Sometimes it pays to watch shows like MUSIC STATION because it can be educational in the sense you get to widen your music appreciation by watching other artists perform. Artists that you won’t spare a moment to listen to simply because, well, you don’t know their music, or you just have your staple playlist of your favorite artists that’s on loop.
Sometimes it’s not the first time I’ve heard heard the song but then I’d go, ah, so they’re the ones who sang this. Sometimes, I can’t even remember where I first heard the song. Like in the case of Mongol800’s Chiisana koi no Uta.
I know I’ve heard the song before I watched a clip of the band performing on MUSIC STATION, but I just couldn’t remember where. Someone on Twitter kindly pointed out that it was in the OST of Yamapi’s PROPOSAL DAISAKUSEN; his drama character supposedly loved the song. I’ve watched the drama a long time ago and I couldn’t even remember the song but it’s been on loop since I re-discovered it on MSta.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who listens to a song I like over and over again until I get tired of it. (I feel sorry for the artists though because it’s like they’re singing the song over and over and over again and they can’t be tired until I get tired of the song myself.)
Same thing happened when I first heard Funky Monkey Babys’ Ato Hitotsu. I listened to it for days on end.
It’s sadder now to listen to the song since the band broke up because DJ Chemical had to put his religion as a priority (he became the chief priest at his temple). One has to admire the trio for deciding to altogether disband than continue with just two or a new member but it’s still heartbreaking to watch their old performances, and I wasn’t even a fan.
Sekai no Owari’s Starlight Parade is another song that I put on loop when I need a break from my staple of Arashi and CNBLUE songs (sorry, I’m a creature of habit).
The band is famous for their RPG/anime theme songs and their performances are always fun to watch (but not because of that member who wears the clown mask, which is kind of scary for me as it reminds me of a Guy Fawkes mask).
Even a four-hour program like Kouhaku can be an educational exercise because it exposes the viewer to a wide range of music including traditional, as well as a variety of artists. And most of the time, I have to credit Arashi and CNBLUE for making me sit through other artists’ performances. While I don’t necessarily end up being a fan of any of them, at least I have slightly lessened my ignorance about other music.
Now excuse me while I listen to this little love song again.
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