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Thursday, April 19, 2007


While I always read Halcali's blog whenever it gets updated, I usually think their posts about what films they watched and what they did in Osaka wouldn't be that interesting to you, and the few times when they mention recording or playing live aside, I usually don't post about it.

Here's what Haruka wrote yesterday though:


Google Earthで世界旅行を地味に楽しんでみたり・・・



I don't know when you'll get to hear it, but...

I don't even know if it's something you'll want to hear in the first place, but...

I've just been writing rap (lyrics) over and over, having no idea what kind of song it's going to turn into, and getting really anxious about it.

No lyrics were coming to mind at all...

Suddenly, I just started to clean my room, then aimlessly recheck my e-mail, and then mess around taking a trip around the world on Google Earth.

OK, to put it bluntly:

I'm running away.

She goes on to talk about how she read about a designer in a fashion magazine, who kept postponing an exhibition, but instead of coming out with the predictable "great art takes time and I'm suffering for it" line, he used something quite a bit more personal, maybe even selfish, to explain why. He said that the simple fact is that his life will sometimes intrude on his work, and when that happens ("If my dog gets sick, for example, that's going to be higher on my priorities than putting on a show") his job is going to have to wait.

Why Haruka liked this, and why it relates here, is that it's often easy to forget that artists, painters, poets, novelists and pop stars are people too, who do people things and must also live their people lives.

Halcali are certainly a band who are more honest and open about the process of being in a pop band than frankly any other band I've ever come across in their position. It's certainly hard to imagine another band like this coming on the internet and admitting that, yes, there was a point where they had to sit down and try to write the music you're listening to now, and that yes, there were also points where they couldn't think of a single line and so made themselves that 15th cup of tea to put it off for another 15 minutes instead. Reading Haruka's post reminded me of when I was writing my dissertation on Satre and J.D Salinger in university.

She closes with a more familiar (but still good to hear for those of us waiting for the new album) "I'll work hard to get it done, just wait a little longer!", but I hope they'll be more posts on their blog like this in the future.

All that aside, it's good to read about them getting more and more involved in the writing, isn't it? Roll on "spring/summer 2007" I say.


Anonymous sora-kara said...

I can't imagine how tough it must be to have to write lyrics. even just some of the time.

of course i want them to have creative input and what not, but its also great for them to not stress themselves out too much over such things.

i dont mind if they hand over some control to other people. as long as it sounds good and they maintain the 'halcaliness' of it. ^_^
but, lets hope she gets back on the ball and gives it her all. (haha, what a typical message i have here...)

still...i am getting a little ancy about a new album. but she says be patient....so thats what i'll do. :P

4:32 PM

Anonymous Cobs said...

For a second there I thought you were going to write they are disbanding. "OK, to put it bluntly:

I'm running away."

Thankfully, not.

10:43 PM

Anonymous Novaforever said...

Oh god I thought it sounded like they were disbanding at first too. I almost had a heart attack there! But i'm really glad to hear that they are doing more writing.

I can't wait til the album comes out! I'm gonna be in Japan this summer, and I really want to be able to buy the album while i'm there!

1:19 PM

Blogger jariten said...

No-one's splitting up!

If they're still in the lyrics writing stage, I wonder what that means for the release date of the new album. I still expect to see another single out just before it to promote it (perhaps that song they were working on with Fantastic Plastic Machine), even if that does potentially mean that we'll have heard half the album before even putting it on.
Hopefully, hopefully they'll be a decent bit of news up soon.

8:06 AM


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