RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #76 Sing&Day

Christmas is just around the corner, and it is the season to be merry. I’m not a Christian, but I like Christmas like any other person on the street. To me, Christmas is about reconnecting with family and friends, and the spirit of giving.

For RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Challenge this week, I was inspired by the season, Christmas songs, choirs, family reunions and the word prompts ‘song’ and ‘day’. ūüôā

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge


Songs of Joy

Let’s sing songs of joy
Remembering family
On this Christmas Day

Khor Hui Min
22 December 2015

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Song

For¬†week #66 of Haiku Horizons, the word prompt was ‚Äėsong‚Äô. I immediately thought of nature, birds and birdsong. ūüôā

Butterfly in the cherry blossom tree
Butterfly in the cherry blossom tree

Song

A trilling birdsong
Misty morning’s sweet greeting
Nature’s herald’s song

Khor Hui Min
29 May 2015

Use Somebody

For¬†my 21st post for the¬† Blogging A to Z Challenge, I wanted to¬†put together a photo essay on the UNESCO World Heritage Site called Bao’an Temple in Taipei, but since my laptop has gone into the ICU and will only be out in a few days’ time and my photos are inside the hard disk, I looked around for an alternative idea. Then, I thought, why not do another piece on music?

U for Use Somebody

I decided to feature a rock song by Kings of Leon called ‘Use Somebody’. From the title alone, we might misunderstand that the song is about the selfish intention or action of using other people to achieve one’s own ends, but that’s not what the song is about at all.

Written by frontman Caleb Followill,¬†the song¬†is about being lonely on the road and longing for somebody to hold.¬†He said on his band’s website, “It’s about being far from home.” In 2008, Caleb told Uncut magazine, “The meat of the song was written on tour. When I came up with ‘I could use somebody’, I didn’t know if I was talking about a person or home or God.”

The song highlights a part of human nature – people are social creatures that prefer to exist in social groups, building meaningful relationships with others, instead of being loners.

‘Use Somebody’¬†topped the¬†Pop Songs/Mainstream Top 40, Alternative Songs Triple A and Adult Top 40 charts, and it was the first song to top all four¬†airplay tallies since Green Day’s ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ (2004-5).¬†The song¬†is track #4 on the album ‘Only By The Night’.

To see more facts about the song, click here.

The Lyrics

Use Somebody

I’ve been roaming around
Always looking down at all I see
Painted faces, fill the places I can’t reach

You know that I could use somebody
You know that I could use somebody

Someone like you, and all you know, and how you speak
Countless lovers under cover of the street

You know that I could use somebody
You know that I could use somebody
Someone like you

Off in the night, while you live it up, I’m off to sleep
Waging wars to shape the poet and the beat
I hope it’s gonna make you notice
I hope it’s gonna make you notice

Someone like me
Someone like me
Someone like me, somebody

Someone like you, somebody
Someone like you, somebody
Someone like you, somebody

I’ve been roaming around,
Always looking down at all I see

Songwriters
FOLLOWILL, JARED / FOLLOWILL, MATTHEW / FOLLOWILL, NATHAN / FOLLOWILL, CALEB

The video

Time After Time

For¬†my 20th post for the¬† Blogging A to Z Challenge, I would like to talk about a song I listened to growing up. ūüôā

T is for ‘Time After Time’

‘Time After Time’ was released in 1984 by Sony BMG. It was the year my brother was born and I was in Standard 2. I still remember the first time I saw the singer Cyndi Lauper, with her red hair and riot of colours in her clothing and accessories. You could say she made an impression. LOL. But her hit became an enduring classic, which¬†many singers later also sang and made covers of. Years later, I watched a movie called ‘Strictly Ballroom’ where the song was also featured.

The Lyrics

“Time After Time”
By Cyndi Lauper

Lying in my bed I hear the clock tick,
And think of you
Caught up in circles confusion –
Is nothing new
Flashback – warm nights –
Almost left behind
Suitcases of memories,
Time after –

Sometimes you picture me –
I’m walking too far ahead
You’re calling to me, I can’t hear
What you’ve said –
Then you say – go slow –
I fall behind –
The second hand unwinds

[Chorus:]
If you’re lost you can look – and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you – I’ll be waiting
Time after time

After my picture fades and darkness has
Turned to gray
Watching through windows – you’re wondering
If I’m OK
Secrets stolen from deep inside
The drum beats out of time –

[Chorus:]
If you’re lost…

You said go slow –
I fall behind
The second hand unwinds –

[Chorus:]
If you’re lost…
…Time after time
Time after time
Time after time
Time after time

The Video

Cyndi Lauper’s video:

Time After Time Cover by GLEE:

Q for Quirky Song

For my 17th post for the¬† Blogging A to Z Challenge, I decided to do¬†something I have not done before. I decided to write a piece on Sia’s Elastic Heart, her latest hit.

Q for Quirky Song

Sia’s Quirky Elastic Heart

The first time I listened to Elastic Heart was on YouTube. The song was quirky, just as the video was, but I felt everything came together nicely and the song worked. The video was something different, but I accepted it as purely performance art, just as I thought the song was a form of artistic expression.

The more I listened to the soaring ballad, the more it grew on me, especially after¬†the song became a¬†part of the BodyBalance new release at the gym. ūüėČ

A collaboration between Australian singer-songwriter Sia, Toronto R&B singer The Weeknd, and Philadelphia producer Diplo, the song started as a track that Diplo sent to Sia. She took a liking to the track instantly and wrote the lyrics for it.

The lyrics are about finding love after enduring heartbreak and pain. Sia hoped that Katy Perry would record it, maybe for the Hunger Games Catching Fire soundtrack, but that did not happen. So, Sia sang the vocals herself. Eventually, the song did indeed get selected for the movie soundtrack. Sia was shown an early draft of the movie, after which she revised the lyrics to make the song fit the film (as shown below).

The lyrics

Elastic Heart
(feat. The Weeknd & Diplo)

And another one bites the dust
Oh why can I not conquer love?
And I might have thought that we were one
Wanted to fight this war without weapons

And I wanted it, I wanted it bad
But there were so many red flags
Now another one bites the dust
Yeah, let’s be clear, I’ll trust no one

You did not break me
I’m still fighting for peace

Well, I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart,
But your blade‚ÄĒit might be too sharp
I’m like a rubber band until you pull too hard,
Yeah, I may snap and I move fast
But you won’t see me fall apart
‘Cause I’ve got an elastic heart

I’ve got an elastic heart
Yeah, I’ve got an elastic heart

And I will stay up through the night
Let’s be clear, won’t close my eyes
And I know that I can survive
I’ll walk through fire to save my life

And I want it, I want my life so bad
I’m doing everything I can
Then another one bites the dust
It’s hard to lose a chosen one

You did not break me
(you did not break me, no)
I’m still fighting for peace

[3x]
Well, I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart,
But your blade‚ÄĒit might be too sharp
I’m like a rubber band until you pull too hard,
Yeah, I may snap and I move fast
But you won’t see me fall apart
‘Cause I’ve got an elastic heart

I’ve got an elastic heart

The song can be found on her latest 1000 Forms of Fear.

The video

Sia conceptualised the video as two warring ‘Sia’ self states, played by Maddie¬†Ziegler and Shia¬†LaBeouf. Controversy arose as some people were turned off or disgusted by the¬†12-year-old Maddie¬†and 28-year-old Shia doing their interpretive dance in a giant bird cage dressed in skin-coloured leotards.

“I anticipated some ‘pedophilia!!!’ cries for this video,” Sia¬†said¬†on Twitter.¬†“I apologize to those who feel triggered by Elastic Heart. My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody.”

Read more about the controversy surrounding the video in an article by Rolling Stone.