“laughing” or “smiling”. This is the conjunctive form of the root warau / 笑う (“to smile” or “to laugh”).
“Waratte Waratte” was one of the first 14 Oku Hanako songs that I heard. It has a pronounced pentatonic sound and is easy to listen to. As always, she sings it with a genuine passion.
I didn’t know it when I first heard this song, but Waratte Waratte is actually another one of her indies songs that has been arranged, resung, and made into its own single, like Chiisana Hoshi / 小さな星. I find this version is better sung than the indies version, but the indies version has a certain “closeness” to it that the single version doesn’t have. This song is beautiful, including the lyrics, and yes, I have a translation for the lyrics.
Today is Oku Hanako’s birthday! She was born in 1978, which means she turns 36 today (pretty hard to believe, isn’t it?).
If you’re ever looking for a legitimate excuse to listen to her songs exclusively all day, today’s your chance.
You just knew I had to post this song today, didn’t you? Well, it is quite fitting.
Birthday is the title track of her 2009 album. It’s a fun song; I’d even describe it as “bouncy“, especially with what the strings do.
So here we go, let’s let Oku-san sing herself a happy birthday:
It’s been a while since they’ve changed the whole look on Oku Hanako’s official site. The last time they changed the whole theme was sometime between June 23, 2012 and November 3, 2012. Here’s what it looks like now:
okuhanako.com homepage, 2014-03-10
Of course they used that image; after all, it is really cute….
I was considering changing the background color of Thoughts on Oku Hanako to a similar red colour, but I couldn’t find one that I liked, and for the one that I did like, the text was hard to read. If anyone can come up with a suitable colour, please drop me a comment.
Yes, that’s “loss”, not “lost”; if I’m not mistaken, “lost” is transliterated in katakana as ROSUTO / ロスト . Since it’s “loss”, the title should be interpreted similarly to “a time for loss”. Unfortunately, the machine translation is way too jumbled for me to figure out what it’s about, so I can’t give any meaning to the title.
“Lost Time” is the opening track for Oku Hanako’s 2012 album, “good-bye”, and it’s not a bad choice at all. Considering the rest of the tracks on the album, I’d say “Loss Time” can be taken as an average of sorts: walking pace with a light-but-not-too-light arrangement. In my opinion, it’s probably one of her most pleasurable songs to listen to.
I’m here with my hands pressed up against my headphones, speechless in awe of how beautiful the song is. I’m here debating whether I should listen to it again; it’s so good that I want to, but it ended on such a satisfying note that I don’t want to ruin it (not that this is the first time I’ve listened to it).
Just leave me here to sigh in peace….
I find almost every album of hers has a song which is predictive of the overall feel of her following album. Although I closely associate “Loss Time” with “good-bye”, having heard Fuyu Hanabi / 冬花火 and Anata to Denwa / あなたと電話 from her latest single, I think this song might just be that predictive song on the album (the two songs on the single will also be included in her next album).