A couple of months ago, I wrote an article about Gackt and his fans, myself included. Today, I want to speak about a song I discovered in May, Fragrance. It’s not a secret that I prefer silence when I work, but I turn to music whenever I take a break. This song is on my go-to playlist and it’s always on repeat.
It is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever listened. Note: it’s not the best, but it is very beautiful. And yes, you will discover that I say that about many songs, but I am in love with music and feel privileged to have access to it. I don’t speak Japanese, so I had no idea what the lyrics meant until I looked for the English translation, something that only added to their beauty. In case you are interested, Fragrance appeared in 2002 on the album Moon and one of the videos I watch is this one. Whether you watch it or not, that is strictly your choice. For me, it added a sort of background. I’ll explain in a moment how.
As I said, I don’t speak the language, but I love the song. It calms me and leaves a bittersweet taste behind. If you listen to it while working or reading or doing something else, you will remain with the memory of a soothing voice and melody. If you go further, you will be invited fall into the arms of your imagination. Take five minutes and listen… close your eyes and do nothing else, just listen and let yourself feel. The moon is mentioned time and time again and the video offered me that backdrop I mentioned, almost completely dark and foggy. And into that darkness we find love, pain, loss. Actually, now that I think about it, a lot of Gackt’s songs are sad, melancholic. True, he also has quite a few tracks which ooze sex, but I think that’s what people expected from him back then (and they still do). He was almost emotionless in his interviews, all arogant and confident in his sexualiy, but his songs reveal a different side of his personality. Since I’m no longer particularly interested in learning about how he is when the spotlights go out, I’ll stick to his art and say that I’ve always found it fascinating.
I believe that Fragrance is an invitation extended to us, the listeners, to look into our souls and simply feel. What? That’s up to each and every one of us. When you read a book, you tend to judge it through the prism of your own experiences, consciously or not. It’s the same with a song. I have no doubt that there will be people listening to it and move on as if nothing happened. Then there will be those who need to stop for a moment. You might not understand the words, but it will tug at your heartstrings and nudge you to remember: a past lover, a lonely night, a burning desire… or something you are unable to put in words, something that is there, waiting patiently for your acknowledgement. As for Gackt, I’d say that this is his way of coping with painful past experiences. He is an artist, a talented one, and whenever I listen his music, I get the feeling that he unveils his soul for us while still hiding and keeping us guessing. Which is perfectly fine, I like a bit of mystery. Now, deep breath and relax!
By Elena Atudosiei