Tempo of this Slope || By Soulfully (☄)
｢ I don't have any... because my "favorite thing" is just this moment, right now.」
As a tribute for Sakamichi no Apollon, I tried my hand at making this jazzy and playful piano solo with a bit of cello and music box sounds. It’s a nonsensical and boisterous tune to illustrate the essence of Kaoru, Ritsuko, and Sentarou’s friendship altogether. Because through all the conflicts and mishaps in this story, you learn that when words aren’t quite enough, music will say the rest.
The jazz soundtrack of “Sakamichi no Apollon” is composed by Yoko Kanno, my favorite Japanese animation composer that I’dspazz over for just a few hours about why I like her. (; o ;) I know I’m pretty much a chicklet in hatching compared to her masterful music, but here’s brief look at some things that I learned this time around:
For the rest of this month, I’ll be making tribute songs for musically or emotionally rich stories & games; some of my all time favorites included. It’s a prompt that gives me a chance to study a variety of genres and composer styles / patterns informally. So if you’re familiar with anything below, I may make something for it soon—
(With more to be added, if I can go through this first batch.)
(Japanese poem written in the Heian era, containing each character of the Japanese syllables exactly once.)
This would be one of those songs where the idea of it initially sounded very good, then it turned out very different when executed. My confidence took a sharp drop with this song, but regardless of that there’s still some interesting, worthwhile things I learned.
"If you're holding tight to faith
Then I'm afraid to say you'll lose it anyway.
Because you're different, every mile per minute."
(A little peek at something that’ll be done tomorrow!)
in the distant
a low bellow croaks;
my familiar friend frowns,
regretfully letting me go.
in silky waters,
the night clouds have fallen
to the soft rippling approach
of my wooden sailing oars.
but my shadow feels small
to the flight of crow caws;
we’re all melting in the night
trying to reach for the other side.
Kyoto Serenade » Journal #26 ♫
Notes: I tried building this simple melody to a great sweeping, sentimental atmosphere. It was based off a haiku I read a few weeks ago about a man waiting for a loved one. It’s also my attempt at creating a fictional romanticized scene from 17th century Japan: imagine somewhere in the humdrums of Kyoto, a haiku poet rests quietly below wind-blown cherry blossom trees, carefully painting several words of poetry into parchment paper. But ink spills, his brush nearly slips out of grip; he’s caught by surprise.
This tune illustrates the stirring feeling of joy and anticipation of meeting someone after a long wait; a moment where poetry doesn’t matter quite as much the person in front of you.