the first love that got away

November 10, 2009 § Leave a comment

A famous rockstar stated in an interview about his first lover,

“It was pretty great. I didn’t say things like, “I want you to be my girlfriend, I want to marry you or I want to be with you forever.” It was like, “I want us to be friends forever.” And now she’s with someone else. I was just excited to be there and have what we had. It was very intense. We spent a lot of time together, and it was my first feeling of being in love.”

I wish I could have said the same about mine. That statement was so graceful, so honest and kind. So accepting, so grateful.

For me, that first love that got away from me caused an excruciating pain. Being in love with each other we were enlightened, happy, grateful. It was intense and passionate. I just wish that it didn’t end up as badly as it did, or better, that it never happened at all.

In a blurry flashback, for me it was what it was. I can’t define it. I don’t like to reminisce what happened, what could have happened. It was something in the past and whatever damage it caused was already done. And now, older and wiser, I’d say that maybe we made a mistake of starting that catastrophic relationship in the first place, but we couldn’t help it at that time, we loved each other.

So, when someone asked me about that first love that got away, I answered, “It was what it was”


-Multatuli. Semarang 10/11/2009



owl city: quality pop

November 8, 2009 § Leave a comment

In the first few seconds only the keyboard sounds that was so dominant and imposing in the song Fireflies of Owl City. The vocal and upbeat drums came a while later, followed by happy string arrangement after the chorus.

The video was fun, bright, and… extremely busy, with toys coming to life and moving. But the song is extremely smart and well arranged. It reminds me of the debut album of Keane, only much much better.

I like the fun touch as well. A song called “Dental Care” was confusingly pleasant:

“I’ve been to the dentist a thousand times so I know the drill
I smooth my hair, sit back in the chair
But somehow I still get the chills…

When hygienists leave on long vacations
That’s when dentists scream and lose their patience”

Vanilla Twilight on the other hand, is a serious ballad with the still honest poetic lyric:

“The silence isn’t so bad
Till I look at my hands and feel sad
Cause the spaces between my fingers
Are right where yours fit perfectly”

I was busy enjoying the music when a friend told me that their music is “too electronic” for her. And I didn’t even realized… All I know was that I was listening to great music that always has some surprising twist and freshness no matter how many times I repeat them.

And the best thing is, it’s more than just the first single. All the songs are charming, optimistic, hopeful, lovely, and basically happy. I’ve never called any music as happy, but owl city has definitely earned that impression. Excellent music, brilliant lyric. It’s more than just pop, it’s quality pop.


-Review by multatuli.


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