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  • I've had a really nice extended weekend. No one's been breathing down my neck; most importantly, I haven't had to feel like sh*t.

    As was my dearest wish, I've spent the whole thing working on a music course. It's been great to let someone else pick what to study next. I've probably spent more time on it than was really intended, but I've also gotten to wring as much value out of it as I could, too. You couldn't call it anything but work, but it wasn't demoralizing, and every day let me achieve something worthwhile, too.
    Hm, I wonder... Assuming I ever get to have one, how much would I have to pay for CFM to be willing to have Miku play my wedding reception? For the cost of moving the projection panels and other stuff, probably a lot more than I'll have, right?

    This, for some reason, is what occurs to me while watching the emotional power and beauty of "Last Night, Good Night."

    Probably best to save that for the last song of the evening, eh? Otherwise, I'm not sure what kind of message that sends....
    So, I had some water stuck in my ear. There are a few ways to get it out, but nothing worked. So I picked out some synth tunes with heavier bass, turned up the volume a little, and went about other business. Gradually, it seems like the vibrations have been able to work the water out! :)

    (At least, that's what I hope's happening. It seems like there was more water in there than I thought....)

    I mean, if the sound of a horn can bring down a concrete wall, I figure the Cryptonloids and some heavy bass can restore my hearing, right?

    Disclaimer: I said I turned up the volume a little. Don't listen to stuff too loud. It's surprisingly easy to damage your ears.
    The other day, I mis-read "Miku Hatsune" as "Miss Hatsune," and for some reason it just struck me as rather odd/funny. I don't think I've seen anyone refer to her that way, at least not on English-language sites. Even with honorifics, I've only seen stuff like "Miku-san."

    Though in anime/manga, the more formal way to refer to someone seems to be using their surname, so you'd get "Hatsune-san," which is basically something like "Miss Hatsune." Maybe some people in Japan choose to call her "Hatsune-san?"
    Oh, that's good to know--is -sama used in conversation with actual people, @MagicalMiku? I'd read somewhere that it was kind of an old way of speaking and basically wasn't used outside of anime/manga...which I suppose Miku fits right into, so I'm just curious.
    mm.. in general, you use -sama at customer level or very polite situation, for example you put your name in the waiting list of a restaurant because it is actually full: when a seats becomes available, then the restaurant staff will call you by using "last name"-sama. same will happen if you have an appointment with the bank, or an office for a job interview, or you receive a call from a customer service, they put you at highest level possible ^-^
    in fact, in Japan customer is at same level of God. when you are in a temple and make a prayer, you use kami (God)-sama.
    -san is used in a more intermediate way, and usually you refer to the person you're talking to with "last name-san" and not a direct "you". for family and close friends, you drop the -san and use the name instead, and sometimes put -chan, -kun, .. ^^
    at school, you call your teacher -sensei, and at workplace, your boss -buchou, always surname first. you drop last name when you know better that person :len_smile_lili:
    for Miku and any other characters, people are used to call them by name, name-san or name-chan (this only in the case you really really like that character). so again, in a TV program they'll talk about Miku by using "Hatsune Miku" at first, and then if there is an interview, for example with Crypton staff, they'll use Miku-san or just Miku :miku_winter_lili:
    for example in this video, she sometimes use "Hatsune Miku", and sometimes Miku-chan, it really depends on the situation and the feeling:
    Wow, that's really interesting! It adds a lot of detail to my previous understanding of honorifics. Thank you so much! :love: :miku_ani_lili:
    I felt a little down about an hour ago. While working on a new song attempt, I realized that the song didn't feel cohesive enough to me. I'd been trying to let it explore more variation in order to keep it interesting, but I'd let the verses differ melodically from one another too much for my liking. I felt a little bad for having let that happen.

    But, before I let myself feel bad about that for too long, I reminded myself that being able to notice the problem, and then even further to understand why it was there, were both signs of growth. And then I sat down at my computer, found a few key parts that strayed too far, and tweaked them. Listening to it again, I think it's gotten much better; I need to adjust the timing of some of the lyrics/notes, but the general outline seems pretty good.

    So the next time you feel bad about your work in whatever field, remember that being able to know something is wrong is itself a good sign! After that, experience and learning will help you diagnose/fix problems, or avoid them in the first place.
    Things get so much easier when using a key you're familiar with. I mean, with identifying pitches based on interval. This must be an area where lots of practice makes things easier. That and actually using the major parts of the grid more.

    No, I've not scrapped what I was doing before, at least not yet. This next part just does the above things, where the first part didn't. And it really is a night and day difference in terms of ease and productivity :) .
    I'm trying to work on an original with flowing lyrics--think of something with more of a melancholy feeling than a pop/rock one. But to get the words to not sound stilted/choppy, I keep using these oddball note lengths, and they don't start/stop on the beat in a particularly orderly way so far. I'm sure I can make the starts of individual phrases fall on a beat, of course, provided it doesn't make a weirdly short/long pause after the previous phrase.... I can't help wondering, though, if this is ok or if it's just going to end up being a big mess that doesn't work, especially once I start getting the instrumental more fleshed out....
    It's been so cool to do this 15-hour marathon with everyone here who's watched Expo and these Digital Stars producers from across the world. (A pair of hours of sleep, and I feel perfect!) So much fun!
    I do like these 8-bit renditions from Vault Kid. It's really novel to hear a few old classics this way. He had some really elaborate visuals going on, too.
    That was my second time seeing the show, and I liked it even better the second time! Thank you very much to everyone involved in producing such a wonderfully-done concert and providing it for us!
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