“chAngE”- miwa

This song is so ridiculously cute!

Now, if you watch the anime BLEACH you will probably recognize this song as the 12th opening song used on the show.  I love this song!  Since I have no idea how many of my readers know Japanese well enough to understand what this song is about, let me tell you.  The song is basically about changing to become more like yourself.  In other words, the song is about breaking the mask that one wears most of the time and not being afraid to be yourself regardless of how others see you.  In fact, let me translate it for you.

Change! I won’t slow and I won’t be swept away
I want to stay honest to how I feel now
Change! No matter how many times I am reborn
I will run while embracing my sadness

I encountered a pleasant betrayal but I won’t be swayed
It’s not enough, it’s not finished. Whatever, just try to distort me more
In this patterned world I sometimes lose sight of who I am
I don’t want to be stereotyped. Don’t jump to conclusions

I will continue on a trackless path
If I just stand around waiting nothing will happen

Change! I won’t slow and I won’t be swept away
I want to stay honest to how I feel now
I won’t docilely do what others want me to do
Change! No matter how many times I am reborn
I will run while embracing my sadness

I can’t return to your side again
In my own way, I wanna change!

Why are you hesitating like that? Where did that endless hunger of yours go?
I won’t fade away or rust away. I’ll break free and play even louder
Will the world notice how I have changed and reflect my current self?
What is reflected in the future you wish for?

I set off to a loveless tomorrow
Don’t hold me back, even if you miss you. I want to move forward

Change! I won’t stop and I won’t look back
I want to always chase after the truth
I feel I can even grow fond of my tears
Change! I won’t forget and I won’t lose
I will run while embracing my happiness

Even if I am separated from your side
In my own way, I wanna change!

If you are here after I have changed
If I am here after you have changed

Change!
Change!

I’ll start running

Change! I won’t slow and I won’t be swept away
I want to stay honest to how I feel now
I won’t docilely do what others want me to do
Change! No matter how many times I am reborn
I will run while embracing my sadness

If we can look at the same scenery
I won’t ever return to your side
In my own way, I wanna change!

Awesome!  It really is a good song.  Miwa was twenty when this song came out.  Also, she writes most of her own songs.  If you are wondering why there is the odd capitalization in the title, that has to do with her changing as an artist.  She was primarily known for her use of an acoustic guitar before this song came out.  In essences, she changed from an acoustic to an electric. Catch it yet?  the capital A is acoustic and the capital E is for electric; “chAngE”.  Oh miwa, you clever girl.  No, I did not spell that wrong either.  Her artist name is spelled in all lowercase.  Her other songs are pretty good too, but this one just makes me so happy.

There is version of the video that isn’t live, but it seems to have vanished from YouTube.  Not sure where it went.  It was pretty cute too.  Oh well, I guess the version above is just as good.  She performs well.  This video makes it look like she is lip-syncing, but I really cannot tell if that is because the quality isn’t the best or if she actually is.  I say that because on the telly there is sometimes a weird delay that causes all audio to be off and it makes watching the weather really funny when the audio is still playing about snow and the weatherman is pointing to the sun.  That being said, there are other videos of miwa live that are amazing.  So, this video is not what I am basing my opinion  when I say she performs well live.  Another thing that I have noticed is that Americans seem to think that just because they don’t understand the language, the person performing it live must be lip-syncing it.  Not true!  I can sing in several languages that people don’t know and they don’t think I’m lip-syncing it.  Also,   if you listen to this and then the version from  BLEACH you will notice that there are few differences in the sound that lead me to believe that this video wasn’t lip-synced.

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