It is the beginning of the rainy season here in Japan. From late May to the end of June, the days are filled with clouds and rain. Lots of gloom to go around as it can be a disheartening time. Although, I wonder if we will see many rainy days this year as this week’s weather is supposed to be sunny. Perhaps, only time will tell?
Like I mentioned last year in the “Battle of the Songs: The Decisive Battle During Rainy Season With These Prince-penned Songs“, a lot of hydrangeas appear during this season. It is my favorite flower as it is soooooooooooo beautiful. I am so lucky that it is the official flower of the ward (or a section of Nagoya) that I live in. Here is a picture of me with some early bloomers this Saturday near the ward office:
Which Shade of Hydrangea Do You Want?
I want to dedicate this battle to my favorite flower. Yes, there was a battle about hydrangeas last year. But, this flower is soooooo beautiful to not have a battle for.
Yet, purple is not the only color that these late spring flowers come in. They also come in a variety of blues and pinks. And each color has a meaning: blue means frigidity and apology, pink means heartfelt emotion, and purple means a desire to deeply understand someone. My favorite color of these beautiful flowers is always going to be blue!
For this battle, I picked three songs that mention a shade of hydrangeas: “True Blue” by Japanese rock band LUNA SEA, “Cielo Purpura” by Eddy Cantor and friends, and “Růžový Sen” by Czech singer and actress Heidi Janků. Listen to all three of the songs and let me know what song is your favorite in the comments below.
Blue: “True Blue” by LUNA SEA
To represent the shade of blue hydrangea is “True Blue” by LUNA SEA. This Japanese rock band was famous in the 90s. however, I am not much of a fan of them. Maybe my brother is but not me. The only thing I know about the band is the drummer is married to a former member of my favorite Jpop group (Morning Musume) and that Sugizo, the lead guitarist and violinist, is now part of X JAPAN.
“TRUE BLUE” sounds like something I heard when I was in high school during the punk rock hype. When I was looking for songs about blue, I found this and I like it. As someone who was surrounded by punk rock, “TRUE BLUE” is a perfect rock song. Not too overpowering but powerful in another way. It is also addictive with the guitarist solo throughout the song and the soothing vocals.
Purple: “Cielo Purpura” by Eddy Cantor
Like “TRUE BLUE”, I found the song representing purple hydrangeas on Spotify too. There is not a lot of information about this except that “Cielo Purpura” The Purple Heaven was released this year. It is such a soothing song with the female and male vocals and the instrumentation.
Pink: “Růžový Sen” by Heidi Janků
For the shade of pink hydrangeas, I choose “Růžový Sen” A Pink Dream by Czech singer and actress Heidi Janků. I had a hard time find a song about pink as I already mentioned my favorite, which is “Pink Sunshine” by Fuzzbox, last year. And, it was hard because whenever I typed in “rosa” (pink in different languages), I got songs about roses. But, I finally found a song about pink with Heidi Janků.
This song is my new earworm! I have been listening to the song over and over since yesterday when I found it. I love the 80s vibes within the tune. I also love the electric guitar, especially the funky sub melody during the chorus. I did at first pick this song because it was in Czech (and my mom’s family is from there). But now that I have listened to over and over, I love it! I just want to play it the next time I talk to my grandpa!
Who Will It Be?
Now it is your turn to vote! Who will be the victor? Tell me in the comments below! I can’t wait to hear what you guys think!
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The Winner for “Which No. 1 Single of May 23 Will Be No. 1 in 2020?“
Thank you to all who voted in the Battles of the Bands for the various number-one singles on May 23, 1989!
The Winner of the Battle is…
“Forever Your Girl” by Paula Abdul