Romantic

November 30, 2008 § 2 Comments

Romantic

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I remember when I first heard of Rie Fu. It was when she did the Bleach 1st ending “Life is Like a Boat.” For those who listen to Rie Fu religiously, you may understand what I mean when I say that I was very surprised when I first heard her 11th single Romantic. Compared to Rie Fu’s usual instrumental ballad like sound, for this single she switched to a more techno beat style. Although I was surprised, the single still turned out well. I really enjoy the song Romantic, the back and forth feeling created by the repeating strings synthesizer, and especially @ 3:09 when an odd pitch bell like sound rang blurring the sound a bit. To me, it felt like a single tear drop rolling across someone’s face, creating his or her vision to be distorted.

Kanji lyrics
会いたいあなたを考える それでも言葉にできず
辛く切ないけどそばにいたい still want you by my side
戸惑う心 揺らぐ感情 友情だけじゃ余計に切ない
いつも一緒にいたあの頃 楽しかったから
でもいつもそばにはいられないね 一番じゃないなら
それでも大切に思ってるyou stay in my heart

いつの日にか伝えよう あなたをずっと好きなこと
笑顔になったそのときを 心の中やきつけて

街ですれ違うだけのつながり 色が重なり 景色広がる
特別な出会い探してる 運命なんて言葉飛び交う
寂しさを当たり前と思ってた 友達に打ち明けた
いこいのときには必ず やさしい人がそばにいた

いつの日にか伝えよう 傷つくこと恐れずに
あなたと出会えたことが どんな傷も癒すから

I just wanna be with you tonight,
I just wanna be the one to shine
I just wanna be with you tonight in your arms,
oh can you hold me tight?
Every time I close my eyes I see,
you reflecting through my memory
I just wanna be with you tonight in your arms,
oh can you hold me tight?
いつの日にか…あなたをずっと…
(あなたといるこのときを 儚くそっと包むよう
笑顔になったそのときを 心の中やきつけて
あなたといるこのときを 儚くそっと包むよう
笑顔になったそのときを 心の中やきつけて)

笑顔になったそのときを 心の中やきつけて

会いたいあなたを考える それでも言葉にできず
辛く切ないけどそばにいたい still want you by my side


English Translation

I want to see you, always thinking about you, but those words are too good to be true.
Even though it’s painful and heart-breaking, I still want you by my side
My confused heart trembles with emotion, it’s much too painful to just be friends.
We’re always together all the time, because we have so much fun
but I can’t be by your side, because I’m not your #1
and yet i feel I’m important to you. You stay in my heart

One of these days I’ll be able to tell you I’ve loved you all along.
That time I made you smile is burned into my heart.

Our relationship is to just pass each other in the street and colors overlapping as the the scene stretches out
Searching for our special meeting; Why has fate decreed that we must fly past each other?
I thought that before this loneliness hit me I would open my heart to my friend.
It’s certainly time to rest, yet I still want this kind person by my side.

One of these days I’ll be able to tell you I’m afraid of getting hurt.
If I’m able to meet you by chance, what kinds of wounds could you heal?

I just wanna be with you tonight
I just wanna be the one to shine
I just wanna be with you tonight in your arms
Oh can you hold me tight?
Every time I close my eyes I see
You reflecting through my memory
I just wanna be with you tonight in your arms
Oh can you hold me tight?

One of these days…always you…
That time I made you smile is burned into my heart.

I want to see you, always thinking about you, but the words are too good to be true.
Even though it’s painful and heart-breaking, I still want you by my side.

Hurry Xmas

November 25, 2008 § Leave a comment

Hurry Xmas

One month to go till Santa fedex my present~
Hyde-sama ❤

Re-inspired

November 23, 2008 § 1 Comment

Warning: A really long winded and sappy summary of a drama

This past weekend, I had the chance to participate in a local music festival. Unfortunately, with the poor outcome of my performances, I felt a little lost. I know some of you will laugh at me for letting a minor set back make me reflective; in other words: emo. But music is something really important to me. As you may have notice, the majority of my post have been summaries of songs that I just happened to listen to (yeah, I watch too much anime.) The fact that I did not do a good job performing the music makes me sad for it means I do not have the courage to listen to the music. Therefore, I practice less, and make it less of a priority when it is up there along with taking over the world (jokes.) So I thought I needed some re-inspiration, and decided to rewatch Nodame Cantabile Live Action.

After the first episode, just like that, I had the urge to make music again. Yes it is a Japanese drama; Yes it is a romance comedy, but it truly is an amazing drama to watch. Although the actors are “acting” and not really playing, but the characters really are inspiring. I especially liked the scene in episode 5 when the Stressaman(sp?) urges Chiaki to forget what he told him to do and play the music, which mirrors Chiaki’s action to Nodame in episode 1, Mine in episode 2 and the S-oke later on. Through the course of the first five episode, Chiaki learned that it is important to play the music, not just what is written on the page. I wanted to try it too. Although, it would be much easier for me if I had Chiaki’s sight reading skills, or Nodame’s ears. I know a lot of people really enjoyed and were inspired by this drama, and some people even gained a deeper appreciation to classical music. I mean, whats not to love about Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 for piano? In the end, I was re-inspired.

Now to practice till my finger bleeds…again! Hahaha!
Note: Nodame Cantabile Live Action was adapted from the popular manga that goes by the same title. There is also an anime with its second season currently airing (not as good as the live action though.)

Congrats for making it to the end of the post! Now for a treat~
Rasphody in Blue ~Nodame Cantabile Pianica Version~

Forever

November 23, 2008 § Leave a comment

Forever

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This song is from NEWS new album “color.” The overall album is really good, but I really like this song as it’s more lyrical and slow paced than some of their other songs. I think of this song as more of a light song to listen to when life is really boring. Although, the lyrics were probably written for the fangirls. I am not complaining though, but some people might find that really cheesy because they are not nearly as cool as them (bias here.)

Activism

November 20, 2008 § 3 Comments

Today in one of our IDC discussions, someone said a really interesting point that I somewhat agree with.

“We live in an age where information is at our fingertips, and because of that luxury we become lazy.”

Another classmate added, that western society are too overwhelmed with the amount of information thrown at them, and their reaction is to back away and not do anything.

I believe this idea is very valid. We know too much that we can not possibly agree on a perfect solution.

A kid innocently questioned “why not just turn off all the street lights?” If an entire country actually turned off its street lights, the amount of energy saved is too large for me to estimate. But then there are people who are opposed to this really smart idea because of something like safety. Kids do not go outside at night and play on the streets, so how would they know that turning off the lights would actually harm people who do live a nightlife?
Someone, a researcher, an expert in the field would preach the world on how to live, and solutions to problems but nobody listens because it is too idealistic. There are many great ideas out there, we will clap, cheer, and nod our heads in agreement to the ideas. However, at the end of the day, we all shake our heads once we get into the nooks and crannys of things. Take Kyoto for example. Great idea, failed miserably because America did not sign it.

As a student, there is always that “what will you do in the future?” factor to everything we do. Well, if I list some of the world problems I would not be able to count them with my two hands alone. So then where do I start? Yes I want change. Yes people want change, as shown through Obama’s successful presidential campaign. Society wants to solve for x, but x can have more than one value.

An analogy:
Like most grade 12 high school students, applying to universities is an annoying process. Endless amounts of research must be done on each university, and for most who do not know what they want to do and where to go, it is stressful. But it must be done in order for you to get into university.
Now imagine your parents disagree with your choice of university.
Imagine all your friends want to go to a specific university, but you do not have a particular interest towards that university.
Imagine your grades suddenly drop for no reason.
Imagine yourself encountering financial issues, and the university you want to go to is too expensive to afford for your family.
Imagine yourself hoping the last envelope says “We accept you.”
Imagine all of these things happening at the same time.

People would want to give up if there was too much drama and stress.

Is this not the same with issues around the world?
Some want to help our local economy but at the same time, people in Africa are starving to death because they do not have the resources to support a local economy.
Some want to install solar panels in their house but they can not afford it.
Some find it fashionable to wear eco-friendly clothes, while you do not particularly care whether or not the shirt you have on is fashionable and green as long as it is cheap.

We can not deal with everything. With this mentality, nobody will do anything because they can not be bothered to fix the situation. When someone stands up and tells us what we should do, we point and label said person an idealist, instead of trying to do what the person says.

Seriously, some of the problems in the world could be solved in a month if we all just stopped thinking, and started acting.

Fallout 3

November 15, 2008 § 1 Comment

Fallout 3 E3 Trailer

ROFL! LMAO!!! HAHAHAA!!!

This trailer pwns. I mean happy background music and killing?! I hate shooters with a passion…but this trailer wins.

Nevermind that!

November 14, 2008 § 4 Comments

music

So they chose an image from google, as opposed to a student made poster. Not only does that frustrate me, but it goes to show how corrupted our school is when it comes to perfection.

This really angers me because one, kame kami-sama didn’t recieve ANY details from the teacher organizing the event. So complaining that it didn’t fit your “initial idea” doesn’t mean you can quickly rip something off google image in replacement of my poster. I had the freedom to do whatever I want with the poster, so it’s not fair to say that my poster won’t work because it doesn’t have the “band and strings” element. That isn’t the point of Music Night! The point of music night is to listen to MUSIC! The music comes first about everything else and so that’s what I tried to do with my poster, emphasize music as a whole. But even then it gets rejected. Secondly, my poster is an amateur poster. I’m no art student, I’m just creative. The feeling I’m getting is “Sorry, your poster isn’t professional enough so we’re using this image from google.” Well then Ms. Janes, this is what I have to say to you and the ensembles, ‘Sorry, your ensembles aren’t professional enough so I’ll stick to my CD recordings and youtube videos.” There is no professional musician in a high school orchestra/band. The majority of them aren’t even the slightest bit musical (they can’t embed emotions in to the music) let alone understand the basic principles of Rudiments (i.e major or minor sounds, and intervals.) The members of the ensembles are admirable, taking what little knowledge they have about music and trying to make music. But because they are amateurs we don’t see that, and so we just assume “Oh they are really good because they got Golds at music fest,” or for the more critical musicians “They all suck because they don’t know how to read the score.” To relate back to my point earlier, the school is corrupted when it comes to being perfect.

I do not mean to sound like I’m begging for self pity, but I’m merely explaining my situation without having to repeat myself. Besides, the first retelling is usually the most truthful.

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