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28th-Jun-2015 06:28 pm
Well, things have been largely uneventful since the last time we posted. ...Okay, that might not be entirely true. We had choir practice and discovered that two-thirds of the choir (at least, two-thirds of the people who showed up this morning) won't be there on the day we're aiming to perform. That was kind of eventful and uneventful all at the same time. Athena also had her first time being the official Primary chorister, which was also largely uneventful. But it wasn't a disaster, so we consider it to be a success.

I do have one mildly cute story from the Primary. Since we're short on teachers, this week Athena taught my class alongside hers, and I taught the Sunbeams. Or rather, I taught the Sunbeam. Sunbeams are the all the kids who are three as of January 1. This kid's birthday was in January, though, so now he's four, and he kept telling me stories that started, "When I was a little kid--when I was three years old..." ...And that's my mildly cute story from the Primary.

So, since it's been asked and I don't know what else to write about, and it's on my mind because we're listening to our Wagakki Disney CD, I will explain my own personal interpretation of the word "miihaa." The word is Japanese, but I don't know where it comes from in Japanese. I think we looked it up once, and Athena seems to remember reading somewhere that it might come from "me her," but neither of us remembers why that's why it was, and even the Japanese website we read that on didn't know if that's true.

Basically, what "miihaa" means is "mainstream." I think one of the best examples of the use of miihaa is in My Heavenly Hockey Club, when they were playing Kokkuri-san, and they asked Kokkuri-san who the hottest man alive was, and Kokkuri-san said Johnny Depp. One of the twins commented that Kokkuri-san gave a pretty "miihaa" answer. (We don't remember how we translated it, or even what volume it was in. Whatever it was, we'd probably want to change it now.)

But I think it's one of those things that has a different nuance to each person. So to me, it means something is mainstream, but more than that. Like not only is it mainstream, it's mainstream to the point that you don't know if somebody likes it because they actually think it's good, or if they just like it because everyone they know likes it so they feel socially obligated to like it, too.

And so, when we get a CD of Japanese instrument arrangements of Disney songs, and it has a track from Pirates of the Caribbean, which admittedly has great music, I still have to wonder, "Did they choose this music because they like Disney music, or because this was so popular?" It's really very judgmental, so now I want to defend myself by saying I still like the CD...but "He's a Pirate" is one of the less Japanese sounding ones. Which might be all the more reason they chose it because they really liked it... You never can tell a person's motives.

Anyway, we're halfway through listening to the CD a second time, so we can comment a little bit more on each of the tracks. "Let It Go" sounded like...maybe not a very "Japanese" arrangement, but you could tell the musicians had fun playing it. "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah" seemed like an interesting hybrid of Japanese and American musical styles (from what little I know). "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo" had a very Japanese intro and what felt, to me, like a Japanese rhythm. I feel the same way about "A Dream Is A Wish" and "The Mickey Mouse Club March." "Bella Notte" was interesting because it mostly felt Italian, like what you expect to hear from a gondolier. ...And those are all the ones I can comment on right now.

Today I'm thankful for getting to snack on kettle corn today, Primary going well enough, getting to listen to our shiny CD again, finding our Freakazoid! DVDs, and that really pretty Japanese flute.
28th-Jun-2015 11:27 pm (UTC)
You know I had to go find the chapter in Hockey Club you were talking about! And I did, on the first try :D *totally bragging, not that it's anything to be proud of* (well, I grabbed v5-8, looked at the covers and picked 6, then had to page through till I found Kokkuri-san... although now I realize I could've just read the table of contents). It's half-way through the book—the second twin's comment is just "Well, that seems accurate..." and then their weirdo teacher/advisor says "She's quite the fad follower, isn't she?" so maybe that's the line you meant.

http://neojaponisme.com/2007/06/05/miihaa/ This is the page I read when you mentioned miihaa the other day and I went to look it up. I like it (it seems to have a good amount of background info on the history/origin of the word) but I like the way you explain it too, addressing how it's used now. Thanks for this!

Hmmmm, maybe Bibbidi sounds better when you hear the whole thing, and the sample didn't give an accurate sense. Or I just had different expectations. I do also think a factor might be how familiar the tune is to me, because some of the ones I didn't know as well (like from movies I hadn't seen dozens of times since childhood) sounded more natural just because they didn't immediately call to mind what the song is "supposed to" sound like.

I meant to say congrats (and good luck) the other day to Athena, with her new calling in addition to the others!! I hope (for both of you) others are able to come alongside you both and offer support when you need it, and I hope your roles bring you joy in the knowledge of how your service supports the church!
29th-Jun-2015 02:36 pm (UTC)
Haha, yes! we did know you'd have to, and that's why I said that! Thanks! Now that we know what we wrote, I'm not sure I can think of anything better... Eh, we probably could if we actually thought about it, but it's not our job right now.

Even right now, I'm like a work addict. I'm like, "We could have him say something like, 'Kokkuri-san's tastes are awfully mainstream.'" And then Athena says we'd go check "mainstream" at Urban Dictionary to see what kind of connotations it has, and we'd just go from there.

Yeah, it can be hard to hear unusual arrangements of songs you've known by heart for years. I wish the Koe no Ouji-sama CDs had samples so we could experiment with your reaction to Once Upon a Dream. They went crazy with the arrangement on that one.

Aww, thanks! We're doing our best!
29th-Jun-2015 03:05 pm (UTC)
I think I've only seen Sleeping Beauty once (I had to look up what movie "Once Upon a Dream" was from...) so you probably wouldn't get the right kind of reaction from me with that one anyway! Growing up, my frequently-watched Disney movies were Fantasia, Robin Hood, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Jungle Book, Aladdin (this one I even had the soundtrack to)... Alice and Peter Pan and Bambi some (and we had this Disney holiday-themed video that put together a bunch of clips from different movies, so there were a couple others I grew familiar with even though I didn't know the whole movie, but the only song from that I can remember now is when Snow White was dancing around with the dwarves. And then later on in life, we learned various Disney songs for choir and stuff, so I could probably sing along to God Help the Outcasts now even though I've still never seen its movie.) I wonder now why that particular selection was what made it into the Blakeslee home collection (some were probably from my grandma who had the Disney channel (wonder of wonders!) and recorded movies for us occasionally when they were on. possibly having three brothers and no sisters was another factor). Fantasia and Aladdin (oh, maybe Beauty and the Beast too) are the only ones I could really say for certain were favourites (but I liked the rest fine, and I'm still really fond of the music in Robin Hood).

Um, anyway! Thank you for reading Lys' Childhood Disney History :)
29th-Jun-2015 09:11 pm (UTC)
What! Only seen Sleeping Beauty once!? And you an artist! (Sleeping Beauty is widely regarded as one of Disney's most artistic films.) And The Hunchback of Notre Dame! That was our favorite for a very long time until Hercules came out the next year! (We related very strongly to Quasimodo but moreso to Hercules, so Hercules was tough to beat, especially with the Greek mythology thing going on.) Oh my goodness, where is your education?

...I kid. But of course, I think everyone should see these movies at least once after they're old enough to remember them. So, y'know. When you get the chance.
30th-Jun-2015 12:36 am (UTC)
Hahaha, yeah, I had some lost years in there. I can't remember if I've confessed to you all of the shocking omissions from my Disney Movies Seen list. (Tarzan, still haven't finished watching Hercules, STILL haven't seen BH6...) Someday.
1st-Jul-2015 12:21 am (UTC)
If you lived close to us, we would make plans to start rectifying this situation immediately.
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