My nine-day “staycation” started last Friday at 6 pm. Many around Japan went overseas, did various activities around the country, or visited loved ones. Yet, I decided to do a “staycation”. Yes, it seems boring: me staying inside my apartment and surroundings for about a week. But, I love it since I could stay in bed for long periods of time, read various materials, be minimalistic, and deep clean.
That Friday, I pondered on what should I do on the first night of freedom: Should I do something or go to bed early so I could start my vacation off right by waking extra early on Saturday? Continuing to think about, I checked the TV Guide to see what was going to be the movie of the night. And by chance, it was going to be one of my favorites.
The Magic Within
Now, I know Howl is such a handsome character, but the real beauty of the movie is Sophie. You have to watch the film to see why as I don’t want to spoil the whole film here. Even so, I see some of Sophie’s characteristics in me. Maybe because I am often self-doubting myself. I always think that I don’t have much self-confidence or self-esteem. Also, I put other’s needs before mine even though it might not make me happy. That is why when I was watching the movie last Friday, I thought to myself: “I can relate easily to Sophie”.
The Magical Soundtrack
“Jinsei no Merry Go Round” The Merry Go Round of Life from the film is a great piece for easy listening. The piano solo, in the beginning, soothes and comforts the soul with its gentle and airy tone. The strings that come in afterward help to create a romantic, magical feeling. The musical motifs found in this tune can later be heard again in various pieces like “Kuuchuu Sanpo” Walking in the Air, “Tokimeki” Heartbeat, and my favorite “Shizuka na Omoi” Silent Feelings. “Hoshi no Umi e” To Star Lake is another fantastic piece as it is grand from the zeal of the instruments. There are other excellent pieces on the soundtrack, and you should give it a listen!
The World’s Promise
The piece I picked for this blog post is the film’s ending song, “Sekai no Yakusoku” The World’s Promise. It starts off with a grand piano playing a light, romantic solo. Then the strings come in with this virtuoso yet calming entrance to bring the introduction to a close. I love this cadence; it is so beautiful, romantic, and such an ear-pleasing sound.
“Sekai no Yakusoku” is a perfect song to get you through your day, whenever you are working, cleaning the house, studying, or driving the kids to practice. Its soothing, melancholic presence will make you feel good and at ease with yourself and your surroundings.
How does “Sekai no Yakusoku” make you feel after listening to it? Tell me below!
About the Artist
Baisho has had a successful movie and singing career spanning over fifty years. Because of her long-spanning career and her contributions to Japanese culture, she received The Order of the Rising Sun from the Emperor of Japan in 2013.