scottishlass: (Sewing Road)
There are not a lot of people that impress me all the way ... body, spirit, soul.
Watching an interview with Yoel Gamzou, conductor and composer, this young guy left me both inspired and impressed.

„Meine Regel lautet: Lebe so, dass du morgen sterben könntest – restlos zufrieden mit dem, was du gemacht hast.“ Yoel Gamzou

My rule is as follows: Live life in such a way that if you died tomorrow, you'd be completely content with the things you have done.

Yoel is a wunderkind. When he was seven, he was introduced to the musical work of Gustav Mahler. He become obsessed and music, esp. Mahler's, became his calling. He finished high school when he was 14, and with 15 he went to New York to study music. He is now 23 and master conductor of the Munich Symphoniker and also finished Mahler's 10th Unfinished Symphony.

With his talent and passion he sort of reminds me of Leonard Bernstein. I hope his future career will lead him to even greater heights and more success.
scottishlass: (Sewing Road)
There are not a lot of people that impress me all the way ... body, spirit, soul.
Watching an interview with Yoel Gamzou, conductor and composer, this young guy left me both inspired and impressed.

„Meine Regel lautet: Lebe so, dass du morgen sterben könntest – restlos zufrieden mit dem, was du gemacht hast.“ Yoel Gamzou

My rule is as follows: Live life in such a way that if you died tomorrow, you'd be completely content with the things you have done.

Yoel is a wunderkind. When he was seven, he was introduced to the musical work of Gustav Mahler. He become obsessed and music, esp. Mahler's, became his calling. He finished high school when he was 14, and with 15 he went to New York to study music. He is now 23 and master conductor of the Munich Symphoniker and also finished Mahler's 10th Unfinished Symphony.

With his talent and passion he sort of reminds me of Leonard Bernstein. I hope his future career will lead him to even greater heights and more success.
scottishlass: (Sewing Road)
There are not a lot of people that impress me all the way ... body, spirit, soul.
Watching an interview with Yoel Gamzou, conductor and composer, this young guy left me both inspired and impressed.

„Meine Regel lautet: Lebe so, dass du morgen sterben könntest – restlos zufrieden mit dem, was du gemacht hast.“ Yoel Gamzou

My rule is as follows: Live life in such a way that if you died tomorrow, you'd be completely content with the things you have done.

Yoel is a wunderkind. When he was seven, he was introduced to the musical work of Gustav Mahler. He become obsessed and music, esp. Mahler's, became his calling. He finished high school when he was 14, and with 15 he went to New York to study music. He is now 23 and master conductor of the Munich Symphoniker and also finished Mahler's 10th Unfinished Symphony.

With his talent and passion he sort of reminds me of Leonard Bernstein. I hope his future career will lead him to even greater heights and more success.
scottishlass: (KS SMAP Black)
New SMAP song and vid ... I really wish they would make a love song again and not one of those Ganbatte!!Ganbarimashou!MIJ songs .. but beggars can't be choosers :)

scottishlass: (KS SMAP Black)
New SMAP song and vid ... I really wish they would make a love song again and not one of those Ganbatte!!Ganbarimashou!MIJ songs .. but beggars can't be choosers :)

scottishlass: (KS SMAP Black)
New SMAP song and vid ... I really wish they would make a love song again and not one of those Ganbatte!!Ganbarimashou!MIJ songs .. but beggars can't be choosers :)

Shingo-ism

Apr. 19th, 2008 02:55 am
scottishlass: (Default)
This is mostly for [livejournal.com profile] little_witch27
Shingo just looks cute in this medley (I love the cargo pants and the shawl) ... and of course Kimura raiding Nakai's closet and misusing his polka-dot cuddle blankie as a shirt *lol*
The medley was very good !!!


Next Monday will be funny, esp. for the German SMAP fans. SMAP probably singing in German as Nena is guesting :)

Shingo-ism

Apr. 19th, 2008 02:55 am
scottishlass: (Default)
This is mostly for [livejournal.com profile] little_witch27
Shingo just looks cute in this medley (I love the cargo pants and the shawl) ... and of course Kimura raiding Nakai's closet and misusing his polka-dot cuddle blankie as a shirt *lol*
The medley was very good !!!


Next Monday will be funny, esp. for the German SMAP fans. SMAP probably singing in German as Nena is guesting :)

Shingo-ism

Apr. 19th, 2008 02:55 am
scottishlass: (Default)
This is mostly for [livejournal.com profile] little_witch27
Shingo just looks cute in this medley (I love the cargo pants and the shawl) ... and of course Kimura raiding Nakai's closet and misusing his polka-dot cuddle blankie as a shirt *lol*
The medley was very good !!!


Next Monday will be funny, esp. for the German SMAP fans. SMAP probably singing in German as Nena is guesting :)
scottishlass: (KS Soldier-Brothers)
... with the same woman, one on the South and the other on the North Korean side during the war.


Here is a music video also for those who normally don't follow my gushings about Asian doramas. A full story in about 5 minutes ... and I love the last seconds of the vid. It is quite sad and yet, the last few seconds have so many slashy and sexy undertones, something must be wrong with me. And Kwan Song-woo and Gong Yoo !! My first favourite Kdrama heroes.

Zoy Project - Why
it stars Kwan Song-woo, Gong Yoo and Ryu Shi Won


Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] dangermousie who posted this vid in her LJ yesterday.
scottishlass: (KS Soldier-Brothers)
... with the same woman, one on the South and the other on the North Korean side during the war.


Here is a music video also for those who normally don't follow my gushings about Asian doramas. A full story in about 5 minutes ... and I love the last seconds of the vid. It is quite sad and yet, the last few seconds have so many slashy and sexy undertones, something must be wrong with me. And Kwan Song-woo and Gong Yoo !! My first favourite Kdrama heroes.

Zoy Project - Why
it stars Kwan Song-woo, Gong Yoo and Ryu Shi Won


Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] dangermousie who posted this vid in her LJ yesterday.
scottishlass: (KS Soldier-Brothers)
... with the same woman, one on the South and the other on the North Korean side during the war.


Here is a music video also for those who normally don't follow my gushings about Asian doramas. A full story in about 5 minutes ... and I love the last seconds of the vid. It is quite sad and yet, the last few seconds have so many slashy and sexy undertones, something must be wrong with me. And Kwan Song-woo and Gong Yoo !! My first favourite Kdrama heroes.

Zoy Project - Why
it stars Kwan Song-woo, Gong Yoo and Ryu Shi Won


Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] dangermousie who posted this vid in her LJ yesterday.
scottishlass: (KS SMAP Purple)
Here is one big example how fashion taste is not always a god-given gift with Asian boybands. Remember FLY by SMAP? Super-cool vid with them in black suits and tie and what did they do when performing live?
Nakai looks as if he got a wrong perm, having raided the wardrobe of a drag queen, Kimura raided his wife's dresser and yanked her pink gymnastic's dress out. Tsu has joined the pink fighter pilot brigade and Shingo? OMG, Shingo looks as if he is part of the Jackson Five and has time travelled to the 70's and went clothes shopping in an OxFam shop. Don't believe me?




*rotflmao*
scottishlass: (KS SMAP Purple)
Here is one big example how fashion taste is not always a god-given gift with Asian boybands. Remember FLY by SMAP? Super-cool vid with them in black suits and tie and what did they do when performing live?
Nakai looks as if he got a wrong perm, having raided the wardrobe of a drag queen, Kimura raided his wife's dresser and yanked her pink gymnastic's dress out. Tsu has joined the pink fighter pilot brigade and Shingo? OMG, Shingo looks as if he is part of the Jackson Five and has time travelled to the 70's and went clothes shopping in an OxFam shop. Don't believe me?




*rotflmao*
scottishlass: (KS SMAP Purple)
Here is one big example how fashion taste is not always a god-given gift with Asian boybands. Remember FLY by SMAP? Super-cool vid with them in black suits and tie and what did they do when performing live?
Nakai looks as if he got a wrong perm, having raided the wardrobe of a drag queen, Kimura raided his wife's dresser and yanked her pink gymnastic's dress out. Tsu has joined the pink fighter pilot brigade and Shingo? OMG, Shingo looks as if he is part of the Jackson Five and has time travelled to the 70's and went clothes shopping in an OxFam shop. Don't believe me?




*rotflmao*
scottishlass: (KS Kimutaki Flyboy)
Re-watched Shingo and Takuya in Cannes SPECIAL and I really love their rendition of Sukiyaki (Ue o muite arukoo). As they have proven again and again over the last 19 or so years, Shingo's and Takuya's voices do so well together. I wouldn't mind only listening to their duets all day. :)
So I want to share the song with those interested :)
Sukiyaki


Ue o muite arukoo
I look up when I walk
Namida ga kobore nai yoo ni
So the tears won't fall
Omoidasu haru no hi
Remembering those happy spring days
Hitoribotchi no yoru
But tonight I'm all alone

Ue o muite arukoo
I look up when I walk
Nijinda hoshi o kazoete
Counting the stars with tearful eyes
Omoidasu natsu no hi
Remembering those happy summer days
Hitoribotchi no yoru
But tonight I'm all alone

Shiawase wa kumo no ue ni
Happiness lies beyond the clouds
Shiawase wa sora no ue ni
Happiness lies above the sky

Ue o muite arukoo
I look up when I walk
Namida ga kobore nai yoo ni
So the tears won't fall
Nakinagara aruku
Heart filled with sorrow
Hitoribotchi no yoru
For tonight I'm all alone

(Omoidasu aki no hi
Remembering those happy autumn days
Hitoribotchi no yoru
But tonight I'm all alone
Kanashimi wa hoshi no kage ni
Sadness hides in the shadow of the stars
Kanashimi wa tsuki no kage ni
Sadness lurks in the shadow of the moon

Ue o muite arukoo
I look up when I walk
Namida ga kobore nai yoo ni
So the tears won't fall
Nakinagara aruku
Heart filled with sorrow
Hitoribotchi no yoru
For tonight I'm all alone)

() not sung by Shingo & Takuya
scottishlass: (KS Kimutaki Flyboy)
Re-watched Shingo and Takuya in Cannes SPECIAL and I really love their rendition of Sukiyaki (Ue o muite arukoo). As they have proven again and again over the last 19 or so years, Shingo's and Takuya's voices do so well together. I wouldn't mind only listening to their duets all day. :)
So I want to share the song with those interested :)
Sukiyaki


Ue o muite arukoo
I look up when I walk
Namida ga kobore nai yoo ni
So the tears won't fall
Omoidasu haru no hi
Remembering those happy spring days
Hitoribotchi no yoru
But tonight I'm all alone

Ue o muite arukoo
I look up when I walk
Nijinda hoshi o kazoete
Counting the stars with tearful eyes
Omoidasu natsu no hi
Remembering those happy summer days
Hitoribotchi no yoru
But tonight I'm all alone

Shiawase wa kumo no ue ni
Happiness lies beyond the clouds
Shiawase wa sora no ue ni
Happiness lies above the sky

Ue o muite arukoo
I look up when I walk
Namida ga kobore nai yoo ni
So the tears won't fall
Nakinagara aruku
Heart filled with sorrow
Hitoribotchi no yoru
For tonight I'm all alone

(Omoidasu aki no hi
Remembering those happy autumn days
Hitoribotchi no yoru
But tonight I'm all alone
Kanashimi wa hoshi no kage ni
Sadness hides in the shadow of the stars
Kanashimi wa tsuki no kage ni
Sadness lurks in the shadow of the moon

Ue o muite arukoo
I look up when I walk
Namida ga kobore nai yoo ni
So the tears won't fall
Nakinagara aruku
Heart filled with sorrow
Hitoribotchi no yoru
For tonight I'm all alone)

() not sung by Shingo & Takuya
scottishlass: (KS Kimutaki Flyboy)
Re-watched Shingo and Takuya in Cannes SPECIAL and I really love their rendition of Sukiyaki (Ue o muite arukoo). As they have proven again and again over the last 19 or so years, Shingo's and Takuya's voices do so well together. I wouldn't mind only listening to their duets all day. :)
So I want to share the song with those interested :)
Sukiyaki


Ue o muite arukoo
I look up when I walk
Namida ga kobore nai yoo ni
So the tears won't fall
Omoidasu haru no hi
Remembering those happy spring days
Hitoribotchi no yoru
But tonight I'm all alone

Ue o muite arukoo
I look up when I walk
Nijinda hoshi o kazoete
Counting the stars with tearful eyes
Omoidasu natsu no hi
Remembering those happy summer days
Hitoribotchi no yoru
But tonight I'm all alone

Shiawase wa kumo no ue ni
Happiness lies beyond the clouds
Shiawase wa sora no ue ni
Happiness lies above the sky

Ue o muite arukoo
I look up when I walk
Namida ga kobore nai yoo ni
So the tears won't fall
Nakinagara aruku
Heart filled with sorrow
Hitoribotchi no yoru
For tonight I'm all alone

(Omoidasu aki no hi
Remembering those happy autumn days
Hitoribotchi no yoru
But tonight I'm all alone
Kanashimi wa hoshi no kage ni
Sadness hides in the shadow of the stars
Kanashimi wa tsuki no kage ni
Sadness lurks in the shadow of the moon

Ue o muite arukoo
I look up when I walk
Namida ga kobore nai yoo ni
So the tears won't fall
Nakinagara aruku
Heart filled with sorrow
Hitoribotchi no yoru
For tonight I'm all alone)

() not sung by Shingo & Takuya
scottishlass: (KS SMAP Purple)
I know some of you might think I have lost my mind over my recent craze about JPOP, but seriously, don't dismiss the music before having a good listen.

I would like to introduce SMAP - SMAP stands for Sports Music Assemble People, a silly name, but all the hype in the late 1980's. The former six member group was formed out of many Johnny Juniors that were background dancers for the pop group Hikaru Genji. The group consisted of twelve to fifteen members and had to dance and skateboard as a backdrop for HG. Apart from that the youngsters (between nine and twelve) also sang a couple of cute songs, mostly cover versions of other big names from Johnny Entertainment.
In 1988, JE split the big group into two bands, namely TOKIO and SMAP. SMAP consisted of six members then: Nakai Masahiro, Mori Katsunagi, Kimura Takuya, Inagaki Goro, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi and Katori Shingo, their age ranging from barely eleven to sixteen at that time. SMAP was formed as a rap band but it was quickly certain that five out of six members had good enough voices to carry full harmonies and so SMAP went to debut in 1991.

Their first single holds a sad record, that of the worst sales of a debut single by any JE group EVER. But instead of disbanding the band, Nakai Masahiro persuaded management to try the six members out in fledgling comedy and variety that became popular during that time and as ppl say, the rest is history. Due to their appearance in doramas as well as comedy shows, their faces and names became household items in Japan. By 1996, when their first offcial comedy show was launched, they were the biggest selling popgroup in Japan, even surpassing their sempais from Hikaru Genji. When Mori Katsunagi decided to leave the group in 1996 to pursue a motorcycling career, many thought that this might be the end of SMAP as well but the remaining members went steadily on to become superstars both as singers as well as actors, writers and show masters.

What is so strange for Westerners is the fact, that although these five guys are superstars in their own country and also in Asia, they are actually on a salary with JE. JE pays them all approximately 3000 Euros each and they earn the bulk of their money with advertising and dorama work.

SmapxSmap, their Monday night comedy show, has been running for 11 years consecutively and still has a huge audience in the whole of Japan. With almost 20 years in the business, their albums still sell very well and their concert tours are always sold out within hours of the opening of ticket sales. Almost all their kouhei groups from JE try to copy them either due to style or music, but somehow SMAP isn't just another JE boyband, they have become an institution in Japan, their fans ranging from small kids barely in school to 70+ oba-sans. As well as their songs appearing in text books, as school anthems or even featuring in space as a wake up call for the astronauts during a mission in 2003.

Okay and now on to the music :)
SMAPPY GOODNESS )
scottishlass: (KS SMAP Purple)
I know some of you might think I have lost my mind over my recent craze about JPOP, but seriously, don't dismiss the music before having a good listen.

I would like to introduce SMAP - SMAP stands for Sports Music Assemble People, a silly name, but all the hype in the late 1980's. The former six member group was formed out of many Johnny Juniors that were background dancers for the pop group Hikaru Genji. The group consisted of twelve to fifteen members and had to dance and skateboard as a backdrop for HG. Apart from that the youngsters (between nine and twelve) also sang a couple of cute songs, mostly cover versions of other big names from Johnny Entertainment.
In 1988, JE split the big group into two bands, namely TOKIO and SMAP. SMAP consisted of six members then: Nakai Masahiro, Mori Katsunagi, Kimura Takuya, Inagaki Goro, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi and Katori Shingo, their age ranging from barely eleven to sixteen at that time. SMAP was formed as a rap band but it was quickly certain that five out of six members had good enough voices to carry full harmonies and so SMAP went to debut in 1991.

Their first single holds a sad record, that of the worst sales of a debut single by any JE group EVER. But instead of disbanding the band, Nakai Masahiro persuaded management to try the six members out in fledgling comedy and variety that became popular during that time and as ppl say, the rest is history. Due to their appearance in doramas as well as comedy shows, their faces and names became household items in Japan. By 1996, when their first offcial comedy show was launched, they were the biggest selling popgroup in Japan, even surpassing their sempais from Hikaru Genji. When Mori Katsunagi decided to leave the group in 1996 to pursue a motorcycling career, many thought that this might be the end of SMAP as well but the remaining members went steadily on to become superstars both as singers as well as actors, writers and show masters.

What is so strange for Westerners is the fact, that although these five guys are superstars in their own country and also in Asia, they are actually on a salary with JE. JE pays them all approximately 3000 Euros each and they earn the bulk of their money with advertising and dorama work.

SmapxSmap, their Monday night comedy show, has been running for 11 years consecutively and still has a huge audience in the whole of Japan. With almost 20 years in the business, their albums still sell very well and their concert tours are always sold out within hours of the opening of ticket sales. Almost all their kouhei groups from JE try to copy them either due to style or music, but somehow SMAP isn't just another JE boyband, they have become an institution in Japan, their fans ranging from small kids barely in school to 70+ oba-sans. As well as their songs appearing in text books, as school anthems or even featuring in space as a wake up call for the astronauts during a mission in 2003.

Okay and now on to the music :)
SMAPPY GOODNESS )

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