Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Don't worry, be happy. (心配しないで、幸せになれ。)

So I guess I've resigned myself to an every-other-day schedule.

Oh well, there are worse things.

In any event, I thought I'd share with you all a very cheerful, uplifting song today.

Because, sometimes, isn't that exactly what we need?

ウルフルズ (or Ulfuls, for those of you who've seen them romanized), once again according to my beloved Wikipedia, "is a Japanese rock band from Osaka. The band name Ulfuls is derived from a misreading of the word "soulful," found on the cover of one of the band members' favorite records." And when we say from Osaka, we mean it; these guys are awesome because instead of singing in mostly 標準語, or standard Japanese, they use their native 関西弁 (Kansai-dialect) quite liberally. And, of course, being a lover of all things Kansai, naturally they get a nod from me.

Apparently, they stopped touring in 2009 though... sad news. Oh well, they can't all go on forever!

Anyway, the song I wanted to share with you all today is, as mentioned above, very uplifting. The title itself, 「ええねん」 is a testament to that. How to translate... aaah. In 標準語、it would either be 「いいんだ」 or 「いいんだよ」, which would roughly translate to "it's good"/"it's fine." Unfortunately, the English doesn't quite get it across... Especially the Kansai version. Because, darn it, Kansai is deep stuff.

The message of the song, however, can be boiled down to "it's all right if you fail, it's all right if you have to start again, it's all right if you do this this and this." It sort of implies that it's all right because you have someone... but I choose to interpret that as meaning lover, friend, family, whatever. Open to your interpretation. Or you can just ignore that part, as I do sometimes.

It is, however, a very good song to listen to when you're down. Especially if you've just been... I don't know, turned down by a job? Yea. That kind of situation.

This time I've embedded it in my blog, because hey, I suddenly remembered what a pain it is to click on links, etc. Sorry about that, kids.

This is Edo, signing off and hoping this song made you happy.

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