Sementara itu di Capitol Hill kemarin ……..

Ada 1 hal yang membuatku surprised waktu lihat Upacara Inaugurasinya Presiden Barrack Obama kemarin malam via TV. Alunan melodi dan senandung nyanyian dari Paduan Suara Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir benar-benar membuatku merinding! Mereka mendapatkan kehormatan untuk menyanyikan lagu Battle Hymn of the Republic, dan mereka berhasil menyanyikannya dengan sangat apik! Mereka berhasil membuatku terpesona dengan gaya khas mereka dalam menyanyi, ditambah suara soloist nya yang mengingatkan aku akan suara vokalnya Whitney. Berikut ini videonya. Enjoy! =)

Dan selamat untuk Presiden Barrack Husein Obama dan Wapres Joe Biden yang secara resmi memimpin Amerika Serikat kembali mulai Minggu kemarin. Semoga Tuhan selalu membimbing Anda sekalian sehingga Anda dapat melayani bangsa dan negara dengan semaksimal mungkin! God bless America πŸ™‚

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013!

Yah, hanya dalam hitungan jam lagi, tahun 2012 berakhir ……… 😦

Ada banyak kenangan yang tidak bisa aku lupakan di tahun ini, dan semua kenangan itu sangat berperan besar dalam pembangunan karakterku menjadi lebih baik lagi. Begitu juga dengan kalian kan? Semua cobaan dan masalah yang terjadi di tahun ini, seharusnya bakal menjadi berkah kalau iman dan pikiran kita sudah dewasa akan Dia. Apapun yang Dia berikan pada kita, sebaik maupun seburuk apapun, adalah berkah bagi jiwa dan pengalaman kita, sebab tak mungkin lah manusia hidup tanpa masalah πŸ™‚

Tahun ini juga, salah satu inspirator ku, Whitney Houston, berpulang secara tiba-tiba di bulan Februari 2012. Aku baru pulang dari Tumpang saat mengetahui berita ini, dan yah, sama seperti waktu Michael meninggal, rasa shock ini langsung merambat sampai relung-relung tulang yang paling dalam. RIP Whitney 😦

(Silahkan lihat artikelku tentang Whitney di sini)

Tahun ini, selain meninggalnya beberapa artis papan atas, skandal-skandal menyeruak di mana-mana, dan salah satunya yang paling parah menimpa Indonesia adalah skandal korupsi. Bukti bahwa pengaruh Orde Lama dan Orde Baru masih belum hilang dari Bumi Pertiwi ini. Salut buat KPK yang tanpa kenal lelah terus mengguncang pemerintahan bobrok ini dengan aksi-aksinya yang menggelegar cetar membahana πŸ˜€

Selain itu, aksi-aksi kekerasan mulai semakin gak karuan. Mulai dari konflik Israel-Palestina yang gak selesai-selesai(nampaknya baru selesai pas akhir zaman), juga penembakan-penembakan brutal di Amerika Serikat, salah satunya di Connecticut, yang beberapa saat lalu sudah aku tulis artikelnya di sini.

Oke, mungkin aku gak bisa banyak comment saat ini. Apa yang akan aku lakukan di malam Tahun Baru ini adalah menyusun resolusi ku di tahun depan sambil menemani anak-anak yang unyu beudh di Pertapaan Karmel, Ngadireso, Tumpang. Yah kalau kalian mau ketemu dengan aku, bisa langsung ke Tumpang malam ini juga. Aku dengan senang hati pasti akan memberikan tanda tanganku pada kalian hehehehe πŸ˜† (kalau kalian minta siiih) πŸ˜›

Semoga di tahun 2013 ini, target-target hidupku bisa tercapai, mulai dari kelulusan sekolah dengan nilai yang memuaskan, masuk Jurusan HI di Unair Surabaya, hingga novelku yang vakum selama hampir 6 tahun. Juga semoga di tahun yang baru nanti, keluargaku, guru-guruku, sahabat dan teman-temanku, teman-teman MJL, para fans ku(wkwkwk), dan para pembaca setia blog ku, selalu dikaruniai berkat dan damai yang melimpah dari Tuhan sendiri. Amiiin πŸ˜€

Semoga di tahun yang baru ini, tidak ada lagi korupsi, suap-menyuap, kaum-kaum fanatik yang suka main gerebek-gerebekan dan main pukul-pukulan, kekerasan pada siapapun termasuk anak-anak dan perempuan, dan anak-anak alay …….

Last sunset of 2012 ;)

Last sunset of 2012 πŸ˜‰

R.M.T.B.D.J

Whitney Houston – My Love Is Your Love

Okey santai dulu dengan video clip nya Whitney Houston whehehe =D

Enjoy!

Lyric:

Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright

If tomorrow is Judgement Day
(Sing mommy)
And I’m standing on the front line
And the Lord ask me what I did with my life
I will say I spent it with you
(Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright)
It’s alright
(Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright)

If I wake up in World War III
(World war III)
I see destruction and poverty
And I feel like I want to go home
It’s okay if you’re comin’ with me

Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright

‘Cause your love is my love
And my love is your love
It would take an eternity to break us
And the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us

‘Cause your love is my love
And my love is your love
It would take an eternity to break us
And the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us

Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright

If I lose my fame and fortune
(Really don’t matter)
And I’m homeless on the street
(On street oh Lord)
And I’m sleepin’ in Grand Central Station
(Okay)
It’s okay if you’re sleepin’ with me

Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright

As the years they pass us by
(Years they, years they, years they)
We stay young through each other’s eyes
(Each other’s eyes)
And no matter how old we get
It’s okay as long as I got you babe

Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright

‘Cause your love is my love
And my love is your love
It would take an eternity to break us
And the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us

‘Cause your love is my love
And my love is your love
It would take an eternity to break us
And the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us

If I should die this very day
(Very very very day)
Don’t cry, ’cause on earth we wasn’t meant to stay
(Don’t cry)
And and no matter what the people say
(Really don’t matter)
I’ll be waiting for you after the Judgement Day

‘Cause your love is my love
And my love is your love
It would take an eternity to break us
And the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us

‘Cause your love is my love
And my love is your love
It would take an eternity to break us
And the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us

‘Cause your love is my love
And my love is your love
It would take an eternity to break us
And the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us

Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your, clap your, clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright

Whitney Houston – I Look To You

Lyrics:

As I lay me down
Heaven hear me now
I’m lost without a cause
After giving it my all

Winter storms have come
And darkened my sun
After all that I’ve been through
Who on earth can I turn to?

I look to You,
I look to You
After all my strength is gone
In you I can be strong
I look to You,
I look to You
And when melodies are gone In you I hear a song
I look to You

About to lose my breath
There’s no more fighting left
Sinking to rise no more
Searching for that open door

And every road that I’ve taken
Led to my regret
And I don’t know if I’m go n’ make it
Nothing to do but lift my head

I look to You,
I look to You
After all my strength is gone
In you I can be strong
I look to You,
I look to You
And when melodies are gone In you I hear a song
I look to You

My leeves are broken
My walls are coming down on me
My rain is falling
Defeat is calling
I need you to set me free
Take me far away from the battle
I need you
Shine on me!

I look to You,
I look to You
After all my strength is gone
In you I can be strong
I look to You,
I look to You
And when melodies are gone In you I hear a song
I look to You

 

Songfact:

  • This piano ballad was the lead single and title track from R&B recording artist Whitney Houston’s seventh studio album.
  • The song was written by R. Kelly and produced by Tricky Stewart and Harvey Mason Jr. The song’s message about finding strength through adversity from a higher power was very meaningful for Houston after she’d gone through years of considerable turmoil, including the breakdown of her marriage to Bobby Brown and treatment for substance abuse. At a NYC Listening Party industry executive Clive Davis explained that this song just sums it all up, and made sense as the album title. He said, quoting Whitney: “This song just says all I want to say about the last few years…”
  • This marked Houston’s first Hot 100 hit since “Try It On My Own” peaked at #84 in 2003. It was her 38th entry overall.
  • Speaking about why the album was named after this song Houston said at one of her listening parties: “The last several years spiritually, this song says all i wanted to say. There are times in life when we go through certain situations – some not so good. You have to reach for a higher strength, you have to reach deep inside yourself, spend time with yourself to make some corrections that go beyond your own understanding and lean on a higher understanding, for me song puts it all in check. If I did not have my faith I wouldn’t be as strong today.”
  • The I Look To You album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 305,000 copies. This was by far Houston’s best opening sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. It was also the singer’s first chart-topping long player since The Bodyguard in 1993.
  • When Oprah Winfrey asked Houston to whom this song is addressed to during a televised conversation, Whitney replied: “Somebody bigger than you and I.”
  • R. Kelly performed this song at Whitney’s funeral, which was held on February 18, 2012 at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. “We love you, Whitney,” Kelly said when he’d concluded. “Rest in peace.”

Source: www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=16365

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Sparkle – Trailer

Well, aku menunggu film ini sejak setahun yang lalu. Terlebih setelah Whitney meninggal, mungkin ini satu-satunya karyanya yang masih dapat dan akan disaksikan. Film ini akan tayang di bioskop 10 Agustus mendatang. Hmmm great! R.I.P Whitney =’)

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