My J-Rock Playlist (part 1) – ecosystem

Gintama has introduced me to a significant number of Japanese musicians. Two of those artists currently have a pretty heavy rotation in my music listening as of late. One of those artists is a J-Rock group called ecosystem.

ECOSYSTEM – DILEMMA

“ecosystem is a Japanese band formed in Osaka. Their alternative and progressive rock swallowed all genres sound with real lyrics, everyday cut and fit the melody mixed with a unique blend. They were an indie band, releasing Jean mini album in 2010, until went major with the single Dilemma in November 2011 that was also the opening theme for the anime Gintama”

(Source: MAL – LINK)

I became interested in the group from the first moment I heard the lead vocalist in the song “Dilemma (ジレンマ)”. She has this unique tone and a voice full of power and emotion. Continue reading “My J-Rock Playlist (part 1) – ecosystem”

Chords: YOUTHFUL – 99RadioService

chihayafuru

After putting it off for so long, I finally got around to watching Chihayafuru and I have to say I’m definitely hooked. I’m particularly fond of the opening theme song for the first season, “YOUTHFUL” by 99RadioService. I mocked up some quick chords for it, and may do a potential cover in the future.

Once again, I’m not sure if I notated some things right with regards to scales and calling notes their # or b equivalent, but hopefully you can understand what I mean by it.

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J-Rock – My Ever Evolving Music Tastes

As a consumer of anime and various other facets of Japanese media, I’ve opened up a small window which allows me to peer into the music scene over there. The view I have of it is relatively small as my exposure has mostly been through hearing various OPs and EDs (opening and ending themes) for the shows that I’ve watched. Most of the music usually emanating from this outlet is in some form of J-Pop (Japanese Pop), but I’ve had the opportunity to hear quite a few J-Rock (Japanese Rock) bands this way as well. I would probably say that the first anime J-Rock song that caught my attention was “Konya wa Hurricane” for Bubblegum Crisis, which I watched sometime in the early 90’s. The soundtrack for the show was solid, with several powerful 80’s styled rock songs and ballads. It was one of the first anime soundtracks that I ever got a hold of and listened to quite often. I even went as far as learning some the lyrics on my own, romanizing it by ear with no knowledge of the language.

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“Altair” – Hata Motohiro (cover by flipocrisy)

If my fingers weren’t hurting so much, I’d probably be playing and recording takes for that “Ichiban” cover, but instead I decided to sing. This was a song I wanted to cover when the series originally aired, but I was super out of practice at the time. Getting in choir helped a little, but I’m definitely not to where I was vocally back in the day.

Lyrics here: LINK

Anyway, the song I’m covering is called Continue reading ““Altair” – Hata Motohiro (cover by flipocrisy)”

Next up: Ichiban no Takaramono

Well, it looks like my previous statement regarding there being a decent “Ichiban no Takaramono” was wrong, unless I’m not searching hard enough. I only found one cover out there that does it accurately, but it has some crazy sliding capo action going on. To play that live seems like it’d be difficult (though I’ll definitely say that the notes do look easier on hands with the capo).

Guess I will be doing a cover after all. Though it wont require a capo, that doesn’t mean it’ll be easier to play… been getting back into practice, but hands still getting worked

So until then. Hopefully I can address the sound issue that occurred on the “God Bless You” cover, whether that was caused by clipping or some other kind of interference.

Into the Waters: My Testimony

On January 27th, 2013, I was baptized at Community Bible Church in Vallejo, California during evening service. I had the opportunity to give a very brief testimony on God’s holiness, faithfulness and patience, on the trials that I went through in my life, and how God used those trials to bring me back to Him and bring glory unto His name.

I present my testimony in full here for whomever may read it. To God be the glory.


My life is quite a work in progress. Many areas of it lay cordoned off with yellow tape and are either under construction or left abandoned. It’s like watching a shopping center slowly go out of business.

I wasn’t able to get that Bachelor’s Degree from the school(s) I attended.

I never did bother to continue pursuing those various computer certifications I said I was going to try for.

I haven’t been able to stick to the exercise and diet plans I had laid out.

I haven’t been consistent in my studies. I fail to be consistent in my Japanese language study and I haven’t even picked up that programming book ever since I bought it.

I can probably go on, but the bottom line is my life is full of shortcomings and failures. For this, I have no one to blame for but myself. It’s kind of funny and sad because I distinctly remember a middle school project I had where I was asked what would be written on my epitaph. In my inability to think of anything good, I wrote something along the lines that I “finished what I started” or “got the job done” or something lame like that. In looking back, I don’t see any event or accomplishment in my life that would attest to that.

I truly am a flawed creature. Yes, everyone has their own flaws as nobody is perfect, but I often felt that I got the shorter end of the stick in this lottery called life.

There was nothing in my life that I could brag or boast about. I wallowed in self-pity and self-doubt and selfishness and escapism. I felt inadequate and I felt that particular quality couldn’t be changed.

And why should I even try to? It’s all meaningless, anyway. “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity”. (Ecc. 1:2)

I ran from my responsibilities. I ran from my pursuits. Most importantly, I ran from God.

As I am, who would embrace one so sad, wretched, and pitiful? Who would accept one so wicked, depraved, and corrupt? Who would seek after one who ran from Him, who hated and despised Him, who turned away to pursue selfish desires, and didn’t want anything to do with Him?

There is One. Continue reading “Into the Waters: My Testimony”