If anything about me is true, it's that I love music and I love to sing. I have been singing all my life. Music has been the outlet when I couldn't talk about something, or write about something. Making lyrics expressed me in way I could never hope to do any other way.
Watching Kids on the Slope was like going back to that awkward time of being a teenager that could sing to you for days, but barely speak in full sentences.
I'm usually the last one to realize there is an amazing anime out there, so I am late to the whole Kids on the Slope party. And I know there have been TAY posts on this, so feel free to skip it. I just want to put my own spin on things.
The plot pulled from Wikipedia, for those that don't know or haven't watched:
The beginning of summer, 1966; because of his father's job situation, freshman high school student Kaoru Nishimi moves by himself from Yokosuka to Sasebo in Kyushu to live with relatives. Until then, Kaoru was an honor roll student who tended to keep to himself, but meeting notorious "bad boy" Sentaro Kawabuchi starts to change him. Through his devil-may-care classmate, Kaoru learns how much fun it is to play jazz and finds the first person he can call a real friend.
I don't know when I realized I was just like Kaoru, but it changed the way I viewed the whole series.
In 6th grade, my best friend moved away, and being Miss Shy meant I was left with no one to be friends with. My music teacher became this great role model and friend. We would talk about whatever music was popular and eventually he started giving me vocal lessons. At the end of the year, he picked a few students from around the school to sing back up on a track he was producing. While recording I stood next to this girl, who couldn't stop talking and included me in every conversation. She is my best friend still today, but it was the music that brought us together.
It was the music that brought everyone together in the anime too. Their love for jazz. And really who doesn't love jazz. It's just so beautiful. Like this song, the theme that ran through the series: Moanin'.
When I was 16, my vocal coach at the time placed me in a exhibition to show off some of her students, along with other teacher's students. I only had two weeks notice and she decided on the song. Luckily it was one I knew and loved.
Hearing "My Favorite Things" brought up all those memories. Practicing everyday for the big show like the characters do. Getting the notes just right. Thinking about my own favorite things.
I put off watching the last two episodes of the series because it became too painful to finish. It was like parting with my memories and I couldn't do it at first. This morning I decided to grow up and watch the end. And I was not disappointed. It finished in a way that was also similar to me and my best friend, but I'll leave it at that, so I don't spoil it for anyone that hasn't seen this amazing show.
Go watch it.
And I'll leave you with one last amazing song to finish.
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