Daily Prompt: Praise

Ken Lloyd + Inoran = cool music!  My piece of the daily prompt (praise)

I like listening to FAKE’s songs especially on road trips 🙂

Take me to a place further into space
繋がれてた光を射して… praise it
So let your dreams unfold, find yourself and go
歩き出す 全てを捨てて… to where I belong
生きる事の意味を探し求めてきた
震える程の今を駆け抜けていく

The way it touched my heart, the way I feel it now
感じながら I’ll never let you go
描いていた記憶をたぐり寄せて 今down there

Take me to a place, full of life and grace
繋がれてた光を射して… praise it
荒れ果てたこの街は
Sweetest trauma in a velvet golden box made from hurt
生きる事の全て駆け抜けて

The way it touched my heart, the way I feel it now
感じながら I’ll never let you go
描いていた記憶をたぐり寄せて 今 down there

写し出す… It’s all a matter of love love love love
溶けてゆく… It’s just a little love love love love
奪い合う… It’s all a matter of love love love love
To be a simple thing without no meaning is all I wanna be

With all that I’ve seen, I can’t believe
Each day can come back with no relief
I wanted to go outside to space and become all that I could be

The way it touched my heart, the way I feel it now
感じながら I’ll never let you go
追いかけて
It’s all that I can feel and it’s alive,
it’s all I can feel and it’s alive
The way you touched my heart, the way I see things now
感じながら I’ll never let you go
描いていた記憶の向こう側へ 今 down there

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A Look Back: L’Arc-en-Ciel Tour 2008 L7 Trans Asia via Paris

Exactly eight years ago today, I was at Hong Kong Asia World Expo pumped up and awed at seeing L’Arc~en~Ciel perform.  It was a first time for many things for me–first J Rock concert I saw, first time I ever rode a plane, first time I went out of the country.

This is a blog entry I wrote in my now-defunct Multiply account.  Reading this still makes me smile every time 🙂

L’7 TRANS ASIA VIA PARIS – HONG KONG

May 27, ’08 2:36 PM for everyone

 Can I just rave away already about how awesome laruku is and has actually always been? Oh yeah, this is why I made this post in the first place… sort of…

 I feel kinda stupid for attempting to write without properly remembering their repertoire in the proper order; I’m still freaking incoherent that I still can’t write in proper English…

 Lame excuses of disclaimers aside, seeing them on stage was just surreal. The show lasted for a little over two hours, no front act, and their little breaks just took a few short minutes. The only glitch was the feedback on Hyde’s mic once; but the rest was just perfect.

 The garb:  Hyde was just facial hair, turban and dreadlocks short of being jack sparrow.  Tetsu wore hotpink leggings, black frilly skirt and white long-sleeved top with a black vest. Yukki wore gray tracksuit. Ken wore white pants and suit and a printed button down shirt.

The songs: I was happy over-all with the list, but I wish they included songs from older albums [Dune – Heavenly]. They opened up with “Get out from the Shell” followed by “Driver’s High.” A surprise was Eien. Don’t like Revelation that much either, but thankfully they skipped Finale and didn’t pull a Sadako like they did in the 2006 l’anniversary :O

 The goods: fell in love with what the tour shirt, and regretted not having enough money to buy the whole set of stuff, but fought it off anyway to have a shirt.  I hate myself for not bringing enough money. And I’m very sorry for those I promised I’d buy stuff for T_T My heart sank upon learning that the line of fans buying stuff was cut off hours before the opening.  Thankfully, we were given another shot after the show.  I’m glad and quite proud to have heeded the signal of Anata being their signature finale, and hurriedly ran down the stairs to take my place on the queue. 

The fans: I’m very happy for the Chinese-speaking crowd because the band had practically spoken in Chinese throughout the show. The only Japanese words Hyde uttered were “doumo arigatou” and that’s at the end of the show. That said, I’m now part of the Filipino fandom who truly and terribly wishes for them to do a show here in the Philippines *_*

 Here’s the set list:

  1. Get Out from the Shell
  2. Driver’s High
  3. Killing Me
  4. DRINK IT DOWN
  5. Daybreak’s Bell
  6. winter fall
  7. 永遠
  8. 華葬
  9. forbidden lover
  10. MY HEART DRAWS A DREAM
  11. Caress of Venus
  12. REVELATION
  13. SEVENTH HEAVEN
  14. pretty girl
  15. STAY AWAY
  16. READY STEADY GO
  17. 叙情詩
  18. HONEY
  19. Link
  20. あなた

This gig also happened to be laruku’s first in Hong Kong.  They had spiels in between songs and if I remember correctly, they showed a pic of one of their meals where one of the dishes is a large fish head.

I still wish for them to include the Philippines to their next world tour.  (25th L’Anniversary, please!) ONE OK ROCK already came here; it should be Laruku’s turn next!!!

A Look Back: HP Music Matters 2013 – J Rock Night

I can’t believe it’s been three years!

Yes, on May 23, 2013, flumpool and SID played on Clarke Quay’s Fountain Stage for HP Music Matters’ J Rock Night.  These gigs (actually, more of SID) were my main reason for flying to Singapore on a budget that year.  The little sightseeing I got to do back then was in Chinatown.

I had a full day then because I met with a high school classmate.  After a few hours’ chat,  I rushed to Clarke Quay.  It was pretty cool too how I got to walk with what turned out to be one of the performers that night, a Malaysian band called An Honest Mistake. They were going to the venue too so at least I had company along the way.  Too bad I wasn’t able to see them play though because they were slated to go onstage at around 1 am or so.

Clarke Quay gave me the Eastwood Libis vibe and it would have been nice to go around.  (Barhopping isn’t my thing so I’ll just be content taking pictures though.) But I didn’t have time to explore because SID was just a few minutes away from playing!

When I reached the Fountain Stage area, the place was already almost filled up and the fans were fully geared with their signs and glow sticks.  I was lucky to get a spot on the left side near the stage–at my distance from the stage, I’d still be able to take decent enough pics with my phone, and it’s the side I very much prefer! Haha 😛

So here are some pics of flumpool.  Wasn’t really a fan but I loved their energy on stage!

Flumpool played five songs, and after a few minutes came SID’s turn to rock the stage^^

It was my first time to see them perform live and I couldn’t be more excited to catch them up close.  Mao addressing the crowd in English was pretty endearing, too.  The first three songs they played are their popular anime themes–モノクロのキス、嘘 and VIP–and then they played One Way, with夏恋 as their finale.  Mao asked a fan to sing part of VIP.

These gigs were streamed online for free but I’d never trade the experience of actually being there~