When Ana Maria asked me to write about this song, my first answer was “I’ve never listened to it”. I was wrong. I used to listen to it quite often, but I simply couldn’t remember the name. Thankfully, she brought it back to my attention and, as requested when I spoke about Sakurasou, today I will focus on another one of Gackt’s songs: Peace.
I had it on my playlist at one point, but I never actually wondered what it was about. It appeared on two albums, Kimi ni Aitakute and Love Letter, and it is beautiful. Haven’t I said that before, about other songs? Perhaps… and you can be sure I will say it again. So, what is it about? About love and pain and loss. About how easily something that almost was can be destroyed. Almost… it can be such a sad word. The story itself is sad and quite frustrating. Again, we do not have a video which might offer hints, therefore we cannot say for certain why the man did everything he could to push his lover away. She loves him and he claims to love her back. So what is the reason behind his, dare we call it, cruelty? Knowing Gackt’s songs, I wouldn’t put it past him to point once more towards death. Or perhaps it was only his fear that separated them. And a touch of idiocy, if I am to go with my first impression (and the second one).
Right now I would say that there are various layers to the song, waiting to be uncovered. The title itself is misleading. Nothing is alright, that peace sign hides lies and a tormented soul. If the last lines are anything to go by, we could imagine a scenario where a certain coldness makes itself at home in the relationship because of the man’s attempt to keep his lover unaware of the tragedy waiting to strike. People make mistakes, even – or especially – when it comes to love. We can visualize the couple and the way things unfold. Love is there, we see it from the outside. But the words, regardless of the reason, remain unspoken. Because of this, the outcome cannot be a happy one.
I feel like the music, especially the sound of the violin, is melancholic enough to hit you where it hurts. And yet it is also tender enough to allow you one last shred of hope that things can get better in the end. If you remove the lyrics, you are left with music that will no doubt soothe you while coaxing you to take a step back and relax. Return to the song as a whole and you will recognize a rather familiar situation: falling in love, using hurtful words to hide the truth, hurting the ones we love… letting them go. Because really, what else can you do when you’ve reached the point of no return? Crumbs of affection are not enough for a healthy relationship and a great deal of pain can be avoided when the lovers part ways. Only then we can speak of peace.
When it comes to music, many of the songs I listen have a story behind them. Sometimes they remind me of a person or of a certain feeling. Peace took me back to a time when I would put this song and others like it on repeat while I was writing pieces of a story or long letters. While not as soothing as other songs, Peace can draw you in little by little. And who knows? Maybe you’ll find a drop of inspiration there. Or maybe you will want to share your opinion about it with us. Enjoy!
by Elena Atudosiei