Resuscititating a blog….and the Beauty of Language

To be honest, I had decided to retire this blog as this blog had been on life support for the past year. Now, so why did I decide to resuscitate this blog? Well, something made me rethink this.

I was posed a question as to whether I had the chops to make a Content Writer.Well,  I think I do. I may not like to write a lot of prose, considering I had spent a couple of decades writing esoteric prose on equally cerebral art pieces, but I realise that if I just stick to visuals like I had been doing lately, I am missing something. Something that made me pursue a career as a contemporary art curator for a large part of my life.

The saying goes ” A picture says a Thousand Words”, which is true but language has its own beauty and the nuances of literature cannot sometimes be conveyed through just a picture. True, just giving visuals leaves one open to a a whole range of interpretation and justly so, sometimes a visual should just be left at it is. Yet, at times, the beauty of language can prompt one to visualize in one’s imagination the whole range of a particular subject.

Take for example, the prose in a song. The depths of emotion and feeling one ascends to can be extended through language. Notwithstanding that a song can appeal just by the pure music and vocals and expression the singer puts into the song, but the passion and expression finds better purchase though the lyrics of the song too

This was brought home to me when I listen to the song, Keijijou Ryuuse (Metaphysical Meteor ) by Buck Tick. Some comments by You Tubers were that the song or vocals sound forced because of the singer’s expression and they didn’t like that. To me however, listening to that song Live, I empathize with the passion of the singer and  while music itself transends language, yet knowing the lyrics only adds to the emotional pathos of that song.

Metaphysical Meteor
Lyrics: Sakurai Atsushi
Music: Imai Hisashi
I see you’re a lost boy
Come with me
There’s no need to be afraid
At all
Step on my shadow
Come play with me
Until they can’t see us anymore
 
When you reach out your hand
Come look and see
When you reach out your hand
Your fingertips softly touching me
 
My heart is breaking
And splitting open
Surely so beautiful I could die
Ah I was dreaming
I was dreaming…
 
Blindfolding your eyes
Play with me
The face behind it
Who are you?
 
And when you speak aloud
It seems a lie
But let me hear you say it at the end
Once more, one more time
 
My heart is breaking
And splitting open
Surely so beautiful I could die
Its dissolution
And dissipation
Hold it tighter, tighter, hold me, hold on
My heart is breaking
And splitting open
Surely so beautiful I could die
I was dreaming
I was dreaming…
 
When you reach out your hand
Look out and see
When you reach out your hand
Your fingertips softly…
And when you speak aloud
It seems a lie
But let me hear you say it at the end
Once more, one more time
 
My heart is breaking
And splitting open
Surely so beautiful I could die
Its dissolution
Then dissipation
Hold it tighter, tighter, hold me, hold on
My heart is breaking
And splitting open
Surely so beautiful I could die
I was dreaming
I was dreaming…
 
La la la     la la     la la la la…
(Lyrics translation by Cayce from  nothegreatestsite (https://sites.google.com/site/lyricsyndrome/)
I guess this is a roundabouts way of saying, look, I am back and I haven’t totally given up on prose and that there is a whole lot of beauty in it! 🙂

Yeah! I won my tickets for Buck Tick concerts , Zepp Tokyo, Dec 2014! Also Buck Tick themed Book Cover Charms…

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I am totally ecstatic! I won my tickets in the pre-sale lottery for the Buck Tick’s standing lives at Zepp Tokyo this December, the Fish Tanker’s only Live on Dec 13th as well as the Dec 14th Arui wa Anarchy Tour Final!

I am so, so looking forward to my trip to Japan after so many years 😀  I am hoping B-T will do more concerts while I am in Tokyo, so maybe I will be able to catch more then these two concerts 🙂

Meanwhile, since i had been working on lots and lots of custom orders involving bookcover charms, I made these  Buck Tick themed ones for myself. I am not sure whether i will make them into bracelets or pendants yet……probably bracelets i think. Like a simple chain with one book cover charm hanging off it. i also made some of my Buck Tick themed bookcover charms with a half open Front Cover, so you actually get to peep into a page in the “book”.

I especially couldn’t resist adding the photo page where Atsushi posed with those giant butts, behind the Front Cover of the Rock and Read Cover! 😀

These are a heck of a lot of work to do, more then double the work on a regular book cover but I think they are worth it! They are made of photo paper, mylar, wood, paint, jewelry glue and layers and layers of varnish.

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I certainly look forward to wearing these once I complete them. Though right now its back to more custom orders! I accepted orders for 10 custom bracelets, followed by a bulk order of 50 custom bookcover bracelets, another book cover themed custom bracelet, a Mad Hatter themed bracelet,  then a Handbag/backpack Accessory as well as pendant necklace.  I also sort of agreed to work on a couple more custom bracelets, a Star Trek and an alien themed one for another two regular clients, all within the next 4-6 weeks.  I must be mad! 😉

But ah! for Buck Tick spending money and my looked forward trip to Tokyo, I guess its worth it!

😀

▶ Just came across this band…Vaniru

▶ VANIRU – 柘榴 ZAKURO ~Band Ver.~【Music video】 – YouTube.

Wow…just came across this band and boy, the singer Leoneil is very reminiscent of Atsushi Sakurai of Buck Tick! The setting for the music video is also incredibly alike to BT’s 13th Floor with Diana….

I will definitely watch and follow how this new band develops……

For a Fan of Alice Nine…Visual Kei/J-Rock band

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CD Japan announces pre-release date for

Alice Nine/Alice Nine Live 2012 Court of “9”#4 Grand Finale COUNTDOWN LIVE 12.31(Title subject to change) [Limited Pressing]  DVD
4743 yen US$46/102.1  Release Date:2013/06/19
Description: Live DVD of a visual kei band Alice Nine features their performance from “Alice Nine Live 2012 Court of “9”#4 Grand Finale COUNTDOWN LIVE 12.31″ held at Yoyogi National Gymnasium on December 31, 2012.

So since there is no cover photo for the new live DVD and I have this Alice Nine hand bag accessory ready to ship today to a fan of Alice Nine today, I decided to use it instead!

I do like Alice Nine myself, and after my top favourite of Buck Tick, Alice Nine does list amongst the j-rock bands I enjoy listening to. And yeah, I do make other  BY REQUEST,  custom accessories for my jewelry clients beyond bracelets……”:D”

I have even made a “Vikings” themed accessory for a football fan as another BY REQUEST item and hey, I knew nothing about American football at that time!  I sure learnt a bit about Brett Fauvre in a short time…..I think its a fun learning process to see what other people enjoy and research into their interests.