As an effort to get everything rolling again, here’s something that should have been written up back in April but instead was thrown together yesterday. Woohoo!
What does it take to be “special”? For some people, it’s to contribute to something great. Yet for others, it’s to stand apart for unique characteristics. For the members of the Kitauji High School Wind Ensemble, their individual perceptions of the term may vary but they all come to have the same intention – to be the very best, like no one ever was.
For a game that seemed to already be pushing the limits of spin-offs and adaptations, Persona 4’s latest addition takes the cake as the most baffling spawn. If only more turn-based JRPGs had rhythm game spin-offs. Focused on dancing.
Over the past month, I ended up playing a bit of catch-up with albums from the year that I hadn’t picked up yet. I’ve reached a weird point where I have too much music and too little time. But anyways, here are my top 5 albums of the past year!
Have you ever yearned for a game that entices your need to “catch ’em all” in the same manner as Pokemon, but with pretty young anime girls in place of animals, keychains, and ice cream? Something to kindle your masochist desires, packaged with a mediocre rhythm game? Well, do I have the solution for you!
These posts had haikus.
But now that is unlikely.
There is snow on Mt. Fuji.
Here we are at the end of the challenge! I figured I should do a brief recap and actually include some songs I had on my mind that didn’t quite fit elsewhere.
And once again, I’m sorry that there was almost a two week gap after day 26! I didn’t have a chance to prepare the rest beforehand, and during most of my job training I didn’t have internet available. I’m all moved in now, so that’s no longer an issue.
I’m not exactly approaching this from the intended direction, but I knew the answer to this question the moment I read it.
Also, we’re finally at the last day of the challenge! Maybe.
Morbidity of the topic aside, this is a question I was asked once, and I didn’t really have an answer. It’s certainly strange to think about what song(s) you would want played at your own funeral. But there are two that came up after putting my mind to it.
Note: The original topic for this day of the challenge was “a song currently stuck in your head,” but since that overlapped with day 19’s, “a song you’re currently obsessed with,” I combined those and opted for a different topic here.
I don’t have a girlfriend, but I do have two songs I can post for this one. They’re relevant enough.
I normally don’t make fun of songs, either because they’re just funny and actually enjoyable, or I don’t bother listening a second time to ingrain them in my memory. These ones stand out though. For all the wrong reasons.
I don’t have a single favorite band, so instead I’ll go with a favorite song from four of my favorite bands. There’s one song from another particular band that I’m omitting because it will apply to day 29, and I would have included La Villa Strangiato if it wasn’t included with day 17.
Acoustic music always acts as an interesting foil to typically “electric” music, stripping back instrumentation for a simple and focused approach to the music.
Of all the emotions that music can incite, anger isn’t really one of them for me unless a song is really bad and I just want it to stop. But since I don’t want to post bad music, I’ll go with something different.
Hearing a musician put a different spin on a song than the original performer can always be interesting – many times it’s just a matter of them playing the song, not including substantial changes, but other times they transform it into something different. In either case, it’s normally at least worth a listen to compare.
Most of the songs that would apply to this topic would also apply to an earlier one, day 14’s “A Song You Liked When You Were Younger.” However, there are definitely ones that slipped through the cracks over the years, so that’s what I’ll focus on here.
Whenever I go to a wedding, I come out thinking “That’s exactly what I don’t want to do.” And that’s half in regards to the DJ with no sense of tonal balance, resulting in non-existing mids and aggravatingly overblown bass that just sounds like ass, and half in regards to the nearly universally crappy music.
And then there’s the fact that I don’t/can’t dance. So a more accurate title for this post would be “A Song of Your Choice To Be Played At Your Wedding.” I’ll be as realistic as possible.
I’ll also only hire someone with a sense of proper equalization/volume control.
I actually haven’t paid too much attention to what albums are coming out in the near future, or which artists are even putting stuff out soon-ish, so I only have two songs that apply at this time.
Sometimes a song ends up stuck in your head because you hear it too much, and sometimes it’s just too catchy for its own good. Fortunately, each song today is mostly a self-inflicted ear worm.
Today’s original topic, “a song you’re currently obsessed with,” overlapped with day 28’s (which is what I’m sort of doing today), so I just decided to jam them together. Day 28’s post will be a completely different topic.
I’ve had the same ringtone for two and a half years, on three different phones, so this is a simple one.
Seeing a band live is an experience that can’t quite be captured in words – instead of just hearing the music performed live in some venue, it’s an entirely different experience. So for this post, I’ll be including songs from three particular shows I’ve been to.
Short answer: none
Long answer: none. But read on for details. If you want.
In most cases, I think my taste in music is pretty straightforward. There are definitely the selections that are a bit… out there… but otherwise they’re somewhat consistent. These are some of the ones that don’t quite fit the mold, but to go along with tomorrow’s post, none of them are guilty pleasures.
This was probably the most fun thing to think about, reaching back into my childhood and basically what kind of music I listened to before I really got into music during middle/high school. So the quality varies, but it was a nice nostalgiac look back at my ignorant days.
Along with dancing, I don’t really sing. However, being in the shower sometimes changes that, especially since I normally have my phone playing music during the duration. Whether or not I actually hum or sing along depends mostly on my energy levels, but there are plenty of songs that provide the motivation to do so.
I don’t know any songs about cripples or drummers/trumpeters, but these other ones work for miscellaneous reasons.
Since the summer is starting to wind down, this is a bit of an interesting question to think about. All three songs that came to mind were for the same general reason as well.
There are many songs that annoy me. Every country song, songs you hear ad nauseum on the radio, TV jingles, and countless more. But instead of ranting on and on, I’m going to focus on just one.
I am not into dancing. At all. So I’m going to spin this question into something more relevant to me (and for which I can provide a concrete answer) – songs that make me want to pick up my bass and play along.
For obvious reasons, this overlaps a bit with Day 4’s post. So to add on to that, I just have one additional song.
Most songs that would fit into this category would also fit into Day 4’s or tomorrow’s, so I’ll be going with something a bit different. It makes sense though. Definitely.
As with yesterday’s, this is a question I had to think on quite a bit. “Always” is a bit of a stretch, but otherwise these work.
Looking through the list, this is probably the most difficult question to approach. This is nothing I’ve thought about before, so I had to dig a bit to see if I even had a valid answer.
Honestly, the only songs that came to mind immediately are from soundtracks. But they’re still very appropriate.
While humor in music has been around for ages, it’s never something I actively look for. So instead of songs that will leave you in stitches, these are more along the type that will make you smirk or let out a light chuckle. Or shake your head in disappointment and question my morality.
There are two types of situations where I would turn to music to help clear my head – in preparation for something, or to simply relax. And since different songs would work for each situation, I decided to approach both with this post.
Normally, I don’t listen to music in order to influence my mood. However, there are undoubtedly many songs out there that can easily brighten my day. Even if I do tend to prefer darker/atmospheric stuff.
While music this year hasn’t been nearly as good as last year as a whole, there have certainly been plenty of solid albums released. Here are my five favorites!
Listen to music!
It is good for you, ya dig?
Start with this stuff here.
This music is cool.
So you should listen to it.
That is all, enjoy!
This week’s post is basically some soundtracks that aren’t among my favorite soundtracks. But they’re still pretty good!
Here is a list of my top ten soundtracks – five are from video games, three are from anime, one is from a visual novel, and one is from a film. My reasons for selecting these soundtracks are fairly simple – they contributed immeasurably to supporting the tone of the medium, and remain interesting to listen to well after experiencing them in context.
This is an update of a similar post from a few months ago, but you should forget that other one even exists. This time, I didn’t forget two that should have definitely been there. And unlike that post that doesn’t exist, I decided against limiting this to original soundtracks. While OSTs can provide new and interesting music, licensed soundtracks can also do a phenomenal job of supporting a film or game.
To make up for missing last week, I’m including six (seven?) albums today, and they’re all substantially different. Woohoo!
Note: If you’re looking for my review of the movie itself, go here.
Last year, December 7th. Armed with a bottle of Dr. Pepper and a small container of daifuku mochi, I set out on a journey to a nearby city. The purpose of this journey? To see an anime film in a theater. An anime that would turn out to be one of my favorites of all time.
Following that fateful day, I pre-ordered the most important purchase of the decade (so far) – something that altered the balance of the universe.
Hello everyone, and welcome to week 8! This one’s a little late, but you’ll see why in my next post, which should be posted shortly.
This week’s all over the place, but at least the quality of the music is consistent!
Here we are at week 6, with a dose of normality to make up for last week.
This week’s kind of weird. Well, except for the last one. Enjoy?