Violet UK – ROSA (Movie Mix)

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I didn’t see this coming. Very few sites (less than 2) still keep track of Yoshiki’s projects. Anyway, this has been released to iTunes and it is one of the better Yoshiki songs. But look at the lyrics… very very cryptic. Typical Yoshiki-ness. Hahaha.

Feeling the wind blowing from the sea
Caressing my skin with its breath
To trace my memories carved in the sand
I’d be crawling at the bottom of the ocean

Kiss me softly in the daydream
Love’s undressing the sky of suicide-blue
Embrace its beauty lost in the stream
The stream or the clouds still blinding my eyes

Will you wipe my tears if you are the rain
Will you dry my face if you are the wind
That’s swaying roses, spreading the red
Into the sky that’ll veil and close my eyes
I still see your smile

I feel so lonely without your love
I bury myself in the sea of the dark side

When I become the wind, I’ll fly across the sky
And whisper the scream
Into the seam between two worlds

The one we breathe and the one we dream
When the love turns into ashes
Will it survive with all its senses
Or will it die before its life ever lives
Still feeling the earth beneath my feet
Letting the world suck my soul
I feel so dirty to believe in
Believe in myself and a phantom of the new sky

Will you wipe my tears if you are the rain
Will you dry my face if you are the wind
That’s swaying roses, spreading the red
Into the sky that’ll veil and close my eyes
But I still see your smile

Jyongri

My favourite song at the moment:

Lullaby for You (translated lyrics)

Is it me who is strange? Or is it the scenery? I’m worried
But just now I thought that you, who I want to protect, should be next to me

There are things that I want to forget
If I look back, I’ll become weak
But since my memories are treasures of my heart
They’re by my side

Lullaby For You
Because the light of tomorrow is waiting
May tomorrow be wonderful, too
If the strength of being able to take up each other’s hands exists
Then even when I wake from slumber, I won’t be alone

Because that which is sleepless is a child, because it’s loneliness, I was fine
But it’s the first time that I’ve felt that I want to pass the night while dreaming

Lullaby For You
Because the stars will certainly shine
May tomorrow be wonderful, too
Because there’s a hope that I’ll embrace someday
Even in the darkness of fumbling, I won’t be alone

Within my memories, I want to engrave and live
Already, the past is gone eternally

Lullaby For You
Because the light of tomorrow is waiting
May tomorrow be wonderful, too
If the strength of being able to take up each other’s hands exists
Then even when I wake from slumber, I won’t be alone
I won’t be alone

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A very nice sounding track from a 19 year old Japanese girl of Korean ancestry, who is fluent in both English and Japanese (rare… like Utada Hikaru!). Delightful musician who plays the PIANO! All right… that there got me hooked straight away!!!! 🙂 Hahahaha.

ML knows how much I adore the concept of a J-pop singer, who plays the piano AND who is fluent in English! Move over Yui-san!

Enya – Watermark

I forgot how beautiful this song was and how as a secondary school boy I was quite enthralled by its ethereal sounding music. What did the article mention? A wall of music wrapped around the listener. Very aptly described, as I recall at the time.

I’m glad to have the album with me. It really does give me a nice sense of nostalgia. I’m always happy with my childhood and have no regrets (much) on how I was raised up (including the not-so-good times).

The album (Watermark) was my only Enya album that I enjoyed ALL the songs. The second being “The Celts”. As I recall, it evoked all sorts of feelings of creativity in me. It challenged me to re-look at the piano in a different light and to take note of the phrases and the mixture of notes on a piece of classical music. Unfortunately, it did not push me into experimenting with music improvisation (X-Japan did that for me). But I can remember the sheer awe of hearing music that was seriously pleasant to the ears.

I guess I liked Enya for the fact that I found many similar traits in her. Quiet, contemplative, mysterious (as in low profile) and passionate.

Here’s to:

  • Watermark
  • On Your Shore
  • Storms in Africa 1 & 2
  • Miss Clare Remembers (beautiful & yet simple piano piece, my first song that I copied to memory)

More updates coming up 🙂

Japan Music

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What do you get when you add Yoshiki (X-Japan fame, and currently Violet UK), Sugizo (Luna SEA) and Gackt (Malice Mizer) together in a group?

You get a real kick-butt music band, that’s what you get!!!!  Yes, there can be miracles in the music arena even now! hahaha. I have not much idea on Gackt, only seen him in an interview with Yoshiki, but according to his wiki bio, he is a competitive (aggressive, perfectionist) artist that plays music well. Sugizo is not a stranger to me, what with his over the top performances in the band Luna Sea. But he is a multi-talented musician… known more for his guitars and violin (kid you not!). Yoshiki… what else to say… he is excellent on the piano and drums (better as an arranger and composer though IMO).

Not surprisingly, all of them have a background in piano… haha… what with their parents and the asian mentality that piano playing is an elegant thing to learn. Sigh. But, that’s so like my background, except that I’m only good at piano… and that’s it… although I may have done some (minor) arrangements when I was younger. Ah well… the dreams of another life… has to fade.

Anyway, back to THE news: the three of these Japanese top musicians are coming together to form a new band… initiated by Yoshiki (hopefully there’s no more delays… sigh…)… I wonder whether will they go back to their grass roots of hard rock or symphonic heavy metal?

All they (I) need now is for them to get Tetsuya Komura along for the ride (even if its only for ONE album) and I will be an extremely, extremely happy ex-J-shock fan.

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Currently, this girl is occupying my Winamp playlist… and she deserves it too… YUI, is 8 years my junior, but definitely an up and coming artist. Saw her for the first time performing in the Music Station Live event for 2006 (watched it on channel 25 Astro during CNY)… and boy, a small kid sitting on a stool, playing the guitar and singing. Her voice is nice (those Japanese type)… and the melody and arrangement of the musical layers are quite polish… comparable easily to Avril Lavigne.

Besides, she looks real sweet! Hahaha!

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If only the guys would recruit her for their new band… as their vocalist… then that would be the dream team for J-music. Or Utada Hikaru. I’m dreaming too much. Haha.

I wonder how many more undetected musicians are there still in the world? How many are close by… and even if you did found one, what would you do with the person? Would you have the equipments and skills (and also determination) to cut up a nice demo CD? Garageband may seem to be a good starting place… but how many can afford to get an Apple Mac computer? The cheapest is already RM2,200+ without a monitor. Sigh.

Anyway, here’s to hope for the music scene. 🙂