elaby: (Minako - SQUEE!)
Just in time for the appropriate month, I came across a version of Juunigatsu no Love Song (December Love Song) that Gackt sings in Chinese, in a duet with Wang Leehom. *armwaving* Wang Leehom was his co-star in Moonchild, the wonderfully overwrought angsty vampire movie that Gackt wrote with HYDE from L'arc~en~Ciel.

I don't understand any Chinese, but this is BEYOND gorgeous. Wang Leehom's voice is just as good as Gackt's. And for any of you who know the Japanese lyrics, just wait until the end :3

Speaking of things that are in Chinese (pretty broad subject there), why I haven't I watched Hero lately? And why haven't I made all those icons I was going to make?
elaby: (Gackt - Alone)
While looking up lyrics the other day I found out that www.jpopasia.com has convenient lists of music videos under individual artists. I watched a bunch of Fukuyama Masaharu videos (he's much more of a babe than I imagined! And a lot younger-looking!), and then I moved on to Gackt.

Hee. Gackt. If you ever want to watch music videos that combine gorgeous operatic-thrash piano/violins/guitar, an extremely pretty man, and OMG TEH MAJOR DRAMA, Gackt is a good bet. He loves his angst, Gackt does, and he piles it on by the truckload. All of his stuff is pretty high-quality, but I came across a couple of things that I'd never seen before.

The first is a live version of Orenji no Taiyou (Orange Sun), the song from Moon Child, Gackt's vampire movie with Hyde (the lead singer of L'arc~en~Ciel). The cool thing about this version is that the main cast of the movie, except for Hyde (he was on tour, I read), is on stage with Gackt. And Leehom Wang, who played Son in Moon Child, sings Hyde's part :D I actually like his voice better XD They don't do the epic orgasmic harmony near the end, though *headdesk* Gackt does it alone, which is an utter let-down. But it's adorable to see everybody together, and it's awesome to hear Leehom Wang sing. And besides, the song is one of my favorites in the history of anything.

I'm kind of surprised Gackt didn't bust a vocal cord at the end there...

Up next... OMFG SHIMA UTA. Shima Uta (Island Song) is a song written in 1992 by The Boom, inspired by the band's trip to Okinawa. It's very well known in Japan and is widely associated with Okinawa. My first Japanese teacher was Okinawan, and when a bunch of students from Japan came to our university to visit, she taught us Shima Uta and we sang it for them. She also gave us a CD with the song on it and a bunch of other Okinawan music, which I've since lost. I saw the link to this and thought "It couldn't possibly be..." AND IT SO IS. GACKT, SINGING SHIMA UTA. WITH A BUNCH OF TRADITIONAL SINGERS AND MUSICIANS. *ARMWAVING* *NOSTALGIA ATTACK*

elaby: (Vocaloid - Miku flower ears)
As my poor patient [livejournal.com profile] caitirin is now thoroughly aware, I am very much obsessed with Vocaloid. It's just--! Miku, she's so CUTE, and the music is so GOOD, and there's so much OF IT *armwaving*

The deal, as far as I can figure out, is that people use the Vocaloid software to record songs with synthesized vocals and then they post them on Nico Nico Douga (the Japanese equivalent of YouTube) or YouTube, and either they or someone else creates incredible music videos, called PVs, to go with the songs. There are often several different PVs for each song. And for your enjoyment, I've embedded several under the cut!

These songs are largely pop-rockish, and sound a lot like anime opening themes, which is why I love them omg.

This way... )
elaby: (Etzi)
I am utterly hooked on watching Vocaloid music videos on YouTube. Hatsune Miku in particular XD

Vocaloid is a Japanese voice synthesis computer program where you can write music and lyrics and the synthesized voice sings them. There have been several versions, with voice data based on the voices of Japanese singers or actors, and each version has its own character who personifies that version's voice. This is Hatsune Miku, who incidentally Kagami cosplays in the Lucky Star OAV :3

elaby: (Holmes and Watson - I'm for you)
Self, I said today, you haven't posted Holmes squee in far too long. Baffles squee is all well and good, but my heart belongs to the boys from Baker Street. I listened to "Shoscombe Old Place," "The Mazarin Stone," and "The Three Gables" BBC radio plays today (can you tell that I'm getting to the end of the ones I haven't heard yet?). SHOS was the best of the three (shock!), especially because we got Watson teaching Holmes how to fish ("No, no, no no no! Lightly, Holmes, lightly! You're going to scare away all the fish within a mile radius!" *insert Holmes grumbling*), Holmes pretending to be part of the Society for Psychical Research, and Holmes switching accents in mid-sentence.

And because I am unrepentantly soppy, there's this Hem song from the album [livejournal.com profile] caitirin got me for our anniversary that is now firmly lodged in my brain as a Holmes-and-Watson song. Like most of my thingies-I-like, it can be interpreted as romantic or not (though I tend toward the romantic). Lyrics and a link to where you can hear the song under the cut!

He Came to Meet Me )


Oct. 6th, 2009 07:23 pm
elaby: (Twelfth Night - Murder me)
Guess who has the best wife in the universe? I do.

Today's [livejournal.com profile] caitirin and my anniversary (two years! The two-year anniversary is "cotton" XD) and she presented me with a Hem CD in a gorgeous cotton slipcase that she sewed for me. *love* And it's Hem, because cotton things have hems! I love Hem, OMG, and speaking of OMG--

OMG OMG OMG. Best wife in the world, once again, found this piece of information for me. Hem composed and performed the music for a production of Twelfth Night, which will be available soon. You know me and Twelfth Night, right? Especially me and the music from Twelfth Night? EEEEEE.

For her, I wrote in an incoherent and, as I deeply feel, an entirely inadequate fashion a poem. About cotton. It shall not appear here, as it is for my wifey and is rather embarrassingly schmoopy. I'm also going to buy her some yarn of her choice tomorrow (a cotton blend, of course) :)
elaby: (Holmes and Watson - L&S Baskerville)
XD *points to current music* I totally found the theme music from the Russian Sherlock Holmes movies on iTunes. I thought there was no chance it would be there, but I was wrong! *dork*

I drew things, and they're cute, and I'm not done with them yet, but I hope to be soon and then there will be postings! Also, [livejournal.com profile] hak42 and [livejournal.com profile] i_am_sassafras taught me that Macs have their own screencapping ability! It's called Grab, and it's under Utilities in Applications. It's a good thing they're around or I wouldn't know anything.

Song meme

Sep. 28th, 2008 01:33 pm
elaby: (Mirai - Luka Art)
Caught from [livejournal.com profile] dibsy. I haven't done this one in forever!

- Put your music player on random.
- Post the first line from the first 15 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.*
- Let everyone guess what song and artist the lines come from.
- Bold the songs when someone guesses correctly.
- Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!

*I'm skipping instrumentals, radio plays, and anything in Japanese that I think would be too far out for anyone on my f'list to recognize. This is why I'm doing only 15 - the majority of my stuff is in Japanese or instrumental ¬_¬

Lyrics ahoy! )
elaby: (Rei/Minako - Swirly hair)
It's random lyrics time again!

But first, looky! Niji I got my translation of Niji up on Animelyrics.com!

Now, some Sakamoto Maaya, because she roxxors. Usually, when I read translations of or understand some of Japanese songs, I usually go "Okay... okay... I get what they're saying, but that doesn't really make a lot of sense." Gackt, YUKI, and Shinohara Tomoe come to mind. Gackt's stuff is mostly angsty relationship stuff, YUKI's is varied, but a lot of the time it makes little sense to me, as does Shinohara's. But Maaya's stuff makes sense, and is awesome, and unique. Her music has the kind of lyrics I'd be impressed with if I heard them on the American radio (as opposed to most Japanese stuff, which I tend to just think is always pretty since I don't really understand it most of the time).

So! Have some!

I'll post the English translation if the song's in Japanese, and just the English if the song's in English.

This is the song of a kingfisher girl
Who sits by the side of the River of Life
And flies in her mind over seven sad seas
Fiery her wings as so brightly she sings

Kingfisher Girl )


one day, sitting in a tree
I couldn't help but notice you there in the park
you weren't like all the others
you could fit me in your pocket
and just seemed so large

Park in Amsterdam (the whole story) )


san-gatsu jyuu-roku nichi gozen go-ji san-jyuppun

March 16 5:30 A.M.

watashi wa kyou, kono machi wo dete ikimasu.
kariteta mama no hon wa tsukue no ue.
ORENJI no NITTO wa imouto ni.
SAKANA no ESA wa ichi-nichi ni-kai desu.

Today, I will be leaving this town.
The book I borrowed is on the desk.
The orange knit is for my little sister.
The fish need to be fed twice a day.

Okitegami - Farewell Letter )


Yomikake no hon wo toji, kajirikake no pan wo nokoshi
akehanatsu mado ni wa hane ga hitotsu ochite ita
daremo kodomo no yume
kieta yukue wo shiranai

Closing the book I was reading and putting down the bread I was nibbling, I open the window and notice
that a single feather has fallen on the windowboard.
Nobody knows where the dreams of children disappeared

Chibikko Folk - Little Folk )

Ooh, and as a bonus, The Garden of Everything (sung with Steve Conte, of "Call Me Call Me" and "Rain" from Cowboy Bebop fame):

Here you are
Daylight's star
Made out of miracles

Of your own
You alone
O so incredible

Each atom
Sings to me
"Set me free
From chains of the physical."

O free me, O free me

The Garden of Everything )
elaby: (Michiru - Lipstick lesbian)
Nostaaaalgia! And for extra fun, if there are songs I associated with characters (dorkily or not) I'll note it.

Stolen from several cool people on my f'list :) *wants to see [livejournal.com profile] coastal_spirit do it*

- Go to musicoutfitters.com
- Enter the year you graduated from high school in the search function and get the list of 100 most popular songs of that year.
- Bold the songs you like, strike through the ones you hate and underline your favorites. Do nothing to the ones you don't remember/care about.

1. Lady Marmalade Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya & Pink
2. Fallin', Alicia Keys
3. I'm Real, Jennifer Lopez
4. Family Affair, Mary J. Blige
5. Butterfly, Crazy Town - Lady Une. DON'T ASK.

Moar! )

Wow, that was an exercise in how out of touch I was! *laughs*

Edit: Holy crap, people actually DO come into Caitirin's library and say "I need a book." *Caitirin looks at them expectantly. "...It's green."
elaby: (Half Acre - Crack the sky)
My first successful translation in, like, forever! I tried an Under17 song a few weeks ago and got so discouraged in the first stanza that I gave up. But I got through this song without a single snag (not to be confused with uncertainties, of which I have plenty) and some things even fell into magical place like they used to when I was actually studying Japanese at school.

So :)

Niji, "Rainbow", by Masaharu Fukuyama.

kiite hoshii uta ga aru yo
itsuka iitakatta kotoba ga aru yo

I have a song I want you to listen to
There are words I once said

To the other side of the sky )

Notes )

Does anybody on my f'list speak Japanese? If you do, please let me know if there's anything I translated weirdly or wrong! I really want to know :)

YAY, I feel all accomplished.
elaby: (Yuna - I can hear you)
I got to go for a walk today at lunch! It's been the first time all winter that it's been warm enough AND the sidewalks have been clear enough. It was beautiful out - blue sky, thick crescent moon aiming for the sun, enough of a chilly breeze to need a scarf but not gloves.

I found that Advent: One-Winged Angel (the Sephiroth Choir version from Advent Children) is a perfect marching song :3 It did sort of make me want to leap around as if I were swinging a sword, though. I settled for walking along the broken curb of an overgrown parking lot with my arms out instead.

And! And and! There were buds on the trees! I was like "All RIGHT, little dudes! Look at you! Keep up the good work!" *joy*

I have never looked forward to spring like I have this winter. It's been godawful long.

I also discovered that I think a Japanese artist called Takui did one of the songs from the Kenshin movie (he's the one from the end who sounds like he needs therapy and a throat lozenge). I have a song on my iPod called "Hitori ni naru koto ga kowakatta" (I was scared of being alone) by him and I recognized his voice. I like the song because it's repetitive and has sentences that follow the same pattern and I can understand a lot of it. It's the kind of song you can rock out to.

I need to finish my Axial Tilt story! Gundam Wing 1x2 XD I haven't written GW in so long.


Feb. 24th, 2008 02:52 pm
elaby: (Gackt - alone)
I did my taxes! [livejournal.com profile] caitirin gave me a cookie!

It's a McVittie's digestive biscuit with caramel and chocolate. Mmm.

It's random Japanese lyric time because it's in my head! I can't find a bunch of Gackt on my computer *eyes it* But I have all of them on CDs, I just have to put the CDs on my computer. However, I'm kind of suspicious because all but one of the songs that skip on my iPod are ones I burned off CDs, not ones I downloaded on iTunes or something. Hm.

Anyway! Lyrics! Because I know you're excited. Now new and improved with hiragana and kanji but only when I know the kanji! And a translation! )

This seems to happen to me with Gackt a lot - this was one of those songs where I thought it was probably a nice happy song because of the feel of the music, and then I listened to the words and went "Or not. This is another one of his 'my girlfriend's dead' songs."
elaby: (Saiga - WTF?)
I'm looking for a 10.5" x 16" plastic or glass clip frame for a poster at work, and I searched "10.5"x16" clip frame" on Amazon.com. What came up when I hit enter?

Player's Handbook: Core Rulebook I (Dungeons & Dragons, Edition 3.5)

Well, yes, I'd love one of those, but that's not a clip frame, is it, Amazon?

Doing a "Ctrl+F" on the page didn't yield "clip", "frame", "10.5", or "16". Just numbers with 10 and 16 in them. How weird is THAT.

Anyway, onto more interesting things: I just read about an awesome way that two women who are getting married beat the system at its own game.

The artist of Venus Envy just proposed to her girlfriend of two years, and they're going to be getting legally married. They live in Washington, where the Supreme Court just denied gay people the right to get married. How are they doing this?

Well, the Venus Envy artist was born male, and the state has a law that forbids transsexuals from changing their birth certificate to align to their "new" gender. Because of this, the artist is still legally male, and so can marry a woman. On the one hand, all of the discriminatory laws that say that gay people aren't denied the right to marry because they're free to marry a member of the opposite sex, and that prevent transsexuals from legally being the gender they actually are, are awful and depressing - but that two people who love each other could beat the system is awesome :)

You can read the story in her own words at the bottom of the page I linked up there, under "Rant du Jour".

In other news, I bought a couple CDs from BMG and they came in the mail while we were away. I got the the new Matchbox 20 and Goo Goo Dolls CDs, Natalie Merchant, Daniel Powter for [livejournal.com profile] caitirin, and the Dresden Dolls, which has to be my favorite so far. Would that I could play piano like that O.o The CD has a "Parental Warning: Explicit Content" label on the front, and I wonder if BMG is obligated to put those on, or if the group put it on in order to seem more badass or something. Not that they NEED to seem more badass. I can see why the label would be there, I guess; their language isn't too bad, one or two instances of "fuck" usage, but I guess their subject matter could definitely be described as disturbing. I wouldn't call it explicit, though.

It's funny to think of them in connection with Evanescence, which I was listening to on the plane. The Dresden Dolls are kind of like what Evanescence wishes it was. While Evenescence is all "I'm tortured and tormented and in so much pain! Oh, the regret, it bleeds from me in crimson waves! Has no one told you she's not breathing?" The Dresden Dolls say, "You think you're disturbed? Check this shit out, mofo."

Which isn't to say I don't thoroughly enjoy Evanescence. It's just that the badass factor can't even be compared.

I drew some stuff in my sketchbook while I was on the plane, so I'm going to try to scan that sometime. I've got a whole pile of drawings to be scanned... mostly old ones, but I want to put them up anyway.

This is the post of random direction switching!
elaby: (Saturninus - bitch)
One of my recent music obsessions is YUKI, who used to sing for Judy and Mary before the band broke up. She's on her own now, and her music is so damn cute I could just die. It's bouncy and happy and it's the kind of thing that makes you want to dance on stone walls and jump in puddles. I just came upon a wealth of romanji lyrics online, and I had searched before and found only one of the songs I have - this page has all of them. I squee loudly with joy now for being able to read along. The English lyrics, which aren't translated but are left in Japanese-English, are so hysterical. Particularly in Maiagare.


That being

"Come on! Hit the floor
Let it flow, it's party time
Throw your hands up and let out a scream!
We'll teach you how to play in a way
We'll really learn
The meaning of 'to have some fun'"

... as far as I can tell.

So cute.

Today I had adventures in finding Hitchcock Hall (to deliver posters for the Writing Center), and then adventures in attempting to get in - I didn't know that the Res Life door is down another road on one side of the building, not on any of the other... um... like sixteen sides (very weirdly shaped bunch of buildings here) so I went to the computer cluster to get their phone number so they could let me in. Then I had to figure out how to use the call boxes on the front of the dorm. THEN they told me where the real door was. After all that, it turned out we were supposed to sort our flyers before we brought them in, but I did it there - we were still short, but we got a bunch out to the dorms to post so hopefully we'll have more students come.

Since this is apparently the post of random subject-switching, I saw Pride and Prejudice last night with [livejournal.com profile] caitirin and [livejournal.com profile] _melisande_. It was absolutely delightful. There is the way to do Jane Austen in movies and the way not to do Jane Austen in movies, and this version (the newer one with Keira Knightley et al, though I haven't seen the Colin Firth one) totally does it the right way. Emma Thompson's version of Sense and Sensibility was the same way. It was funny, pretty, had beautiful music and great actors, and was just fantastically entertaining. There were some kind of weird artsy transitions, and some shots that could have dragged, but you could overlook those because the music was just so pretty. I'd listen for a while, go "Geez, is he STILL walking across that field? Oh well! Pretty music!" and go back to listening contentedly. My absolute favorite thing about it was that Donald Sutherland played Mr. Bennet and that Judi Dench played, er, the Token Bitchy Imperious Old Lady. I pondered for a bit on how weird it was that I went "SQUEEEE!" when I saw Donald Sutherland, yet had no reaction to any of the younger actors ^^;; Leave it to me to fangirl the old people. This also changed my opinion of Keira Knightley, because I didn't particularly like her in PotC or King Arthur, but she was quite good in this. She has the longest neck and the flattest chest I have ever seen on a woman; this makes me feel better for more reasons than that I mistook her for a boy in the King Arthur previews. She has such skinny arms. She'd be really fun to draw or sculpt, but I don't find her attractive other than artistically. Anyway, it was really a wonderful movie.

Good lord, it's late! Hah! I feel like my young college self ^_^
elaby: (Spock - holy shit)
I had to get one too! Hee.

This egg hatches on October 1, 2005! Adopt one today!

I skifed this CD from my Dad called Americana Vol. II. It's got the awesomest songs on it. *giggles* Like the Ballad of Davy Crocket, Big Iron on His Hip, May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose, and many more exciting ancient marginally country-western songs. Most of them deal with cowboy gunfights or Mexican stuff. They're all stories.

This is the best one. I LOFF IT OMG. Not many country-western songs are about reincarnation.

The Highwayman - Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson )

I found the lyrics and the artists were listed like this: "Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson/Johnny Cash/Kris Kristofferson". Er. NO. *snicker*

I'm also particularly fond of Johnny Cash's Long Black Veil.

Rie Fu

Jul. 29th, 2005 03:34 pm
elaby: (Utena - loved)
Ahh, mystery solved.

[livejournal.com profile] caitirin and I had been listening to Rie Fu's song from Bleach, Life is Like a Boat, over and over, because it's OMG so pretty. And Caitirin mentioned to me that her English was so good and her Japanese was so... well, articulated, that it didn't sound like a native Japanese speaker when compared to other Japanese singers. So we theorized that it was an English speaker who was just very good at Japanese and could pronounce everything really really well. Then I actually noticed that I had the singer's name on the song file, and as it was Rie Fu, that theory was slightly jostled. Anyway, I was looking her up and I found a Wikipedia article about her.

She is Japanese and was born in Tokyo, but she lived in Maryland from the age of 7 until she was 10, and apparently now she goes to college at the University of Arts, London, and commutes between England and Japan for her career purposes. And she's only 20. She's also a fairly new talent, because her first single was released in March of '04.

Going to see Caitirin now ^_^
elaby: (Saitou - ^_^)
I am laaaaazy and never did this, though I was tagged by at least one person. [livejournal.com profile] glr1114 reminded me ^_^

List your 6 favorite songs and tag 6 others to do the same.

Six Favorite Songs of the Moment:

Gackt - Hoshi no Suna (Star Sand). Just piano and vocals. Angst. Wheeeee.
Gackt and HYDE - Orenji no Taiyou (Orange Sunset). From Moonchild. I loved it even before I knew the characters in which (er...) Gackt and HYDE sing the song. More angst. Violins and electric guitars together. Gorgeous Harmony Of Doom (tm). Yes.
Smashing Pumpkins - Behold! The Night Mare. I have the CD in my car right now, so I've been listening to it a lot. This is really pretty, and it makes me think of Anthy. Um, from Utena's point of view. Lyrics )
Evanescence - Taking Over Me. Also Utena/Anthy in my head, but with some inexplicable Hamlet imagery before any of the words start. It's just got a neat beat, and piano.
It's Gonna Rain - Bonnie Pink. The, uh... fourth Kenshin ending song, I think. I could just play this song over and over and over. Someday, I'm going to blast it from a boom box outside in the rain.
Tenshi ni Narumon - Natsumi to Huyu Yuki*. This is just instrumental and some wordless vocals, but I LOVE it. It's really relaxing, and very sad because of what's going on in Tenshi ni Narumon at the time. But it's so pretty. And belongs to Mei and Cai.

*I'm Gonna Be an Angel - Natsumi and Winter Snow. Natsumi is a character in the anime, and her name is natsu (summer) + umi (sea) stuck together. Her brother's name is Fuyuki, which is fuyu (winter) + yuki (snow) stuck together.
elaby: (Default)
I am a silly, geeky girl

Some Linkin Park is in hexameter. *giggles* Why I find that so amusing... I have no idea.

AND... I figured out what that kanji is in the part of the Hellsing manga I
have that I could never figure out. For those I haven't babbled about
this to, there's this one part where I thought Alucard was having a
flashback or something, because when he wakes up (on a train,
apparently) he has blood tears running down his face. And then he
says... "*kanji*" ... "Kono watashi ga?! (Literally, "this me," but
most likely translatable as "me?!" ... "*kanji* da to...?!
Bakabakashii." Which would mean "*kanji*... that's ridiculous. They
have no helpful hiragana next to the kanji in this manga.

Get this. It was on my damn shirt the whole time! I can't believe I didn't
recognize it until tonight O.o Yume. Dream. Alucard was dreaming.

*dances around with the angsty manga*


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