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I went out with the family today. The plan was to head down to Middletown and pick up my cousins for lunch. Right when we got to the restaurant, I ended up balking. I really didn't want anything to eat. There's one thing to be said for reoccurring bouts of gloom, it functions as a pretty impressive appetite suppressant. I decided to walk around outside for a hour and change instead, singing songs to myself. It was a gloomy overcast day with occasional bouts of light drizzle and it fit my mood pretty well. God knows how many times I made my way around that parking lot but I worked my way through most of Les Miserables among other things. For some reason, that's always my gloomy sing-to-myself musical of choice. I guess it's not surprising given how it's chock full of lamenting songs and characters who meet an unpleasant end.

While wandering about, I found I had a few songs in Japanese stuck in my head, not for the lyrics obviously but for the beautiful melodies. I recently was on youtube and decided to listen to some of the soundtrack files from Love Hina, an anime I really liked. That's not something I would usually do since I've never been a fan of music in languages I can't understand. It takes away so much of the power of a song when the lyrics aren't there to tell the story. That said, some melodies are so beautiful that you don't even need to know what is being said.

Here's one song that's been stuck in my head for days now. I find myself humming it whenever I start feeling sort of down.



It has such a wistful feel to it that I find my heart sticks in my throat whenever I hear it.

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(Anonymous)
Nov. 26th, 2009 05:13 am (UTC)
hey henry. if you ever need to talk, you can always give me a ring. never too busy to talk. you've got my number.

brian benner
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