Bertahan, Five Minutes

Five Minutes

This melancholy songs typical teenage boys heartbroken. Still about love. Apparently this theme is not timeless, it will always sung from age to age, from generation to generation.

There is nothing special about this song. It’s just that the first time I heard this song when visiting my sister place in Cirebon. When morning came, it was played and his voice would not want to “disturb” my hearing.

I asked my sister, “What is this song? He replied, “Bertahan (survive)”. Then I asked her again, “Who sings it?” He said, “I do not know who, but the name of the band is ‘Five Minutes’.”

It’s funny band name. For the first time I heard this song in 2008. Curiously, I asked my sister to play back the song once again.

I found out later that the rock & pop band was from Bandung. Established since 1994, nowday Five Minutes consist Ricky Tjahyadi (keyboards), Richie Setiawan (vocals), Drie Warnanta (bass), Roelhilman (guitar), and Aria Yudhishthira (drums).

Of all the albums that have been produced, the song “Bertahan” always annoys my hearing. The song is very easy and simple both in lyrics and music. Listen!

Bertahan

Tak pernah terbayangkan
Kumiliki wanita
Seperti dirimu

Tak pernah terfikirkan
Kau kan pergi dariku
Pergi tinggalkanku

Reff:

Kucoba tuk bertahan
Dalam kisah ini
Tak bisakah sejenak
Kau jangan pergi

Tak pernah terbayangkan
Kumiliki wanita
Seperti dirimu

Tak mungkin kulakukan
Kesalahan yang membuatmu
Pergi tinggalkanku

Back to : reff

Cobalah tuk bertahan
Pahami hatiku
Haruskah ku meminta
Kau jangan pergi

Back to : reff

Cobalah tuk bertahan
Pahami hatiku
Haruskah ku meminta
Kau jangan pergi

Asal Kau Mau, Balawan

Balawan/by Banar Fil Ardhi

Balawan/by Banar Fil Ardhi

I knew Balawan by accident. It was about 2005, when I was still working in Surabaya, I found a compact disc in a music store. The cover of the CD was enough attract my attention, such as the appearance of a newspaper called “Magic Fingers”. Apparently, it was the name of the album with Balawan photo’s in action, playing his double neck guitar.

I became interested in Balawan music. I knew before, he was a musicians from Bali. I never heard of him, and also his playing. Then I decided to buy it.

In this CD I known three songs that I memorized earlier, namely “Semua Bisa Bilang” ever sung by Charles Hutagalung (The Mercy’s), “Arti Kehidupan” (meaning of life) sung by Mus Mujiono, and “Sesaat Kau Hadir” sung by Utha Likumahuwa. I started thinking, “Oh, in addition to guitarist, Balawan apparently is also a singer!”

Shortly, I bought the CD and began to love his guitar playing, especially when he was playing his own composition “Mainz in My Mind”. It’s a good title. In my opinion, his voice is so-so.

In 2009, I had the opportunity to watch his performance at Bentara Budaya Jakarta, while the committee sold a new Balawan albums, namely “See You Soon”. Then, I bought it after watching Balawan’s performance, even interviewed him for Kompas.com as a report.

At this album I found a song that I like so much, “Asal Kau Mau” (Just You Want). This song is composed and sung by Balawan itself. I could not explain why I like this song very much. This is a reality. Please listen the song:

Asal Kau Mau

hey… apa lagi yang terjadi padamu
aku tak suka kau bersedih
hey.. lepaskan saja bila dia selalu
menyakiti hatimu lagi lagi

Reff:

lebih baik bila kau bersamaku
lebih baik aku jadi kekasihmu
dari pada kau terus patah hati
kau mau ku mau

aku bisa buat kau lebih lepas
aku bisa buat kau bahagia
dari pada kau terus patah hati
ku mau asal kau mau

hey.. apa lagi yang kau tunggu
cepatlah tinggalkan dia
tinggalkan dia…

Back to Reff:

lebih baik bila kau bersamaku
lebih baik aku jadi kekasihmu
dari pada kau terus patah hati
ku mau asal kau mau

If You’re Not the One

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I heard this song for the first time when I took on duty in Makassar, South Sulawesi, in 2003, while I was watching the movie Maid in Manhattan” with my friends. I saw it on video cassette at my friend’s house. This film starred by Jennifer Lopez. One of the songs on the film’s soundtrack was If You’re Not the One“. I was so impressed. Then, I find out was the singer. Later I knew who sang this song, Daniel Bedingfield.

Frankly, I was intrigued by a series of lyrics which is so deep and effective. I had a little trouble finding the song in the music  stores like Disc Tara. Until then, after moved to Jakarta, precisely in 2006, I heard the song for the second when I was in a mall at Jakarta. Even then I was not too excited about hunting this song.

Then came in 2009. A female friend gave me a compact disc. All the songs on the CD consist the movie soundtrack. I immediately recognized one of the songs in itIf You’re Not the One” Bedingfield‘s. When I heard the song was played over and over again, then I didn’t remember when I was in makassar or in the mall I visited, but this song remind me to the girl that gave this CD, which is now far away from my eyes. Oh girl, where are you now?

Here are the lyrics of the song You’re Not the One“:

If you’re not the one then why does my soul feel glad today?
If you’re not the one then why does my hand fit yours this way?
If you are not mine then why does your heart return my call
If you are not mine would I have the strength to stand at all

I’ll never know what the future brings
But I know you’re here with me now
We’ll make it through
And I hope you are the one I share my life with

I don’t want to run away but I can’t take it, I don’t understand
If I’m not made for you then why does my heart tell me that I am?
Is there any way that I can stay in your arms?

If I don’t need you then why am I crying on my bed?
If I don’t need you then why does your name resound in my head?
If you’re not for me then why does this distance maim my life?
If you’re not for me then why do I dream of you as my wife?

I don’t know why you’re so far away
But I know that this much is true
We’ll make it through
And I hope you are the one I share my life with
And I wish that you could be the one I die with
And I pray in you’re the one I build my home with
I hope I love you all my life

I don’t want to run away but I can’t take it, I don’t understand
If I’m not made for you then why does my heart tell me that I am
Is there any way that I can stay in your arms?

‘Cause I miss you, body and soul so strong that it takes my breath away
And I breathe you into my heart and pray for the strength to stand today
‘Cause I love you, whether it’s wrong or right
And though I can’t be with you tonight
You know my heart is by your side

I don’t want to run away but I can’t take it, I don’t understand
If I’m not made for you then why does my heart tell me that I am
Is there any way that I could stay in your arms

And, here is the video:

Buka Hatimu, Armada

Just six months ago I heard the name “Armada” (Fleet) made ​​the name of a band. What’s in a name, the old saying goes. But really I was fascinated when I heard one of the songs are sung, “Buka Hatimu” (Open Your Heart). Not the tone that is too simple, but the lilting lyrics that I like. At that time, my sister-in-law of Cirebon play that song on the tape of his car. I also had to repeat play. Continue reading

Kasih Tiada Berpadu

Sometimes I can not hide a sense that has engulfed both of my heart and mind. The song is a medium that could remind my memories of the past into the present. Kiki Maria song titled “Kasih Tiada Berpadu” (love is no chime) is truly an old song, the song at the time I step on the second grade of senior high school. The song that I have a cassette that kept me take it until I went to college, worked in Jakarta, and even now stuff is still well preserved.

But the song “Kasih Tiada Berpadu” is probably fits with my mood today. I completely fail to remember the event long as I remember what the link with the past on this song. But experience and heart vain that I had has forced me to write and share this beautiful song to anyone who would listen. Continue reading

La Samba Primadona

Back to the years 1986-1987, wow so long ago, right! Again and again I was struck by a song with a tone that strikes my soul. Sung by Krakatau, the music band with members of the younger musicians like Indra Lesmana, Dwiki Dharmawan, Gilang Ramadhan, Donny Soehendra, Pra Budidharma, and vocalist Trie Utami. At the time, their presence was so groundbreaking musical homeland, Indonesia. That time I was in college in Bandung speechless with their music and have almost the entire album Krakatau!

There have been many hits which created like “imaji” (imagery), “Kau Datang” (You Come), “Gemilang”, and other songs. But I will never forget this one song from Krakatau, “La Samba Primadona”. It’s nothing, this song has lyrics that rapid chatter when sung by Trie Utami, as if like the music “rap” of today. But of course in the Indonesian language. I do not understand anymore how many albums they produce and on any album of songs that I mentioned earlier is located. Continue reading