Saturday, November 23, 2013

Random Thought: Constructive Criticism

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Disclaimer: This is the first time that I'll be posting such kind of blog entry here on my blog, which normally is about parenting, rock music, and my accounts of daily experiences in raising a hearing impaired child. YOU MAY GET OFFENDED WITH THIS ENTRY. YOU MAY CLOSE THE WEBPAGE IF IN CASE YOU GOT OFFENDED, OR YOU MAY READ ALONG TILL THE END. This is just my opinion and based only on my eccentric way of thinking, which insanely constructed these thoughts. you may send a rebuttal/comments/violent reactions anonymously in the comments section or you may send it to my email HERE. So here it goes.

A week ago, our beloved country braced the most powerful typhoon in history, the typhoon Haiyan/yolanda. It nearly wiped out some provinces in the Visayas region, left nearly 7 thousand people dead, destroyed billions amount of property, and left thousands of people homeless, orphaned, widowed, and childless. The international media flocked to the country to cover for the aftermath of the typhoon, several foreign countries have sent tremendous help, even the private individuals, companies, organizations, people around the world have donated to help the victims and survivors of the typhoon.

The international media have exposed the slow response of our government in the time of crisis, and even compared the event to other catastrophe that happened in other countries such as Japan and Indonesia and the response of their government. It was only after 5 days when the aid arrived due to the loss of communication and the difficulty of transportation due to the debris left by the typhoon. The government on the other hand, retorted and blamed the local government unit because "they were not prepared", instead of uplifting the spirits of the survivors and comforting them  as they have lost everything, not just their houses, not just the source of their living, but they've lost their loved ones. As a leader, he should be the one to assure the victims that help will arrive and that he will lead in the recovery and rehabilitation and normalization of their lives after this destructive event. It's just so sad that after all they've been through, they will hear "the leader" blaming them. *sigh*

A lot of people (including me) find this so distasteful, turned to the social media and vent out the violent reactions for the "blame-game" that the president have started. As citizens, legal voters, and tax payers, people of this country have the right to criticize the government based on its performance, the way it handles events like this, and the response. Yes we know that there's no perfect government, even Barack Obama have shortcomings but at least he's humble enough to take all the blame when his obamacare failed, and he's meek enough to accept and apologize for his fault. Nuff said.

There are some people who responded "hey, shut your mouth and help" or something like "you should shut up you know, have you already helped? what have you done to help? how much help have you donated?"
like, are we measuring a person's worth by the amount that he has given? Like the Filipino director Peque Gallaga have stated, "we can help and criticize at the same time" because we just want our help to reach those people who needed the help. We dont want it to be wasted or worse, we dont want it in the pockets of corrupt officials! With so much corruption here in our country which involved several public officials (hope the president's not involved) it is really hard to trust anyone in the politics nowadays. Everything that they will do will be tainted with doubt and controversy... and to add to that, should we really have to tell the whole wide world that we've helped or that we've donated? I know some people just want to inspire others to help, but for me, IMO, we should help quietly, we should help without the need for appreciation or recognition because the very purpose of helping is to help right? not just because you want to impress everyone. I was being judged online because of the things I am posting in facebook, even branded as a member of the "opposition" because of the criticisms I make with regards to the flow of the aid, the repacking of goods from other countries for the replacement of the packs with names of public officials, the classification of the survivors who'll be given with relief goods with voters and non-voters, which obviously, the non-voters of the party who'll be distributing the goods will not be given, the sorting of imported goods which were replaced with local goods, and so many other dreadful things. Yes, I am criticizing, others too, but please dont answer us with "have you helped, how much have you given" because seriously, we dont want to disclose such details. There's no need for me to post in Facebook my selfie photo with a pack of relief goods, or with a deposit slip, or with a check or with a cash.. I dont need to post a status update stating that I've given up my desire of buying a gold iphone 5s worth 45 thousand pesos and give my savings instead to the relief operation for the survivors.... It may and will likely attract kidnappers, holduppers, and criminals of some sort, and i dont want to risk my life. And just because I dont post about it, doesn't mean I did not. I just dont like bragging about what I've given.

The criticisms should be taken as constructive; the government should listen to the people's opinions and give them the truth because after all, as what the president have said, "KAYO ANG BOSS KO" (you are my boss). Well, we're not being bossy here, but we just want to point out that we, the people, have voted for you, everyone in the position, because we believe that you are capable of being the leader, leading the country to progress, cleaning the country with heartless criminals which, sadly, were also in the position, and helping us get ahead with our lives, which you've already done so far. We're not expecting you to be perfect but at least make us feel that you are one with us, not just only directing, commanding, telling your subordinates to do this or that, displacing your disappointment to someone, but to have some empathy, feel the people's suffering, comfort them, assure them, lead them. In this time of distress, we need to "see a calm and collected commander-in-chief who can lift their spirits up when it is down." (Quoted from this blog).

I REST MY CASE.

As of this moment, relief is already reaching the affected areas, some survivors were transported here in Manila to start anew with their relatives here, some decided to stay in the visayas and start with what was left by the typhoon. It will be a very long journey to recovery but with the strength and resilience of the Filipino, recovery will be possible. For the help of all the people who've given their hands, time, effort, themselves in helping our fellow in the Visayas, Thank You so Much and Godbless Us always.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Random Thought: Persons with Disabilities

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 We often name our president "abnoy" or "abnormal", to mock him because of his "incompetency" with regards to dealing with the crisis and disasters that come in our country.  For others, they think this is okay or it doesn't affect them much, but for me, these words are actually offensive. Not because i am his fan, but because these words are really offensive especially to parents of disabled children. I know I cant make other people comply with my way of thinking but it actually hurts so much whenever I hear those words. On the political perspective, I don't accept Kris Aquino, the President's Popular talk show host/actress sister running for any political position, but as a mother, I admire her so much because she was able to raise her son JOSH (which as we all know, was diagnosed with ADHD and Autism) well, gave him everything he needs, not being ashamed of having such a child, and giving her son much love and being proud of him, and I admire her family as well, they really loved josh as much as they love Bimby, they're not ashamed of having him as nephew. In the medical setting, we don't call the "abnormal" people abnormal or retarded or worse, mongoloid, we pertain to them as "mentally challenged", "PWD", "people with special needs". I wish people would be word-sensitive and choose words carefully when pertaining to those people.. and I hope when you attack the incompetence of the President, please leave the "abnormal" topic, especially his nephew alone.. We could criticize him by his performance and not by his nephew's condition. Not being Self-righteous here, but we should bear in mind that there are people who are actually having this condition and mocking them will not help them as a person. Instead, we should try to uplift their self- esteem by letting them feel that they are accepted in the society, and see their potentials despite their insufficiency.  Plus, being around kids with special needs, I have proven that they are really compassionate, kind, friendly, solicitous and warm despite the disability. Just my two cents.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

How to React When Tantrums Arise



Patience is a virtue, and Moms of disabled kids (and normal kids) could really use this mantra. The kids may throw tantrums even in public vehicles, public places (mall, grocery, school) or places you wont wish to calm a flare up, but having a very long patience and being calm are some of the best tools in Handling Tantrums. When i was confronted with tantrums for the first time it really drove me crazy, even sent me to my wit's end, and end up really really upset and angry, but as time passes, (after 6 years and 3 kids) I got used to it and formulated some techniques on how to react when faced with the kid's sudden outburst.

1. Stay Calm. Deep breathing and counting one to ten before reacting to a tantrum really help in calming ourselves and clearing our mind so we could react accordingly and avoid having a fit of rage over the child's behavior.

2. Ignore the tantrum. Giving even the negative attention to the tantrum will validate the behavior and may give the child the feeling of superiority because they think that tantrums are a great way to get our attention, get what they want, and have it their way. Don't react, or walk away, take a few steps and let the child have the tantrum.

3. Figure out the cause of the tantrum. Tantrums can be triggered by a number of things like getting hungry, sleepy, boredom, frustration over something, or sometimes, it's because they want to have something.

4. Don't Give in. Giving in to the demands will only reinforce the behavior and may use it even after the age that they should cease having tantrums.

5. Don't use physical force or discipline to regain control. It will only led them to think that spanking or hitting is acceptable and may have an effect on their psychological and social development. They may even learn to use it when they became frustrated with other kids. It also indicates that you are out of control.

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Credits: Aboutkids.orgWikihowPositive Parenting SolutionsKids Health

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Post Secondary Education for the Deaf

This is my son Carl Patrick, Currently in Pre-school and studying at Special Children Education Institution in Pasig City.
Last night, I've seen the news about a Deaf and Mute college student who was able to graduate with honors despite challenges. As a mom of a hearing impaired kid, I was amazed and inspired at the same time, hopeful that someday my kid will be like that student, living life normally notwithstanding his disability, conquering his limitations, and being able to bring out the best in him. Other people look at the disability like it's a burden or an obstacle, like the person can do nothing about it and ends up being dependent requiring full care and attention. But no, not my son, I can see his independence at an early age. I can see the things that he can do. He can do things that normal 6-year-old kids can do. He can communicate (through sign language and gestures) to others, even to the hearing kids (given that the kids are not mean and won't mock him). As early as now, I'm already rounding up the schools that offers vocational or 2 year courses, and 4-year degree courses to hearing impaired students.

1. CAP College School for the Deaf - Established in 1989 and is the first college school for the deaf in Manila. The mode of instruction is the traditional system of instruction. Total Communication is the medium of instruction. You can contact the school here for more details. The courses they offer are:
  • Associate in Arts in Information Technology
  • Diploma in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Management, Marketing or Entrepreneurship
2. The Philippine School for the Deaf - Founded in 1907 by Dr. David P. Barrows, the Director of Education in the Philippines, and Delia Delight Rice, a teacher for the deaf with immense experience in special education, and daughter of deaf parents in Columbus, Ohio. The school is located at 2620 FB Harrison, Pasay City, Metro Manila or you can call 5100252. The school offers:
  • Pre-elementary education
  • Early Childhood Education (5 to 6 years old)
  • Preparatory (pre-requisite to grade 1)
  • Literacy Class
  • Elementary education
  • Secondary education
  • Transition education
  • Vocational program
  • Apprenticeship program
3. Manila Christian Computer Institute for the Deaf - Founded in October 1993 by two young computer professionals, one hearing and one deaf, who dreamed of providing education for hearing impaired persons through the use of computers which is apt for them since it require minimal supervision and communication skills. The school is situated at Purok Dos Sitio Buntung Palay, Barangay Silangan Road,Bgy. Silangan, San Mateo, Rizal, 1825 or contact them here. The Courses they offer are:
  • DIPLOMA IN ARTS AND COMPUTER DESIGN TECHNOLOGY FOR THE DEAF (DACDT)
  • DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY FOR THE DEAF (DBT)
  • FIVE-MONTH COMPUTER SOFTWARE OPERATIONS TECHNOLOGY COURSE (CSOT)
4. De La Salle College of Saint Benilde - Established in 1980 by Br. Andrew Gonzales FSC as College of Career Development, a night school for the working students of De La Salle University. It was renamed after Saint Bénilde Romançon, a Christian Brother 1988, and became autonomous in 1994. The School Offers Deaf Learners’ Preparatory Course, a two-trimester program to evaluate the deaf individual for readiness for college before advancing to the Applied Deaf Studies Program. The Applied Deaf Studies Program specializes in computer graphics and entrepreneurship. The School is located at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde 950 Pablo Ocampo St., Malate Manila, or contact them here.

If you wish to watch the story of the deaf college student, you can watch it here.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

20 Best Acoustic Songs from Rock Artists


                        Was Cleaning our storage room when i found this, my poor old guitar. This was my then-boyfriend-now-husband's first gift. Can't believe it's almost a decade old and was able to stand the test of time.. (including floods and termites). I missed playing this since the last time i was able to play a guitar was during my college days, my highschool friends inspired me to learn the guitar, and of course, some good old rock music.
Rock music is not just about noise and distortion behind compelling and offbeat lyrics, sometimes, some of the "loudest" rock musicians and bands make music that are apt for the peace and quiet moments. There are also songs that inspires us to learn the guitar so we can play and sing those beautifully crafted songs. The one song that inspired me to learn the prominent instrument in music is Goo Goo Dolls' "Name" from the 1995 album A Boy Named Goo. Here are 20 Acoustic Songs that will make you strumming and humming in no time. (no particular order)

2. Patience - Guns n' Roses
3. Over the hills and far away - Led Zeppelin
4. Your Decision - Alice in Chains
5. Landslide - Fleetwood Mac/ Smashing Pumpkins
6. Time of your life (Good Riddance) - Green Day
7. The Man who sold the world - David Bowie/Nirvana
8. No Rain - Blind Melon
9. Wonderwall - Oasis
10. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
11. Rocky Racoon - The Beatles
12. Blackbird - The Beatles
13. Yesterday - The Beatles
14. Across the universe - The Beatles
15. Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
16. Knockin on Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan
17. Wish You were here - Pink Floyd
18. Free Bird - Lynyrd skynyrd
19. Wild Horses - Rolling Stones
20. Redemption Song - Bob Marley

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Credits: Guitar World

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014

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90's Popular Grunge rock band (and one of my all-time favorites) Nirvana, along with other artists such as KISSLL Cool J, and Hall and Oates are among the artists who are nominated for the 2014's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which was announced by Rolling Stone on Wednesday, October 16. Other artists on the list include Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, LL Cool J, N.W.A, Link Wray, the Meters, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Yes and the Zombies.

To be eligible for the nomination, the bands or the artists should have released their first single or album in 1988 or earlier.

For the second consecutive year, the public gets to vote alongside the artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body. From now until December 10th, fans can vote on RollingStone.com for the nominees they'd like to see inducted. The top five acts will comprise a "fan's ballot" that will count as one of the more than 600 ballots that determine the Class of 2014. (Rolling Stone)

The 29th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in New York City on April 2014. 

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Credits/Source: Rolling StoneE! OnlineConsequence of Sound

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Hiatus



Hello Rockenrollers! I went on a hiatus from blogging because of the time my work and family life demanded, I'm already a work at home mom, working from 9pm to 5am manila time (that's 9 am to 5 pm US central time) and in the morning, i'll go and take the kids to school and wait for them until 2pm to go back home, and then the house chores and everything. Really, it wasnt easy to manage the time and allocate to the things that we prioritize and "sneak" in some time for the things that we really want to do (I didn't even have a time to go to the mall :c) but I know you know the feeling of doing something that you really want that you would find sometime to do it no matter how busy and hectic your schedule is. Whenever i lay down at night (or at dawn to sleep for like 2 hours before I prep the kids and myself to school), I always think of writing down something to share with you, my readers (If i have any, lol) especially some tips about the mommy life and some trivia/facts or anything in between about rock music. I'm also thinking of inviting/accepting guest posts from some of the cool women/moms in my circle of friends, or even in the blogosphere, not just to keep this blog running but to share some thoughts from the amazing people I know. May it be about music, recipe, childcare, unusual facts, informative stuff, product reviews, family and married life, and the likes. If you guys wanna share something that you would like to see here in the blog, you can contact me Here (no spammers please). I would love to hear from you guys. Thank you, see you soon! and LET THERE BE ROCK!

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Rock n Roll: The Beginning

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The Music has a rich history beginning from the time music was first heard. Music was first conceived during the pre-historic era, some fifty thousand years ago where the first form of music were the human voice, clicking, humming, yawning, and coughing and from that time, music has evolved to different types until it reached the rise of the western era, the medieval, renaissance, baroque, and the classical type of music. Some famous musician during these eras were Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and a lot more. But a breakthrough in the music history was the "invention" of the Rock n Roll Music. Here are some 10 important events in the beginning of the rock n roll history.

Jan 4, 1936 - First Billboard Sales Chart
Billboard magazine releases its first record sales chart, the Hit Parade.

Jan 1951- First Rock and Roll Record
Jackie Brenston and Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm record "Rocket '88," a chart-topper, and later considered by some to be the first rock and roll record, is released.

1952 - Fender Electric Guitar
Radio repairman Leo Fender and musician Doc Kaufman produce the better sounding version of the solid-body electric guitar. Their design is fairly simply and can be inexpensively produced. It becomes the first relatively cheap electric guitar on the market.

Mar 21, 1952 - First Rock and Roll Concert
Alan Freed, a Cleveland disc jockey known as "Moondog" and thought by some to have coined the term "rock and roll," organizes a concert at the Cleveland Arena. It attracts nearly 25,000 young people, mostly African-Americans. The show, featuring artists such as the Dominoes and Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams, is shut down early when thousands of ticket-holders who are denied entrance become unruly. The event will later be called the first rock and roll concert.

Jul 18, 1953 - Elvis Presley Discovered
Eighteen-year-old Elvis Presley walks into Sun Records Studio to record two songs for his mother as a birthday gift. The label's office manager is impressed by his vocals.

1954 - Fender Stratocaster
Leo Fender introduces a new, sleeker version of the Fender electric guitar—the Stratocaster—revolutionizing the sound of rock. The Fender Stratocaster will become the guitar of choice for such legends as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Eric Clapton.

Jan 1961 - The Beatles Debut
The Beatles, formed from the members of the Quarrymen, make their performing debut at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Aug 15, 1969 - Woodstock
The Woodstock Music and Art Fair is held in the town of Bethel in upstate New York. Nearly half a million people attend the 3-day event, which features artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Joan Baez, Santana, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, the Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joe Cocker, Country Joe and the Fish, The Band, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Oct 1969 - Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath
The band Earth Blues Company, fronted by singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, compose the song "Black Sabbath" and begin performing it at gigs in England. Within one month Earth will rename itself after the track.

1981 - MTV Begins
MTV, Music Television, launches. The channel shows music videos 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. MTV will revolutionize the way people experience music.

Will keep you guys posted for a more detailed and updated version of this post.

Credits: wikipediaShmoop

Friday, August 09, 2013

Taqwacore: Muslim Punk Rock

First of all, Eid Mubarak! to all our Muslim brothers and sisters from all over the world, especially to all the muslim filipinos here and abroad.

The Punk rock scene is so diverse and complex that it is not only about social and political issues which often are the content of the loud and fast music of punk, it also has a subculture which deals about the culture, interpretation, and also the representation of the islamic rock music: The Taqwacore.

Taqwacore was originally conceived in the 2003 novel by Michael Muhammad Knight, The Taqwacores. The name is a combination of the word Hardcore and the arabic word Taqwa which means "piety" or "God-fearing". Here are some of the Taqwacore bands.


The Kominas. Pakistani-American Desi punk rock band formed in Lowell, Massachusetts. The band currently includes Basim Usmani (bass), Hassan Ali Malik (guitar) and Abdullah Saeed (drums). (Wikipedia)

Vote Hezbollah's album cover
Vote Hezbollah. Vote Hezbollah was formed in 2005 shortly after reading Taqwacores by Michael Muhammad Knight. The band name comes from the book and in no way represents terrorism. Vote Hezbollah does not promote violence or support any violent organizations. Peace, unity, and truth are our only strengths. (Myspace)


The Sagg Taqwacore Syndicate. Sagg Syndicate is R ‘Sagg’ Harris.He is from Utah but resides in Oregon.
The music of the Syndicate is best described as Electronic Eclectic Hip Hop. (Last.fm)


Diacritical. Diacritical is a band that existed from about 2004-2007 with a variety of members. It was formed by front man Omar Waqar. There only full length album was recorded by Don Zientara, and released independantly. There songs touched on social issues like Racism, war, and immigration reform. (Purevolume)


Secret Trial Five. is a Canadian five-piece political punk rock band formed in 2006 in Vancouver. Sena Hussain formed Secret Trial Five with four friends following 9/11, when she became interested in making music with political messages. Secret Trial Five takes its name from a group of Muslims suspected of terrorism currently held without charge in Canada.

For more info about The Taqwacore, please follow this link, and do checkout the music of these and other taqwacore bands, and support our muslim brothers and sisters.

Credits: Wikipedia, Purevolume.com, Myspace.com, Last.fm, Taqwacore.com

Friday, March 22, 2013

Top 10 Christian Rock Metal Bands

Image from Rakista
Rock music is not all about noise, hatred, anger, and violence. There are rock bands that are creating music for love, others as a way of protest and expression of opinions about the world's social problems, others to uplift the human spirit by sending messages of motivation, courage and support, and there are others who are creating not just rock but heavy metal music to spread the message of God, the message of Christ's passion and love for the humanity, and the message of faith and worship. Sure you thought that heavy metal music is only associated with the darkness and violence but these bands will prove you wrong, so if you wanna have a rockin' holy week without corrupting the true meaning of the Lenten season, then here are the top 10 christian metal bands who can make you realize that you can worship God in whatever ways or type of music you do, as long as you're doing it for the love of God.

 Fireflight - Unbreakable

Disciple - God save us all

Emery - Walls

The Devil wears Prada - Born to lose

Demon Hunter - Collapsing 

Flyleaf - All around me

UnderOATH - A boy brushed red..living in black and white

As I lay dying - A greater foundation

Red - Perfect Life 

Skillet - Monster

Credits: Youtube (videos), RAKISTA (image)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

15 Great Rock Songs for Graduation

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March is the time of the year when the kids from kindergarten to the teens in highschool and college are entering a transition in their lives. One chapter ends and another begins: GRADUATION. They're gonna start a new life, have new things to learn, and finish the school stuffs to bravely face the reality of the world. Some may succeed, others will be left still struggling but fighting to survive, but always remember that graduation is not the end, it is just the beginning of life with full of challenges. You will face a lot of obstacles as you take your journey to your goal. But fear not because somewhere along the way, you'll meet people who'll be of help to you, your friends will be there, your family, and God will always be with you to guide you and walk with you. You may fail and fall but you'll always have the chance to get up, fight, and beat all the hardships that you may go through. It will always be your choice to be a winner or a loser in life. Failure isn't the end; it is just an experience of a wrong path so you can find the right one. When you're on the verge of giving up, always remember that Thomas Edison went through 10,000 failures while inventing the light bulb and he eventually found the right way to give light to the bulb. It was a triumphant success! Here are my roundup of 15 great rock and alternative graduation songs you can celebrate with on your graduation. Congratulations!

15. Times like these - Foo Fighters
14. Closing Time - Semisonic
13. Forever Young - Bob Dylan
12. I don't want to grow up - The Ramones
11. When you were young - The Killers
10. Brand new start - Afterbridge
9. Today - The Smashing Pumpkins
8. My Hero - Foo Fighters
7. This is your life - Switchfoot
6. Dream On - Aerosmith
5. School's Out - Alice Cooper
4. You Learn - Alanis Morrissette
3. In my life - The Beatles
2. Good Riddance - Greenday
1. We are the Champions - Queen.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

10 Sad Rock Love Songs

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Valentine's day is just around the corner and while others are busy preparing for their surprise gifts, dates, and agendas for the valentines with their love ones, others are just having the "independence day" feeling, with no one to celebrate the "love day" with, walk alone in the park, or just stay in bed and sleep. While you are feeling a little bit empty, here are 10 "sad" rock love songs to accompany you while you endure the romantic day alone.

10. Love Hurts - Nazareth
9. November Rain - Guns n Roses
8. Don't dream its over - Crowded House
7. I Remember You - Skid Row
6. I Dont Love You - My Chemical Romance
5. High and Dry - Radiohead
4. Dont Speak - No Doubt
3. With or without you - U2
2. Nothing Compares To You - Sinead O'Connor
1. Love of my Life - Queen

Credits: mademan.comYoutube