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Dec 10, 2008 - arts personal

“The More You Ignore Me (The Closer I Get)”, Morrissey

You guessed it, another all-time favourite. I also call it the stalker song – I wish I had this kind of persistence… actually, maybe not – perhaps I already am this way with stubborn pieces of code… geeky but a little sad really :P. Anyway, as usual, video and lyrics. Enjoy, try not to read into the song too much. No, seriously.

— Kamal

Dec 10, 2008 - arts personal

“Someday We’ll Know”, The New Radicals

Whacky-almost-can’t-give-a-damn voice (I love it), but a beautiful song, very soul-searching lyrics – definitely, definitely part of my all-time favourite (maybe I should create a tag for this.. just use ‘music’ instead), video and lyrics. Enjoy, I’m sure you will!

Dec 10, 2008 - arts personal

“Promise Me”, Beverley Craven

Another all-time favourite, I’ve heard this on and off on Indonesian radio (because I hardly listen to the often junkie radio in Melbourne!), but never really got the singer or title, so I finally googled fragments of the lyrics and likely titles – tada! Video and lyrics. Enjoy!

— Kamal

Dec 5, 2008 - personal philosophy

A Prayer

There was this chain letter sent a few minutes ago to a mailing list I subscribe to (and after googling around, it seems to be an old one, no more originality on this Net of ours!), it contained a nice prayer apparently by St. Therese of Lisieux. As with most chain letters it asks you to make a wish and send it to N people (where N is 11 in this case, a number I find significant) in the next M minutes (where M is 5 here).

Normally I’d ignore this, however, I tend to tune in to signs around, for good or for bad. I had never heard of this Saint until I read the Witch of Portobello (as mentioned in yesterday’s post), and the prayer provides solace for my state (and I assume many others’ state). Since I am not a fan of forwarding stuff, I thought I’ll just reproduce the prayer here. So make a wish and read on:

May today there be peace within.

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.

It is there for each and every one of us.

I have not confirmed if the prayer is actually by St. Therese, so caveat emptor, but with that, another thing of interest: Today I was watching some videos on youtube of J. Krishnamurti where one essential thing he said was that the message is far more significant than the messenger. I believe in this fully, I have heard words of wisdom from people I would never have considered “spiritual” – it shows truly that the Creative Intelligence pervades everything and everyone, unconditionally.

My personal view is that the prayer, like many, was universal enough – I am neither Christian nor Catholic but still relate to it.

— Kamal


Changed title from “A Prayer by St. Therese” to “A Prayer”, see Maureen’s (first) comment.

Dec 5, 2008 - arts personal

“Air” by J.S. Bach

Probably one of my all-time favourite in the classical genre. I first heard of it watching the cult classic “Se7en” (Freeman, Pitt, and Paltrow(?)) – I believe the library scene was famous for it. Here’s a performance by Sarah Chang. It is both soothing and saddening, surreal – a word I have not used in a while :). Enjoy.