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Kaye
30 January 2012 @ 02:06 am
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Wishing you a great year ahead with the best of health and happiness in whatever you choose to venture into this year! Stay gorgeous in both heart and mind <33
 
 
Kaye
16 March 2010 @ 08:34 pm
Quick update:

Currently studying undergrad medicine at UNSW in sydney atm, not much time to post D: Uni really does suck the life out of you and its only been 3 weeks -.-. Thats NOT to say I'm complaining! I'm living alone since I've gone interstate, and its FANTASTIC meeting so many new people, I'm very impressed with sydneyians (?) and their affable nature, I'm really glad I made the choice to take this offer! Friend making has been like what, 1 per hour for the first few days, everyone's eager [well, we'll see at the end of 6 years hehe] to start, saw our dead bodies on the very first practical session, its been AWESOME.  My room's abit too blank atm for my taste, once i get my posters laminated Im gonna desecrate the place muahahhaa, but all in all, I haven't missed much in Melbourne, there's just so many new things to do and so many new people to know here! 

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My current phase at the moment....Adam Lambert.

Just kidding. HAHAHAH. Well I DID get a listen to both his and Kris Allen's album, I'd say Adam's album was less boring, but still not as phenomenal as David Cook's last year. Beautiful voice, not the type I would usually go for, but still obviously talented in voice control and everything else in between. I wish him all the best, to many more AMA performances and beyond! 

And to the real thing.. [Dawww I know I'm excited with the upcoming larcdvd too, hydelove is well alive and kicking!] 

EXILE.

If you actually watch japanese dramas you would know them since almost every single is snatched up as theme songs, some notable ones would be Lovers Again, Ti Amo, and Futatsu no Kuchibiru for which they won copious awards, none of which are any of my favourites lol *gets bricked by japanese population* but there you have it XDDD. 

Actually one of my favourite japanese artistes/band along with L'arc en ciel, Gackt, Orange Range and MUCC, its right at the top with them and the only reason I haven't pimped them before is...because they're jpop and I used to find them boring until a while ago. HAHAHA. Well. Anyway. They're at the top of their game in that genre, with music sales rivalling that of arashi, and that's QUITE an achievment considering how they rarely do advertising and the dramas and stuff like that. You might not have heard of them, its one of those bands that are immensely popular in their native japan but not anywhere else. 


Exile consists of 2 vocalists and first 4, then 5, now 12 dancers (dont ask). I've got alot of jrock friends who just laugh at the dancers and say they look so unnecessary, I agree with them BUT I think its quite a smart move to include them, instead of just a regular singer duo so easily forgotten, you add to the interest factor with a dancetroupe in tow. Ah well. They're all loved in japan and its worked well for them. 


The original vocalists were Atsushi and Shun. Shun's (Kiyokiba Shunsuke) voice was THE reason I started listening and ended up following up with their releases, I might have mentioned it before, but its always the texture of voice I like most in a singer, and Shun's voice is a mix of punctuated power, broken-up kind of transition from normal voice to falsetto, unstable, raw, on the verge of sounding like he's drowning and I. LOVE.IT.  Shun left the band to pursue his own passion in rock, and since then the band has turned more mainstream in music. Atsushi is an excellent singer, i would say the more consistent one whom I've never heard falter, but his voice is too generic for my liking, still, a HUGE amount of respect for that guy I have. sry for yoda speech. 

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A song from shun-era: have a listen at 4shared if u dont feel like dlding! Distance

I was intially quite devastated after Shun left, but greatness gives way to even more greatness XD I follow Shun's career still, he has a huge fanbase and remains to this day one of my favourite voices. 

Takahiro auditioned for the place [because he wanted to get Atsushi's autograph on an Exile CD ^^"] and he won i dunno how many people to be the second vocalist. For the few people on my flist who watches tenimyu, rmb how Kujurai had an emergency request to return as kaidoh one season? Well guess what, Takahiro was meant to be the new kaidoh and then he won the exile audition HAHAHA. The audition itself...in the final 6, IMO, 2 other people performed better than him, but Exile made the correct choice in that Takahiro had the most potential and the best voice texture. 

He flunked his 1st live performance with the band [he has stagefright and used up the last of his courage on the final audition concert night], got criticized like woahhhhh and was compared endlessly to Shun.  What did he do? He put in a hell lot of hard work, such that by the first concert, his vocals were completely different to what they were last time, and he hasn't looked back since.  

Takahiro's not as good a singer as Shun or Atsushi, and by this I don't mean he's weak in anyway whatsoever [I'm someone who says Hyde is a weaker singer than Gackt so yeah] , with experience being a glaringly obvious reason, BUT again, he has a stunning quality to his voice. And that by itself has won me over COMPLETELY. When takahiro sings, his voice fills my heart. Seriously. I cannot find a less cliche and suitable way to put it. His voice is to me, somehow, so filling and so full of warmth and sincerity that he is the only singer that makes me feel..well, extremely comforted. One thing about Exile is that they're all so untainted and unaffected by their immense popularity that its just incredible, and takahiro in particular, its like he doesn't even know he's a celebrity.  

One of the best loved exile ballads, and the one Takahiro wanted autographed: Unmei no Hito (Takahiro X Atsushi ver.)
Another typical Exile Ballad: Yasashii Hikari

*They're all live versions. because all my favourite bands are phenomenal live. :D 

And with a smile like that, its not hard to see why he's taken in quite the majority of japan by storm. 

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With Atsushi at an event. *GRIN*
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Current Location: Sydney
Current Mood: awake
Current Music: Kiyokiba Shunsuke - Itsuka
 
 
Kaye
29 January 2010 @ 01:19 am


 What better way to return from exams than with a happy birthday shout-out to my favourite singer! 


 
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Not the best quality, but HQ Bless PV hasn't come out yet so it'll do! To one of my earliest influences and passion in Jculture, to a man I've come to respect as an individual, singer, instrumentalist, composer, lyricist and music idol, here's hoping to another fantastic year of the most important things in your life, and the best of health to you! 

Bless is a beautiful song, the more I listen to it, thank you for the new year gift! Hyde's stage personality and individual charisma is a fantastic complement to his originality in music, and funnily enough, it is his non-flashy yet sincere performances in music that really strikes me how genuine the feelings he expresses are, and I am won over time and again. There's so much love I feel for this man that it is really impossible to say it in a few sentences, it all sums up to a warm, bubbly and frothy feeling inside me in regards to everything and anything that relates to this warm individual, and the fellow fans I've become acquainted with are all fantastic people I'm glad to have met! 
 
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Current Location: room
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Bless-orchestra version
 
 
Kaye
07 October 2009 @ 01:33 am
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Why is he so fcking gorgeous????? 
 

Just finished the Light My Fire 98 tour...Promised Land, Get out from the shell, Shout at the Devil, Voice, Dearest Love are officially my new laruku favourites >B-D And I've discovered the most random lyrics of all time HAHAHAHA: Devils walk in the strawberry fields? WHUT??? Nevertheless, the entire Heart Album now ranks at the top of my list :D  On a random note, L'arc better release Bye Bye VERY very soon or I'm gonna go mad just listening to the 1.30 version of awesomeness.

For L'arc fans, there's this Laruku fan at youtube who makes fantastic "over the years" videos, she basically combines all the different performances of their more famous songs from the different years into one video. The transition of both audio and video is done BEAUTIFULLY, and thats not easy given that she changes the performance with every line sung in the song.

I highly recommend checking out the Anata version, I've always loved the song and have watched the many different performances many times over,  but watching her video here actually made me cry for the first time listening to it, the part where the audience sings just completely overwhelmed me *___*

On other hyde-unrelated issues, I discovered the delicious LJ comm that is JrockSecret and wasted half a day just going through pages of absolute LULZ. Not just the "secrets", but the comments by all the members are freaking hilarious hahahaha. The best one was this one snarking the member of Gazette that wears the noseband saying smth like: Dont like your nose? Then do it the Gackt way: Plastic. omg it was so unexpected that I just rofled for a whole minute HAHAHA.

 
 
 
Current Mood: blankblank
Current Music: Vistlip - Ozone
 
 
Kaye
13 September 2009 @ 10:59 pm
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Have I made a Micky post before?

Haha, how much I love a dbsk song depends on how much of it Micky & Junsu sings lol

His slur is just...XD, and whichever song in which he wails his ultra-high note automatically becomes my favourite^^

Like in Shinhwa where Junjin started singing more, I'm really glad they're giving Micky aLOT more to sing now

Voice may not be as strong as Junsu or Jaejoong, but definitely the one that appeals most to me B-)

This guy has the best effortless style in the group.


 

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Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: DBSK - Love in the Ice
 
 
 
Kaye
12 September 2009 @ 09:37 am
Yeah well, the fact that carisma_sensei made it so perfect is one reason as well,
there's also the fact that the guy is capable of looking like this:
 
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If he ever cut his hair this way again, I swear I'll renew my love for him anew HAHA XD
He looks great with less hair (sorry to all you long-hair fans), it accentuates his features
all the more beautifully- and he does has very nice features ^^

This was also one of the best vocal performances I've heard from him,
And he really needs to wear sleeveless leather more often hehe,
specially since he's tanked up :D

Random: Phantasmagoria is a good VK band >B-)
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Kaye
05 September 2009 @ 08:40 pm
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Let's play a game of guess my age!


You're right.....this was a younger picture of me...


Normal people look like this at 30, right?
 
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Kaye
05 September 2009 @ 11:06 am
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Note to self

Any L'arc en ciel fan should have the following:

1) All their B-Sides + All Hydeless versions of their A sides

2) Nobuyuki Hirakura's Acoustic Guitar album of L'arc en ciel songs

3) Album of L'arc en ciel Piano Instrumental Covers

4) L'arc en ciel Crystal Melody Album (think pretty musical box ver. of the songs)

5) Finale (orchestra version) that isn't on any of their stuff, but in The Ring's OST [god how long did i look for this one]


The piano/guitar covers by very talented musicians out there really give great justice to the quality of Laruku songs, really brings out that intrinsic beauty of all their songs, their simplicity and yet such originality and just *___*

Any Sporeans out there? Go watch this epic fail of our Ms SG universe XD

Thanks YY for that! XD
 

 
 
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Kaye
01 September 2009 @ 11:03 pm
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 Fckin' LOVE him to DEATHHHH. Jajaja. >B-D
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Current Location: room
Current Mood: energeticenergetic
Current Music: Unheilig - Spiegelbild
 
 
Kaye
24 August 2009 @ 09:38 pm
 
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I LOVE his smile. Period. XDDD.

All the wrinkles he has at 40 now are all laughing lines hahahaha.

This would be around...when he was actually in his late 20s. Damn, wish I had paypal to get my 2 dream Hyde mega-big posters zzzz.

On a random note, Dero has the same choker nehe.
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Current Location: Room
Current Music: L'arc en ciel White Feathers