New songs, same loop

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Annual Soundtracks


This series might be the longest-running commitment in my life right now. Ha. That’s probably because it doesn’t feel like a chore or an obligation, just something that comes into being over time. It’s funny: there are only three playlists so far, but they span three years, which is too Read more…

Home and the city

I’ve been working my way through Reportage on Crime, an anthology of Nick Joaquin’s true crime stories. One such piece, “The Lodger,” deals with the demographic shift in Manila brought on by the influx of laborers (and their families) from the provinces. I don’t have the same intimate understanding of Read more…

Spirit portal in Republic City

The universe sings sometimes

A friend recently sent me a link to the 2014 Playfest performance of Jeremy Zuckerman’s Legend of Korra Suite. It’s a beautiful synthesis of the series’ music, but the Season 4 finale’s closing track remains my favorite: J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium begins with Ilúvatar and the Ainur weaving the universe from song. I Read more…

A pair of black headphones against a solid yellow background

The sounds of 2017

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Annual Soundtracks


Last year, I set a little project for myself. I’d gotten back to listening to music in earnest, and since depression and lack of practice kept me from writing an adequate record of my year, I decided to remember in aural impressions instead. And so started my 2017 playlist. I Read more…