Tuesday, April 27, 2010

~*Sakura*~ Part III continued

April is almost ending and cherry blossoms are starting to fall.
The last song I would like to introduce is a song called "Sakura" by Ketsumeishi, a perfect song for this season!

"Sakura" by Ketsumeishi is quick temp, not a ballad, and contains rap. The rap is very striking and straightforward, leaving an impact on the listener. The song is entirely based on the "encounter" and "parting" of two lovers, written in the man's perspective. The man is under the cherry blossom, reminiscing about the days he spent with his lover from the time they met to the time they go their separate ways. However, even now, she still remains in his heart, but there is nothing that he can do but think about her. He is still living in the past, not being able to move on.

Many listeners find that the lyrics hit close to home and whenever they listen to the song, it reminds them about their past love. This song is not necessarily telling people to move on, but rather sending a message that we don't have to force ourselves to forget the past, instead appreciate it as a component of who we are. Those memories can still live inside you because it can become a source of strength and comfort someday. Although those memories are painful to think about now, there will be a time when the pain subsides and becomes a pleasant memory to laugh and smile about.

Monday, April 12, 2010

~*Sakura*~ Part III

For today’s article, I would like to introduce some of the famous sakura songs (J-pop) in Japan!

“Sakura (Solo)” by Naotaro Moriyama is a song about parting and friendship. However, the song is not written in the perspective of someone who is parting, but it is written in the friend’s viewpoint where they are saying their good-byes to him and seeing him set off to his new journey. The tone of the song is sorrowful, but there is something in the words that is very powerful, fully embracing the emotions of good-byes. Even though they are taking their own different paths in life, their friendship is everlasting, promising to each other that they will meet again under the cherry blossom. Sakura in this song not only symbolizes farewell and journey, but also means hope and re-encounter. The message is that they will always be there connected and never alone.

“Sakura (Solo) has been sung at many school graduations for students to not forget the memories and people they spent their time with and to not be afraid of braving their new journey.

It's a wonderful song so I highly recommend you check the song out! :)

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