a disservice by not saying enough how much I really love them, even up to this day, so many years after I first listened to their music! Well, I love The Beatles– so much!– that I never tire of listening to them! When I think about music, The Beatles is the first thing that always comes up in my head. And I’ve always believed that they are the greatest band ever! But of course, my view is subjective and I know a whole lot of people will argue otherwise. The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Temptations, The Beach Boys, The Jackson 5, The Ramones, The Commodores, Duran Duran, Aerosmith, Journey, Juan Dela Cruz Band, Pink Floyd, Queen, U2, The Police, The Grateful Dead, Chicago, Tears For Fears, The Eagles, The APO Hiking Society, Metallica, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Clash, Sly & the Family Stone, and a whole lot more, sure they are all great bands and I’ve listened to most of their songs. But The Beatles’ songs were the ones that connected deeply with my life, ya know, like a true love does! Sure enough, if there was ever such a thing as first love in music, The Beatles would be it for me, the one dearest to my heart and the one I’d marry (nuts?! Yeah, I know)! Their songs have, for my taste, the perfect combination of incredible melody and lyrics. And, of course, with their songs being rooted in rock even makes their music all the more– shall I say– lovely!
When I was in high school, I would draw pictures of the Fab Four. And my beloved father, seeing how I was expressing my appreciation of The Beatles even through my drawings, told me not to get so preoccupied and serious about my admiration of the group. In hindsight, he was, of course, just reminding me to devote more time to studying. But at that time, I didn’t know exactly what he meant. I thought I remembered just looking at my father with my mind at a loss and no clue at all what was wrong with what I was doing. But from that time on, my love for their music never wavered even a bit!
I think all the great bands of today– even those with the potential of eclipsing The Beatles’ (or any other group’s) influence and popularity (a truly monumental feat, if at all possible)– have so much to thank the group for. Their contributions to music, in general, are astounding! They were the first band to use feedback in a recording (“I Feel Fine”), the first band to ever have actually played a sitar on their song “Norwegian Wood,” the first band to have the lyrics of the songs printed on the album (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band), the first rock band to ever release a double album (The White Album), the first band to fill a 50,000-plus stadium (New York’s Shea Stadium), the first band to do backward recording (on their song, “Rain”), the first band to have each and every member of the group to sing lead, the first band to wear their hair really long, the first band to use a full orchestra (on their Revolver album), the first band to have composed almost all of their music, and a lot more!
Some say that The Beatles, as the greatest band ever, is an overrated group. But consider this: if all, and I mean all, of the world’s most popular bands, past and present, were all active today and they all released their respective favorite albums all at the same time, I bet my bottom dollar that The Beatles will have the most albums in the top ten– if not occupying the album chart’s number one slot! Now, if that doesn’t say a lot about a band’s worth, I don’t know what is. (And by the way, my favorite Beatles albums are Abbey Road and The White Album. And my most favorite Beatles song is “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.”)

Way too late

too late too soon too much, 12"x9", acrylic ink on Bienfang 70-lb white paper

too late too soon too much, 12"x9", acrylic ink on Bienfang 70-lb white paper

This is my friend, Indianero. He is wanted by a lot of people, women mostly, for standing them up. So I asked him why he couldn’t keep up with his appointments or dates. And he told me bluntly, but rather warily, that the reason for his lateness is because he couldn’t grasp the concept of time! To him, time seems to fly by so swiftly that he just couldn’t keep up with it! He claims, though, that on most occasions, he can almost see time literally passing by so fast before his very eyes– before he even gets the chance to act on it timely! But to his defense, he argued that he was always there on each and every meeting– only, he was way too late. So as a friend, I told him what I always tell every “late bloomer” I happen to meet: “Better late than never!” And as a parting reminder to him, I suggested that he ought to think like a warrior every time he feels pressed for time; that is, to be swift like the wind.
I guess he heeded my advice. He now rides a much faster horse.

Why, oh, why

Kung Ikaw Ay Nag-aalinlangan, Nagsusumamo Ako, 12"x9", acrylic ink on Canson 70-lb white Drawing paper

Kung Ikaw Ay Nag-aalinlangan, Nagsusumamo Ako, 12"x9", acrylic ink on Canson 70-lb white Drawing paper

Oh, dear! Talk about life’s predicament. And love, for that matter.
The poem below (at least, that’s what it’s trying to be) is my vain attempt in translating Ogie Alcasid‘s beautiful song, “Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang,” into English (the music video below was performed by Freestyle band). I know it’s not a straight and strict poem in its metrical sense, but, who cares? I want to do it! Hehe. Just kidding. Anyways, a dear friend sent it to me and asked for my reaction to it. So I thought of just translating it in poetic form in my own way. If you do not understand the song because it is in Tagalog and you already read my translation, then you know that what it means is basically this: “right love at the wrong time.” In short: Back off!  (ouch!)

›─♥♥──›

Y. O. Y. (you’re in my life just now)

Why, oh, why is it just now
that you came into my heart,
when there’s already someone
who fulfills the tender part?
How I wish I’d known before
that you’d be here soon enough;
then I would have waited long
’til you are my better half.
I wish it were always you
locked in my warm embraces,
and your hand I hold on to
and not just someone else’s.
But why walk into my life
and rouse my heart in feeling
that it’s you I must be with
and none else is worth keeping?
Please, oh, please I need to know
why you’re in my life just now–
when I am no longer free
and bound in one’s loving vow?

›─♥♥──›

Much thanks, 5378!!!

Sungha Jung

I can not believe the prodigious talent of this kid! His name is Sungha Jung, a 12-year-old acoustic fingerstyle guitarist from South Korea. I think, in my opinion, that he is one of the best acoustic instrumentalists you’ll ever see on YouTube! And his young age makes him all the more remarkable! He plays mostly pop covers, but he also has some originals which you can check out on his YouTube site, MySpace site and his website. When I saw him play his covers of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” and The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” I was stunned! I thought to myself that he is one absolutely promising talent who has so much to offer the music world in the years to come! For his age, he plays his chords with stunning clarity, technique and feel! Watch his right hand strums, plucks, taps and subdues the strings with his palm to get the sound he wants. Plus, he does harmonics on the fretboard you’d almost swear it couldn’t possibly be a kid playing those notes! What genius! I thank God for people with talent like his! FANTASTIC!