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NEW SOPHIA SOLO PROJECT:
Season of Ghosts
【The Human Paradox】
Debut album coming 2014


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SEASON OF GHOSTS’ debut album, “The Human Paradox”, is set to be released this December! Isn’t it exciting? I’ve been working on this album for almost 2 years and it’s finally taking flesh and bones. The moment I hold the actual disc in my hands, will probably feel unreal. I’ll be like “COME ON, THIS CAN’T BE REAL! CUT THE CRAP!~” and go loafing with Linda on the sofa or something (≧艸≦*).


 

Well, here’s the deal! All of you who will be cool enough to attend SEASON OF GHOSTS’ debut concert at Metal Female Voices Festival next month, will have the exclusive chance to purchase “The Human Paradox” on pre-sale, almost 1,5 month before its actual release! Is this reason enough to travel to Belgium? :3





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Season of Ghosts is officially a proud member of the Coroner Records family! You’ve probably already seen the news somewhere, but yeah; it’s official. After careful and thorough label research, after talking with several industry people in different countries, I concluded that Coroner is the label for me right now and I’m happy for my choice.


 

People usually think that the bigger the label that signs you, the higher you score, but the truth is essentially different. If you know a thing or two about how the music industry works, you’ll understand me if I say I preferred not to trade my independence for a big, shiny label name. At least not right now. Coroner Records has proved to be a trustworthy partner through the years with BLOOD STAIN CHILD and also Princess Ghibli and they’re devoted to their work, while maintaining a humane work environment and healthy communication with the artist. I’m really thankful for everything they’ve offered me until now and I’m sure they’re gonna do their very best for SEASON OF GHOSTS from now on! 音譜


http://www.coronerrecords.net/




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It's what I always say to people who hesitate and hide behind the curtain because they "don't have anything special". Not only the best are good and not everybody likes the best. Different people can identify with different levels of skill and capability. The "best" can also be too discouraging and loud to many people.


Take a look within your yourself and find what is good. No matter how small, cultivate it and make something worthwhile out of it. It doesn't matter if it's the best or even good at all. What matters is that it's YOUR personal expression.




Talking from my own experience, I used to be reluctant to expose myself as an artist, because the best music has already been played, the best lyrics already written and there will always be a more talented, more beautiful, fitter person than you. If I continued thinking in that decadent way,there would be no progress and no Sophia, as you know me today. So one day, I grew sick of all the hesitation and decided to open up and offer something true and honest to the people and the people responded :)

That's my story.

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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。

クリック!

http://seasonofghosts.com/category/blog/

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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