Saturday, October 06, 2012

Inspirations, chop chop!

Hi people! So I finally have some mood to write some post. However this post maybe --or maybe not-- useful for you. Anyway, since I've been on some artistic works lately, I would like to share how I manage to get some inspirations. So here it is, what I usually do when I need to get some inspirations:

The easiest way for me to unleash imaginations in my brain is listening to the music. Not only listening though, it’s more like err... grasp the whole feeling? I mean I’m trying to set my ears wide open so I can hear every single layer that lies on the music. I’m paying attention to its melody and listen clearly to how the drums, piano, guitar, and bass play together in order to give the best harmony. I usually find myself smiling whenever I hear some nice arrangement and to be honest I’m pretty pleased with songs that give a lot of piano, string, saxophone, and flute sounds. Last but not least, try to understand more through its lyrics. I love to know the story behind those magical arrangements and by understanding the lyrics will make me more drown to the songs.

My most favorite band from Indonesia for the arrangements and lyrics is SORE. They are genius! I mean, until now I haven’t been really into any Indonesia’s band except SORE. It’s been a long time since their last album, but a few days ago I found out that they are preparing their next album. Woohoo, can’t wait! If you willing to hear some of their works, you have google machine. Use it, wisely or not.

And the most jaw dropping arrangement for me is Killer Tune by Tokyo Jihen (you can download the mp3 here). It’s not only the arrangement that makes me amazed but also their instrument skills! Seeing them playing their instrument seems... UNREAL. How could people play something so complicated yet it looks so... effortless. Damn it, Tokyo Jihen, I’m out of words. Enough said.

(I suppose to put a picture here, but yeah I don't have anything to put)

The next thing is something related to #1: watch music videos. #1 is something that will please your ears while this point will please your eyes. It’s not like I love seeing the lead role in some music video --well it counts too somehow--, it’s because there are other things that I could explore from music video. Like the whole story line, the clothes they wear, props they use, the overall color they choose, and on and on. The idea of making a music video is somehow to entertain and to attract people to listen to the songs. I’m pretty sure you all know about the “Gangnam Style” phenomenon. I try to listen to the songs without watching the video, and it’s totally... MEH. Despite I don’t understand the words his speaking, I’m not really into that style of music. But when I watch the video, OH MY GOD THAT’S SO WEIRD AND FASCINATING IN THE SAME TIME! I mean who would have an idea to make horse riding as a dance routine? That’s totally creative and eye-catchy. So you know, because of watching the video more than once, somehow the song keeps repeating on my head. See, that’s the power of music video.

So, if I had to choose one music video that really fascinates me --clearly it’s not Gangnam Style because the song didn’t work for me-- it will be Pieces by L`Arc~en~Ciel (I'm sorry for being soooo biased, Japanese music is what I fancy). The whole story line is just.... breathtaking. I mean, the song itself is already majestic, and the music video just makes it more perfect. Here's the video:

My second recommendation is Kono Yo no Kagiri by Shiina Ringo. In the music video, instead of using real instruments as props, they used leeks as a trumpet, a netbook as a piano, baguette breads and rulers as strings, and a counting machine as a triangle. It’s a fun music video. Well it’s not the most fascinating music video, but I had a hard time choosing one, so yeah I guess this still do. Anyway, here's the video:

konoyo no kagiri by lilyphilia

While #1 and #2 are something you can do at home and in front of your computer, the next thing will be something that related with nature. Yeah, it’s hanging out! Either hanging out by myself or with friends. Hanging out in my neighborhood is pretty fun, especially when I have almost-2-years-old nephew that love to giggle almost all the time (thank God he's not crying) and had so much fun just to walk around the neighborhood.

Anyway, my most favorite place for hanging out in my lovely city is KEBUN RAYA or in English, Botanical Garden. That’s pretty make sense, since almost all of my photos were taken there. I go there not only to take some photos, but also to enjoy the scenery. But you know, some of my friends find it weird that I usually go to Botanical Garden by myself.. They were like: “What are you doing there?” and sometime to avoid the unending questions of me going to Kebun Raya by myself, I answered: “Taking pictures, what else?”. Anyway, that’s what I like to do though. For me, enjoying the nature is one way to get some inspirations.


And before I realized it, I blabbered too much only for these 3 simple things. I will continue the list another time (and yes, it’s NOT a promise). I think it will be nice too if you could share things you do when you need inspirations.. Looking forward to it! See you on another post!

Friday, October 05, 2012

I'm being me

I’ve never been a really ambitious person. True story.

I’m type of person that let my life flows. When bad things occurred, I might be sad but I realized that I learned something. When good things popped out, I might smile all the day. When I didn’t get what I want, I might shriek a little but then I just thought it wasn’t for me. And when I achieved something, I simply thought that my hard work pay off. As simple as that. Nothing more nothing less.

It’s not like I’m an expression-less person. I just try to be not really emotional with every single thing that happened in my life. With this kind of personality, people seems get me wrong. They think I’m a person with zero motivation and have no intention to challenge myself. These kind of opinions kept going on and however it made me went to a really deep thoughts.... Am I? Is it true? Is it wrong to be like this?

Once, I really thought that I need to change. I thought I should challenge myself more. I tried hard to show my competitive side. I tried something that really out of my league. I put myself into the limit. I became someone I never knew before.

In the end, I was confused. It didn’t feel right. Why would I try so hard just to please others opinions? I know who I really am and I know exactly what I want to be. I’m not even proud for being such person. For being so competitive and ambitious, especially on things that I never fond of. It felt suck knowing that I was being someone else. To be honest, I’m embarrassed.

You might think quote “BE YOURSELF” is such a useless advice in this world. But, the fact is, it is hard to be who you really are. People continually give their critics and opinions to us. It is good if we could set those opinions aside. But most of case, without realizing it, we live for others opinions and preferences. I think that’s why word “mainstream” exist. People will do everything to be accepted in a society.

I have no doubt that suggestions from others are necessary. But in the end of day, it’s us who decide what will we do with our life and how you want to live in it, not others. I really believe that each person in this world has their own uniqueness and has their own role in this world. So keep doing what you enjoy the most and stop being someone we never really wanted.

Anyway, it might be a really cliche post if I write “be yourself” in the end. So, here you go...