Music: a Shortcut to Past Moments

3 min readNov 9, 2020


I should tell you from the beginning. I don’t know sh*t about music. The chords, the melody, to sing a song, to play the instrument — you name it. I have no capability in doing such things.

But don’t get me wrong, I like music a lot. But excuse my knowledge on the music stuff — I will not write a story about music from an expert view. Since I am not an expert on that.

To me, music means everything. It can be a way to play moments, to pause the memories, to stop the pain, and to rewind happiness. Just like coffee, a day with a piece of music is a must. With no exaggeration, life is empty without music.

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Leave a moment through a song

Besides capturing some pictures, I like to play one song or two while visiting new places. It is my way to leave the memory of a special moment. Special moments, special songs. Those songs will rewind your memories in future times.

They will recover your longing for some old times — at least. That’s the power of music.

I listen to music almost on every occasion. When I am sad or happy; while I am on traveling; when I have tough times; even when I find it difficult to sleep at night. The times when I lived away from home, especially, music is like a partner to fill my days.

Here are some songs that I have tagged to some moments in my life.

  1. It’s the Dutch time — ooh God, bring me back there again!
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This awesome song from Fkj & Masego reminds me of my first experience living abroad in Rotterdam back in 2016. My ex-roommate recommended I listen to Fkj songs — this one along “Skyline” are my favorites.

Another song that I played often during my stay in the Netherlands was a great song from Avicii— Wake Me Up. I don’t know for a reason I can’t tell you in particular, I love this song.

“So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself
And I didn’t know I was lost
I tried carrying the weight of the world
But I only have two hands
I hope I get the chance to travel the world
And I don’t have any plans”

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2. First Business Trip Abroad — and it’s in Madrid.

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“High Hopes” from Panic! At the Disco is the soundtrack of the Madrid conference (2019) when I had my first business trip abroad with a company I worked earlier. This song keeps rolling around on my head — even till now. Playing this song means bringing me back to Spain!

3. First song when I attempted to learn guitar for the first time “Sally Sendiri”

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The Indonesian musical in the 90s was the best ever! Peterpan was one of my favorites. Back in 2008, a music teacher assigned me to play the guitar. After asking for advice from my roommates, I picked one Indonesian song titled Sally Sendiri from a popular music band at that time, Peterpan. It ended disappointingly: I got the lowest scores in the class and still couldn't play the guitar properly till now.

4. Who don't listen to a song while broken heart?

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Ardhito Pramono is one of the talented Indonesian singers (and actors). His song “Bitterlove” rewind sad moments in my life after my last broken heart.

5. D’Cinnamons — A High School Memory with Roommates

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As a man who lives far away from a home, having some new friends in a new place is a must. Senior high school is the first period I lived away from home. I stayed by renting some rooms (like a ‘small studio’) from a house with friends. But I was so lucky because what I got was not only some friends, but they are like a family. During our spare time, we like to stay on the house rooftop and sing along this song — with a friend playing the guitar. One favorite song was from the old Indonesian music band ‘D’Cinnamons-Loving You.

Day 8th of the “30 days of writing challenge” already! It is my hope to keep the flame burning!




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