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.)
I posted this video a while ago now and never quite got around to putting it up here.
It’s the ending song from Kiki’s Delivery Service, if you watch it in Japanese. The lyrics are beautiful, and you can find the English translation here. Sorry the video quality isn’t spectacular – the internet is so bad in my house that I couldn’t be bothered making the video super high quality and then waiting 2 hours for it to upload. (I got stuff to do, yo!)
Oh, and I didn’t mention in the previous videos, but the pink and yellow jazz hanging off of the microphone stand is actually a gift from a Japanese friend. His grandmother makes them and he brought one for me. Nice, huh?
Well, that was about a month ago now, but I haven’t forgotten. I’ve been quite busy with Christmas and Christmas shopping and Christmas travel, and then generally with life-falling-apart things…wow, that’s a bit overly dramatic. Let’s just say I’ve been busy.
But I did a lot of recording this week. (Hurray me.) This is the first video, a cover of マルメロ (Marumero) by Eufonius. I absolutely love them, and I recommend that you go buy all of their albums (two are available on amazon.co.uk for download).
And then I thought wouldn’t it be fun to record myself talking a bunch of nonsense about the song? Well, here it is. (I sound all American.)
Well, 2012 is finally over. No more Olympics, no more Diamond Jubilee. I guess we have to find other things to take up our time for the next year. Suits me fine – I was getting a bit bored of all the Union Jack bunting around this place.
Pikachu and Cyndaquil are my buddies.
I don’t really do New Years resolutions. I feel like that would be setting myself up for failure. However, given my current circumstances, I really do need to be getting on with things. Remember how I handed in my notice at work? The idea was that I’d have a couple of months to sort myself out another job. Well, it turns out that the breakdown I was trying to avoid happened anyway. Surprise! I’m now signed off on sick leave until the end of the month, at which point my notice period runs out anyway.
So, clearly I need to consider sorting myself out. We can’t be having this again. This is my current list of things I’m doing:
Keeping up with Japanese sentence reviews in Anki and adding new ones if I feel up to it
Generally being nicer to myself and cutting back on the self-loathing, to which I have become addicted (this is mightily difficult, but Cyndaquil and Pikachu are helping)
Improving my singing voice through self study (this book. It looks cheesy, but it’s what they used at my music university and so far it seems to be working)
As for what I’m going to do next, you know, do next, as in, I’m-an-adult-and-I-do-things-and-the-world-changes-as-a-result, I haven’t got a clue. However, I think that perhaps that’s not so important right now so I’ll just continue to go with ‘the flow’ like the hippy I’ve secretly always wanted to be. I think I’ll go light some incense and listen to sitar music.
Anyway, Happy New Year! If 2013 is nothing else, at least it will be interesting….