My Music Quest

In elementary school,Barney would twirled me around to happy tunes.  Sesame Street friends filled my small baskets with fruits containing letters and numbers, and Mr. Rodgers shared with me bite-size desserts of life lessons.

(Not sure if I would like to relive those days…)

In middle school and high school, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese artists dazzled me with shiny and colorful outfits, and the hot, asian singers melted my heart as they serenaded me.   (I’m exaggerating!)

(Cute aren’t they?)

In college, everything changed.

The day that my life has changed for the better, at least, I think so, was when I discovered Indie Rock music.  OH MY GOSH.  Where have you been all my life??  There were many moments that no Barney song or asian songs could describe how I feel.  The first time I heard this beautiful genre was when my coworker played his songs in the office.  This coworker of mine was a self-claimed hipster.  He was playing one of his playlists in the office, and this shy, yet mesmerizing melody caught my attention.  How beautiful it was and how it made me feel so strangely…happy?  This song is Collect Call by Metric.  From that day on, I wanted to find more songs that make me feel this way.

(That’s how I feel every time I listen to my favorite songs.)

From that day on, my music quest has started.  I no longer wait for music to come my way, I must now go find it.  Here is a short list of my on going discovery:

  • Metric
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Foster the People
  • The Lumineers
  • Imagine Dragon
  • The Hush Sound
  • The Strokes
  • The Black Keys
  • Company of Thieves
  • Cage the Elephant

However, Alternatives aren’t the only source of happiness for me, I find that listening to instrumental music is just as awesome.  Artists like 2 Cellos, The Piano Guys, Yiruma, and Lindsey Stirling can change your negative opinion of classical music or instrumental music into a positive one.  The Piano Guys, especially, just give an awesome twist to the oldest, classical tunes like Cello Suite 1.  They also set the most popular songs on fire with their unique interpretations to those same songs, try looking up “Titanium” or “Paradise” by the Piano Guys.

What type of music do you like?


Harbour Lights

“Harbour Lights”

You and I know I had to leave
And the harbour lights, I cannot see
But you were my rock never my stepping stone.

I held my tongue, I turn on my heels
I couldn’t look back.
I want you to know, That you were my rock never my stepping stone.

You were never a stepping stone.

We both know I cannot come home.
The water rose faster than I could run.
All my love has bruised my grieving bones.
Forgive my sins for I haven’t found God
And I don’t know when I can trust my heart
But you were my rock never my stepping stone.

You were never a stepping stone.
You were never a stepping stone.

She said I’ll be your rock when the water comes
Don’t waste your life on the stepping stones. [x3]

You were never a stepping stone.
You were never a stepping stone.


This song represents the ultimate form of love. If you love someone more than you love yourself, you would selflessly sacrifice yourself to save the other person. The lyrics tell a story of a situation when only one person of the two can be saved, the person that sacrifice himself/herself is the one that is the “rock.” The “rock” that saved his/her life when the “water comes.”  This is such an unfortunate story and I cannot help but feel sad for the person who sacrifices himself/herself  but also for the one that’s alive as well.  Would you rather be the one to die or the one that’s left behind to live?

I cannot bear the thought of living and drowning (how ironic!) myself in sorrow from missing my loved one.  I rather be the one to die.  That is a selfish thought though, why would I want to make my lover suffer from missing me, when I can have him die for me then?  That would make it easier on him (I’m joking!!)  Neither options aren’t very attractive nor feasible.  But here, the song isn’t about how great she sacrificed herself for him, it’s about him trying to make her realize that her love is one-sided love, he considers her as “his rock,” his significant other as well.  He is reassuring her that she is never just a “stepping stone,” or a utility to save him from raging waters, she is his precious, lovely stone.  She is invaluable to him and the only “stone” in his heart.

It’s such a great song, and the melody is catchy as well.  Once the song is playing, you begin to sing along as well.  It is such a shame that we don’t have many love songs and meaningful songs nowadays.  The Silent Film band is one of my favorite bands because they stand for what great music and story telling lyrics are about.


Would you rather be the one to die and save your lover, or be the one that’s being saved? Why?