My Infinity: 8 Songs I’ve Written About Love and Distance

Last time, I shared the songs I considered as the official soundtrack of my love story. That includes popular songs from popular artists. This time, I would like to share to you the songs I’ve personally written for the love of my life. My bestfriend who is in LDR  listens to some of my songs as she can relate with them so hopefully, if you are in a long-distance relationship, you will like them, too. 🙂

1. First Love Song

And now, I’ve learned to write a love song ’cause you showed me how to love
Listen to my song ’cause this is what my heart wants you to know
I am so in-love…

Story Behind the Song: I wrote this even before my then-boyfriend-now-hubby became official. Since I couldn’t give him any present for his birthday, I thought of just writing a song for him. I was also planning to say “yes” to him on his birthday (he was still courting me at that time) but I couldn’t help it so it happened a few days early. This still stayed as my birthday gift and he was so happy about it. He told me that I beat all the “special” presents he received before.

It is literally the first love song I’ve written. I tried to write songs before but they would always be corny and mostly about heartache and foolish love. So this song means, because of him, I can now write love songs now that I feel that I am truly  loved.

Note: This version features Gorga Simobolon. A great artist from Indonesia. He’s my friend and was kind enough to play the music for me.

2. Infinity

‘Cause your love has taken over me and I can’t resist
To be with you, I’ll take every risk…

Story Behind the Song: This is the second one I wrote for him. It’s not as good as the first one but it still talks about my feelings for him. “Infinity” is kind of our thing because our anniversary is on July 8th. 🙂 “Baby” or “beb” is our term of endearment.

3. Do You Still Love Me?

Do you still love me, baby?
‘Cause I will still love you, dear

Story Behind the Song: This is the song that my hubby doesn’t like. Haha. Well, it’s pretty obvious. But I will include this just so you know that our relationship had experienced some problems, too. The chorus was supposed to be “Will you smile for me, baby?” but then it changed when I received some painful text messages from him. That time, we hadn’t met in person yet. And I felt that he’s kind of cold. And so the words in the verses came from our conversation about it. When you’re far apart and haven’t met in person, it’s only normal to ask yourself how you really feel. I couldn’t remember what happened next but all I know is our relationship as boyfriend-girlfriend lasted for 5 years and now we’re happily married.

Note: This version is produced by David Diem. An incredible artist and my friend from France.

4. But I Do

I know we’re miles apart but I do, but I do love you much
I know we’re miles away but I do, but I do love you, anyway

Story Behind the Song: I think this is my personal favorite. This is really about long-distance relationship. I described what I felt with him despite the distance and the other struggles that come with it like opposite time zones and discouraging people. (Read the full story and lyrics here.)

Note: This version was accompanied with drums played by Marcos GC, a talented drummer and a friend from Spain. 🙂

5. Worth the Wait

And I won’t wait this long if it’s not you that I am waiting
And I know a happy ending will be right there for me
In its time

Story Behind the Song: To be honest, I never really imagined myself being in a relationship with someone I had never met in person yet. And to wait for so many years just to be with him? Well, I just knew that he was worth the wait. If it was not him, I would not be in this kind of relationship. (Read the full story and lyrics here.)

Note: Another song accompanied with drums played by Marcos GC.

6. Forever Starts Today

Everyone says that what we have
Will never last ’cause it’s different
But we proved them wrong and we’ve gone so strong
We will sing a thousand love songs

Story Behind the Song: I wrote this during the during the 3rd year of our relationship. I am just so amazed how we started out as on-line friends and turned to on-line lovers after 8 years. Who would thought of that? And despite the distance and challenges, we overcame it. This song is also about looking forward to the future. 🙂

Note: This was again accompanied by drums played by Marcos GC. He’s really so kind to help me make my songs sound better. 🙂

7. Glass

When oceans and lands are between us
The love that we have is the kind that will last

Story Behind the Song: This is another LDR song. It’s about missing him. The glass is the computer monitor. Hehe. We see each other but there’s still great barrier between us.

8. You Are

You, You’re the best dream I have that came true
The one who makes me smile when I am blue
You are mine and I belong to you

Story Behind the Song: This is just a fun song about how he is to me. 🙂

 

Which one is your favorite? Share it in the comments, please! 🙂


This post was inspired by the LDRBN prompt: Soundtrack
Other posts I love with the same prompt:
Not So Original Soundtrack
Anna + Jade: The Soundtrack
Based on a True Story

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Stories Behind Songs: No Greater Love (Original)

May we be reminded of the real reason why we celebrate Easter. 🙂 We may feel unworthy sometimes but we are no doubt valuable to Him. 🙂 This is a song I’ve written last year… It’s also one of my first posts in this blog and I want to share it again. Happy Easter!

Sparks and Sounds

So, this is my first post to one of my other feature pages. Like what the title said, I’m going to share to you the story behind this particular song.

Lyrics:

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Love Month Song: Darating Din

One of my new year goals is to record a song at least once a month. This February, I decided to share my original Tagalog song, “Darating Din”. I wrote this a year ago for Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2014, a national songwriting competition, but sadly, I didn’t even get in to the Top 500. Haha. Talagang umasa ako?! I can also admit that the quality of the audio I submitted was not really good. I decided to record it again so I can share it to others.

The song was inspired by my friends who are in their 30s and are still single. I tried to imagine what I’d feel if I am in their shoes. The song involves a mix of these sentiments:

1. Annoyed. Because people just ask annoying questions or leave annoying comments on why a person is still single.

2. Pressured. Because the clock is ticking.

3. Contented. Because I see that my friends are still happy being single. 🙂

4. Hopeful. Like what the title says, it’s okay because that person will come to your life eventually.

 

Sorry to my English-speaking friends but that’s basically what the song is about. Maybe someday, I’ll try to translate the song in English but it just sounds so right in Tagalog because that’s how I exactly speak and it suits the mood perfectly. Thanks for reading/listening!

 

How’s Love Month treating you so far? Share it in the comments! 🙂

Halo Cover by The Late Bloomers

After a long time, my bestfriend Chax and I were able to sing together again! We call ourselves The Late Bloomers. 🙂 Our duo started when Chax asked me to do acoustic versions of Backstreet Boys songs for her project. We sang together and I think the harmony of our voices is good because she has a deep voice while mine is soft. We also have a good chemistry because we just automatically know which parts we’re going to sing.

Anyways, I enjoyed my weekend with her since we got to record two songs which we dedicated to our other bestfriend Dax and her aunt and cousin for their birthday. The next day, we played for our yearly (and only) gig at Hospicio de San Jose which is the oldest welfare institution in the Philippines. We were invited by a friend to sing for the elderly as a part of his birthday celebration. It’s really nice to sing some classic songs for them! 🙂

So, here’s one of the songs we recorded last Saturday. We just tried to sing the stripped down version of Halo by Ane Brun.

Note: This video is mirrored. I’m not left-handed. Hehe.

 

How was your weekend everyone? Let’s talk. 🙂

How I Write Songs

I love writing songs but I must say that I’m still no expert with it.

How It Started

Back in college, I had a band. We used to play at a local bar and my proudest moment was when we performed as an opening act to Barbie Almalbis who is one of my favorite Filipina artists. One day, I just decided to quit. Why? Well, besides the fact that my father was so strict that I was always struggling to ask permission playing gigs very late at night, I got tired playing cover songs. I just thought as a band, we must have original songs. The problem is, I couldn’t write. My lyrics were either corny or shallow. I just didn’t have confidence. Then, inspiration came. My heart was broken and there were just too many thoughts playing in my head that I turned them into songs. I didn’t record them though. Hehe.

The Writing Process

It’s really easier to write songs when you’re thinking of someone who you can dedicate the song to. It’s like you’re writing them a letter but you’re also singing it. You can also place yourself to someone’s situation and sing in their point-of-view. Sometimes, a set of melodies just play in my head with empty lyrics then I’ll just think of words that will fit into them. Another way is playing a guitar riff, hum melodies then think of the words later.

Here’s an example:

I wrote this song for my boyfriend as an anniversary gift. I think the first lyrics that I came up with were “Oooh…hoo…hoo”. 🙂 Haha. True story. Then, I just want to describe what or how he is in my life. So, I really planned on making each line start with “you are…”  and most of them are metaphors.

You are the song that my heart keeps singing
You are the sunshine in my sky
I know you are the ending to my story
You are the love of my life
You are my only one and you are my everything (notice the oxymoron? Yes, I’m an English teacher)

(Ooh hoo hoo…) You’re the best dream I have that came true
(Ooh hoo hoo…) The one who makes me smile when I am blue
(Ooh hoo hoo…) You are mine and I belong to you

You are the light when darkness surrounds me
You are the stars in my night
You are my shelter when I get lost and lonely
You are my infinity
Maybe you are my strength but you are my kryptonite (Oxymoron again. 🙂 )

(Ooh hoo hoo…) You’re the best dream I have that came true
(Ooh hoo hoo…) The one who makes me smile when I am blue
(Ooh hoo hoo…) You’re the color to my world/The color to my universe
(Ooh hoo hoo…) You are mine and I belong to you

You are my bestfriend and you are my shooting star
You are my man and you are the only one
There’s no one else for me ’cause you are…

As I try to finish the whole song, new ideas come up– some lyrics are changed, some ad libs are added and some parts are omitted. It’s always a great feeling when I’m already listening to the finished product. Not all people might like what I write but I just need to focus on my inspiration. If we will think of the people who we are writing to, words will overflow and we will be satisfied because it came from the heart. 🙂

 

How about you? Where do you get your inspiration in writing?

 

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