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Is anyone out there on my f-list besides [ profile] liyosa doing this meme? If so, tell me so I can stalk you. :)

Day 01 - Your favorite song
Day 02 - Your least favorite song
Day 03 - A song that makes you happy

Day 04 - A song that makes you sad

To Zanarkand (orchestral version) is one of the emotionally saddest pieces I've come across. I was in debate about which song to use in this entry, because I have many songs which could potentially make me weep given the right circumstances. I eventually narrowed it down to two songs, one being To Zanarkand from Final Fantasy X and the other being a song I'd first heard on House M.D.. The House M.D. song will be used later, because it invokes certain images in my mind, but to Zanarkand can, and has, made me weep just from being carried along by the sweeping movements of the music.

There is a higher quality recording of this orchestral version out there from the 2005 Japan tour, but this Distant Worlds performance by the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra envokes more emotion for me personally. It's something I've been thinking about because the Japanese are technically brilliant at classical music. I'm not saying they don't have strong emotion for music but... hrrrrrrrrrrrrrm. Okay, well let me put it this way.

You go and listen to rock or pop bands in Japan and you can rest assured that passion for music is not something the Japanese are lacking (L'Arc~en~Ciel? They drove me to tears with a song that wasn't even that sad when I saw them live - the emotion was that strong). Classical music however is a tradiationally very formal genre of music, treated with great respect and reverence the world over. However, tradiational and formal in Japan also often equates to precise, tempered and controlled. It's something that's linked to their culture, and is far from a fault, as their courtesy and respect is practically unparalleled, but I noticed it was a reoccuring trend in Japanese Classical music performances.

Who cares if sometimes the conductor drags out the note for an extra half a beat because the emotion calls for it? So a crescendo wasn't in the first quarter on the CD but was included in the live performance, big deal! Part of the reason I go to live Classical music performances is to get swept away by it. Part of me, though biased, will always think that Europe is the home of Classical music.

Day 05 - A song that reminds you of someone
Day 06 - A song that reminds of you of somewhere
Day 07 - A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 08 - A song that you know all the words to
Day 09 - A song that you can dance to
Day 10 - A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 11 - A song from your favorite band
Day 12 - A song from a band you hate
Day 13 - A song that is a guilty pleasure
Day 14 - A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 15 - A song that describes you
Day 16 - A song that you used to love but now hate
Day 17 - A song that you hear often on the radio
Day 18 - A song that you wish you heard on the radio
Day 19 - A song from your favorite album
Day 20 - A song that you listen to when you’re angry
Day 21 - A song that you listen to when you’re happy
Day 22 - A song that you listen to when you’re sad
Day 23 - A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 24 - A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 25 - A song that makes you laugh
Day 26 - A song that you can play on an instrument
Day 27 - A song that you wish you could play
Day 28 - A song that makes you feel guilty
Day 29 - A song from your childhood
Day 30 - Your favorite song at this time last year

Date: 2010-08-23 08:55 pm (UTC)
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Ah, that one. TBH I hate FFX, but the music from that game is pretty much amazing.

And interesting the way you put it. I honestly could not tell the difference between Distant Worlds and the 2005 concert, except that one has better quality, but now that you say it, it makes sense (keep in mind my formal training in any music ended when I was 14). I guess it makes a lot of sense, and it's interesting even though Classical music in Europe is still considered a very formal event, that they still regard it differently in emotions from the Japanese. In short, it's just something I've never noticed before ^^;.

Sorry for comment spaaam. I just got back from Grand Canyon, and well er yeah


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