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Few days ago, when I was in bed, cant remember whether I just lied down or woke up in middle of night. Either way, somehow 君が好きだと叫びたい (Kimi ga Suki da to Sakebitai) (1993) by BAAD (1992-1999), a Japanese rock band, SLAM DUNKing into my mind out of nowhere with a nostalgic smell just like going back 20 years in school gym.

Dont ask me what the song title or lyrics mean, I dont speak Japanese, but Wikipedia has the translation for it, I Want to Shout I Like You, and the video also has translations in it. Its the first opening theme song for Slam Dunk (1993-1995/1996).

It was two decades ago, where was I? Junior high? Anyway, there was quite some Japanese animes on our television channels, and Slam Dunk was one of them. I cant say I watched all but quite a lot. You know how Japanese animes go, the comical dramatic scene and the sudden seriously stern talking, both can go with shouting, just emphasizing in different aspects.

I wasnt good at any sports, in fact, pretty bad, but that didnt stop me watching this anime and I was not the only one. I dont know if this anime was popular in other places in the world, but it was quite big here at the time. If my memory is correct, some years later, when I was in dorm, some students still watched it.

Dont you feel somewhat strange, not just Japanese music or drama, it seems many shows either has English title or one or two lines in English in the lyrics, but virtually nothing else is in English. I wonder way.

Crazy for you~ I take you away~ I wanna cry for you~ [CUE THE CLOSE-UP]
If you read the English lines to someone in face altogether, that someone might call the cops.

Something in the Water by Brooke Fraser, released on 2010-08-02, that was nearly four years ago and I only first listened to this song 2014-04-22T14:09:31Z.

Almost three month late, after binned this entry, now I dug it out and dusted it off while enjoying it in the background as I writing this blog post. Here is the quote-unquote originally raw note (doing the air quotes):

 there is something in the water - 2014-04-22T14:09:31Z
    basetrade tv Starship Trooper Ultimate Edition
     - 2014-04-22T14:10:22Z
    no Protoss - 2014-04-22T14:10:27Z - 2014-04-22T15:25:45Z - 2014-04-22T15:28:25Z


In case you dont get the reference part, there are some casters love to use the term quote-unquote.

As I reading my original notesif you could honestly call it thatI was wondering the no Protoss, then I recalled Starship Troopers Ultimate Edition, a show match perhaps, was one aint allowed Protoss race to play. I believe its just for fun.

I recently also watched another, the players have to play opponents race, Kappa StarLeague (Match 9), happened to tune in for the last map, after 10 minutes of in-game time, finally realized Bomber and Crank were playing off-races. Didnt actually listen to the casting, but I felt strange when the names and situations didnt match.

Many songs I got to listen to and enjoy were from watching tournaments. Recently, I started to watch Counter Strike: Global Offensive streams. I used to think how on Earth they could cast games for FPS games like CS:GO, but it turned out, they could and I wasnt confused.

If you aint in water and in Oklahoma, from a YouTube channel I was subscribed to: Remember, theres always SOMETHING to DISCOVER IN OKLAHOMA!; and I hope you dont find that something is a big shark with scarily sharp teeth!

As for me, there is Something in the Bin.

Its almost five months since last SotD. Friends Like You by Meaghan Smith, from latest Have A Heart album, which was released on April 22, 2014.

Once again, I never heard of her name or songs before. The song was played during the break of 2014 GSL Season 2 Code S Ro16 Group A after the Losers Match between Classic v. soO. She is a Canadian singer-songwriter. This song seems to be recorded in late 2012 according to the Facebook post, but only released just a month ago. She said in another post:

Im gonna start giving you sneak peeks into my songs One new song is about someone who pretended to be my friend, but really wasnt.

I like the lyrics, they are quite funny to listen. But when I tried to find out the songs name, I kept finding unrelated results until I finally used the right keywords its an art form #BFF forgery, which is the funniest part in my mind:

Never know which face Im gonna see
You got at least two maybe three
Its an art form
#BFF Forgery
Youre genuinely great at being fake
And Im a hopeless optimist

You know there are libraries for face detection, I wonder if they have a feature to detect faking faces and give warning like Warning: #FAKEBFF in automatic tweets.

And I learned a new word: frenemy. This song also teaches us in frienemy relationship, there are a few things you dont do:

  1. Hold it back,
  2. Think about peace and love, and
  3. All that other crap.

Like Roar, I heard Wasting All These Tears (2013) during interim in (WCS) GSL, which seems to play songs that fit to my tastes. The singer, Cassadee Pope, is the winner of The Voice, a reality singing competition show. Reality and competition are two worst words can be in a television show in my opinion, but people love the combination , so Ive never watched that kind of show and never heard of her before.

Its a song I like, but this post is going to have a detour. There is a fan clips video on her YouTube account, go watch it and see if you have same thought as I while watching it.

One keyword: V.V.S.

Cups (Pitch Perfects When Im Gone) (2011) by Anna Kendrick, is a cover of the original song Cups (Youre Gonna Miss Me) (2009) by Lulu and the Lampshades, which is a rendition of Miss Me When Im Gone (1937) by J. E. Mainers Mountaineers and Youre Gonna Miss Me When Im Gone (1938) by (Charlie) Monroes Boys, according to Wikipedia.

Confused? Well, just enjoy Anna Kendricks music video version.

Never had watched Pitch Perfect or any of her television shows or films, but I did know she is also a singer after I stumbled across her Wikipedia page, though never heard of any singing of hers until Cups.

Once again, a YouTube recommendation popped up, but I wasnt sure this was a good one when the video just started, although I like baking part at the beginning. When she started playing the cup I thought this wouldnt be like that world record freaking awesome cup stacking video, would it? That would be so weird for a music video.

The music video turned out quite interesting when I realized thats some beats from playing the cup and clapping. That chef can drum, and that guy at 312 is hilarious when he couldnt get the cup out at the first try.

Because of this music video, though it has nothing to do with the story of Pitch Perfect, I watched the film and I like it. Its not like the usual films that you would hate the antagonists to the bones, in fact, I dont really feel the film has one. Of course, it has, just very weak. Id describe its a film of positivity. Certainly, it has the element of romance, you know the boy meets the girls, and they get together in the end after some silly arguments. Which I really dont like films or television shows have that. Like antagonist in this film, that part isnt the focus, or should I say that I simply ignored and concentrated on the music.

Did she really sing Youre gonna miss my taco?


Dont read on if you are not 18+ or are prude.

Havent done Song of the Day for months, just got a recommended video, Thank You Very Much (2013) by Margaret Ashton, because I watched a prank video. I was wondering why a prank video triggered a music video, but it did make sense after I watched it.

The recommended video was actually a duplicate of the official upload, because the official video has age restriction and YouTube account required, and thats why I put up the warning in the beginning of this this post, but I really think its more like 15+.

It cant be a better timing to share this 33-year-old song, Happy New Year (1980) by ABBA (1972-1982).

During this time of year, people used to talk about the good, the bad, listing what had been done in the previous year, doing reviews, making resolutions or none, and these sorts of things. Its quite interesting to read blogs doing those, and I can see everyone has its own way to write about it.

An end is also a beginning, a start of something new, trying things you have never dared to do before. For me, as a blogger, not crazy enough like those people, I am only trying blogging with KISS principle and thats why I dont embed YouTube video but with only links.

I saw some bloggers were trying to figure out from whether they should continue to blog or not to complicated life situations, while others happily making plans and setting goals for this brand new 2013. Some bloggers have realized that making resolutions are just crossing-the-previous-year-number-and-writing-down-the-new-year-number-on-the-same-list kind of thing, and stopped it. But if you still make some, consider to add some to your resolutions list. Whatever they do, one thing they all love is making a post with a long list of posts.

For some reason, I dont feel this song was trying to bring happy feeling. Three decades later, we definitely still need to say Happy New Year as you follow whats going on in our world.

May we all have our hopes, our will to try.

I own a copy of promo CD of Cyndi Lauper, who originally sings Time After Time in 1984, thats why I felt so familiar when I heard this song from Holly of True Love. Eva Cassidys cover (Live) is quite different than original, the lyrics are the same, but different in a way when you listen.

One time, Ive said:

Why some things can touch your heart are always discovered after a death?

My words were spoken in my head while I was reading the Wikipedia about Eva Cassidy (1963-1996), she passed away in 1996. Jonathan Larson (1960-1996), the creators of Rent and Tick, Tick Boom!, died in the same year. I only got to know his music a few years ago, and thats why I had such feeling. It seems that we only have the chances to appreciate wonderful things after we lose the people.

And another great song, True Colors.

Seems like a perfect timing for Graduation by Vitamin C, its probably the only song I remember about graduation. This songs been around for 12 years, old but not that old. I think I first listened to it on YouTube, so its about five years ago, I guess.

When I was a still a student, always told that time is the easiest period in the life from elementary school to college and one of the most memorable moments, its somewhat correct. Student life or anything is nowhere to be said the easiest, they say so because they lose it and were used to the life. Its like any life transition, you reminisce even you have a hard time.

My last one, I cant even remember how it went, I believe I was around but didnt attend the ceremony or just completely skipped. Not really sure, its been many years. But I did tell myself: thats about it.

Graduation is the beginning of a realization.

I was watching the Hairy Bikers Bakeation Italy while eating my freshly-baked-and-still-warm bread with a cup of black coffee. You got to watch a show with proper food, dont you think so?

The show was concluding with Volare in background, I believed the performer is Gipsy Kings not Luciano Pavarotti as listed on BBC website, really no way that could be Pavarotti. I have listened to this song before and I am now sure its Gipsy Kings cover version, never tried to find out who sings it. You know your body want to move with the music when you hear the beats.

Dont know if it was because of Italian, the cameraman in the episode also focused on females, candid shots, so to speak. Zooming in, focus transitioning from the cake, which Bikers were still making, to a female sitting on chair reading, quite funny.

By the way, I dont speak Italian, dont even know what the song title means.

I dont know when I listened to this longtime hit song, Your Song by Elton John, for the first time, its been more than four decades since it was released in 1970. A song was even ten years older than I, well, eleven to be precise.

If you look into the median ages in countries, although no data for entire world population, I would say more than a half of world population were born after this song was sung. Sadly, I didnt expect to know a fact that Ugandas median age is 15.0 years. (It means a half of its people are 15 years old or younger)

There is also a cover by Ellie Goulding if you like her or female vocal. The cover had a blast after released. She seems a popular singer in UK, well everywhere, seemingly.

I thought Elton John is a British (probably still be), because I knew he was knighted by the Queen. In this video, he said he became American before this song was released. But this doesnt matter, great music has no nationality.

It is an old song, but I think this song is liked by many young people, it could even be their song.

I first listened to this song a few months back on WBCL. I cant find an official music video, but this live performance recording is very nice.

Britt Nicole has other great songs, such as Headphones, Safe, World That Breaks, Dont Worry Now, Glow, Set The World On Fire (I love this one because of the name), and more. Just search on YouTube.

WBCL is a nice (Internet) radio station. I added it into my iradio script, iradio 18. And yes, I do listen to Christian/gospel music and I am not a religious person.

I heard WBCL via FFRC, which is a feline rescue center, they have cute kitties and kindhearted volunteers! I even created an unofficial page for it.

I want to play Minecraft after I watched this video:

I have known this game Minecraft for some time, but never wanted to play it. I thought it might use too much of my brain.

But now, I want to shoot some arrows in the air and to make tons of TNT and to blow stuff up with those TNT. Not sure how this game plays, but I am sure I can do some damage. :)

(Hmm I dont like this Also, please make sure youre running the Sun JVM)

I love this cover:

I think its even better than the original by Reamonn:

This MaximNoise (male vocal) is great and I think thats why its better. The original has sound effects applied on. And I specially like the accent that he sing the word supergirl with.

Before I watched this cover song video, said I have already listened twice since May, 2009. But I dont remember I have listened to this song. Now I definitely remember.

By the way, do you feel the original singer is sort of like vampire in the music video?

Do supergirls not cry? I dont know, but I know they can punch a hole in the roof your house like nothing.

I want to share some music videos I have been listening to for a while or other old ones with you. But some may not make sense because I dont know German and I havent tried to read the translation, I just feel the song is cheerful one, so I count it as encouraging song.

1   F**kin Perfect by P!nk


This music video contains explicit materials.

The most recent one I listen to. I only watched the video (images) for once or twice, then I just listened to the song. Watching that is too much for me. If you havent watch it and you just start, you would disagree that this is an encouraging song, but you will see. There is a sweet twist.

2   Wir leben den Moment by Christina Stürmer

I think she is my favorite German music singer and this one is my favorite song. Her music often help your heart pump faster.

3   Firework by Katy Perry

I like this song, but maybe its more about the stories in this music video.

4   Sag Es Wie Es Ist by Luxuslärm

I dont really know about whats being played in this music video but its really fun to watch. The guy tries to impress his date (I think) by showing off his knowledge of wine, then the girl couldnt stand anymore, so she tells him just be himself, the old one. And the kissing scene is so hilarious, when you see the other girls expression.

5   Its My Life by Bon Jovi

Jump! Jump! Jump! Jump off the bridge! You can make it!

6   Spinner by Revolverheld

I think this music video is about the story about a group of different kinds of people living in a same building. Their life interlaces and something blah blah blah happens.