Glimpse of Central Java

“There are all these moments you think you won’t survive. And then you survive.”
David Levithan

These rough images were taken straight from a moving train in between my trip from Semarang, ID, circa 2013. It was somewhere over the subs area of Central Java. A lonely ground with surviving trees surrounding. The images gave me this sense of resilience with its own oddity. Indefinite.

The Originals: from The La’s to Al Green

Black coffee, dark chocolate, sugar-topping doughnut, and the like.  I call them the originals, the irreplaceable-s. I always think that there’s something in the original version of which any new invention (in flavor or such) could never replace. Unsurprisingly it also happens to my music preference, when speaking of those cover songs that at some points, over time, become more popular than the original ones.

Well, listed below some of them which, perhaps, some people just don’t realise that the songs are actually the covers of the less-popular ones of some great musicians that were sung initially many years earlier. So, through this random post, I’d love to give credits to those musicians.

*drumroll*

1. “There She Goes” by The La’s

Name some of other musicians covering the song like The Boo Radleys (1993), The Wombats (2008), Robbie Williams (1998), “There She Goes” became a hit again around the year 2000 when the cover version by Sixpence None the Richer was listed on the OST of Snow Day movie. This cover version was actually released in 1999 on their self-titled album, just about 9 or 10 years later after its original version. Yes, it was one of the hits of The La’s back then in 1990. And, I really love how Lee Mavers (The La’s‘ vocalist) sang the song originally with his unique vocal character. Well, Sixpence None the Richer is one of those bands who succeeded at the recycle.

2. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House

I’ll be still mentioning Sixpence None the Richer here, as the band was the one who has resurrected the song and made it to the billboard once again in 2003. The song was originally written and sung by an Australian rock band, Crowded House. The song was released in 1986 as one of the tracks from their self-titled debut, and succeeded to the top of international billboard a year later.

3. “Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners

I guess most of those growing up around 90s will likely to relate the song with the ska band Save Ferris. It is undeniable that “Come On Eileen” has become Save Ferris‘ most successful single to date. No wonder if many people still don’t have idea that it wasn’t originally sung by the band. Yes, honey. It actually belongs to an English band, named Dexys Midnight Runners. “Come On Eileen” was a single from their album Too-Rye-Ay. It was released in UK around 1982.

4. “Bizarre Loves Triangle” by New Order

There will be this kind of talk, “Hey, do you know “Bizarre Loves Triangle”?” And there is this answer, “Oh yeah, Frente!‘s song?” Few that usually directly recall the original band who wrote the song.

So, long story short, it is one of the hits of New Order, an 80s English rock band popular with their new wave or synth pop dance music. The song was initially released in 1986 and was one of the contents of their album, Brotherhood.

In 1994, Frente! covered the song in acoustic format. The cover actually has brought up the sweetness of the song that does not really show up in the original version. It was said to be Frente!‘s only major overseas success.

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Instant Frontier: Book, the Weapon

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To introverts, places may seem strange and may lead to insecurity. But, the thing is we, introverts, are really good at creating an inner circle that provides us with boundary. It is a kind of ‘self-protection’ from unfamiliar things (or people). It makes us feel safe. Any where, we build this invisible space that separates us from the outside world. It forms a kind of ‘local‘ that detaches ‘the inhabitant’ from those present outside this designed space. And, in that special zone, we can do things giving us comfort. In my case, one of those things is reading books. In public transports, in hospital waiting room, while queuing at bank, while eating alone, in toilet, any where, book is a media that gives us a celestial instant frontier.

In this post, I compiled some pictures of books I read (physical or electronic) over time across many different places. Books are my weapon.

Previously uploaded in my instagram account.