Singing one’s heart out, in the pits


Trapped. That’s how humans are. Three bands tried to put it for us, in big, bold and colorful music – loud enough to merit the world’s attention.


Hotel California says you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave. Just your perfect nightmare, with feasts, beasts, and champagne… It’s about being in the dark, prisoners of our own device, slaves to our own fears. There appears to be such a place and the Eagles would gladly welcome new entrants… ๐Ÿ™‚


Bohemian Rhapsody, a son’s last plea to his mother. Mama, I f ___d up. Carry on, as if nothing really matters. Sure… Life deals us lemons. If not, we care to look for them. Pull the trigger. What better way to make a statement? Grandly, as grand as could be, so says the Queen band.


Bob Dylan’s Knocking on the Heaven’s Door, as revived by the Guns N’ Roses, spelled out desperation. Just how screwed up a person could be? Prettily… Like Freddie Mercury’s song, there’s a vivid mention of the gun, the phallic symbol. And one always returns to his mother. Should we say, apologetically? ๐Ÿ™‚


Living could take some of us, humans, to the heights ย of status, popularity, wealth and success. There is a spectacular range of experiences – ecstasy and depths of loneliness, the highs and the lows, the ebbs and the flows. Surely, these artists paint the landscapes brightly and larger than life for us. Their songs seem to say, “If we must fail, then we must fail terribly, horribly and loudly. For what else is there?”


Situations do happen and they make or break humans. For the better or for the worse – who is to judge? Definitely, these artists’ music speak to our souls and we sing along out loud, not discounting the possibility that one day, it could be us – in those very same pits. In the sewer, no less. But come to think of it, it’s an interesting place… ๐Ÿ˜‰





It is said, pale and milky coffee drinkers have high admiration for those who drink their coffee strong and bitter. On the other hand, these musicians seem to say, sometimes, for some people, things could go very wrong. Life could sometimes hurt us badly. When we’re down and out, there is no other way but to fight on. Find the door, fight back, and as their music suggest, hard. ย  ๐Ÿ™‚


* I have not been a huge fan of hard or metallic rock. (I suppose the main reason is – am a little hard of hearing). But I have friends, close friends who are hard rock afficionados, then and now. Am glad to say, none of them turned “hardcore” in life. They have balanced personalities, happily. ๐Ÿ™‚ *


12 comments on “Singing one’s heart out, in the pits

  1. J.A. Vas says:

    three greatamazinggreat songs! ๐Ÿ™‚
    (hope you got my mail… several weeks ago ๐Ÿ˜‰ …)

    • hello, J.A. … thanks for the appreciation. am glad to see you around, hehey…

      aha, i unearthed your email from some 3000 + messages i have neglected (my bad). there is one from Europe, indeed. my apology… many thanks, will reply later… hope things are great, your side of town. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. munchow says:

    I do like the songs you write about here, but I surely don’t want to be in the pit with those artists, as you say. I am not sure it’s a sewer, but yes life is challenging – and that is exactly what makes it interesting. I think.

    • Thank you for liking them, sir Otto… Ahaha, you don’t want to be in the same room with Axl Rose – he’s like a larva, figuratively speaking but sings great. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I guess, those artists mean it both ways – that life could deal us badly but we could strike back, that we could turn the sewer into its opposite. I think… ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. renxkyoko says:

    I’m a classic rock fan. You can say, as far as music goes, I’m an old soul.

  4. batopik says:

    I know those songs, except Trapped. I always hear Hotel California, but never really understand its meaning. Thanks for your interpretations, and now while listening to the song, makes me agree to all what’s written here. Hakhak.

    Good points, really. Especially for pulling up the idea of fighting back hard enough as hard rock as those rock bands. XD

    • haha, Trapped is a movie – Catherine Z. Jones and Lolo Sean Connery? ganda yon, di nga… Hotel California is like the national anthem of rakistas, haha. the two other songs din… the message, it’s a screwed up life, hakhak.

      sa mas mababaw, the songs render how it’s like to be in almost impossible situations – to be f_d up, ika nga… desperation. and fighting… they’re saying, life boils down to nothing. on the other hand, life’s also everything, gano’n yata… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • batopik says:

        Ay. Hakhak. Idownload ko nga yang Trapped. Pansin ko lang, di mawawala sa theme ng kanta yung mga ganyan.. Siguro based on their life story na din iyon ng mga ka-banda.

      • haha, sige, download mo, kapatid… a, kasi yata pag kanta dapat madamdamin para maka-identify ang listeners. what better way to touch them but to sing about despair? haha. ang opposite kasi ng despair is true and genuine love, so yon. maraming nakaka-relate, hihi. hello, may bagong post na? cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 25pesocupnoodles says:

    astig talaga ang mga classic songs. snp, any genre song ako kaya nag-eenjoy kahit anong kanta. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • hello, Cup… salamat sa pagdaan at pagbabasa-basa… ay, sows, e, di nga ba at ikaw itong nag-post dati ng Freddie Mercury? hohoho… anyway, inalis na nila ang hotel california vid., kaiyak… musta po? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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