Shuffle the Music #4

Today is one of the days when I choose to write something vapid and easy. This is just another Shuffle the Music post, but I am adding a twist based on a Tumblr music survey. The survey rules are simple:

1) set your playlist on shuffle, and
2) write down the songs that come up for each of the given movie scenes.

Nice, ‘di ba? For this survey I will be shuffling my On Repeat playlist on Spotify. I am essentially building my life’s kunwa-kunwaring movie soundtrack, so I might as well use the songs that I currently love.

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Music is dumb

I just finished reading an essay called “The Music Itself: Glenn Gould’s Contrapuntal Vision,” and one part that stood out to me was writer Edward Said’s assertion that “music is fundamentally dumb.”

The statement reads like a hot take perfect for Twitter, but Said makes a good point: “despite its fertile syntactic and expressive possibilities, music does not encode reference, or ideas, or hypotheses discursively, the way language does.” Interesting, isn’t it?

Said’s explanation reminds me of a similar observation made by another critic A.O. Scott, who posits that “a piece of music makes no obvious argument, tells no literal story, soars above politics and history in an ether where logic and feeling coexist interchangeably.”

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Music is the answer

“Without music life would be a mistake,” philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once wrote. I have yet to decide if I agree with him or not, but in the meantime, I am going to answer so-called philosophical questions using song titles.

(I need an excuse to procrastinate, is why.)


1. What harsh truths do you prefer to ignore?

Love is a Losing Game – Amy Winehouse

2. Is free will real or just an illusion?

Ewan – APO Hiking Society

3. Is there a meaning to life? If so, what is it?

Happy Not Knowing – Carly Rae Jepsen

4. Where is the line between art and not art?

Glory and Gore – Lorde

5. What should be the goal of humanity?

Eat the Rich – Aerosmith

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Songs on Repeat

Spotify’s On Repeat playlist is pretty nifty, isn’t it?

On Repeat has become my go-to playlist recently and it’s been dope. It has all the songs that I love listening to over and over again, and it saves me time from having to decide which albums to play. I press On Repeat and voila — the songs are surefire bops.

But because I’ve been listening to On Repeat a lot, the track list has been pretty much the same for months now. As much as I enjoy guaranteed hits, the sawá factor can also get to me and I need to cleanse my palate with new songs every now and then. We all do, don’t we?

Anyway, this quick post is just to share with you the top songs that have been shuffling around my On Repeat playlist in the past months. Who knows, maybe some of you may discover new songs from this list. And oh — if you have song recommendations based on my favorite tracks, please let me know! “Sharing is caring,” sabi nga ni Carmina Mones. 😀

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Sunday Songs


1. Do you listen to music everyday?

Yes, ma’am.

2. One band you always come back to?

Eraserheads

3.  What is/are your favorite song(s) at the moment?

“2020” by Great Good Fine Ok

4. What’s your Spotify?

Hanapin n’yo na lang.

5. Top 3 played songs?

“Motion Sickness” by Phoebe Bridgers
“Hanggang sa Muli” by Kenyo
“Makahiya” by Ang Bandang Shirley

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