Lorde, Jose Gonzales and the music of our lives

As I write this, I’m plugged into Lorde’s Pure Heroin album. Her enigmatic and space-y music brings you to a temporary high.

Jose Gonzales, an indie folk singer/songwriter, also has the similar effect. But he uses his soft and mesmerizing voice and classical guitar to take you through a journey of melodic ride–it sounds like a lullaby. Check out his cover of “Love Will Tear Us Apart.”

One colleague who is also a big fan of music says there’s so much music out there that it could take a life time to listen to each of them. True. But today’s music tells a lot about this generation–and their inspiration for composing such beautiful poetry.

Music is an exercise in introspection. You will need to dig deep to come up with songs that your generation will love.

Lorde, Jose Gonzales–and Bon Iver (another favorite), are all looking at life for inspiration, for verses in their songs. That’s the beauty of making music. It’s a reflection of your life, of the life around you, of others’ lives.

Here are more Jose Gonzales songs to inspire you.

A celebrity tweet that sparked rich vs. poor debate in PH

This recent incident revived debates between “the rich vs. the poor” issue in the Philippines. Right smack in the middle is a young celebrity.

As this “storified” compilation of various tweets from different people, the author gives more context and insights into this touchy issue, which reemerged after a celebrity took a swipe at government and its policy on informal settlers.

As the author reveals, there are deeper issues at play here. Read on:

Long sentences are good

They are and I promise. But you have to be very descriptive and precise in language to avoid boring your readers.

Roy Peter Clark of Poynter Institute show us how. Excerpt:

As I lug my writing tools around the country, I find that one tool, over and over again, produces the most angst.

It turns out everyone is afraid of the long sentence. Fearful editors encourage writers to chop longer sentences into shorter bits. As a result, fearful writers worry that there is something wrong with going long.

Come on, writers. Get over it. You can do it. You just need a little help. (And are those sentences short enough fer ya?)

You can also read more writing tips from Clark here.

For those of you who are curious enough to find out the longest English sentence ever recorded. Well, you’re in luck because the Guinness Book of World Records has chosen a sentence from William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!

In truth, however, people could not agree which sentence is the longest.

Print your GMAIL messages…Hmmm

Maybe you’ve seen this already. Gmail is now allowing users to print e-mail messages for free. You only need to click that Gmail Paper button, wait for 2 days, and Gmail will deliver  neatly packaged copies of your email to you. Hmmm…

It is still in beta stages, so it is not clear if this service is available outside the US. Apparently, not. I can’t find any additional Gmail paper button in my own Gmail box.

Happy April Fool’s Day!

Requiem: PBS on media murder worldwide

I read this from Sylvia Mayuga’s breaking story on Global Nation (Thanks JV). It features Sheila Coronel, formerly of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, looking at the dangers faced by today’s journalists in different countries. Below is an introduction from Frontline World‘s video report titled “Requiem”:

At a time when fair and accurate news coverage is more essential than ever, 2006 marked one of the deadliest years on record for journalists. Surprisingly, despite the fierce fighting in Iraq, most of the slain journalists did not die in combat. They were deliberately targeted, hunted down, and murdered for investigating corruption, crime, or human rights abuses in countries around the world. In Requiem, FRONTLINE/World essayist Sheila Coronel looks at the dangers journalists confront as they try to tell their stories and pays special tribute to reporters working in the Philippines, Russia, Turkey, Zimbabwe, China and Iraq who have been killed, jailed, or exiled for daring to speak truth to power.