The song of October 6th, 2014


Today’s song is special. It is one of my favorite country songs. It’s Compass by Lady Antebellum.

Not to take the lyrics literally, but today I took a different way home. It wasn’t my intention, I thought the bus would leave me where I always get down, but it didn’t. I had to wait for it to (almost) return to the starting point and then take another bus. At first I was thinking “oh, well, it has to arrive to where I took it” with a little fear of how long would it take. But when it went downtown, I could see the city as I had never seen it. I don’t usually go downtown, so this was a chance to see it. And I felt fine. I knew I’d make my way home. And then I saw a bus stop I usually take, go down and waited happily for the other bus to come.

And this song, when taken to a deeper meaning, is about something like this. It is about walking and going forward, not fearing of what would come because you can always find your way home. The lyrics go “so let your heart, sweetheart, be your compass when you’re lost; and you should follow it wherever it may go”. It is also about taking things slowly and not worrying.

Your heart can take to place you’ve never imagined. Those experiences are great and become a good memory. So it is better to let it flow and enjoying the moment, and go back home when it’s the moment. Even if you take the wrong road, there is always a way to return, and every road leads to a wonderful experience, if you take the time to let it in.

I enjoyed being a little lost in the same city I was born in, as I got to know it a little more. I got to do something I hadn’t done and it was because of a mistake. But, as I stayed calm, the situation stayed clear and I could feel happy about it. Isn’t life about that? Enjoying every moment, every wrong path and every situation so the weight of it is a little lighter. I’m looking forward to the next time I get lost, so I can enjoy my city (or another one) a little more.

I hope you like the song!

– Karl


The song of October 5th, 2014


Today’s International Sunday! The song for today is in French. It is Soleil (Sun) by Grégoire.

I’ve watched and read the news a lot recently. I see war, segregation, fights, crime, etcetera. And I know that it’s because people can’t accept the differences between us. This song is about this, about what makes every person unique and how people can’t deal with it.

There is a problem with society: we are afraid of change and differences. People tend to distinguish instead of grouping, that is, we see more differences than similarities. And that is probably a good thing, because then we are able to decide by analyzing the different points of view. But it is not right when we try to impose our beliefs to someone different.

We, as humans, try our hardest to classify things as good and bad. We tend to choose them as a group so that we can all agree with it and have the same standards. But since the world is a big place, we can’t have the ideas from everyone. There are many different cultures thousands of miles apart with different views on what’s good or bad. Some people decide to act as if they knew exactly what’s good and what is not, and so they try to make everyone else follow them; and if someone refuses, segregation is the solution. This causes the news we see every day.

But we have to accept that we are all different, not just culturally, but also personally. Every person has different views on every aspect of life, and we should respect them. We may not take them, but at least acknowledge them and think what made that person that way. We should see what we have in common instead of why are we different.

Humans are unable of stop judging, but we can at least support our ideas with philosophy and what is really needed or appropriate. And this has been a philosophical problem for a long time, so we shouldn’t worry if someone doesn’t think the same as us.

I, as a person, follow this. I may not make a change in the world, but at least my life seems better this way, as I don’t have to worry about how will I get the other person to think the same as me. I just have to worry about the impact that MY actions will have on the world around me.

Enjoy the song!

– Karl

P.S. You can read the original (French) and translated (to English) lyrics here.

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The song of October 4th, 2014

Hello there!

Today I had a very good day with my friends. But, as I was melancholic, I remember many things and people I’ve known. One of them reminds me of this song. It’s Bad Blood by Bastille (one of my favorite bands, by the way).

I posted before that I had a friend and we were very close. We thought it would last forever. But, “as the friendship goes, resentment grows”. We studied in different schools and didn’t see each other as often. And, distance helped us see that we were very different and had a lot of different perspectives about friendship.

I know that “variety is the spice of life”, but our ideas were opposite and we ended arguing many times. We wondered what had happened. We were hurting each other, the ones who promised to be together forever. We couldn’t fix our mistakes because none of us was willing to change/improve. As I knew I was hurting her and myself, I decided to end it there. I said that we would still be friends, but not best friends. We would still talk and laugh, but the bond was broken. We would not be able to come back to what we had before.

We both were very sad because of the decision, but we accepted the situation. It would be better to stop fighting to return to our previous friendship. We still talk, but it doesn’t feel the same. I still remember her with a smile, and I hope she does the same. And I will be there when she needs someone. It’s just that we’re not that close and I have accepted that fact. It hurt before and it probably still hurts, but it was for the best. I know we will find someone who we can really be ourselves with and it won’t hurt.

I hope you enjoy the song and remember, it’s International Sunday tomorrow!

– Karl

The song of October 3rd, 2014

Hello there!

Recently, I was thinking about love. And so this song came to me. It’s Gotta Be Somebody by Nickelback.

I have posted about love before, and I have to admit that I didn’t use to relate to those songs. But lately I have found a lot of sense in them, about my feelings. Gotta Be Somebody is one of those songs. As I said before, many of my friends are now in relationships or into someone. Me? I’m still single and I don’t have a crush. But I feel kind of lonely. I want to have someone special to share feelings and spend time with.

But I can’t find anyone. I know that I have to wait and there is someone for me, but I wonder how much will I have to wait. And I don’t mean waiting without doing anything. I mean, waiting while working on love until I find the love that makes me feel complete. I have “loved” a few girls, but sometimes that kind of love is not enough.

Maybe I am too strict, but what I know is that I will get better at love trying and failing, so I won’t give up. I’ll try to enjoy every moment I spend with a special person and I will see if I feel comfortable. I may be single for a long time, but I won’t be unlovable or unable to love. I’m optimistic with respect to that.

I hope you like the song!

– Karl

The song of October 2nd, 2014


Today’s song is kind of…angry. I mean, it’s not that I’m angry, but there are people who have tried to take me down. It is Playing God by Paramore.

On my way up, there have been people (I know there will always be people like that) who have told me “why do you do this?”, “this isn’t worth anything”, “you just want to be pretentious”, or even “you can’t do that”, “you don’t have what it takes” and stuff like that. And now I tell them “I could!” and “I did what I did because I wanted to, not to prove anything to you”. The only one I have to prove anything to is myself. So I work towards a better myself.

And, this song reminds me of that. There are people who try to “play God” and control your life. They want to impose their beliefs and bias to you so you can “be better”. I’m not saying it’s not right to take any advice, but a good ability is to identify which is the beneficial advice and which one won’t do very much.

I know, sometimes the advice we take is not the best; but it feels good to know that, if I failed, it was because of MY decision, not because of what someone else wanted me to do. It is a sign of authenticity. At the end, the errors we make only really affect us, so why would others bother about them?

And this also applies in the opposite sense. We shouldn’t try to control other people’s lives, because it’s theirs and they have the final word. We can help and give advice, but we shouldn’t force others to do what we want them to. I’ve learned that it’s very tiring to wait for another person to do what we want. I practice that and so I ask for the same respect to my decisions.

This reflection has certainly made me feel better, and so I thank you for reading. Enjoy the song!

– Karl

The song of October 1st, 2014

Hi there!

Today is the first day of October! I wanted to save this song for a special day. It’s not that October 1st means something in particular to me, but it seems like a reason to share a special song. It is Not That Far Away by Jennette McCurdy.

I can relate a lot to this song. When I was younger, I used to travel a lot, mainly because of competitions. My mother worried a lot every time I traveled, because it meant I would be far from her. She knew I’d be fine, but she told me there were many nights in which she couldn’t sleep.

One day, I found this song, and I immediately related to it. It was everything I wanted to tell my mom. Even though it wouldn’t keep her from worrying, it would let her know that I was happy with traveling, and that it was part of a bigger thing in my life. So I sang this song to her. She cried and hugged me.

I meant almost every word I sang (except for the part of Broadway), and I told her I was going to be fine, I was going to grow up and those days far from home would make me mature. But she’ll always be in my heart. “We’re miles apart, but you’re in my heart. I keep you with me everywhere I go.”

And I wasn’t wrong. What I learned during those days sleeping in hotels and other houses has become embedded in me; it is an important part of who I am now. I missed my home and my family, but I knew the reward would be huge. She knew that, too; that’s why she always let me do it. And so I told her, “we’re not that far away”.

I hope you enjoy the song!

– Karl