Monday, July 17, 2017
The First: Road (Karen)
I've never written anything Japanese music before. It's become something fundamentally important to me, something that allows me to feel a sense of euphoria. Well, it's always been there, even though I've barely been listening to it for two years.
It's always been there in the background- from my grandfather's love for enka to nursery rhymes I learnt as a child, and even the CDs in the car. It was only near the end of 2015 when my mother introduced me to a track from the CDs in the car: "Road" (ロード) by THE TRA-BRYU (THE 虎舞竜).
This track is number eight on the CD that my grandfather compiled. At first, I didn't even know the name of the song, and simply referred to it as "track eight". It was only later that I discovered the song's tragic backstory, about how it was written for a female fan that died in a car accident. It wasn't long before I had the song lyrics with me and the second (DEEN's "このまま君だけを奪い去りたい") and fourteenth track (沢田研二's "時の過ぎゆくままに") caught my attention.
Armed with my newfound appreciation of these three songs, I began to listen to recommendations from my grandparents- a mix of enka and kayoukyoku.
The CDs in the car were replayed over and over again, and I discovered Chage and Aska. In the span of two months I had accumulated a few songs that I liked- but they say growth is exponential. Indeed, it was only another month before I fell fully for kayo, VOCALOID, J-pop, and other genres of Japanese music.
Although I have no CDs (other than two Chage and Aska albums that belong to my mother), I have a proud collection of 7GB worth of music (I hope it'll one day equal my grandfather's cabinets of songs and records).
And that's how I fell into Japanese music- tentatively, and then head first.
And for reference :)
SAY YES（CHAGE AND ASKA）
万里の河（CHAGE AND ASKA）
BIG TREE（CHAGE AND ASKA）
この恋おいらのからまわり（CHAGE AND ASKA）
ロマンシング ヤード（CHAGE AND ASKA）
WALK（CHAGE AND ASKA）
流恋情歌（CHAGE AND ASKA）
湘南 My Love（The TUBE）
Disc 4（SUPER BEST II）
Disc 5（RED HILL）