A Different Kind of LSS

Caught yourself humming or singing the K-pop hit Oppa Gangnam Style? Well, you probably are “LSS-ed” with the song.

The Last Song Syndrome  or LSS occurs when a portion of a song or even the whole song repeats compulsively, oftentimes unconsciously, within one’s mind. Technically, this is called earworm, a translation of the German word Ohrwurm– a song or a musical piece, commonly with an upbeat melody, that has a strong appeal to people.

Why could you be “LSS-ed”? Catchy lyrics? Playful melody? Or just for the sake of joining the bandwagon? (Sometimes, though you do not like the song, you find yourself singing it because everybody does so).

While that song  is still in the airwaves, while the world is still waiting for the next big hit, some songwriter is probably composing something. The question is, what will he or she talk about? It could be a song about Saturday. Or December.  Or about deeper and more meaningful things like world peace, debt of gratitude for a friend, or for our parents, or for our Creator.

Aren’t you excited to hear wonderful songs with wonderful thoughts? Isn’t it great to cry or laugh because of the relation of the lyrics to your own experiences? For sure, it will be refreshing because those are what the music industry is lacking now. That kind of soothing sensation a new composition brings… when could it be felt again?

Perhaps, a songwriting competition showcasing songs of praises to God would shed a light.

As the end of September was fast-approaching, a big crowd filled the Smart Araneta Coliseum, a multi-purpose dome with an almost-17,000 seating capacity located at Quezon City, Philippines, and witnessed 12 vying songs in the A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival Grand Finals.  For a background: ASOP Music Festival is the perfect, and as far as I know, the only avenue where budding and experienced writers can share with people their musical masterpieces dedicated to giving thanks to God. You may visit their site for more information.

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Upper left: UNTV’s CEO Kuya Daniel Razon tells the crowd how grateful he is for the success of ASOP’s 1st Grand Finals Night; Upper right: Gian Magdangal, one of the Philippines’ best voices, renders “Reasons to Believe” by Rommel Arguelles; Middle: International preacher Bro. Eli Soriano of the group Ang Dating Daan emphasizes the importance of singing and offering songs of praises to our Creator; Bottom: ASOP hosts Richard Reynoso and Toni Rose Gayda add vibrance to the night with their delightful lines

With all the cheers from the crowd and the overwhelming feedbacks from the panel of judges,any person present there could not deny the fact that the songs he or she heard were all good, all appealing, all pleasures to the ear, to the heart and to the soul.

More than having catchy lyrics, theirs are very substantial and moving. They serve as little reminders of our obligation to give back all the praises to God. From the simplest to those reasons we could not burst out in words, we must thank God. Just the fact that you are there, sitting and reading this post, is enough to send your gratitude to him. Offering Him songs of praises is a way.

More than the playful melodies, their sequences of notes are resounding, and very much easy to recall. I even found myself humming them days after that night.  And, can I forget to mention that amazing feeling brought by the “magic” of their melodies? It is as if you are already hearing their sincerest thank You’s even without the lyrics.

You can listen to and download the songs here for free, and let your auditory senses (and heart) speak 🙂 Aren’t these songs, these stories, these sentiments more relevant to sing, and share?

It’s high time. Don’t you think these reasons are more than enough to put these songs of praises to the spotlight, and let the rest be “LSS-ed”? Or better yet, let these songs be part of their everyday playlist!