Songs before the battle

AFTER MY MORNING reading ritual I listened to Wes Montgomery's Round Midnight at 5 am.



I also enjoyed Lionel Hampton's Flying Home.



The alarm woke my roommate BJ up at around six. I jolted him with a giddy good morning and started streaming my chosen songs for internship: Color It Red's Paglisan and Lani Misalucha's Tila. He laughed at my OPM song choices, but I explained that the lyrics spoke to me the way only soulful songs can.

Consider Paglisan:

Kung ang lahat ay may katapusan
Itong paglalakbay ay makakarating din sa paroroonan
Who's the writer who said that all the best stories in the world are about journeys? I forget.

Or listen to Tila:
Tila hihina rin ang ulan
Tila lilipas din ang bagyo
Kahit madilim ang kalawakan may nagtatagong
Sinag sa ulap

Lani was singing about love, of course, but the song felt like a big metaphor for med school. It, too, shall pass.

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