December’s Love Song? December’s ONLY Song!

I can’t believe it’s already December! At first I felt very resistant to the year coming to such an abrupt close– but here we are, at the finale… And suddenly I’m beginning to feel in the mood for all the celebrating and festivities. After all, there is nothing that inspires a warmer, more lovely feeling than walking along a snowy avenue as star-like flakes float down, clinging to lights-filled branches; sipping hot chocolate; and being with the people you care about– or thinking about them, if being with them isn’t possible.。。。

For some reason there is nothing I like better at the holidays than that blend of melancholy + hopeful that few people can nail just right. Today, as it were, we have business with one of these. You guessed it, of course, the all-time Jpop king GACKT. It’s true, he’s been busier than a beehive in honey-season, but despite all the excitement of new singles, books, and DVDs, perhaps the last month of the year, a time of retrospective and contemplation, is a fitting time to look back on the classic gold of GACKT’s past prizes…

I believe that if you buy his “12月のLove Song”, you should be sent a packet of tissues with the GACKT crest on them. Even the hardest heart cannot resist the paradoxical snowy warmth of this perfect single; and male, female, young, old… if you’re not sobbing into your eggnog by the time the track ends…I just….you need help.

This single, which has to be one of the most translated and performed-in-multiple-languages songs on earth, has captured with incredible clarity and ease the gentleness, sweetness, and dash of sadness that always seems to be imbued into romantics during the last few months of the year.
A time of change, hope, and positive intention are all deeply set into the tenderness of the lyrics, melody, and effects of GACKT’s seasonal masterpiece.

Juunigatsu no Love Song ~ December Love Song

いつの間にか街の中二十二月の慌ただしさがあふれ
小さな手を振りながら大切な人の名前を
呼ぶ

Itsuno ma ni ka machi no naka ni juuni-gatsu no
awatadashisa ga afure
chiisana te o furinagara taisetsu na hito no namae o
yobu

恋人たちの優しさに包まれてこの街にも少し早い冬が訪れる

Koibito-tachi no yasashisa ni tsutsumarete kono
machi ni mo sukoshi hayai fuyu ga otozureru

大切な人だからずっと変わらないで笑っていて
大好きな人だからずっと君だけを抱きしめて。。。

Taisetsu na hito dakara zutto kawaranai de
waratteite
daisuki na hito dakara zutto kimi dake o
dakishimete…

Show-windowを見つめながら方を寄せ合う二人が通り過ぎる
君の事を待ちながら白い吐息に重いを乗せる

Show-window o mitsumenagara kata o yoseau
futari ga toorisugiru
kimi no koto o machinagara shiroi toiki ni omoi o
noseru

見上げた空に粉雪が舞い降りていたずらに二人
の距離をそっと地被ける

Miageta sora ni konayuki ga maioriteitazura ni futari
no kyori o sotto chikazukeru

静かな夜に耳元でささやいた
あの言葉をもう一度そっとつぶやいた

Shizuka na yoru ni mimimoto de sasayaita
ano kotoba o mou ichido sotto tsubuyaita

大切な人だからずっと変わらないで笑っていて
大好きな人だからずっと君だけを抱きしめて。。。

Taisetsu na hito dakara zutto kawaranai de
waratteite
daisuki na hito dakara zutto kimi dake o
dakishimete…

いつまでも抱きしめて。。。
Itsumade mo dakishimete…

君だけを抱きしめて。。。
Kimi dake o dakishimete…

GACKT really gives his all in composition of “12Gatsu no Love Song”, including major orchestration, acoustics, violin, subtle chorus accompaniment, and impressive, magical theatrics in the performance. However, despite being a major production, the simplicity and tenderness of the song cannot be matched, and a bottle of whiskey couldn’t make you feel this warm on a cold night.

The single is the perfect soundtrack to walking down a snowy, well-lit street in December with someone you care about. And whether you’re Japanese, Korean, American/English, or Chinese, you can enjoy this touching piece in your own language. Whichever suits your fancy~ consider it GACKT’s Christmas gift to you. x

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8 responses to “December’s Love Song? December’s ONLY Song!

    • Yes it is. GACKT is truly a master, and he’s perfected a picturesque painting in this song. There was a 2004 remake, but in my opinion it doesn’t have the same core power as the original version. Check them both out! …Perfect for a snowy evening.

      Thanks for your comment!

      • I had been a Malice Mizer fan when I was in school. I like both Gackt and Klaha. I do not know much of his own stuff though, but all his fans are so nice!! ^_^
        I am so jealous people who can read kanji.

  1. Yes….me too. I abandoned my study of Japanese right when I was becoming tolerably skilled at it. Foolish me. I intend on returning to it and picking up the pieces as soon as I have time and energy.

    GACKT’s solo work quickly branched off from the Visual Kei style he assumed during his Malice Mizer days, and he mostly does rock and pop now– but all of his music is absolutely exceptional, both in feeling and composition. You can really start anywhere and work in from there– highly recommended.

    Klaha was also a great artist– unfortunately he fell off the map right as he was getting started, and we don’t have much of him.

    Glad you think we’re nice! I hope to see more of you around. I would consider myself a success if you learned a bit about GACKT here.

    Thanks for stopping by– Gacktpause, eternally yours here on Secret Garden.

    • I found many visual kei fan in livejournal, but i do not like to be there though. WordPress is much more professional, but livejournal has a lot of illegal download. I said Gackt’s fans are so nice because I talked with them on myspace. If you compare gackt’s fans and other members in skin band’s, you will see a big different!!! :D

      I promise I will read your stuff after I finish final exam. Should be about Z-mas day.

      • I agree; having had blogs on both Vox and Livejournal, I’ve found WordPress to be the most user-friendly, professional, and tasteful of all platforms.
        GACKT’s music and style tend to attract very different types of people than those of X Japan, Miyavi, etc. I’m not surprised that you notice a difference in the attitudes and ideas of the fans. :) It’s great to be able to connect with lots of different fans, fans of Visual rock and fashion, and fans of Jrock and Jpop. Everyone is unique, and has interesting views on life, which they’ve drawn from the different styles of music they listen to. I prefer not to stick to one group or definition, but mingle, and experience the variety. Thanks for your comments, and I hope that you enjoy what you read here!

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  3. that warm feeling in your heart begins to fill up and inspiration comes to mind. reminds me of christmas time like walking down a snowy street while the christmas lights light the way, waiting for your lover. that first meeting, and longing for them. the final meeting.

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