When 2016 started, I decided to create a playlist on Spotify calledÂ 2016 (heh). It’s mainly to keep track of the new songs I discovered this year, and also a way to make it easier for me to make playlists like this. Because look at that, it’s July already, and we’re halfway through the year,Â yadda yadda yadda <insert minor freak out here>.
Oh, and did I ever mention that IÂ love Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist? Or that IÂ love Spotify, period?
Truth be told, I almost forgot about making this list, if not for Timehop reminding me that I’ve been doing this for the past three years. Let’s not break the streak, and let’s not forget this blog exists, right? So here areÂ 8 songs for the first half of 2016.Â
1. Bawat Daan by Ebe Dancel
Kung puso ko ay imamapa
Ikaw ang dulo, gitna, at simula
Nahanap din kita
I got into Ebe Dancel again thanks to Heneral Luna, so I spent quite some time listening to his solo album on Spotify. I loved Sugarfree, his former band, back in college, so it was quite nostalgic listening to his songs. I love, love, love this one, and I would’ve put this in the final year soundtrack but I want to feature it now because I don’t want to forget it later. I really, really want to watch him perform this liveÂ one of these days.
2.Rejoice & Pray by Ablaze Music
Never be afraid of anything
Just pray and keep the faith
I honestly didn’t think I’ll get the ~feel~ of this song when I heard it first, but there was a particular time at the start of the year when I heard this and caught that lyric, and I smiled because it felt like a reminder to keep on writing my next book. This is one of my favorite pick-me-up songs now. :)
3. 3 Stars and a Sun by FrancisM
I’m ready to defend the 3 stars and a sun!
This song is brought to you by PETA’s 3 Stars and a Sun, which I watched with #romanceclass friends early this year. Talk about a very, very intense play, from the very beginning up to the very end. It became a lot relevant later on, too, especially during the Philippine elections. It’s probably the first time I felt super emotional on some political things. My favorite part of this song, really, is the start, where someone is narrating the story of Honorio Punongbayan: Â But the most important thing they shared was a ferocious love of freedom. Hay Pilipinas kong mahal.
4. Dance Like Nobody’s Watching by The Natural
She see me like a Freddy Prinze
so I’ma treat her like she’s all that, yeah
This is the first song I really liked when I discovered Discover Weekly on Spotify. Hee. I haven’t danced for so long (not the kind of classes I used to take, anyway), but this one just makes me want to dance again.
5. Pagsuko by Jireh Lim
Ikaw at ako ay alaala na lang kung susuko ka na
Another Discover Weekly discovery that just screamed my character Faith’s name over and over again when I first heard it. This always makes me feel so melancholic even if I couldn’t relate to this at all. Thanks for the feels. :P
6. Forgetting You by Nathan Angelo
Iâ€™m forgetting the way you moved
The way I felt
Iâ€™m forgetting the time we spent
All by ourselves
Cause itâ€™s too late to try to change your mind
And thereâ€™s nothing else I can do
Iâ€™m forgetting you
Nathan Angelo is a new to me artist that sounded familiar, like the other singer-songwriters that I follow. I chanced upon this song randomly and I liked it on first listen. Kind of melancholic, just like song # 5, and also maybe a book # 2 song. I’m quite happy that I can’t relate to this. :P
7. Autopilot by Reese Lansangan
Youâ€™re more than I imagined
And Iâ€™m shaking my head, girl you did good
My eyes are screaming â€œJust take my handâ€
Iâ€™m staring you down so hard
I first heard Reese when I attended Marla’s event, Letters Out Loud, almost four years ago (!!!). I followed her online and was really pleased to find out that her debut album is on Spotify, too! I liked everything there, but this one stood out because of that beat and because I realized this is a Fall Like Rain song. Hihi. I kind of miss the feeling that this song is trying to say, hee.
8. Alexander Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Oh, Alexander Hamilton
When America sings for you
Will they know what you overcame?
Will they know you rewrote the game?
The world will never be the same, oh
If you haven’t heard of Hamilton yet,Â stop reading this post and listen to the entire cast recordingÂ right now! I’ve seen people talk about Hamilton: An American Musical all over my social media feeds but it took a while for me to get into it. When I finally did — oh my stars, what a nerdy, fun, and heartbreaking ride. I listen to the whole recording over and over again and I discover something new every time. (Or when I don’t, I just learn how to rap it better. :p)
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How many times did I say “Spotify” in this post? I didn’t mean to. Or maybe I did. Any songs you liked in the past 6 months? Share them in the comments. :)