The song of April 3rd, 2016


I finally caught up with the updates. Also, today’s Sunday. It’s International Sunday! Today’s song is in German. It is Still (Silent) by Jupiter Jones.

During 2015, we were taking care of two dogs, which we called Tina and Mika. They were puppies and hence adorable. I quickly fell in love with them. We had them for six months, until they got some disease which affects a lot of puppies, and is fatal in most cases. They got worse until there was nothing we could do.

The day they passed away, I was sad, but I couldn’t cry. I felt a terrible guilt because of my lack of tears (I felt as if I didn’t really love them, but I knew I had loved them). I somehow needed to listen to this song. I put it on replay and, although I couldn’t quite understand the lyrics, I felt this was the right song for the moment. I had this sadness which I couldn’t express through tears, but words wouldn’t help neither. My dogs passed away and I couldn’t cry. I felt terrible.

After some time, I looked for the translation of the lyrics and found them. I was shocked because the song expressed precisely what I was feeling. It was like there was some sort of connection which transcended language barriers. Since then, this song has become one of my favorites. This song helped me understand my feelings on that day, even if I couldn’t understand the lyrics.

In that moment, I found that music is powerful. It can heal, it can be there when no one is. It can say things you can’t. And this was an example of the universality of music, where words are not required to express something. Sometimes a song can do a lot.

It’s because of experiences like this that I will keep on with this blog. And I hope you like this song.

– Karl

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

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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 September 28th, 2014

Hi there!

Today’s International Sunday! What does this mean? Well, as I said before, every Sunday I will post a song in a language which is not English. Why? Because many non-English songs are important to me, and they do deserve a spot on this blog. Today’s song is in German. It is Nie Vergessen (Never forget) by Glasperlenspiel (The glass bead game).

I had a friend. We were so close and I considered him my best friend. We were about 8 years old but the friendship felt really strong. And it wasn’t only by me. He sent me Christmas cards saying I was his best friend. He had to switch schools and we grew apart. Those days, there wasn’t any Facebook or Messenger, and we didn’t have cell phones. We had no way of communicating with each other.

I thought it would last. But it didn’t. We haven’t seen each other since then. I sometimes read those cards and remember him. I think, I should search for him, at least on Facebook. But I don’t, because I don’t know if he’ll remember me. And then I prefer to let it the way it is. It is a good memory, and even if I tried, it would not be as it was before. We have each made our own friends, experiences and personality; and they may not be the same as those of the 8 year old boys who played tag at school.

But I cherish those moments we spend together. He made me feel special and he has a special spot in my memories. If destiny decides to join our ways again, I’ll greet him with a smile. I hope he does the same. I will never forget him.

– Karl

P.S. Here are the original and translated lyrics (German and English).

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The song of September 21st, 2014


Today is Sunday. It’s a special day because, I decided that every Sunday, I would post a song in a language other than English. This is to foster variety and because I listen to songs in many languages, many of which have a meaning to me. Today’s song is in Spanish, it’s called Mejor Ya No by Moenia (Best, Not Anymore).

This song is special to me because it represents a particular stage of my life. I met this girl many years ago. We became good friends and eventually, we became best friends. She had other plans for us, but the thing is, I could only see her as a friend.

Time passed and we grew apart. She felt sad about the distance and I did, too; but not as much as her. We argued about everything, and that affected our relationship. That’s when I decided (with pain in my heart), not anymore. If we couldn’t stay together, it would be better to end it there. I told her, and she didn’t take it well. I knew we weren’t meant to be more than friends. Why would we keep hurting ourselves?

And I still remember her. I think of the good moments we had, and I am grateful to her for them. She’ll always be special to me, and I hope she also keeps the good memories. I realized that some relationships you think will last forever, simply won’t, because both of you mature and notice certain things. But that’s part of life, and choosing whether to feel grateful or resentful is a choice you have to make.

– Karl

P.S. Here you can read the original and translated lyrics (Spanish and English).

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