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20 July 2004 @ 07:23 pm
For lack of ability to sleep (my bed being too far away), my lack of entertaining activities (seeing as everyone's free and out while I'm stuck in my house, not because I have work to do, but because it's still a 'school night') and... well... everything else.

So... when Steph is alone, and faced with reading other people's LJ posts (Pieces not working for me again... *cries*) she begins to think. Way too much. But... the topic's come up before I know, I was having a discussion (or argument, whatever you want to call it) with a sort-of friend of mine just the other day. And... laizuki made a post earlier that made me think some more on the topic.

She talked about Hikaru Utada and her new single. I did listen to it. And... well, yes I would agree it's completely different from all the music she's done in the past. But... I would not go right out and say it was crap. Perhaps I'm biased (or perhaps entirely not, I can't tell) but either way, I will not go out of my way to bash pop music because I don't hate it. And I think that's what Hikaru Utada tried to do with her new song, try something different, something fun and upbeat. Perhaps she failed miserably in the attempt and disappointed her fans... but hey, I'll wait till I find out how the debut went before I start pointing fingers at how bad her music is.

After all, just because a person is able to write good meaningful lyrics in one language doesn't mean she's able to do it in another. It's near impossible to be so fluent in one language and suddenly switch to another. Changing like that is usually nothing but fanservice--bowing to the wishes of your fans, usually not about an expansion of creativity, although I'm not saying this is the case.

Really, despite my optimism of Utada's english release, I'm not surprised it didn't carry the same feel as her Japanese. For example, her two versions of Simple and Clean (it was the opening theme for Kingdom Hearts) both English and Japanese sounded extremely different. The English version sounds almost nonsensical. The same goes for most songs you hear sung by Japanese artists in English.

In any case, I don't think it's a crime to like someone's music from a period in the past, and dislike their current style of music. That's just personal opinion, I'm fine with that. But what I rather not do is whinge about how they (Cammy and I were discussing L'arc at this time actually) should go back to the way they were. They've evolved damn it, and so has their music and I daresay it's not for the worse. I have to admit, I love how L'arc sounded in the old days. It was... so different. But I bought SMILE and I listen to it just about every day and even though I've heard fans say it's their weakest album yet and entirely not how it was... I don't care. L'arc's bound to change, and I'm quite willing to allow myself to open up and enjoy something different about them.

I'm not an elitest. I don't think Japanese artists should keep their asses put in Japan and not be allowed to find that they have fans in other countries. I think fans should enjoy their music but also respect their decisions. Cammy, they won't just keep living in the past and making the same music just because you say so, nor are they "just for you" and the rest of those "damned Americans" have as much a right to hear and enjoy their music as you do.

And, with all that said and done, I go out and dance in the rain. It's calling to me. Who am I to resist?

And again, happy birthday laizuki! ^_^ Hope you have a wonderful day! oO Is it raining over there for you too though?
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: Rain on my roof
rinoa.aetheristic on July 21st, 2004 03:29 am (UTC)
Hmm. Even though I've not heard Utada Hikaru's new single, I must say that I agree with you on the 'hikari'/'Simple and Clean' debate. God, 'Simple and Clean' annoys me. ^^ :) And yes, artists have every right to change their styles and we have every right to prefer one style over another. It's their and our rights as humans. :)

fallen:rain-chan... her last name is Utada. :)
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rinoa.aetheristic on July 21st, 2004 11:22 pm (UTC)
I think they even say Ayumi Hamasaki in Japan. ^^

Well, all the Japanese people I know do. :)

Her first name is definitely Hikaru though. ^^ They call her Hikki for short. :)
Ellelalalalaizuki on July 23rd, 2004 05:32 pm (UTC)
Ah, true. ^^
And yes, I realize I'm about a few days late -_-;;
I was probably wrong to call "Easy Breezy" pure crap, even though that's what I thought at the time, but it definitely isn't as good as some of her other songs.
I know her other songs were Japanese and meaningful, but even some of her new English songs were better. (There's a preview of about 5 of her new songs going around. I'll probably upload it on my LJ later if you're interested ^^)
I think it's just the Japaneasy thing that threw me off. -_-;; But hearing the other songs on her album, I have a feeling she's gonna do really well. ^^

And about the last point, that overseas artists should perform overseas and stuff, can be agreeable. Given the fact their music doesn't completely change. But, let's face it-- if they do come overseas, they're going to the US first. So that about still crushes every chance I have of seeing them. o_O So sad...
Stephaniemirroredsakura on July 23rd, 2004 10:07 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I feel your pain. If only they would all come to Canada--and you know, my house.... ^^;;--instead of the States once in a while... stupid country ruling the world. *sigh*

Honestly I wish they could stay the same forever too, Utada, L'arc... but they're not going to do it, and I find I can love their new music almost as much as the ones I fell in love with a long time ago. But... not going to happen.

Oh and by the way.... yes, yes I'm very much interested in any songs you're up to putting on your LJ. I love Utada Hikaru's voice very much too. ^_^ Even though... I don't get that Japaneazy line any more than you do. oO
Ellelalalalaizuki on July 23rd, 2004 10:41 pm (UTC)
lol ^^ It's kind of unfair how when people think of North America, as a continent, they only think of America. I mean... there's another half too, you guys!! What about us up north?? o_O *unfair!*

If only going to Japan wasn't so expensive. And damn--school's in the way, too. -_-;; Damn education...!
Ellelalalalaizuki on July 23rd, 2004 05:33 pm (UTC)
oh, and thank you ^^ for the birthday wishes!!
God, I'm slow... o_O
Stephaniemirroredsakura on July 23rd, 2004 10:07 pm (UTC)
^_^ Not a problem. *glomps*