The Peacefulness of Love

Thursday, May 25, 2017



Some nights ago I and my partner had a conversation. Well, we actually have conversations every day, but what makes that one particular conversation is different? For me personally, that was some kind of major conversation that we have occasionally only on some particular nights. We had a “deep talk” about “deep things”: fears, insecurities, doubts, worries, hopes, dreams, and all. And this is what I love the most about our relationship; since he is the only one (the brightest man I have ever met and been having a relationship with) who can comprehend me. Hence it feels so great talking to him. On the other hand, this is what he values the most from our relationship; the deep conversation we occasionally share, in the middle of the night until the dawn, just the two of us. Those are the true kind of conversations you skip sleep for. Having that kind of conversation, ever since we got together, always brings peace in my mind; it feels heartwarming and heartfelt at the same time. He said it feels suffocating relieved. I said it feels surprisingly touched. In the end, it feels peaceful. So I guess, eventually, this is what it feels like to be in love.

Your rays of eyes radiate the peace we long for all this time. Your gentle voice sprinkles the mild, greatly meaningful for me. Your delicate attitude presents the warmth I always want to reveal. Your sweet smile quivers this soul, may long live as you are.” –GIGI, Damainya Cinta (The Peace of Love)

This one song I would like to discuss this time is one of a kind song. This is my personal favorite from GIGI, one of Indonesian legendary bands. This song is titled “Damainya Cinta (The Peace of Love)”. It was first released in 1996 as one of two promotional songs for the band’s third album “3/4”. The album itself was re-issued in 2004 as a limited edition for the official fans of the band. “Damainya Cinta (The Peace of Love)” is a rock ballad written by the band’s songwriter and guitarist, Dewa Budjana, and the front-man, Armand Maulana, while the composition and arrangement were done by GIGI as a band. This is a meaningful song for me. Once I listened to it as a live performance by the band themselves when they became a part of a very big concert festival in my hometown. Recently, I feel the true and real meaning of the song since I have met my significant other. Every time we have deep conversation, I recall this song, since this is what I feel at that time.


"3/4" album cover | source: Atlantic Record

Living for 27 years as Mashita Fandia, I know it all too well that who am I to talk about what love is? However, I guess I have lived long enough to understand a little bit about it. Well, at least, it takes 27 years for me to be able to understand how real and true love feels. It is what they called ‘when the time is right’ as well as ‘with the right person’. I might have looked at bright eyes before, but his are the brightest I’ve ever seen. Looking into his eyes makes me realize that I have found the heartwarming feeling I always long for. I might have heard gentle voices before, but his is the most heartfelt I’ve ever listened to. Listening to his voice makes me realize that I have found the meaningful person I always dream of. There is nothing can compare to those eyes and that voice. “Your rays of eyes radiate the peace we long for all this time. Your gentle voice sprinkles the mild, greatly meaningful for me. Your delicate attitude presents the warmth I always want to reveal. Your sweet smile quivers this soul, may long live as you are.”
I might have met many men with delicate attitude and manner before, but his is the most delicate I’ve ever experienced. Being with him makes me realize that I have found the compelling way I always want to be treated, as well as the captivating way I always want to treat the person I love. I might have seen sweet smiles before, but his is the most pleasant I’ve ever seen. Feeling his smile makes me realize that I have found something so precious that I always want to keep forever in mind; something to hold most dear for the rest of my life. “The peacefulness of love for you that won’t ever be vanished at all. The tenderness of love for me, I’ll hold it forever.” Being with him makes me realize that I have found what it really feels like to have love that brings peace into my heart. It makes me believe that this feeling will not ever fade away. Feeling him makes me realize that I have found what it truly feels to have love that is tender and sweet. It makes me believe that this is the feeling I will hold forever for the rest of my life.
Being with him makes me experience things I have never been before. Feeling him makes me understand things I have never known before. This love makes me realize that I am able to feel this kind of love. This love makes me realize that I am able to open my heart and reach the love I have never felt before. And yes, I have never felt this way before. “The glorious of love is waiting there; reach it with an open heart.” This love is not the kind of young love that is wide and grand. This love is the kind of mature love that is simple and deep; like an eternal warm coal. This is the kind of love that is like a humming bird in the morning. This is the kind of love that is like a gentle summer breeze. This is the kind of love that is like slow hazy smoke. This is the kind of love that is like the soft skin of a baby. It is heartwarming and heartfelt at the same time. This is the kind of love that is like a dream comes true; that one kind you would not trade for anything in this whole world. This is the kind of love that brings peace; that one kind you would keep for a lifetime.


GIGI band | source: www.surabayapagi.com

Of course, to be able to understand something, we have to understand the opposite of that something. I have lived long enough to understand the existence of many kinds of love; hence I understand that this is the one of a kind love that I always long for. I have lived long enough to meet many kinds of feeling, hence I know that this is the one of a kind feeling that I always want and need. Therefore, I can say that this love brings peace in my heart, since I have felt the love that does not bring peace. I can say that his bright eyes are soothing, since I have seen bright eyes that are not soothing. I can say that his gentle voice is meaningful, since I have heard gentle voice that is not meaningful. I can say that his delicate attitude is heartwarming, since I have met delicate attitude that is not heartwarming. I can say that his sweet smile is enchanting, since I have seen sweet smile that is not enchanting. To be able to feel a love like that, we have to open our heart and reach it. This kind of love will not come just like that; we have to search for it, find it, keep it, cherish it, and nourish it. Nevertheless, we will not feel the peacefulness of love.

The glorious of love is waiting there; reach it with an open heart.” –GIGI, Damainya Cinta (The Peace of Love)




Sinar matamu pancarkan kedamaian yang selama ini kita impikan
(Your rays of eyes radiate the peace we long for all this time)
Lirih suaramu taburkan kesejukan, besar artinya untuk diriku
(Your gentle voice sprinkles the mild, greatly meaningful for me)
Lembut sikapmu hadirkan kehangatan yang s’lalu ingin ku ungkapkan
(Your delicate attitude presents the warmth I always want to reveal)
Manis senyummu getarkan jiwa ini, abadilah adanya dirimu
(Your sweet smile quivers this soul, may long live as you are)

Damainya cinta untukmu yang takkan mungkin hilang semua
(The peacefulness of love for you that won’t ever be vanished at all)
Lembutnya cinta untukku, ‘kan kupeluk selamanya
(The tenderness of love for me, I’ll hold it forever)

Agungnya cinta menunggu di sana, raih dengan hati yang terbuka
(The glorious of love is waiting there, reach it with an open heart)

Damainya cinta untukmu yang takkan mungkin hilang semua
(The peacefulness of love for you that won’t ever be vanished at all)
Lembutnya cinta untukku, ‘kan kupeluk selamanya                   
(The tenderness of love for me, I’ll hold it forever)

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