Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I miss these guys~

Goosehouse is a group of singers/musicians from Japan. They have original songs but also perform covers. Usually their performances are done on via livestream, where they will talk in between their songs, which they upload in chucks after the livestream is over. Generally, all their performances are acoustic and done live. In fact, it's extremely difficult to find any studio versions of their songs online (except the ones that have recently become openings for anime shows).

They don't livestream that often, but it's pretty much a mini concert whenever they do. A good 5 or 6 songs would be performed in one go. I love how cute they are (even though the cutest looking one is like, 30 years old. Seriously, how????), and in some ways, it's fascinating to watch them grow and improve as vocalists and musicians. 

When I first started following them 4 years back, some of their vocals weren't as strong, and because they seem to be constantly picking up new instruments (especially Johnny), there were times where you can tell they're an amateur at it. When Johnny first started on his violin, it sounded a bit shaky and now and then there was a scratchy note. He sounds wonderful today. For a failed violinist like me, that's inspiring. 

They've moved to a bigger house, with better sound and video equipment, and sound consistently great. Most of them are slowly having their own solo or side projects with other singers, but they continue to work together. 

I used to have them on autoplay while doing my work, mainly because their songs and the way they perform remind me of my old Yamaha music school days. There's a nostalgic atmosphere to them. They are also one of my inspirations to try new instruments, and to keep having fun with music. Through their covers, I've discovered quite a substantial amount of other Japanese artists, some that I've become a fan of. 

Also, that melodicas are cool. I want one. 

Goosehouse also has a unique fashion style - somehow what they wear looks slightly strange but it suits them. I don't think I can pull it off, but it's aesthetically pleasing to look at. 

They're having a large tour around Japan this time, and recently they had their first overseas tour in Taiwan. I hope they expand to other countries, like here! 

All of this writing is just me procrastinating really. Looking back on this, I've written a horrible review for a wonderful group. =_= I sound so listless. I'm trying to learn not to edit though, so I don't want to change anything about this (I have already though....crap). Please listen to them instead; they make a better point about themselves than me. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Vampire bite wanted

I'm reminded of how Jo March in Little Women, when quizzed by Laurie about what she wanted (in the hopes that he could buy it for her) said, "Genius."

I desperately want that too. More accurately, I want to become a vampire, so that I can stop sleeping.

Of course, we rarely get what we want.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Witching Hour

There's something about magical about 3:00 a.m.

For some reason or other, I get epiphanies for my work around this time. There's also a surge of motivation and I am suddenly productive. 

It's an odd phenomenon that I've noticed during my uni days. It's a long story of how I got into the habit of staying up, but knowing that there was a "witching hour" was one of those reasons. Suffice it to say, it led to the me being known as someone who doesn't sleep. 

Unfortunately, this witching hour doesn't quite work if I wake up exactly at 3:00 a.m. I've tried that - nothing. No, I have to actually STAY up the whole way until 3:00 a.m. It's not the most healthy of habits, and lately I've stopped doing it, because I don't have a chauffeur to work. 

Also, this hour is incredibly inconvenient, because as soon as I have an epiphany, my body goes, "oh wow, look at the time. That was a good opinion, brain, but let's deal with that in the morning. I'm bushed." Of course when morning comes, I may have forgotten. I've tried to solve that problem by writing down what I want to do, but the mojo is gone. I don't feel as motivated when dawn comes. 

To this day, I have no idea if I'm a morning person or a night owl. Maybe I'll dwell on it at another 3:00 a.m. session. 

p/s: I'm blogging frequently nowadays because I seem to be facing my work laptop a lot, and I rather not leave some microsoft word doc lying around in here. So, virtual notes. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

"Our youth rots away, but thanks to that, we're closer to success."

I do like that sentiment of burning your youth for a higher cause. I'm not quite sure what influenced it. Probably from reading stories about Hua Mulan (lost her youth to fight for her country), Joan of Arc (fought for her country and died at a young age) and other sorts.

I may be working my youth away, but all I'm getting close to is an acne breakout. Haha.

(this was written very briefly, so i might have more thoughts on this. the above quote is taken from BTS 'Dope'.)