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Last Song Syndrome


Have you ever been beaten by the LSS  (last song syndrome) bug? I was laughing at myself early this morning while  watering what was left of my so called garden after the landscape gardener took sometime off today and practically left the job of doing the finishing touches of  the grotto.  Come to think of it, the last time I heard this song was yesterday morning while my niece and I were playing hide and seek  at the garden. It was playing in my head when I woke up today, Israel Kamakawiwo “Ole” IZ’s version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.  It was a catchy tune and his version makes you feel  like dancing  to the beat, really awesome.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high,
There’s a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That’s where you’ll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly.
Birds fly over the rainbow.
Why then, oh why can’t I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can’t I?

The music was composed by Harold Arlen and the lyrics were written by E.Y.  Harburg. It was written for the movie the Wizard of Oz back in 1939.  And here’s what’s Wikipedia has to say:

The song is number one of the “Songs of the Century” list compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. The American Film Institute also ranked Over the Rainbow the greatest movie song of all time on the list of “AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs“. It was adopted (along with Irving Berlin‘s “White Christmas“) by American troops in Europe in World War II as a symbol of the United States.

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Rico Hizon is one of the awardees of the recently concluded People of the Year Award. Catch him here at the following site:  Good News Pilipinas.  He has always been positive about the Philippines and I love reading his blogs about the achievements of a common Filipino.

The list of awardees includes CNN Hero for 2009 Efren Peñaflorida; Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, S.J., the longest-serving president of Ateneo de Manila University; presidential bets Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and former Defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro Jr.; Charo Santos-Concio,  president of the ABS-CBN network; multi-awarded broadcast journalist and GMA-7 vice president for news programs Jessica Soho; British Broadcasting Corp. news anchorman Rico Hizon; Rustan’s president Zenaida “Nedy” Tantoco; the “first lady” of Taguig Kaye Tinga, veteran newsman lawyer Emil Jurado; Mita Rufino, for culture and arts; Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera; Bernd Schneider, the former general manager of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel who is credited for reviving the hotel’s grandeur; internationally-recognized designer Inno Sotto,  considered as the Philippines’ “Prince of Fashion;” Nonito Donaire Jr., the World Boxing Association’s super flyweight champion; and Manny Pacquiao, the only boxer in history to win seven world titles in seven weight categories.” (source: Philippine Star)

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