Well, I've been doing a pretty crap job at blog updating for both this and the other one, so I'm gonna try a theme for a bit here and see if that helps at all. Talking about songs can often resurface buried memories, and certainly more than a few come to mind right off the back for some of the themes listed. Anyway, it's a Facebook thing-- finding a song to match the theme for thirty days.
Here is the list of themes:
day 01 - your favorite song
day 02 - your least favorite song
day 03 - a song that makes you happy
day 04 - a song that makes you sad
day 05 - a song that reminds you of someone
day 06 - a song that reminds you of somewhere
day 07 - a song that reminds you of a certain event
day 08 - a song that you know all the words to
day 09 - a song that you can dance to
day 10 - a song that makes you fall asleep
day 11 - a song from your favorite band
day 12 - a song from a band you hate
day 13 - a song that is a guilty pleasure
day 14 - a song that no one would expect you to love
day 15 - a song that describes you
day 16 - a song that you used to love but now hate
day 17 - a song that you hear often on the radio
day 18 - a song that you wish you heard on the radio
day 19 - a song from your favorite album
day 20 - a song that you listen to when you’re angry
day 21 - a song that you listen to when you’re happy
day 22 - a song that you listen to when you’re sad
day 23 - a song that you want to play at your wedding
day 24 - a song that you want to play at your funeral
day 25 - a song that makes you laugh
day 26 - a song that you can play on an instrument
day 27 - a song that you wish you could play
day 28 - a song that makes you feel guilty
day 29 - a song from your childhood
day 30 - your favorite song at this time last year
Without further ado, song one: my favorite song. That would be 粉雪 by レミオロメン -- Konayuki (Powder Snow)by Remioromen.
Anyway, that is my favorite song. I actually haven't listened to it in a while, which is weird. Sometimes it just makes me really sad, I guess. The lyrics are quite beautiful, though difficult to translate while maintaining the lovely rhythm. It's from a Japanese drama, which must be super cheerful, as it is called "One Liter of Tears." I've never seen the drama it's from, and I actually have no idea when/where I cam across this song, though it was one of my favorites even before coming to Japan.
One of the best parts about living in Tokyo was how pervasive this song was. Seriously. I heard if everywhere. Folks had it as their cell phone ring tones. I'd hear it on commercials. I even overheard people listening to it on their iPods while on the train. When I told my friend K my favorite song, she knew what it was :) It was nice to have that sense of connection, even if I did feel a little less cool in my obscurity.
I'll have to check out the lyrics again. I just know it comes across as very romantic in Japanese. The idea of there being something so far beyond science and even the possible. In a crowd of thousands, he sees her instantly. I'm guessing "power snow" refers to her skin, although the model in the video obviously does not have snow white skin. She is pretty darn tanned. So I like to think it is the mood that fills the world when it has been enveloped in powdered snow and the way sound is consumed and everything slows down.
Who knows though? Even the vagueness makes the song beautiful.