The “Where you are” full MV was out on the 9th but I wait until today to write a post. Actually I don’t have intelligent things to say usually but you know I love making gifs and saying random things. Believe it or not, gif making needs inspiration too. There aren’t particular frames of the video that I like most. I mean I like the whole thing and can’t make up my mind! And what do I think about the music and lyrics? Too many things pop up in my mind and I don’t know where to start … I finally start because I read comments on it that I can’t agree with!
The English lyrics are weird? NO! I must say I don’t have much problem figuring out the English words listening this time, compared to the previous English songs from them. Just because the words make more sense. Check out the post by heich for the transcribed lyrics with Japanese translation and romanisation. Don’t you think the English lyrics are kind of poetic? Am pretty sure that the English lyrics are written by Yonghwa. I always admire his courage writing in English, considering how often people bash him about his words being grammatically wrong and all. Maybe he’s too busy to know. Thank God for that. I hope “Where you are” being an English song with a little Japanese rather than a Japanese song with a little English still has a good chance to top the Oricon chart.
Can’t understand the lyrics? They think the meaning isn’t explicit enough. I’ve heard famous authors replying to queries if certain parts of their writings are symbolic for anything. The usual answer is that readers are free to have their own interpretation. I don’t know if Yonghwa wants us to have our own interpretation or he’ll explain the deeper meaning of the song in future interviews. But the directors of the MV had to interpret it to make the video. Maybe the directors communicated with Yonghwa? The use of mirrors and the multiple images of the boys mean something to you? Whom are they searching for? It doesn’t look like a love song anyway. It’s more like about the yearning to find one’s true self or something along that line.
On first listening, I wasn’t so excited about the music as when I heard “In My Head” the first time. But on repeated listening, I begin to look forward to their performing it live. It can be even more awesome compared to live version of “In My Head”. Yonghwa revealed in a Japanese magazine (Arena 37 deg) interview that he was internet-shopping in the middle of the night. It’s 2 am and he had this inspiration. Then he had the most part of the song done at 4 am. Impressed? Yes, but am not surprised. That’s what music geniuses do all the time. (A side note: I had a good laugh reading fans joking about his searching for blingbling accessories.) That’s why I can’t agree with people who say “Man in front of the Mirror” isn’t “good” because he’s too busy filming the drama and so he hadn’t time for a “better” work. I’d rather think he’s inspired while filming and wrote that song to tell his life at that time. Both the music and words are trying to say things. Maybe I don’t know enough about music to judge. Never mind. But I’ve also read that creativity isn’t exactly instant. A musician or poet comes up with a haunting melody or killer line because they’re practicing, thinking and crafting the art all the time. Yonghwa has talked about what music he listens to or likes in interviews. I’m amazed at his wide taste. He actually says he listens to “all” kinds of music. I believe him. That’s totally reflected in the varying styles of music he’s composed so far.
I have this impression that music geniuses are depressed, classical composers and rock stars alike. But the Yonghwa I know all this time is so positive about anything. A music genius can be a happy person! I am a happy fan watching this fancam (many thanks to wjddydghkvos @ youtube).