Birthday post, I guess :P

This year I wasn’t planning to do a birthday post, not until this happened to come up while I was playing with a friend on Animal Crossing: New Leaf last night. In the game, K.K. Slider (the guitar- wielding dog pictured above) plays songs for you on his guitar on Saturday nights, and you can request songs for him to play. If it happens to be the Saturday prior to your birthday, then he will play a special song that can only be played/requested then: K.K. Birthday. Afterwards was where this screenshot was taken, when he said “happy birthday from the music”. Now, I know this sounds like a big hippie-style quote and K.K. is portrayed as somewhat of a hippie, but it still doesn’t change the message. Since music means a lot to me, probably being one of the things that is most sacred to me, when this line was spoken I got goosebumps XD. It’s not every year you get wished a happy birthday by a shapeless/formless concept. Anyway, thanks for reading me ramble on for a paragraph.

Here’s K.K. Birthday if anyone wants to listen to it

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Vote for Kalafina for 2020 Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremony!

Recently, a poll containing many Japanese music artists was opened, to where the winner will perform at the closing ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Though the Rio Olympics have only just started, there’s no reason to not get in some early voting for Kalafina in (or another group if you decide to do so). You can vote once per day, and the link to vote is towards the bottom of the page. The link to it is in English, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find:

http://www.siesta-tokyo.com/s/article/439086791.html

Seafoam Sentiment

A boy climbs over a chunk of sandy rubble, walking to the place he once called home. He hasn’t been here in years, not since the “bad guys” attacked. He remembers that grim day, even though he was but the age of 4. He was walking home from the store with his mother, admiring her beautiful seafoam necklace, when the earth rent open not a block from their home. Bombs exploded, gunshots fired from all directions. His mother told him to get away, and that she will run back to get the rest of the family in the house nearby. “I’ll see you soon, my love. You’ll be okay. I’ll always be with you,” she said, tears in her eyes, as she departs in the opposite direction. Following his mother’s advisement, he sprints in the opposite direction, not looking back even once.

“We’re here,” his guide said. The square of wreckage that was once his home looks unrecognizable. There is no evidence that someone lived there. After looking around for a short time, he catches a glimpse of something shining, buried beneath some sand. He walks closers, allowing him to decipher what the object is. A seafoam-colored necklace lies on the ground. He picks it up and clasps it in his hands, remembering his mother’s words.

“I’ll always be with you.”

Free

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I believe in all of us, there is a spirit of adventure. A need to be free. Free to go to your own destinations. Free to not be hindered by a deadline or schedule. Free of murder. Free of discrimination. Free of hurting. Free of pain. Free of sadness. How one is able to achieve true freedom is not a set path, but rather different per person. There will be many trials and blockades (ironically) on the path, but when those instances arise, one must stand firm to their beliefs and assure themselves that they will be able to overcome it.

Summer Daze

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I’ve been in summer school for the month of June.

Now don’t be worried about me or my grades, it’s not because I failed a class. In reality, it’s exactly the opposite. Since my high school only has room for two elective classes (one of which is foreign language), students can choose to take PE and Health over the summer instead of during the school year to get ahead and get the credits which are required to graduate. Since I would rather take an elective of my choice during the year instead of those classes, I decided to do that. I will be taking the art elective. Unfortunately, this means that I will no longer be participating in band (which is an incredibly hard thing to leave since I loved my 8th grade band class), but I am looking forward to seeing what the art class is like.

Problem with People: Guns make it easy

My thoughts exactly. I know it’s a really left position, but I agree.

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I’m lucky enough to have grown up in Australia and have only ever known strict gun laws. I couldn’t be more glad that my country has taken this stance on firearms: I don’t live in fear when attending university classes, watching movies, or going out to clubs. Sadly, it is a reality that I often overlook, that not all countries have this luxury.

The saying “guns don’t kill people; people kill people” is technically true, but guns make it a lot easier to kill a greater number of people with far less effort. The only purpose of a gun is to destroy a target. Why should any civilian feel the need to own such a device? Especially civilians in developed countries! Sure, knives, axes, hell even baseball bats can kill, but that isn’t the main function of these tools.

It would be naive to say that simply making guns harder…

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Kalafina “Hikari no Senritsu” String Ensemble Arrangement

This is my arrangement of the TV size version of 光の旋律 (Hikari no Senritsu; Melody of Light; sung by Kalafina) made for a string ensemble. I am submitting it in canta-per-me forum’s album of song cover for composer Yuki Kajiura’s birthday. The date that the album will be sent to Kajiura on the day of her birthday, August 6. Some other songs that will be covered by members include ひかりふる (Hikarifuru; Kalafina), vanity (Emily Bindiger), and 風の街へ (Kaze no Machi e; FictionJunction KEIKO).

I hope you enjoy my arrangement and enjoy all the other covers when the album is completed!

The arrangement was created in sheet the music program “MuseScore”. You can download the sheet music here: https://musescore.com/user/3138161/scores/2246351

Laughing

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Alleluia,
Believe that the time comes for every life to sing!

We’re laughing,
Let’s keep laughing.
We’ll cut a path in this sea of tears.

-Kalafina, アレルヤ (Alleluia)

Featured Song: Kalafina- アレルヤ (Alleluia)

Full Lyrics Here.

Side Note: Kalafina’s “アレルヤ” (Alleluia) single was originally released on my birthday, October 2, in 2013.

Picture taken at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.