March 19, 2013

Les Misérables - Bring Him Home by Colm Wilkinson

A very beautiful prayer sung by an ex-convict on the run, Jean Valjean. The worldwide famous musical production is originally adapted from the old 1862 French novel by Victor Huge. From 1980 the first production up till now.. 2013.

Watched the newest movie adaption in Jakarta and was fairly disappointed by the casting. I wish they can choose a much better Javert.. or Jean Valjean (T_T)

This song is really beautiful anyway. This one is exceptionally sung by Colm Wilkinson during the Dreamcast 10th Celebration Anniversary (you can google more piece of this cool production). So, enjoy, Les Miserables on the go :)

Bring Him Home - Jean Valjean

God on high
Hear my prayer
In my need
You have always been there

He is young
He's afraid
Let him rest
Heaven blessed.
Bring him home
Bring him home
Bring him home.

He's like the son I might have known
If God had granted me a son.
The summers die
One by one
How soon they fly
On and on
And I am old
And will be gone.

Bring him peace
Bring him joy
He is young
He is only a boy

You can take
You can give
Let him be
Let him live
If I die, let me die
Let him live
Bring him home
Bring him home
Bring him home.

March 17, 2013

Mondnacht by Schumann - Devi Jessica

I just heard this beautiful poem sung by Devi Jessica last night. She's really charming up on the stage, and still so young.. 

Mondnacht is the fifth song in Schumann's glorious "Liederkreis" cycle. Poem is by Eichendorff. A very beautiful German poem indeed..


Es war, als hätt’ der Himmel
Die Erde still geküßt,
Daß sie im Blüten-Schimmer
Von ihm nun träumen müßt’.

Die Luft ging durch die Felder,
Die Aehren wogten sacht,
Es rauschten leis die Wälder,
So sternklar war die Nacht.

Und meine Seele spannte
Weit ihre Flügel aus,
Flog durch die stillen Lande,
Als flöge sie nach Haus.

Moonlit Night

It was as though the heavens
Had silently kissed the earth,
Such that in the blossoms’ lustre
She was caught in dreams of them

The wind crossed through the fields,
And swayed the heads of grain
The forest softly rustled
How starry was the night

And my soul spread
Far its wings
And sailed o’er the hushed lands
As if gliding home

March 15, 2013

Time by Hans Zimmer, OST Inception

Imagine, a world where all your dreams and wishes come true. Imagine a world with no fear, no uncertainty on the bleak future, no agony, no pain, no regret for past mistakes. There's no twist of fate, because you will create your own fate. No money concern too because you are the creator of your own world.

Here and there you will build structures at your whims. Possessions mean nothing, because everything is yours. The world of "perfection".

Lately I've been getting really into the orchestra-ish mood. Enjoy the song and let me know how you feel about this :D

Top 5 Regrets of The Dying

Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. As many of her patients approached their final days, she would ask if they had regrets or things they would do differently.

Ware was so surprised by the phenomenal clarity of vision people gained at the end of their lives that she began documenting their responses.

#5 - I wish that I had let myself be happier
“This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.”

Photo by Rosie O’Beirne, Creative Commons

#4 - I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends
“Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.”

#3 - I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings
“Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.”

#2 - I wish I hadn’t worked so hard
“This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret, but as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.”

#1 - I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me
“This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it.”

This list hit me like a ton of bricks. I hope it did the same for you.

It’s remarkable how small things that don’t actually matter can dominate our days. They seem so innocent at first. A few extra hours in the office. Forgetting to call our friends back. Bottling up our emotions. Choosing a job you don’t enjoy for higher pay.