Tsumiki / 積木

Tsumiki / 積木: “building blocks”

Out of all of Oku Hanako’s songs, Tsumiki has to be one of the most unusual. Like a lot of her other songs, it features only two elements: her singing and another instrument. However, that instrument isn’t a piano, nor is it even a trumpet.


奥華子 積木 by takayukikk [Nico Nico Douga]

The instrument is a drum set! A drum set, can you believe it? To my knowledge, she doesn’t play the drums, so either she really does play, she used a drum machine or other computer program, or she got someone to play for her. As for calling it “hikigatari” (“singing to one’s own accompaniment”), it depends: if she played it while singing (which would be quite impressive), then it would be, but otherwise not.

Tsumiki is the third track on Oku-san’s début mini album, Ai no Shizuku / 愛のしずく, released in 2000, making this one of her indies songs. That makes it even more curious: being an indies song, she must have come up with it herself; does that also imply that she also knows how to write a really good drum solo? If so, that would explain Garasu no Hana / ガラスの花 and blue green (especially blue green), two songs that have incredible arrangements that were arranged by her.

Tsumiki is actually quite impressive. To be able to pull this off well, the song has to have a strong melody, since it’s the only melodic element present; without it, it’s just a long drum solo. Similarly, the drum part has to be captivating, otherwise it’s just someone singing with an interesting metronome. Indeed, she sings with strong vocals, perhaps the strongest of all her songs, and she’s accompanied by a drum line that commands respect.

I’d make some sort of comment on the lyrics, but I can’t find even the Japanese. Considering this is one of her really obscure songs, I wasn’t expecting much.

Overall, a jaw-dropping performance by Oku Hanako from her indies days.


Lyrics

Roumaji

Futari ga issho ni iru to nandaka ureshikatta
“Futari de taberu to oishii ne” tte itteta ne

Itsumo to onaji hazu na noni
Kuuki mo keshiki mo subete ga kirei ni mieta
Anata no tonari ni iru kara ja nakute kokoro ga wakatta kara

Au tabi ni kawatte yuku anata ga kowakute
Dare yori mo itoshii
Suki toiu kimochi dake ja tayorinai kedo
Nani yori mo daiji na koto

Ano koro no watashitachi wo tenbin ni kakete miyou
Kitto tsuriatteta ne futari wa itsumo onaji basho ni ita

Yosomi mo shi nai de anata dake wo miru koto ga totemo shiawase datta
Anata no te no naka mo ga iteru sono kurushisa ga ima wa hoshii

Kokoro ga anata no toko ni okizari no mama
Watashi kara me wo sorasu anata no koto wo miteru
Shinjita mono yurushi ta koto te ni ireta mono
Subete ga kiete yuku

Futari no aiga no mienai tsumiki wo hitotsu hitotsu issho ni tsun da
Zettai ni kuzurete shimawa nu you ni bondo de ippai katameta

Watashi to iru koto ga tsurai no nara tooku kara anata wo mimamotteru yo
Konnanimo anata wo shitte shimattara
Mou hoka no dare mo aisenai kara…

Transliterated using the J-Talk Kanji Converter

Japanese

2人が一緒にいるとなんだか嬉しかった
「2人で食べるとおいしいね」って言ってたね

いつもと同じはずなのに
空気も景色も すべてが綺麗に見えた
あなたの隣にいるからじゃなくて 心がわかったから

会うたびに変わってゆく あなたが恐くて
誰よりも 愛しい
好きという気持ちだけじゃ頼りないけど
何よりも 大事なこと

あの頃の私達を 天秤に架けてみよう
きっと釣り合ってたね 2人はいつも同じ場所にいた

よそ見もしないで あなただけを見る事がとても幸せだった
あなたの手の中もがいてる その苦しさが今は欲しい

心があなたのとこに置きざりのまま
私から目を反らすあなたのことを見てる
信じたもの 許したこと 手に入れたもの
全てが消えてゆく

2人の間の見えない積み木を一つ一つ一緒に積んだ
絶対に崩れてしまわぬように ボンドでいっぱい固めた

私といることが辛いのなら 遠くからあなたを見守ってるよ
こんなにも あなたを知ってしまったら
もう他の誰も 愛せないから・・・

Combined from tweets by @09875lyrics_bot

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