Have just managed to get my hands on Kourin ｢高鈴」‘s album Hibi no Uta 「ヒビノウタ」. It’s quietish, wistful, playful at parts, and overall, easy on the ears, at least on first listen. She reminds me quite a fair bit of Ayaka Hirahara and Rie Fu… kinda folksy, but nice to listen to. The lyrics are kinda cutesy… and probably only survive because they’re in Japanese… I think if anyone tried to sing some of the songs in English, I’d laugh myself sick… Still. I’m tempted to order the album proper… seems like something nice to shove into my car’s CD changer to put on loop. Especially for those days when I’m feeling whimsical.
Still… the main reason why I want this album is for the song 愛してる, the ending to season 2 of 续夏目友人帐… There’s something ridiculously haunting about the song. It’s either the simplicity and the elegance of the song… or the lyrics… can’t decide which. The PV just makes me want it even more, really… It’s simple, no frills, showing cut scenes from what look to be home videos… and is amazingly sweet somehow…
While still on the topic of music, I’m rather irritated with how… fragile Audio-Techinca earphones tend to be. Most notably, the stupid jack. My current pair of earbuds, after serving me ok for about 2 months, has decided that mono is the way to go, so I’m hearing everything out of my left ear now, while my right is left with sensory deprivation of epic proportions. This is the FIFTH time this has happened, and I’m getting rather tired of it… Even the generic Apple earbuds, crappy as they are, seem sturdier in construction and more durable. I’m starting to wonder if I should experiment with other brands, or just start using my old Sennheisers again… at least they’ve lasted me longer…
Attended a friend’s birthday party tonight. Rather unexpectedly. I ran into some friends at RapidCulture, a shop I frequent, and found that a friend of mine was having a birthday, and two of the people there were going down to Shokudo at City Hall, where the party was being held. Feeling rather aimless, I decided it wouldn’t hurt to tag along. This was probably a suicide wish given that my insomnia’s flared again in light of recent events, and I’d ended up sleeping at 0330h last night [giving me a total sleeping time of about… oh, 3 hours optimistically before I had to wake up for work…].
Still. Had some fun, at least. Said friend is a cosplayer, and it was a party consisting of about… 30ish people, most of whom also cosplay [… I don’t. I draw, and collect stuff. I haven’t tried cosplay yet, largely cuz I think I’d look bloody ridiculous cuz of my body habitus, and I’ve always preferred to be behind the camera instead of in front of it.], and it was to celebrate two birthdays, hers and another girl’s, both of whom had birthdays in the next 2 weeks. It was rather fun, watching them fangirl and squeal at the presents, and gush about the food… and it was worth it just to see her expression when one of the the prettier/andro girls in the group turned up dressed up as Lockon Stratos to wish her happy birthday. I think she nearly passed out from sheer joy.
Still, just like most cosplay events, I ended up watching em have fun, which always leaves me feeling rather lonely, somehow. I’ve always felt like a bystander ever since I started school, I think, and it’s funny how things haven’t changed over the last couple of decades, no matter what I’ve been trying to do. I mean… I’m happy that people appreciate that I turned up and all, but I can never seem to get into the action, so to speak… I’ve never really felt like a part of any group I’ve been in, and I’ve always wondered if it was just me, or them, or both. Watching them just reinforces that fact… Granted I’m not that close to this group, and I’m not a regular to all their events and shoots, but… watching them crowd excitedly around a Puri machine taking shots, and seeing them chat excitedly about nothing at all just makes me feel… old. And out of place.
So many years, so few answers. One wonders if there ever will be any.