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I only knew him before as the lead vocalist and main composer of Switchfoot and that one of his singles was Only Hope, which sky rocketed to fame due to the movie A Walk to Remember. He was also “forced” to eat Balut during their Manila concert 4 years ago. The closest thing I was able to get to him was when we waited outside their dressing room but I was only able to see the top of his head, blame it to all the crazy fans.

Switchfoot's Dare You To Move Concert in Manila with UPd Navigators.

Benjie then sent me a dropbox list which includes his solo albums. Sure, I downloaded all of them but failed to listen to his albums until my laptop’s hard disk finally crashed – erasing to oblivion the files saved on it. But last weekend, I saw Benjie’s status using a phrase from one of Switchfoot’s songs which made me remember Jon. So I looked him up on youtube. This was the start of a renewed connection between the two of us – a connection forged by his music that speaks in my behalf. He offered so much more – his insights, his own journey and struggles as seen on his lyrics. It is not the usual “Christian” music that offers you straight on the face what the song is all about – not the kind of music that is played during Sunday services either. Jon’s music (as well as that of Switchfoot’s) needs time to grow in you, you have to listen to it over and over again and slowly uncover its message- which was what i did. I listened to his songs and I also sang with him (with my out-of-tune voice) as if those are the words that I’ve been meaning to say but wasn’t able to find those words on my own. Thank you Jon Foreman for releasing your Seasons EP. I want to share to you some of his songs that I really love:

Learning How to Die from his Winter EP

Instead of a Show from his Summer EP

Somebody’s Baby from his Winter EP

Equally Skilled from his Fall EP

A Cure for the Pain from his Fall EP

Deep in Your Eyes from his Summer EP

Just so you know, Jon Foreman finally made me regret that I will not be in Manila in time for Switchfoot’s 2nd concert. Here are the details if you want to check them out. Below are Jon’s live versions of two Switchfoot songs that made me press the replay button again and again.

If you're going, please sing in behalf of me! Rakenrol!

This is Home from Switchfoot’s The Best Yet Album

Vice Verses from Switchfoot’s Vice Verses album that was released last year.

I would love to put all the songs here but that would be too long. Thus, I leave you something to look up to in youtube. I also want to share to you a part of a post by a blogger named Jeff, “Jon wasn’t singing “Lord, I Lift Your Name On High,” but he was most definitely sharing biblical truths in a way that transcended style and culture but still communicated eternal hope. I realized that it took a lot of depth and soul-searching to understand a song by Jon Foreman.”

(Click here to read his full blog post)

***Lastly, I thank Benjie Flores for sending me again the dropbox link. I am now listening to Jon’s Seasons EP as I was writing this post. 🙂

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One Day Will Come

Posted: February 23, 2011 in music / movies
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I ripped my heart open, shouting, dreaming, hoping, wishing, praying for this day…

ONE DAY

BY: MATISYAHU

Sometimes I lay under the moon
And thank God I’m breathing
Then I pray don’t take me soon
Cause I’M HERE FOR A REASON

Sometimes in MY TEARS I DROWN
But I never let it get me down
So when negativity surrounds
I KNOW someday IT WILL ALL TURN AROUND because

All my life I’ve been waiting for
I’ve been praying for, for the people to say
That WE DON’T WANNA FIGHT NO MORE
They’ll be NO MORE WARS And our children will play

one day, ONE DAY, one day

ONE DAY, one day, ONE DAY

It’s not about win or lose
Because WE ALL LOSE when they feed
On the souls of the INNOCENT , BLOOD DRENCHED pavement
Keep on moving though the waters stay raging

And in this maze YOU CAN LOSE YOUR WAY
It might drive you crazy BUT DON’T LET IT FAZE YOU no way

Sometimes in MY TEARS I DROWN
But I never let it get me down
So when negativity surrounds
I KNOW someday IT WILL ALL TURN AROUND because

All my life I’ve been waiting for
I’ve been praying for, for the people to say
That WE DON’T WANNA FIGHT NO MORE
They’ll be NO MORE WARS And our children will play

one day, ONE DAY, one day

ONE DAY, one day, ONE DAY

ONE DAY this all will CHANGE, treat people the same
STOP with the VIOLENCE, down with the HATE
One day we’ll all be FREE and proud to be
Under the SAME SUN singing songs of FREEDOM like

one day, ONE DAY, one day

ONE DAY, one day, ONE DAY

ONE DAY WILL COME

A Very Curious Case

Posted: January 12, 2009 in music / movies

 

Warning: May contain spoilers.

I just watched “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” with Kuya Chito. We both enjoyed the film.Two-thumbs up . I didn’t even feel that the film was almost three hours in length (I’m glad that it was that long because there’s just so much to take in).


For me, it is more than just a movie worthy of accolades… it held a special memory of mine…

 


I had a dream before that has the same premise like that of the film… the difference though is that I’m the one who is getting y ounger…

 

 

*back page of my journal entry, dated September 10, 2004. Do forgive my scrawny drawing and the “cheesiness” of my writing because I wrote it when I was just 18 years old My regret though was that my journal entry wasn’t as detailed as it should have been.


Excerpts from my journal entry:

“I dreamt of meeting “The One”, as in the guy meant for me… Ours was a perfect love story that no one can destroy, ours was just pure love. We had a fun time together: just laughing, hanging around, doing goofy things…”

“Eventually we got married. Ours was a marriage made in heaven. The twist of the dream was [that] when I reached a certain age, I will get younger. [My partner will just go through the normal ageing process].”

 

I often wondered how my dream would end… how our love story would end. For more than four years, I never dreamt of it again or anything related to it. That was why I was sooo excited when I saw the trailer of the film because it was like that of my dream (having Brad Pitt play the role of Benjamin Button is a huge plus )

 

The film gave me one of the possible endings of my dream.

 

It also made me realize that in the end, all I ever wanted was for someone who will look at me and will be able to remember the life and love we’ve shared before he closes his eyes…

 


Note: I also wrote in my journal that if ever I have lots of money, I’ll make our love story into a movie because I’m sure it will be a blockbuster. Now, my wish came true because it is now made into a film with very high ratings except that I still don’t have lots of money hahaha

 

On a Great Sunday

Posted: December 4, 2007 in FAITH, music / movies

BEAUTIFUL LORD

By Leeland

When the storm is raging all around me
You are the peace that calms
My troubled sea
And when the cares of this world
Darken my day
You are the light that shines
And shows me the way

Oh, the beauty of Your majesty
On the cross You showed Your love for me!

Beautiful Lord
Awesome and mighty
I’m captured by this love I see
Beautiful Lord
Tender and holy
Your mercy brings me to my knees
It’s Your mercy that has made me free
Beautiful Lord

When my sin is all that I can see
Your grace remains the shelter that I seek
And when my weakness is all I can give
Your gentle Spirit gives me strength again
And oh, the beauty of Your majesty
On the cross You showed Your love for me

And I am lifted by Your love to sing!
It’s Your mercy that has made me free!

You’re beautiful, my Lord
You’re beautiful, my Lord

~~~I am indeed captured by your Majesty… beause you never fail to calm my raging heart and clear my confused mind… Your beauty is beyond compare… and your love surpasses everything…

Are you who you want to be?

Posted: September 15, 2007 in music / movies
THIS IS YOUR LIFE
by Switchfoot

Yesterday is a wrinkle on your forehead

Yesterday is a promise that you’ve broken

Don’t close your eyes, don’t close your eyes

This is your life and today is all you’ve got now

Yeah, and today is all you’ll ever have

Don’t close your eyes

Don’t close your eyes

 

This is your life, are you who you want to be

This is your life, are you who you want to be

This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be

When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

 

Yesterday is a kid in the corner

Yesterday is dead and over

 

This is your life, are you who you want to be

This is your life, are you who you want to be

This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be

When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

 

Don’t close your eyes

Don’t close your eyes

Don’t close your eyes

Don’t close your eyes

 

This is your life are you who you want to be

This is your life are you who you want to be

 

This is your life, are you who you want to be

This is your life, are you who you want to be

This is your life, is it everything you dreamed it would be

When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

 

And you had everything to lose

 


* Yes, this is my life and i am who i want to be. Today may be the day i have got left and that’s fine because I had fixed my eyes on Him who is eternal. =(n_n)=