An Ode To Miss Swift’s Song Craft

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Talking about music, it has been a part of my morning rituals listening to some favorites. I listen to any genres as long as its easy listening (mostly pop of course, heavy metal I don’t even understand period). According to my true self, I’m more into Ed Sheeran’s music. I just love how he creates songs that could touch any souls (Divide is my fav album of him, so far). I’m not going to write about Sheeran on this post but praising Miss Swift.

If you read the reason behind my online account Ayiswift here, Swift isn’t for Taylor Swift. Perhaps this time around, I won’t bother if it does just to show how much I adore her writing talent. I don’t read celebrity news anymore (I did, ages ago) but from Twitter I do read some flash news about popular human beings sometimes. Miss Swift, from the snake drama till giant snakes everywhere on her Reputation tour, shows us how to build a castle from the bricks they threw at you.

Although my favorite album of hers till date is 1989, but I have chosen thirteen songs which are inside “Taylor Masterpieces” on my iPhone (why thirteen? isn’t her lucky number is 13? That’s what I know from Instagram. This list is inspired by an article by Rob Sheffield on Rolling Stone) 

13 Let’s Praise I Swear I don’t Love the Drama, It Loves Me. When Reputation came out and there is a song featuring Ed Sheeran, I knew I’d play it hundred times. Even though I prefer the simplicity on Everything Has Changed than End Game, but I’ll keep this collaboration among 13 favorite songs from Miss Swift. The clip is big yes, but Ed Sheeran also wrote and sang on the song is more YES and BTS is more and more YESS

12 I’m a Nightmare Dressed Like a Daydream. Count that lyric as a triumph of a song writing. Nothing beats Miss Swift for her creativity on this song even though Thinking Out Loud took the trophy as SOTY at Grammy, the same night when she became the first woman won AOTY twice

11 Someday When You Leave Me, I Bet These Memories Follow You Around. Perhaps it’s true what she said. Some memories of someone won’t last forever but they would follow you even in your Wildest Dream. I’ll make it clear, if the song is perfect and the clip represents more about the whole meaning, it’s A plus. This is a song I always listen on my window seat pretending I saw those wild scenes as beautiful as what was in the clip, on sunset, what else? I won’t mind even if it’s just pretend

10 We Never Go Out of Style. Without mentioning how artistic the clip is, Style is kind of song I’d play in an open car on California endless road. Well, it’s kind a dream to ride Maybach in California passing the coast on summer with a style. If Rob Sheffield has his own favorite lyric on each of Swift’s songs, so do I

9 No, There is Nothing Good Starts in a Getaway Car. Most of her fans have been asking for video clip on this particular song and I think I’d like too. She built a cheating love story in a very smart and classy way along with Jack Antonoff. As I admire how both of them came out with the damn-I-love bridge on a creative writing session, I also admire how dark Getaway Car sounds from the intro

8 Remember When We Couldn’t Take The Heat?. Out of The Woods is the best song from 1989 of course. It’s weird but genius. I also love the idea behind the clip. Trust Joseph Khan for that

7 Everyday is Like A Battle, but Every Night with Us is Like A Dream. This one is on my Morning Booster list, too. One of the best from 1989. The clip shows how magical being live in her stadium tour. You’d agree with me after looking at the endless ocean of crowds with those light sticks glittering. It must be an experience for everyone who has attended the tour

6 I Love The Riddles that You Speak. Ours is a kind of romantic song that is so simple but cleverly done. The strength is on the lyrics, only an acoustic guitar is enough to let it resonance beautifully on the air. Ours teaches you that people throw rocks on the thing that shines which makes love looks hard

5 They Took The Crown but It’s Alright. I’ve read what the co-writer behind Call It What You Want, Jack Antonoff, wrote when the song was just released. Use your earpieces on midnight walk when listening to this song. I tried once when I was walking back to my hostel in Hong Kong at 2am. He was damn right, the song turned to be more magical

4 I Don’t Wanna Miss You Like This. If you never know this song, it’s also written by Dan Wilson, the same magic hand behind Someone Like You. I also found this song is vulnerable but in a very artsy way. It catches my attention first time the rhythm and the lines “taxi cabs and busy streets, that never bring you back to me”, and “but you’re in London, and I break down, cause it is not fair that you are not around”. Although it’s never been released as a single from Red, it’s one of the best from the album imho

3 Isn’t It? Isn’t It? Isn’t It?. Delicate’s one of my favs from Reputation. Also, the idea behind even there was a rumor it’s kinda similar with Kenzo ads the clip is gorgeously executed. She’s well known for Easter eggs in every clips but the message behind Delicate is just stunning even without those eggs you need to find. My favorite part is “sometimes I wonder when you sleep, are you ever dreaming of me” oh wait, this one too “sometimes when I look into your eyes, I pretend you’re mine all the damn time” I have one more: a whole song

2 But On a Wednesday, in a Cafe I Watched it Begin Again. Okay, I admit it’s quite hard selecting her songs by how beautiful the lyrics are but my number two would always be Begin Again. I mean, let me make it clearer. Paris, cafe, Leica, subtle morning sun, and coffee in the video, how could I won’t love the whole scenes?

1 Cause I Remember it All, All, All. Only one word could describe All Too Well: Masterpiece. Everything about it is so damn perfect. The song craft is something else, the details on the lyrics are brilliant. I didn’t know before that refrigerator light in the dark could be so romantic until I heard the line of “we’re dancing around the kitchen in a refrigerator light.” Only a genius could create that out-of-the-box lyric kind of. Every lines shows the fragility of brokenhearted of losing someone in a very, I don’t have a word to describe it anymore

13 in number isn’t enough apart of other underrated songs among the well known ones. But if you ask me what else, Wonderland!!!!, I would say All You Had To Do Was Stay, Best Day, Dancing With Our Hands Tied, This Love, You Are in Love, and etc etc.

After watching some of her world tour videos and interviews on YouTube, I came to realize that Miss Swift is such a hard working artist, out of the box, always craves for something best, and she’s (this is just an honest opinion, you can’t trust what media said right?) such a super kind. I adore how she controls her creative license on music, her ideas on how people said bad things about her and turned to be something could slap them back with Grammys. Isn’t that cool?

 

P.S. Swift’s photograph is taken from Pinterest. Edited by me.

A Gentle Reminder

Yesterday evening I was faraway from my own room for an upcoming project that will be held next week. I had a quite slow yet tight day to sort some of technical needs from noon till evening and ended with a small cheap hotel room to spend one night at. A hotel room with funny looking purple floral bed and I don’t know what shades of purple and orange on the wall. It was kinda “Let’s manage” room (fellas, kindly note that money speaks in any way) but the worst part of my stay: how hard the bed was (no no, not only that but I didn’t have coffee in the morning, so count this as the worst).

When I woke up the next day I was like “hell what, this feels like 50 years old back”. I landed yesterday evening back to this city and couldn’t be happier to sleep in my own room. I mean, no matter how far you’ve traveled, no matter how often, home is the best place to be back to, right?

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I’m still trying to tidy up my room here although still have some adjustments in progress. Thru the process of it, I realized that filling or decorating a room would give some random ideas how to place this and that, how to install this and that, how this should be, why I didn’t get that furniture instead and bla bla bla. That gives me a gentle reminder that the process for my own house would be more complicated. I know I’ve been mentioning this thing many times but truly, I can’t wait to start hopefully by February next year. Although I know doing that would take time and of course, budget (as I wish I had endless budget with me!) I’ll try to do it slowly but later will give me as close as the picture of what I call a ‘home’ I’ve imagined through my taste and personality.

Oh yes, I have Ed Sheeran’s picture on the wall. I didn’t photograph my bed since I never buy duvet and fabric for curtain :)

Inspiré

So yesterday, when I was in the meeting with Hennesy for their upcoming concert (I must prepare myself for all stresses from now!) the pretty lady aka the brand manager was explaining the design concept I came out to her GM by speaking in French. You guys must be bored every time I mention how I dream to be able to speak French right?

I won’t dream and dream without action. Even though I won’t start very soon, listening on how sexy when they were speaking woke me up again that inspirations, or anything inspired you to upgrade your skill, is needed. So, we won’t be “there” and lulled. I’ll keep French for now yet I want to share two creative persons I’ve been eyeing for last two weeks.

//all images are taken from their Instagram pages, © martin and © jiajiafei – layout and edit by me//

 

I love every single thing Martin posted on his Instagram especially his portraits. Anything simple could be so eye-catchy from his eyes. I really adore his skill. Tho I have no clue reading French on his blog yet I could linger upon his pictures for a whole day. Oh, thanks to MacBook that has automatic translator!


If Martin captures on simpler and softer look, JiaJia Fei is the opposite. She’s vibrant and I kinda love it too. Very unique, strong character and distinct. I really love her page here.

Looking at these two makes me think there are so many amazing insanely creative human beings outside there. What makes you and me different? This last sentence just made me say to myself, “You better sit down and think what and what of the “things” cause you really need to upgrade yourself, Zis”

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I was so buzzing picking a wrapping paper, writing a short note on the “I-designed-and-printed” card, and arranging all items together for one of my very best friends Andreas Knogler. I finally made time to send the package today! (two times I postponed sending it cause I used the money for berries lol). Even though he’s currently studying his Master degree in Girona, Spain, I thought sending it to where his home is would be better. I just hope Andreas won’t be grinning when he read what I wrote on the card. Well, he’s used to my cheesiness, anyway.

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Oh, is there any job like: you have a creative license to pick awesome gifts, package them thoughtfully, and send them across the globe as a surprise? If any, I’d be so glad to do that!

In The Mood Of Flatlays

 

 

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It was started on Saturday night when I wanted to just drew something with watercolor because it’s been long since I attended basic design class years back. Been trying few times and found that it wasn’t as easy as I thought. Even just for a simple object like a leaf (sounds like I need serious practice). So it ended with abstract lines using red color. Why red? Cause it felt like I missed somebody outside there then (everyone was wondered who is E that I always mention on my Instagram page?).

From an abstract drawing to few flatlays-play, I thought I shouldn’t share these only on my IG page but here too.


 

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As I wish my day-off today could be more and more longer. Unfortunately it’s 10:03PM already.

September’s Inspirations

 


Pablo Picasso used to say this, “every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up”


I’m not gonna preach about how to be an artist to you guys :) though I do agree with the statement above. Everyone has their own ‘creative’ side in different ways and it grows if you let it grow.

Your creativity will step forward by keeping your imagination grows, too. And it is a good thing when you can expand your creativity by looking for

 

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And on this post I’ll share some inspirational people that inspired me a lot recently. Most of them about photography.


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“Oh, the Goddess of the most exquisite blog in the universe if I may say. Everything about Park&Cube is on point. Yes, EVERYTHING”


Shini Park, the founder of Park&Cube is definition of amazing. Super supersuper talented and her job is such a dreaaaaaaam job!

The content, the photos, the art direction, the fonts!, the lay-outs, and how she writes her posts is KILLER. Distinct and very tasteful. It’s hard to say if I’m not a big fan of her work. I mean, you guys know so well that I’m the biggest fan of Alice Gao, but Shini is one of a kind. Honestly, I knew Shini’s blog when Alice posted about her trip to UK and finally met Shini in person. Since then I fell in love with Park&Cube. I guarantee you will spend hours reading her blog (what are you waiting for?).

And you know what I love the most from gorgeous bloggers outside there, they’ll inspire you how they grow. I used to read Alice’s stories when she moved to NYC to pursue her passion in photography, capturing many coffee-shops and her food with an iPhone and her Canon, until she’s on her stage today. And I found ‘that’ too when I read Shini’s old posts. Looking at her old photographs and her recent ones makes me think ‘you imagine what you desire’.

 


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“If you want to cry by looking pictures above, don’t worry, YOU ARE NOT ALONE”


I almost cried when I saw Teppo posted –“oh I don’t have words to describe it!!”- amazing sceneries from Greenland where he spent a whole summer this year. Two reasons, number one, how breathtaking the Greenland is (and it’s on the same earth you and me are living guys!). Two, Teppo is extremely talented, NO DOUBT. The last reason is the most thing I adore from him. He has sharp eyes for beauties indeed.

Oh OK, I probably have to tell you this ; I might call it “hate?” no, that’s not it, “jealous”? I don’t think either. So, what is the word then? mesmerize? I don’t know. When you know somebody and feel that ‘oh my God, he’s still soooo much younger than me and that’s not fair!” (I assume you know what I mean). A little bit ‘jelly’ with Teppo cause he’s still young and full of talent in photography I must confess, but good news is we became a friend from Instagram (still remember how I screamed when he sent me a photograph of ices floating on the sea in Greenland through WhatsApp!). 

I’m still looking forward to let Teppo shares his experiences and indulgences in photography on KitKat :)) oh come on, don’t tell me you are not following my buddy in his Instagram?

 


 

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“Noah Mills’s Instagram shows his talent in photography”


I’m not following Paris, Milan or New York Fashion Week, though I love to see how wild and crazy creativity in fashion world are. If you’re among of those ‘fashionista’ who always get a front-row invitation or you’re a real fashion blogger, you must know who Noah Mills is.

Since I found his Instagram through ‘explore’ page, I found that he always post beautiful pictures from his daily life. He’s not like those models or public figures, oh let me make this clear, I do hate ‘so-so’ public figures who post pictures with their endorse products on Instagram. If they are nicely captured that’s not a problem, but if it’s tacky post, oh come on I know I shouldn’t say this since that is their right on an era like this but I have a right too to speak my mind, nah? :)

Noah is different. I felt like he maintains his page on a simply yet tasteful way. Even when I saw a cup of his morning coffee in a black and white stripes cup placed on a wooden table, it was so artistic. If you are in doubt with my opinion, look at his page here. Let me know if we are on the same page!

 


“I didn’t pick inspirations only from Shini, Teppo and Noah. I still have three people who for me, their stories and passions are inspiring too”


Katerine, a Russian who fell in love with Japan and it’s culture shares her love for that amazing country on her Instagram. Read her interview too on this page.

Are you a dessert person I’m crazy with dessert? Love sweets and stylish decorated cakes? You must know Caroline Khoo, open this page and tell me she’s blown you away with her craft like she did to me!

And the last one is Audrey, a traveller and professional travel blogger on thatbackpacker. She shares a lot of travel stories that I trust, it will tease you to pack your things and explore this world more often. You may like to read her ‘post-uni blue’, it’s so interesting!

 

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March’s Inspirations

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I’m trying to clear my mind from I repeat this words I know ‘ups and downs’ feeling and looking for some inspirations to enrich my creative soul. I shouldn’t be so lazy updating this blog when I had a lot of free time last month that I spent more in front of my iPhone instagram of course. Instead, I should wake up and believe that everything will happen, if it has to be happened. I’m not gonna talk too much on this post guys, just wanted to share to you some of the inspirations that inspired me. From music, design and photography. Here we go!


 

Music 

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First time I found her song on YouTube, I mean, whattt? she’s so catchy and original! She is Yuna.

Sounds cheesy I know, but who doesn’t like 25? Most of her song I like, but what she did at Brit Award was awesome. Plus, no words could describe how the stage design mesmerised me. Watch here and you’ll understand what I mean.

I adore with someone who can write something beautifully. Whosoever, whatsoever. From poem, novel, till song. And Ryan Tedder? A songwriter who made me dream to wake up in a hotel near Piccadilly.

I always see how serious a singer through their video clips apart their beautiful songs. And what Tulus did in his latest single is beyond beautiful. The scene, Prague of course. Shit!


Design

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For you guys who think that I’m a graphic designer, I’m not! :). Though I had my bachelor degree from Industrial Product Design, yes I love to know different spectrums of design. Stationary from Venamour is ‘must see’ if you are interested with graphic and paper. Their products are awesome!

Fucking cool stuffs from Fendi makes me want everything about those cute monsters! From bag, jacket, wrist watch till wallet! F*ck!

Opening this site reminds me that I used to work as a jewelry conceptor few years ago. But what Giampiero does is beyond beautiful, his sketches is oh my God and so does this site! Loook how beautiful the front page is! I die!


Photography

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The last inspirations come from pictures, pictures and pictures!

I fall in love how the brilliant Hideaki Hamada captures something. If you love photography I swear you’ll love this.

Come on, it’s been a while for food photography! Gosh, beautiful food photography and clean blog? you’ll be pampered with these ones, this | this | and this.


 

“Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value. It is a process; it’s not random”

-Ken Robitson-

 

I’ll try to keep this blog moving but let me say hello to March, thanks for bringing me closer to July :)

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