Songs from my playlist: Laughter in the Rain

Laughter in the Rain (1974) :: Neil Sedaka

My evergreen-favorite Neil Sedaka song. I was in high school when I distinctly remember instantly falling in love with this song. 💕 Back then, I played CDs whenever I was up and alone in the wee hours of the morning reviewing for quizzes and exams. There was one mix (pirated 🤫) CD of sentimental love songs I always included on rotation, and Laughter in the Rain was one of the songs in it I constantly back-tracked to. I don’t know how else to explain it, but it gave me the “romantic chills” and never failed to make me smile whenever I heard it. And yeah, that was probably why that CD got scratched after just a few runs. 🤔😅

Anyway, that pirated mix CD is long gone now, but my love for this song is here to stay. Ever the romantic, yes, I still get the chills when this is on. And a tickled pink smile that instantly lights up the room. 🤩

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Songs from my playlist: Sea of Love

Sea of Love (1998) :: Cat Power

Come with me my love
To the sea
The sea of love
I want to tell you
How much I love you

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First heard this song from the indie movie, Juno, which was the first time I saw Ellen Page in a movie and started having a crush on her. 🌈 Anyway, for me this song feels like a romantic lullaby for a precious person. 💗

It’s short, simple, and sweet. I love listening to it with my earphones in and the volume cranked full. Melts my heart in the entire space of the song. 😊

Songs from my playlist: Laguna

Laguna :: Sampaguita

An OPM classic I recently discovered. Sure, I’ve heard this song on the radio since I was a kid, but I’m only appreciating it now. I could listen to this all day because it instantly lifts me up and makes me happy. It’s one of my go-to pick-me-up songs.

Laguna is a place, but for me in this song, it’s more of a state of being. This song pulls me into the more philosophical and spiritual interpretation. Laguna being a state of spiritual enlightenment–when you’ve transcended the 3D plane, or at least, set it aside for a while to just enjoy the moment without getting stuck in the trappings of daily living that involves routines, responsibilities, chores, work, and bills. It doesn’t even matter where you are at the moment–you can be in a secluded shady spot by the beach, or in the midst of your quiet time alone in your own room. What matters is that you get to that place where there is peace and you feel connected to the Universe–one with everything around you. Then you get to rejuvenate and realign yourself so that when you’re finally ready to go back to the physical world again, you feel stronger–a better version of yourself who’s ready to face anything life throws at you.

Songs from my playlist: Light My Fire

Light My Fire (1968) :: José Feliciano

I grew up knowing José Feliciano’s version of Light My Fire was the original. We have a CD of oldies music I used to play every Sunday, and Light My Fire was one of my favorites. Then just a few years ago, I learned this was a cover version, and that the original was by the iconic rock group, The Doors. When I heard the original, it was confirmed without a doubt–José Feliciano’s version was still the best for me.

Sorry Jim Morrison and The Doors, but like José Feliciano’s cover version, slow and sweet wins my heart. ❤

Light My Fire was the first ever hit single by The Doors. It was released in 1967 and went on to become the band’s signature song and best-selling record. Riding on the success and popularity of the song, José Feliciano did a cover a year later. His was a truly inspired, jazzy version with a unique Latin flavor, a flute arrangement, and a seductive guitar riff showing off Feliciano’s fingering skills. I’m very partial to seductive and impeccable guitar riffs (That headbang-inducing electric guitar riff in Sweet Child O’Mine by Guns N’ Roses is still at the top of my list). I love listening to this with the volume almost cranked full, earphones in, and with my eyes closed. Yes. That’s the best way to savor Light My Fire.

Source: Tim’s Cover Story