Vid Clip: Akanishi Jin on UTB’s Music Talk (08.21.2010)
And a Merry Christmas To You, JinJin! Ho Ho Ho
by Ender’s Girl
Once again, the Yuletide season is peeking around the corner. So what images does Christmas Day conjure for you? Carolers and church bells? Giant lanterns and Nativity scenes? Roasted chestnuts and spiced hot chocolate? Buying, recycling, unwrapping (and swapping!) of presents?
Let’s find out the Reason for the Season according to Akanishi Jin, newly minted L.A.-based solo artist. Here’s a viddy of Jinny sitting down for an interview on the UTB channel’s Music Talk segment where he elaborates on one of the songs he performed on his You and Jin tour, entitled – “Christmas Morning.” What he doesn’t talk about are Auto-Tune, Johnny Kitagawa, and his past life as a Japanese cheezucake — er, J-Pop Idol.
(The original uploader, Sujun2, took the video down on Aug. 27th as she had promised she would. So I’m embedding the only other Youtube video I could find. Credit to akanerojoatardecer.)
[If the grainy Youtube vid below gives you a nasty migraine, you can view the better-quality video on Youku, here.]
“Christmas Morning” lyrics
Snow is blowing on a cold winter morning
Look from you I feel my heart beating
Never thought I couldn’t get to you
Now I wonder how we ever coulda got here…
The first time I saw your face
The storms came, the winds changed
You fogged my mind with snow
I’m blind now, oh…
Music Talk interview transcript (in case the video gets pipped):
Akanishi Jin: I really like (the song) a lot, I don’t know why.
Music Talk: “Christmas Morning?”
MT: You made the track?
Jin: I made the track. I was running out of time and I had no leeway. (pauses, lets interviewer ponder the impressive headway that the subject has made with mastering his English vocabulary. “leeway,” he said “leeway”!!! new word for the day! way to go, Jin!) And that was like, two weeks before the concert I had to make it, one more song – that was “Christmas Morning.” When I heard this song I had that image. What I did on the stage I was hitting drums. It’s kind of futuristic… singing with a headset I’m imagining that, as soon as I heard this song. [which explains the astronaut suit and distorted *cough Auto-Tuned* vocals, yes?]
MT: Why is it Christmas?
Jin: That’s from my image of this song. Winter and then… a little cold. There is no building.
MT: Right. This is like the future.
MT: End of the world?
Jin: (excitedly) Yeah, and like there are people starving. But what we only have is love.
MT: That’s pretty cool. [lol did I detect a hint of irony in this dude’s voice? mocking the boy, are you sir?] When the world ends everything is dead.
Jin: Dead. But the love is the only… one… that survived.
MT: That’s “Christmas Morning.”
So… for Akanishi Jin, Christmas Day means a post-apocalyptic wasteland steeped in nuclear winter, where people STARVE horribly to death but will never, ever… lack for… LOVE.
Really Jin really? *cue laugh track*
Flash forward, 2038: A man in a white space suit stands on a snowy, treeless hill, looking out on the endless tundra around him. ‘Tis the morning of Christmas, when all through the… nations, not a creature is stirring, ‘cept for this… Asian! (Ok that was lame.) The world has nuked itself into another Ice Age and everything is DEAD, but — no matter. There is LOVE. The man in white opens his mouth and starts to sing… “Aishiteru, aishiteru / Sore igai mitsukaranai / Aishiteru, aishiteru / Ikisaki wa doko demo ii…”
We-eeellll okay, to be fair to the man, let’s give him enough… leeway (lol) to shake off the JE cheese in which he’s been fondued practically his entire adolescent and adult life, yesss? A few more months rolling with his West Coast homies ought to morph him completely into a bona fide anti-emo rapper who eschews the sappy love stuff and instead writes songs about being a mean, badass mo-fo who does badass things like, um, string up his landlord’s cat, or run a traffic light, or NOT help little old ladies cross the street! Hardcore baby, hardcore!!!
Anyway. Better stock up GOOD on those space suits, Jinny Boy, because it’s gonna be one long, lonely Christmas for you over there. Feliz Navidad, yo.
Photo credit: renkai04.multiply.com
Video credit: Sujun2 @ Youtube.com via aramatheydidnt @ LiveJournal.com