Hidemi’s Rambling by Hidemi Woods

Singer, Songwriter and Author from Kyoto, Japan.

Hidemi’s Rambling No.139

Yesterday was my best friend’s birthday. We shared a favorite band and got along when we were seniors in high school. Even after she moved out of town for college, we got together at least once a year. Then, I moved to Tokyo for music, and she visited me once a year at my wretched apartment. While my career hit rock bottom for years, she sent me an enormous amount of postcards for encouragement and kept visiting me with lots of expensive gifts. As my career had somehow started picking up a little gradually, our friendship had taken on a different aspect, though. We had less and less in common to talk about because by then, she had become a surgeon and I was a musician. She stopped visiting me, her postcards got fewer and she didn’t write back anymore after I moved to the U.S. I reached to her by her e-mail address that she had given me, but soon she changed it. I finally got the message. She didn’t want me to be her friend. I couldn’t, still can’t, figure out how I offended her so badly in the course of those years. We’ve been out of touch for many years, but every year on her birthday, I can’t help thinking of her…

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Hidemi’s Rambling No.138

Without my knowledge, my blog has been popping up an unrelated ad for a couple of days. I sincerely apologize for the unpleasant inconvenience to everybody who has been reading my blog. Although I’m not computer-savvy, it appears to be caused by some sort of virus on MySpace’s blogs, which is cured now. I came to know the problem thanks to my kind friend who has been a big help in many ways. I was just rambling on about my daily life in a merry mood and little did I know that my blog had bothered the readers…

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Hidemi’s Rambling No.137

Japan is at the peak of the pollen season now. Lots of people have a pollen allergy and are wearing a medical mask outside. Without a mask, they sneeze and have running nose constantly. The allergy is caused by pollen of a Japanese cedar. The government planted them heavily after lumbering because they were cheap. It blundered about the pollen. We are surrounded by a massive amount of Japanese cedars and suffering from the allergy consequently. Luckily, I don’t have the allergy. I used to feel pity for those with a mask because it seemed inconvenient and didn’t look so cool. A few years ago, I heard that people without the allergy could start having one anytime if they don’t take precaution. I dreaded to think about having the allergy, and have kept wearing a mask outside in this season as a precaution ever since. It’s already no difference to actually having the allergy…

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Hidemi’s Rambling No.136

Come to think of it, I was determined to finish our new song by the end of last year. It’s middle of March, already. Since coming close to the completion, I’ve encountered problems one after another. Recent ones relate to the overall volume that is too low. I’ve tried various kinds of solution to boost it, and each work was so tiresome and fruitless. While working on it today, I happened to notice a tiny, mysterious button on the mixer. It’s labeled ‘Gain’ in the fine print. By turning it, the volume got enhanced easily. I’ve been using this software for music for six years and haven’t had the slightest idea of this button until today. If you look for a monumental fool, here I am..

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Hidemi’s Rambling No.135

One day, when I visited my grandparents’ house, my grandmother on my mother’s side asked me to sing a song. I sang the then popular song with dancing in front of my grandparents and my parents. I was about seven or eight years old and it was just casual singing. While everybody was laughing, my grandmother alone seemed very impressed. She seriously said to me, ‘You should become a singer when you grow up.’ And turning to my mother, she said to her, ‘You should make her a singer.’ Although my mother shrugged it off as rubbish, there was no joke in her suggestion. She herself loved singing. In her later years, she learned Japanese old traditional singing, which had a unique, slow melody on a Chinese old poem. She often told people around her, including me, that she wanted to be skilled at singing one particular song for celebration so that she could sing it at my wedding. Eventually, I became a singer, but she passed away last September without singing at my wedding because I still stay single…

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