Kotoba ni dekinai – A really emotional video

Today I’d like to share with you one of my all-time favourite videos:

It is one of my favourites for several reasons.  First of all, I love the band Off Course.  I listen to them a fanatical amount.  And this song, 言葉にできない is one of their most famous.  At any rate, it’s famous enough that I own it twice  (one version by them and another one by Fuyumi Sakamoto.)

But second, just watch what happens when the lead singer, Kazumasa Oda, tries to get the lyrics out.  He can’t do it.  He’s far too emotional.  Which is kind of appropriate, given that the song is a little bit about that.  Anyway, then the audience helps him out.  Which is really touching.  I think this sort of thing is soooo cute.

(This video gives the same sort of feeling I get when I see baby animals.)


Video Post #6 – ぐるぐる (eufonius)

Hello all!  Jessica here.

Today’s video post is particularly special to me, as I have been in love with this song for what feels like absolutely ages now.  It’s called ぐるぐる (guruguru), and it’s by the band eufonius.

I wrote in October about how much I loved this song. Well, I’ve pretty much been trying to learn the lyrics and piano part since then.  I’ve even recorded it several times, but I always made a huge mistake on the piano or forgot some of the many, many words or got otherwise interrupted.  Even in this recording, there’s a pause at 2:26 in which you can hear someone opening a bedroom door.

So, making a version of this song that I felt comfortable uploading to YouTube is a pretty big deal for me.  🙂

Video Post #4: 哀しいくらい (Kanashii kurai)

I took a little break from recording videos.  However, before that hiatus, I uploaded this video:

This is one of my favourite Off Course songs.  The original recording reminds me a little bit of “Eye in the Sky” by Alan Parsons Project.

I couldn’t find an English translation for the lyrics, but my Japanese teacher was kind enough to go over them with me in our most recent lesson.  It is sung from the perspective of a man (I never let that sort of thing stop me) who has been emotionally damaged in the past through failed loves.  He is sad – he wants to get with the girl he is singing to, but he is afraid that he’ll get hurt again.  Meanwhile she (he tells her in the second verse) doesn’t want to take any risks either, as long as she can say everything is okay at the moment.

In the chorus he says that he cannot see a tomorrow coming that works out well, so he hopes the dawn never comes.  And that he is sad because he loves her.  And that she should open her mind/heart to him.  At the end he tells her to lift up her face and close her eyes (I think they probably kiss, but my Japanese teacher didn’t want to speculate on what may or may not have happened afterwards).

So it probably ends okay.  I love Japanese songs – they’re so emotional.

Also here’s a live version from the 80s.

I think I will be making more videos soon. I keep trying to tell myself to be more serious, sing songs in English, try to get an agent, a job, a mortgage, a haircut. Hasn’t worked yet, so I’ll just keep making more videos. 🙂

Music I Cannot Live Without: “Love Logic” – Minuano

It’s snowing for the second time in a week and Somerset is going into panic mode, again.  Invest in a snow plow or even just some grit for the roads, seriously!

Meanwhile, I grew up in Chicago and don’t drive here, so this isn’t really affecting me that much.  Also, I am listening to some music by a Brazilian-influenced Japanese band called Minuano.

According to Wikipedia, “The Minuano is a cold wind that blows in the South of Brazil and in Uruguay.”  However, listening to their album “Love Logic” is more like being in Brazil now, at the height of summer, maybe with a cold drink (Guaraná Antarctica FTW!) in my hand as I watch the waves play on Ipanema Beach.

I was fortunate enough to discover this band at Christmas, when I was gifted $30 in iTunes vouchers and loaded up on Japanese music.  I got really into Lamp as well – they share the same lead singer.  Her voice is marvellous, light and airy but without the “cuteness” of, let’s face it, most Japanese female vocalists.

As good things are for sharing, here are their details:

Minuano Myspace
Minuano Facebook
Minuano “Love Logic” iTunes (US)

Yes, yes, and a bit more yes please

Well, I’m not at work, today, again.  It’s getting a bit old now, if I’m honest.

If I were going to work today, the journey would involve a walk along a canal and through the Somerset countryside.  And of course, I have a playlist for that.

The very first song I listen to most weekday mornings is “Yes-yes-yes” by Off Course (オフコース).

This band was a particularly welcome last.fm find.  Since switching all of my iPod music over to Japanese music in July, I had been listening to an awful lot of upbeat pop music.

Off Course are like the Japanese version of…hmm…Crosby, Stills and Nash?  Seals and Crofts?  But from the 80s?  Something like that.  They fill the void in my life where all the 1970s folk-rock used to be.  Love it.

As of now, there is just one line in the song that I think I have a handle on the meaning of:


Ignoring the heck out of Google-crazy-translate (“It’s nice you now”?  That’s not English!!), my translation (Jess-lation?) is, “Now, you’re lovely/great/awesome, like totally for sure.”  I’ve taken some creative license there.  Anyway, I’m hanging onto that tiny scrap of meaning as I enjoy the rest of the song.

Oh by the way, their greatest hits album is for sale on amazon.co.uk mp3. I get really excited when I can get good music legally for a reasonable price.  Lots of other gems on that album.  Like this one, called “Yes-No.”  (Yes, there’s a song called “Yes-yes-yes” and another one called “Yes-No” and the rest of the titles are pretty much in Japanese, and I think that’s hilarious.)