Being the couple of anime geeks that we are, my wife and I discovered Lucy Rose’s music through the opening song for the second season of Mushishi, a very contemplative and unconventional anime. After hearing the song (“Shiver”), we immediately went online to find out more about the artist and listen to her stuff.
Since then, Lucy’s music has been a part of our everyday playlists. And when we found out about her trip through South America and Mexico, we were very exited about seeing her live for the first time. Up until that point, we hadn’t bothered to dig up any information about who Lucy was, or where she stood in the music industry. We hadn’t even watched most of her music videos. For all we knew, she was a renowned artist that could have easily toured in larger venues, so we were lucky she was playing for free at such small and personal places.
I finally got around to watching this anime series after a few years of having watched the first series, so I decided to write up a quick review while it’s still fresh in my memory.This will help kick off the new type of reviews for the site, that you can now select in our shiny new menu. But I digress…
I mentioned this is the second series, but fear not: although this is the second Fullmetal Alchemist series, it’s not a sequel. It’s in fact a retelling of the story that follows the original manga more closely.
For those of you unfamiliar with this saga, Fullmetal Alchemist is based on a manga by Hiromu Arakawa. It’s about a world set in a fictional European-style 1900’s era where alchemy is commonplace, and treated as a formal science (although it’s actually performed like a magical ritual of sorts). Alchemists are people who understand the law of equivalent exchange and are able to transmute matter with the help of “transmutation circles”. The circles and the process itself has a more mystic feeling to it than scientific rigor, since the alchemists are able to perform it by channeling power but do not fully understand who or why is it exactly that allows them to so. Their knowledge is limited to drawing the right transmutation circles, by knowing the chemical components of whatever it is they are trying to transmute. This would normally be a complaint against the plot, but it doesn’t go unaddressed. In fact, this very mystery is the main source of the overarching plot.
Once again, let’s start a playlist for the year. But here’s the new dynamic: I’ll add the albums I’m currently listening to, limiting myself to the last 2 or 3 productions of every artists, and I’ll specify which tracks are my favorites in each album. And since most of them will be fairly new releases, not all the music will be available on YouTube, so I’ll give you links to the official websites so you can buy the music in whatever format you prefer. I’ll eventually make a list in YouTube with the songs that are available there.
So here’s the list in alphabetical order, which will be updated throughout the year:
To reinvent oneself every year is a common goal among us humans, don’t you think?. In my case, that trite saying has been a defining albeit involuntary aspect of life. I have more “past lives” in this life than I would like.
But here we are again, with an update to the site I had been processing for the past 5 months: “Hello!! Save Data”, remade, now with a menu (also for mobile devices), little icons and other trinkets. Most of the changes are a gift to myself, since they’re supposed to facilitate the process of administrating the site. Let’s see if we can finally write more often!
Great things are on the way, like the launch of “Astro Web” and my struggle for survival in the freelancing world. For now, I leave you with a song by Porcupine Tree that helps me remember all those past souls and lives:
I woke up and I had a big idea To buy a new soul at the start of every year I paid up and it cost me pretty dear Here’s a hymn to those that disappear.
Trying something new and easier to handle, I give you a playlist that will include everything I listen to regularly throughout the year. There will be music that I first listened to many years ago, and I’ve picked up again with a new appreciation; music from last year’s playlist that I still listen to; music from a few years ago that I’m just now discovering; and pretty newer music that has represented very accurately what this year has meant to me.
Give it a listen, play it on shuffle and enjoy a little more than 3 hours of music (and counting). In its due time, I’ll be commenting on the albums it includes.