What Themes May Come

I read in Chico Garcia’s blog this pop existential theory which says that the song on top of the charts on the week of our birth determines the theme of the rest of our lives. Sounds ridiculous, right? So, I jumped right in

According to www.bobborst.com, for the week November 4-10, 1979 the top song in the US Charts is Eagles’ Heartache Tonight.

Sure. The band is great. I grew up listening to them because Papa used to have a couple of their albums on tape, way back when cassette tape players were the music players of the day.

But the song as the theme of my life?

It can be as straight to the point (or as shallow) as resigning to the fact that after all has been said and done, someone’s not getting with anybody and will likely end up with a heartache.

Or, reading the lyrics more intently, it can also come across as about short-time commitments, limited engagements, and one-night stands. The one who expects more will surely have a heartache before the night is through.

Those who really know me can (and will surely) connect the dots. Thank you very much. But for those who don’t and are still guessing, this way please. Let me tell you that it’s not what you think. And please let me turn you to the song on top of the UK Charts on the week of my birth: One Day at a Time by Lena Martell.

The decade I was born in was also the time when Manila Sound was the pervading genre of the local music scene. Maybe that’s why I can relate to the Sharon Cuneta of Mr. DJ fame. Pareho kaming pa-cute taga-Pasay. Hehe… And then I could just imagine Freddie Aguilar walking right to me and crying out, “Anak, bakit ka nagkaganyan?

Tinginingining tinginingining.


I thought of making my own album cover for the collection of songs that are supposed to be the theme/s of my life just to complete the package. The result was quite interesting.

Tinginingining tinginingining.


(credit for the picture goes to the owner)


4 thoughts on “What Themes May Come

  1. Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

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