I’m still alive! Have since lost my care-free and innocent from days as a student after debuting as a 社会人 in April but yes I am still alive!
So I randomly received an acoustic guitar because in a funny turn of events Susan left me hers when I sent her off at Narita. It was during my training at the Narita Game Center (and a week later I spent 3 weeks in Okazaki, Aichi). If you didn’t know, those two places are pretty much the countryside of Japan and consequently not very exciting so I had tons of time to practise the guitar!
Unless it’s a super high class place, the walls are generally paper thin in most hotels/apartments in Japan. I have no doubt I was a nuisance to the other guests at the business hotels but I figured I would just play until the complaints came but none did! Until…
According to Kazu and Alex they actually overheard a conversation between a family in an elevator that went like this:
Father: そういえば昨日隣ギター弾いていなかったね？(Hey, there wasn’t any guitar sounds last night, was there?)
Mother: ああ、そうだね。。。(Oh yeah!)
I asked Kazu if they sounded annoyed or what but he said no it was just a normal, daily conversation between a couple. Hahaha phew! But since then I made sure I stopped playing before 9:30pm out of consideration!
Below is a video I took this afternoon of the third song I learnt on the guitar, The Moon Song by Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It’s a song from the official soundtrack of Her, which was a very sad but excellent, beautiful movie although I think Scarlett Johanssen was rather miscast. Sure, she has a cute voice but I can’t help picturing her face whenever Samantha the iOS system speaks so it was hard for me to think of the iOS as a non existing entity (some might argue she did exist as a thing with feelings and free will heck that was what the movie was all about… But to me an iOS system will be a robot no matter how real the ‘relationship’ between it and the human is).
But yeah, I did enjoy the soundtrack and the song very much so I decided to learn it from Youtube videos and lucky for me, it was really easy!
Pardon the very soft strumming because the walls are paper thin (refer to Paragraph 3↑) and I don’t want to disturb Hashimoto san from next door.