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NEW SOPHIA SOLO PROJECT:
Season of Ghosts
【The Human Paradox】
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Do you like ” Touhou Metal “? Someone sent a request for the lyrics of this song. It’s a song I did some years ago with SAVE THE QUEEN, a side project that released doujin covers of Touhou Project videogame songs. It’s basically the background music of the game, arranged with proper instrumentation and lyrics.





I’d used the alias “Somnium” for that release.

All lyrics by me.

 

Save the Queen – EX-TERMINATION lyrics

[from the Barrage Am Ring 1 A/side compilation album]


When the sky above and the stars are calling

Solitary moonlight now unfolding

Night flower shadows blooming at midnight

You know the time has come to go out and fight

 

And you think you’re falling down

And you fear you’re breaking down

In pieces

And you think you’re going down

There is nowhere you can run

 

Aiming higher

Flying higher

Rising higher

Above the fire

The truth in your eyes

Pierces through my heart

Enthralling beauty

Your wish is my command

Open your eyes and take my hand!

 

When the wind cries and the birds stop singing

Hope lies beyond the dreaming

When shadows look brighter than life

You know the time has come to go out and fight


And you think you’re falling down

And you fear you’re breaking down

Fair princess

And you think you’re going down

There is nowhere you can hide

 

Aiming higher

Flying higher

Rising higher

Above the fire

The truth in your eyes

Pierces through my heart

Enthralling beauty

Your wish is my command

Open your eyes and take my hand!

 

 

And you think you’re falling down

And you fear you’re breaking down

In pieces

And you think you’re going down

There is nowhere you can run


Aiming higher

Flying higher

Rising higher

Above the fire

The truth in your eyes

Pierces through my heart

Enthralling beauty

Your wish is my command

Open your eyes and take my hand!


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いつもここのアメブロを読んでくれるの皆、ありがとうございます。最近はSeason of Ghostsのホームページに新しいブログを始めました。

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とり合えずこのアメブロも新しいブログもアップデートをしますし、相変わらずに英語も日本語でも書き続けます。では、これからも宜しくお願いします!ラブラブ
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…can really sound miserable sometimes. Or at least to those who endorse a completely different life philosophy. I’m often criticised by my surroundings for my workaholic attitude. When I work, I don’t care about weekends, holidays, timetables, overtime or socialising. Work is work and things that can wait can wait, but the trick is to know when and to who you must over-deliver. That’s the fine line that distinguishes someone who simply works and works and someone who works and WINS.

The above opinion will probably be dismissed as too snobbish by some, but it pays off if you sit and think for a moment. The point is not to have popular opinions, but efficient and productive ones. Popular opinions tend to reflect average situations, which lead to average lifestyles, which is perfectly fine of course, if that’s what you’re aiming at.

Popular opinions have traditionally inhibited my breathing, though and that very feeling of suffocation is what led me to my present life. The path that originally was set out for me by my -generous nevertheless- parents, was the life of a lawyer and hotel manager. The latter of which is not bad at all (I can’t say the same for the first one, though). However, as a highly adventurous spirit, I refused to accept something that was too easy and pre-cooked, so instead, I started coming up with DIY projects that sounded totally impossible for the Greek standards, 10 years ago, but managed to gain mainstream publicity, a thing which gradually evolved into my current occupation.

At the end of the day, it’s all about thinking differently in the *right*, most effective way. I’m not saying I achieved work results of a colossal magnitude, but at least anything that I have humbly achieved until now, is no work of magic. It’s the direct outcome of strategic planning and the respective actions. I didn’t have to trick anyone into anything, or sleep with anyone, or do them special favours (which is a popular opinion of how women get to places) ; I didn’t win the lottery and things didn’t just happen out of nowhere. You plant the seed, you water the seed every day, you visualise the beautiful flowers that will come out and you wait. That’s how things HAPPEN.

Obviously, if I had been defending my weekend, my holidays, my sleeping schedule, my party time with friends and family etc with a religious zeal, none of this would have happened. It’s all a matter of choice. I believe timing is everything and depending on what you want to achieve, you gotta make certain sacrifices in your prolific years, without ending up like a no-life or a hospital bed occupant.

Therefore, I believe that being able to balance TODAY with the bigger picture of TOMORROW, is ideal. So what do you guys think?音譜

 


 

上の記事は日本の現実と結構違うと気がするので、今回は英語だけ。自分の仕事の世界観について書いています ^^音譜


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Well, it has been decided. You will soon be able to access my blog via my homepage seasonofghosts.com .
I will still update this blog for users who prefer Ameba (plus I'm horribly attached to my internet accounts ><) , so worry not.

Let's see how this turns out 音譜


ブログ引越し?
前も書いたけど、もうすぐブログをHPから直接に読めるようになるよ!
seasonofghosts.com  

でもアメブロの方が好きな方安もして!ここのブログもアップデートをし続くから。楽しみ! 音譜

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It's been almost a week without Vouli and I didn't have the courage to write anything on this blog until now. I'm sorry about that.

No one was home during or after the incident, so I had to take the shovel and dig in the garden, preparing a small grave as appropriately as possible. My best friend did something unexpectedly sweet and gave me ashes and a stone she had brought back from her trip to a Guatamala volcano. According to the legend, those ashes come from the underworld, so offering them to a deceased person is a special way to say farewell. I won't even go through the process of explaining the torrents of thought, the violent sensations and feelings involved. If you've been through something similar you know exactly what I'm talking about.


Vouliちゃんが亡くなったから一週間ぐらいたったね。ブログを書く力がなくてすみません。

あの日はそして次の日も家に誰も居なくて、一人で庭で出来るほど綺麗な墓を掘ってみた。そして、友達は凄くやさしくて、グアテマラの火山から石と火山灰をもってくれた。伝統によって、あの火山の灰は冥土から来てるので、亡くなったのだれかにその灰をあげると、特別なさようならになる。私の気持ちと思いなどを説明をする必要ないと思う。理解出来る人は理解は出来るからね。。。





The sun was shining bright and the funeral was short and silent. Linda and me were the sole attendants. She stood still next to me all along, from the beginning to the very end. And that's also the reason I like animals: they have respect and understanding and compassion.

あの日の太陽はとても明るかった。葬式は短くて静かだった。私以外、来てくれたのはリンダだけだった。最初から最後まで、ずっとそばにおとなしく座っていた。それは人間より動物の方が好きの理由だね:リスペクトと理解と思いやりがある。





Speaking of Linda, she still is very depressed and looking for Vouli every day. She was never kind to him while he was alive, but deep inside there was a feeling of unity between them.

Three days after Vouli's passing, I made a traditional Greek sweet offered at memorials. I've never made it for a human until now, but I made it for my cat, as he was worth more than most people I know...We travelled thousands of kilometers together, so many places, under good and bad conditions, yet in perfect harmony with each other and with such an energetic alignment, that calling him a "pet" would be an understatement. Honestly speaking, he was my "familiar animal", although I don't practice witchcraft.


リンダと言えば、あの日から凄く落ち込んでいる。Vouliを毎日探している。生きていたまで彼に全然優しくなかったのに、あの二人はどう見ても繋がっていたよ。

Vouliが亡くなった3日間後は、伝統的なギリシャお菓子を作ってみた。普段に葬式などに作るお菓子です。今まで人間の為に作ったことなかったけど、私のネコの為に初めて作った。ずっと一緒に長い旅して、色んな場所を見て、明るい時も暗い時もずっとお互いのそばに居て、二人のエネルギーはお互いに完璧なハーモニーだった。エネルギー的に話したら、ペットより使い魔のような生き物だったね。私は魔女じゃないのに。





The sweet consists of boiled wheat, spices like cinnamon and clove, various nuts and raisins, topped with powder sugar. I took the liberty of adding dried coconut and cashews to the mix and decorating the sweet with a cute cinnamon heart, just because Voulis was fabulous and he deserved something more special than the average . I'm afraid this recipe is one of my favourite things to eat. Too bad it's so closely linked to death.

お菓子は茹でた小麦とシナモンとクローブと他のスパイス、そしてくるみ、アルモンド、セサミとレーズンに作られる。最後は砂糖パウダー。Vouliは素敵な王子様だったから、普通のレシピよりもっとスペシャルなことを作りたかったから、ドライココナツとカシュナッツも入れた。可愛いハートもシナモンで作った。このお菓子は本当に大好きなお菓子だけど、死亡に繋がっていて残念だ。。




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Today marks the end of an era. Just an hour ago, my beloved feline companion, Voulis Beelzebub, the Prince Fabulous, passed away after approximately 19 years of life. I never learned his exact age, as he was a rescued cat, but they told me he was about 4-5 when I adopted him. We'd been living together since 2000.

You can read Voulis' story here:
http://ameblo.jp/sakurasomnium/entry-11790602652.html

He refused to eat since last night and today he tried drinking milk, but instead he stumbled and fell in the bowl several times. I had to attend a friend's birthday party tonight until late, so I left him sleeping on the kitchen floor, hoping he would be better later. He was weak this last month and every possible old age symptom appeared out of nowhere, although he had been moderately fine until a month ago.

I came home and he was lying on the floor in the exact same position I'd left him. He was still breathing. I made him notice me and stroked his head. He shook his right paw, reaching for my hand. I tried to give him milk with a syringe but he didn't react. Instead, he stretched his neck to the back, he started having spasms, stretched his mouth open and finally a deep breath. His whiskers trembled subtly for a while, while his eyes were fixed on me. Then he stopped breathing.


今日は大切な仲間は亡くなりました。素敵王子のVoulis Beelzebubは19年の後なくなりました。捨てられたネコだったから、年齢はきちんと知らなかったけど4-5歳の時から出会った。2000から一緒に暮らしていた。

Vouliちゃんのストーリはこちらへ:

http://ameblo.jp/sakurasomnium/entry-11790602652.html

昨日からなにも食べなくて、今日は牛乳を飲もうとした時、ボールの中で顔で落ちてた。今日は友達の誕生日パーティだったから遅くまで外に居た。かれはずっと寝て、帰るまで多分回復すると希望してた。最後の一ヶ月Vouliは色々苦しんでいた。その時までだいたい元気だったのに。。。

家に帰って、彼は同じ位置でキッチンの床で居た。こんばんはを言って、彼はソフィア帰ったと気づいて右の手を動かして、私の手を掴んだ。少しミルクをあげようとしたけど、リアクションがなかった。そして、喉を後ろまでのばして、手と足を伸ばしてスパズム(発作?)あった。そして深いな呼吸。私の目を見ながら呼吸は止んでしまった。




[picture I took yesterday, when we took Vouli to the vet. He walked a bit and relaxed in her yard]
「昨日の写真。医者に行った時Vouliは医者の庭で少し散歩をした)

He had always been a gentleman with fine manners and he proved it until his last breath. He fought to stay alive, waiting for me,, so he wouldn't look rude, leaving without a last goodbye. The Prince Fabulous will be dearly missed. No one will ever be as fabulous as him. A rebel aristocrat and my only love at first sight.

彼はずっと完璧な礼儀のジェントルマンだったから、最後の呼吸までジェントルマンだった。ソフィアは帰るまで頑張って待っていて、帰った後すぐに。。。さようならなしで亡くなったら失礼な男に見えると思っていたから、私に待ってくれた。永遠に素敵王子様。そして私のたった一つの一目惚れ。



As of today, I have a Ghost Cat. Ironically enough, very fitting.
Rest in peace, Vouli.


では、今日から私はゴーストネコが居ます。皮肉だけど、そうです。
さようなら、Vouli.




[photos from 2009]





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私たちの恐怖はゴーストのようです。


"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face...we must do that which we think we cannot."

[after gym, in my new, Ghostbusters tee オバケ ジムの後。Ghostsbustersの新しいTシャツです!」
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It's been longer than a year since I left Japan and I had absolutely no chance to go back, as I've been working on my album frantically all along. I can't say that my sacrifice wasn't worth it. You give up a lesser good for something even better, that's how it works...but it's also true I miss Japan a lot.

ギリシャに帰った時からもう一年以上たったね。去年から日本に戻る時間全然なかった。ずううううっとアルバムで忙しかった。もうアルバム終わったから早く日本に戻りたい!



I've had mixed experiences and many many intense moments, yet I still consider it to be my second home and I miss it dearly as such. Will 2014 give me the chance to go back? Let's see... 音譜

日本の思い出といえば明るいことも沢山あるし、暗いことも沢山あるけど、二番目の家のように感じてる。2014は戻る機会が生まれるかな?楽しみ音譜





The usual process: Limousine bus to Narita from Shinjuku Station (and I always buy a melon pan, a triangular sandwich and a juice for breakfast)

いつもの手続き:新宿駅から成田へのリムジンバス (そして相変わらずのメロンパン、サンドとジュースの朝ごはん)




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The last couple months have been an especially rough period on many people and I had the time to ponder over more things than I could ever find pleasant to. The various every day incidents kept consuming me, to the point I sometimes felt energy-less. Of course I believe that every drop of energy spent was spent for a good cause, however this left me energy-less from time to time.

Exactly two months back, I also had the pleasure to meet five little fur-balls, that kept my hands busy and filled my heart with all sorts of positive emotions every single day. The last few weeks, they also occupied my room's balcony, transforming it into a 24h playground and positive energy powerhouse. They've been my companions while walking down a steep, curvy road and I really feel thankful about that. In return, I did whatever I could to keep them safe and happy.


最近の2ヶ月は多くの人に辛かったよね。色々な事に考える時間沢山あった。。ていうか考えすぎた。毎日なにかあって、ずっとエネルギー使って使って、たまに疲れてた。勿論そのエネルギーはいい事の為に使ったから嬉しかったけど、時々本当にエネルギーないと感じてた。

後 は、2ヶ月前は小さなファーボールの5匹と出会えた。彼らのおかげで毎日忙しくて、毎日心は素敵な気持ちでいっぱいだった。そして、最近の何週間は、部屋 についてるバルコニーに居て、バルコニーは一日中遊び場みたいし、Positiveエネルギーの工業みたい。あの5匹は難しくて急峻な道で私のそばに楽し く歩いてきた。それは凄くありがたいから、かれらを一所懸命守った。


And tomorrow I'll finally have to say goodbye to one of them. I hate goodbyes more than anything, because I get ridiculously emo, drowning in unreasonable depths of guilt because for example I cannot keep all the cats I meet on the street, I can't save everything and everyone I'd want to save and eventually I end up feeling weak and small, disappointed at myself for not being a superhuman with infinite saving powers, to stop everything that is sad and unfair in the world and protect everyone and everything that needs it. If there was ever a dream job application that could include "superhuman", I'd definitely be the first to apply.

Well, the good news is I've found a kind human to give the kitty to and I hope it will be happy and live a long, healthy life and I hope it understands I'm not a cruel person for taking it away from its furry family. I think kitties are smart enough to understand human language, so I'm going to talk to them and explain the situation. The mom is a very smart cat, so I hope she will listen to me. I'll do my best.


でも明日は1匹にさようならにする。。。さようならってなによりも悲しい。ソフィアは凄くエモになってしまうし、何故か凄く疚しいし。。家がない動物の皆を家に連れてこれないから、守りたい人、と動物と物を守れないから、結局は自分にがっかりする。自分が小い。弱いと感じてる。人間以上じゃないから、世界の嫌なことと悲しいことと不公平なことをとめられないから、自分にがっかりしてる。んんん。。。理想の仕事申し込みがあれば、”スーパーウーマン”を選べれば、私は絶対に申し込む 「苦笑

ええと、いい知らせもあるけど。子猫は明日とても優しい人にあげる。優しいから、子猫は楽な人生を過ごすように祈っている。そしてソフィアは酷い人だと思わないように。。あのね。。。ネコって人間の言葉分かると思うから、ママと子猫達に話してみるね。説明してみる。ネコママは本当に頭のいいネコだから理解してくれるかな。。?頑張ります。





"Let's invade Sophia's room!"
「ソフィアの部屋に入ろう~”




あれえええ~




よし!








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