[REVIEW] Shinhwa impresses with “The Return”

It is a well-known fact that Korean idol group Shinhwa is one of the most respected idol groups in K-Pop. Admired by the young and old, Shinhwa members Eric, Minwoo, Junjin, Dongwan, Andy, and Hyesung have been together for 14 years, the longest running idol group in Korea. Today, Shinhwa continues to entertain through their successful television show entitled “Shinhwa Broadcast” and their comeback album “The Return”. Continue reading

Electrifying Hearts: SHINee The 2nd Album ‘Lucifer’ Launch Review

Today is a special day for all Filipino Shawols. It’s the official release of SHINee’s 2nd Album Lucifer for the Philippine market. Since my best friend had already given me a SHINee Lucifer Version B with an amazing plastic folder freebie for my birthday (Thanks, Sally!), I was not planning to get a copy of the Philippine release. Continue reading

SHINee 2nd Album ‘Lucifer’ Review

SHINee’s long awaited second album is…surprising. When I first saw the concept photos, I felt a little scared for my favorite dongsengs of k-pop. The concept photos just seemed too wild. Out of the five concept photos, I only liked Taemin’s photo. After finding out that the title of the album is Lucifer, I got more worried. Lucifer is known as the ‘morning star’ angel who became the Devil. What is SM Entertainment doing? What is happening to my SHINee boys? Continue reading

The Block NKOTB Album Review

Ok…ok…I admit it. I used to be a huge NKOTB fan. I lined up to watch their show. I have all their albums and I lost my Joe McIntyre doll. =) My favorite NKOTB members were Jonathan Knight and Joe McIntyre. 

Two days ago, my beloved hubby surprised me with a copy of their new album entitled The Block. As a huge NKOTB fan, I was quite surprised with the sound of The Block. The songs sounded very modern. The obvious genre is R&B. This is probably the work of Donnie Wahlberg who was one of the executive producers. At first listen, I was really taken aback by the songs. I felt that I couldn’t relate. Somehow I can’t seem to veer away from the image of 30 and 40-somethings singing hiphop.

After the second, third and nth listen, though, I can say that the album is not bad. The songs sounded fresh and their gamble may actually work in making NKOTB relevant once again. Although I missed the beautiful ballads (the strongest selling point of the band, in my opinion), I still liked their mid-tempo songs especially 2 in the Morning and Click, Click, Click. Stare at You sounded very much like their old ballads but somehow this song did not speak to me. I was a bit appalled by the simplistic and forced rhyming lyrics of Close to You. As for the faster songs, my favorites are Single and Grown Man. Single will be a great follow-up single to Summertime–a song that reminded me of NKOTB circa Step by Step. Still, I am glad NKOTB is back. It’s great to revisit old favorites and discover something new about them.

Music and Babies

Music is such a joy to share with babies. I find that my experience of naptime and playtime with both Nathan and Nicki is enhanced when there’s music playing. Of course, there are certain types of music more appropriate for babies. No rock and roll just yet or they will get extremely fidgety. Here are some of my recommendations (not in order).

Miracle: A Celebration of New Life includes sweet lullabies sung by the talented Celine Dion. This album is not only a treat for the ears but also for the eyes. It features beautiful pictures of newborns shot by Anne Geddes. My favorite tracks are Miracle, If I Could and Mother’s Prayer. Good for both naptime and playtime.

Bless My Little Girl by Integrity Music includes a total of 20 songs which are appropriate for playtime and naptime. Since there’s a mix of faster paced music and lullabies, I would recommend it for playtime.

Hillsong Forever Instrumental Worship contains soft instrumental versions of Hillsong worship songs. I find that this is good for baby during naptimes. Aside from helping parents to bond with their child, it also bring parents to worship. Tracks I love include Carry Me, It is You and You are Near. Good for relaxation time and naptimes.

Before Sunset Soundtrack is also good if you wish to expose your baby to a little French. This album is good to use for playtime and relaxation time.

Classical music for kids are also available through the Baby Genius series but I find that using the less expensive standard classical music is more or less the same as their products.

Aldous Huxley, the famous English writer, said that “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” Babies are yet to learn to talk. Using music helps us communicate as we bond with our children. What’s life without music, eh?

Luther Vandross' "I'd Rather"

I don’t know about you but I really like that song by Luther Vandross entitled “I’d Rather”. Don’t have the money to buy the new album but I’ll see the reviews if it’s really worth it. The chorus is my favorite part.

I’d rather have bad times with you, than good times with someone else
I’d rather be beside you in a storm, than safe and warm by myself
I’d rather have hard times together, than to have it easy apart
I’d rather have the one who holds my heart

Isn’t that sweet?