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20 March 2011 @ 08:26 pm
It's been raining really hard in LA since last night. Being from the east coast, heavy rains this time of year (or any time) is really nothing unusual for me, but it never ceases to amaze me. The winds are unforgivingly strong tonight, and the combination of that and the rain has made driving cumbersome--especially since these roads don't seem particularly equipped for this sort of thing, unlike back in Massachusetts.

Rain has always been a peculiar thing for me. I find it beautiful and soothing, yet at the same time gloomy and draining. Days like today, I simply have no energy...one of those days where I want to just curl up in a hot bath while listening to V6's "Dasenai Tegami" (my rainy day song--which, by the way, I have every intention of doing once I've finished this entry :P) .. its nice, but to be honest, I really wish I had more energy these days. My inspirational well has been running dry, then suddenly it'll fill up, only to suddenly become completely empty again. I've decided I'm going to take up voice lessons again starting...well, as soon as I can. I really think it will help get me back in to the groove of things...I'd really love to be able to start writing some original material again too, but it just hasn't been happening >< not to mention my lack of...I'm not sure what the word I'm looking for here is, so I'll just say that I suck at lyrics and don't know anyone willing to help/collaborate as far as that goes, which also can be pretty discouraging at times.

I guess on gloomy days like today I'm often reminded of my dissatisfaction with the direction I have...or rather, haven't been leading myself. It seems like every time I get close to the right track there's always something feeling off. I told myself completing school would be a good endeavor and help put me in a reasonable direction towards an entertainment career, and I definitely have got much more out of it so far (and with graduation a mere 9 months away, that's plenty to look forward to!) Why then, do I still feel like I haven't actually made any real progress towards what I really, truly want? Sigh. I know foreigners have made it just fine in the Japanese entertainment world before, but I feel like that's just so unrealistically far away for me right now...oh well. These feelings come and go. Now, it's bath time >_>
Current Mood: gloomygloomy
Current Music: V6 - 出せない手紙
20 March 2011 @ 02:18 pm

I stumbled upon this place recently while in Burbank. I bet you think you're really clever, Shibutani, trying to throw me off with that "car dealership" of yours, but I'm on to you guys! Clearly, this is the Eighto rangers' base of operations right here!
Current Location: Burbank, California
Current Mood: accomplished
Artist: TOKIO

Listen to it here!

The story behind today's entry is much more interesting than yesterday's, I swear! You see, when I was on the plane to Japan back when I went in 2006, there were radio stations that mostly just played random stuff most people wouldn't usually listen to--that's typical of airplanes. When a few of the...probably 14 or so stations were nothing but static, I really wasn't surprised. I'd done enough traveling in my life to know that this was nothing out of the ordinary, and disregarded this in favor of my iPod and laptop. Of course, neither of those things would last the entire duration of what would be the longest flight of my life to date (I think I purposely didn't use up all the iPod for emergency purposes) so eventually I had to settle for the in-flight radio.

I recall dosing off at one point, and whatever song was playing had been very distracting. instead of just turning off the volume or taking off my headphones >_> I turned to one of the non-functioning channels that was neither music nor static...it was just no sound at all. When we finally landed, I woke up, but the channel was no longer silent. In fact, at that moment we landed, the previously silent channel began playing music (perhaps it was sooner, but that was when I noticed it!) ... specifically, it was this song. I instantly recognized the vocalist...this was TOKIO! This was the first song I heard in Japan...and I had never heard of it before! I thought it was a single, so I looked it up later and couldn't find very much on it. When I found out it was on the Act II album (one of many factors which lead me to purchase it), I fell in love with it even more. This song has held a special place in my heart as it always reminds me of the very first time I landed in Japan, and thus is the song more than any other that I associate with Japan itself.

I wasn't sure to use this one as a reminder of a PLACE or an event, since it could be both, but I felt like it reminds me of a place more than any other song I know of does. Apologies for having to link to last.fm ... this was another one that wasn't very easy to find already uploaded, and unlike with Cm, I don't have the energy right now to make a shortened version to put up >_> maybe later.
18 March 2011 @ 09:52 pm
I just got back from hanging out in Little Tokyo (an area of downtown LA) today, and I'm in a very pleasant mood! It turns out that there were many events going on in support of the disaster in Japan, including musical entertainment, art auctions, and people drawing messages of encouragement--of course, fund raising was a major focus as well. I have to say, it was pretty awe-inspiring to see how many people came out, Japanese and non-Japanese alike, in support of these recent tragic events. Having heard some of the downright ignorant comments some people have made in regards to said events, I was beginning to feel a little discouraged--its nice to know that there are still so many positive and supportive people willing to help out others in a time of need like this. I have donated a little bit of money myself, but I wish that there was more I could do. Regardless, just seeing all those people together like that made me really happy, and I'm very glad I got to witness it!

(also tangentially related, but I can't not mention this--while there, I heard "Love You Only" playing in a donburi restaurant. It required every single ounce of self control in my body to not start air-drumming along like a dork >_>)
Current Mood: satisfiedsatisfied
Artist: Tetsuya Kanmuri (The 冠)
Song: Kizudarake no Heavy Metal

There really is a story behind this one. Its not very exciting though. I used to park at this one garage in downtown LA that was close to my hair salon. The attendant there looked a lot like Tetsuya Kanmuri, and this music video depicting him in a 9-5 job makes that all the more humorous >_> (though, the guy was hispanic and not Japanese, so there goes that joke)

Bit of trivia: Kanmuri is the singing voice for Krauser of Detroit Metal City fame. Betcha didn't know that!
Current Mood: amusedamused
Artist: B*Witched
Song: Blame it on the Weatherman

because nothing screams sad like finding out your husband is the source of all evil and having to banish him back to hell

...okay, despite the blatant Charmed reference there, I actually did have melancholic feelings about this song long before that show decided to use it. I'd never seen the music video until now, so don't look at me...then again, who am I to judge?
Artist: KinKi Kids
Song: Jet Coaster Romance

Being as this is actually a Facebook challenge, that means yes, I had to post this link to my Facebook full of people who now probably think I'm creepy (I'm not sure if I've mentioned before, but the vast majority of my friends do not share my affinity for Japanese pop >_> boo..)

That being said, I really don't care, because this song...how do I describe it. It's cheerful and it makes you feel good. The quintessential pop song, in a sense. It's kind of hard not to like a song like that. Truthfully this is one I'd more than likely have playing in the background to set the mood than one I'd sit down and listen to, but its a keeper none the less!

It was a close toss-up, I mean, being a JE fan means that there's a LOT of happiness-inducing songs to chose from, this was simply the first one that came to mind. I heard it playing in a donburi restaurant a few weeks ago and giggled like a child. I should probably work on that.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
15 March 2011 @ 01:56 am

With all the news about Japan being nothing short of depressing, I thought it would be nice to throw on some inspirational music--and what better, or perhaps more appropriate, than a J-Friends song? This is a vocal-only cover this time, and once again I'm more than positive the volume balance is...bad (EVERYTHING sounds good when you mix in headphones!!!), and well...I mean, really, its probably not my best performance x_x but I really had fun singing this one!
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Artist: Limp Bizkit
Song: Nookie

Here's a fun little challenge for you. Try listening to this song and see if you can make any sense of it. No, really, I dare you. Let me guess, you hurt yourself trying, right? Even at eleven years old I thought the lyrics to this song were...well, goofy as hell. The sad part is that from a musical standpoint, it really isn't the worst thing I've ever heard.

I will say to their credit that Limp Bizkit did do a totally righteous cover of The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes", which I guess almost makes up for this. Almost.
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Artist: TOKIO
Song: Cm

Listen to it here!

I had to use an MP3 streamer to put this one up since I couldn't find it on YouTube...this was extremely hard to decide on but I guess my favorite song by my favorite artist qualifies...sorry that its only a minute and a half long, I figured anything more and it would... get blown to smithereens by the copyright nazis.

Anyways, like I said, I mainly picked this song because its my favorite song by my favorite artist, but I still don't know if I can honestly say I have a favorite song over-all. This was the first track of the very first TOKIO album I ever owned, which is not only my favorite album of theirs but one with a lot of sentimental value to me as well.
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic