As I have been assigned the task of being 'DJ' for my sister's upcoming wedding, I have been on the hunt (with the aid of the wonderful Spotify) for yesteryear's top hits, or that of the most nostalgic from the 90s.

I've currently a playlist that has around 50 songs, and I'm still aiming to add another 50 to it before I call it a day and let the queen (i.e. the sister) have a listen and be the final editor of the playlist.

In the hunt for this 50, I think there are a few things I can come to conclude about songs from those years:
-lyrics were more lyrical and less repetitive (read: more meaningful and eloquent)
-music was more musical (i.e. with cooler chord progressions and harmonies without weird, artificial, headache-inducing sounds)
-songs are just more memorable for the simplicity and poetry of the words, without being explicitly so

Maybe I'm partial toward the past (as I've mostly always been), but there's something about songs of old that I can never grow old of. And that's not a bad thing, is it.

Another thing I came to realise when listening to these old songs (by old, they're actually post- my birth year, haha) is that the words I used to sing along to, I finally now understand the meaning of with the experience of age (and a wider vocabulary). And boy, how much meaning I missed in listening to those songs.
I guess I have a greater appreciation for them now, more than a decade and a half later?

Take for example this song, "Affirmation" by Savage Garden:

This song is a gem: every line in the song is an affirmation, most of which I completely agree on. There are so many unique words to this song; I think you don't really get so much of this these days.

Of course, the 90s had its share of lame, cheesy songs, but for some reason mainstream songs then weren't filled with themes of sex, drugs and recklessness as how they are full of these days. I don't think this sets a very good example for the young now, especially if celebrities are glorified for the very lifestyle they sing of.
Hmmmm. Doesn't seem right.

ANYWAY, one day when the wedding takes place, if I remember, I'll share that list here. It's been a great exercise of reviving the good ol' times in my mind.

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.

--Albert Einstein

So much truth, Einstein.
Haven't been writing on my blog for so long (too long), so I'll post an article written by the renowned Malaysian activist, Marina Mahathir, who is also the daughter of Malaysia's longest serving Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir Mohammad.
Her musings in an article dated the 2nd of January 2014 strikes a chord with me, and what I believe to also be for a large number of intelligent Malaysians.