February 23, 2014

Rewarded for Forgetting

What's one thing about yourself that you know you have to change? We're all flawed in some way, so I'm sure you can immediately think of a couple of traits and quirks. I, too, have a bunch of things that I want to change about myself. One of those is being forgetful.

Oddly enough, I didn't lose anything in the situation that I'm about to share. I actually gained something.
Last year, I might've mentioned that I've met Sponge Cola in person while waiting for my flight in Dumaguete's airport. I wasn't able to take a photo with them because I was shaking the moment I saw Yael and the gang. It's a good thing I was still able to get the autograph of their guitarist, Gosh.

Anyway, I've loved them since high school. My dad even bought me their first ever album during one of his out of town trips.

Just look at how tattered it is.
For most of my high school life, the first two albums were well-loved. I'd have them on repeat on my CD player and later on, my iPod. I'll also shamelessly admit that I've memorized the words to all the songs on their albums. That's quite a feat since I've always had a problem with speaking in Tagalog.

I guess I somehow forgot about these albums when college came. I tried to look for them whenever I had the time, but they never turned up.

A few days ago, one of my high school friends asked me to meet up with her. She said she had something to give me. I had no clue what it was or why she was giving it to me, so I was dumbfounded when I found out that she was returning my Sponge Cola albums to me.

It was so funny because I completely forgot that I even lent them to her. She was surprised herself. She told me that she found them in one of her drawers one day and was shocked that she kept them for four years. In order to make it up to me, she decided to gift me with another album.

She really didn't have to, but that doesn't mean that I didn't appreciate the gesture. It was really thoughtful of her. We ended up catching up on each other's lives after laughing about the forgotten albums. We don't see each other much, so it was nice to be able to talk again.

Here's the album  she gave me. It's the album that came before Ultrablessed. (Hint: I'm planning to get that the next time I'm out of town. We don't have decent music stores in Zamboanga, unfortunately.)

I cannot begin to express how much Sponge Cola means to me. Their music has helped me through the tough times. You'll know what I mean since high school was a rollercoaster ride for all of us. I love the way their songs are so relatable. There's a song for almost every situation - heartbreaks, falling in love, complicated relationships, getting 'friendzoned', and even chilling on Monday mornings.

I'm also really happy that the band is still relevant until now, even if their original drummer isn't with them anymore. They've come such a long way, so it's refreshing to know that they didn't end up in the shadows like the other bands that debuted during my high school years.

Well, that's it. I didn't intend to make such a long post. I wanted to discuss each album too, but maybe I can save that for another day.

And if you're wondering, I'm actually listening to the new album as I write this post.

P.S. To Gin, thanks again! (Just in case you stumble upon my blog one of these days.)

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