… Or comparing liking a song to falling in love.
There are songs that hit you right in the gut. Just like there is love at first sight, there is love at first listen.
But there are songs that need to be listened to over and over again until you fall in love with it. Sometimes, love takes time to develop too.
Then there are those songs that, no matter how many times you listen to, you’ll never have the same feelings for them. Just like love too, it can’t be forced.
I thought it was the third case for BITTERSWEET, the theme song to MatsuJun’s SHITSUREN CHOCOLATIER. The first time I heard it, I was like… what is this? It’s too bland and too soft! It does not sound like them!
Turns out, Arashi themselves had the same thought the first time they heard the demo. They couldn’t even tell which was the bridge or the chorus, which was one of the first quibbles I had. There’s just no high or low point to the song.
I even thought perhaps they changed their songwriters. While I welcome a new sound for them, I certainly didn’t like them sounding like other J-pop groups. BITTERSWEET sounded something like those other groups would sing.
When they sang it live on MUSIC STATION, my dislike was kind of mollified, especially since the choreography done by Riida was so upbeat and interesting. But still, it was not enough to really take to the song.
No matter how many times I listened to it, often while watching ChocoJun (or how fans call SHITSUREN CHOCOLATIER), I just couldn’t get into its groove, which was kind of frustrating because I badly wanted to like it all out of loyalty.
But then, I don’t know what happened. When I watched the Valentine’s Day performance on MUSIC STATION, I suddenly found myself liking the song. Well, even before then, I was developing feelings for it already but I wasn’t sure if it was out of loyalty, pity or if I sincerely really liked it.
The song has been on loop in my head since then. I find myself humming the song at odd times of the day and that brings a smile.
It must be love.
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