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The video above is the new PV of Gackt’s new song,  Ghost, also his twenty-seventh single. Released on the 28th of January for his Dears. Ghost is the opening for the Japanese version of The Sarah Conner Chronicles (no wonder there was an obese white guy in the beginning).

Kanji lyrics:

今すぐ… 壊して…」
そう呟くのは
今更遅すぎる神への冒涜
Get lost!!!

残酷な出来事が退屈を癒す
野蛮なとろける愛撫に悶えろ

目を見開いたまま溺れたいなら
Get lost out of my head

You’ve got to find the help of GOD

Until we’re allowed be free…
突き刺さるプラグに悶え
もっと手を伸ばして激しく僕を癒しておくれ

I said we got no guarantee
散切れる躯を抱きしめ
もっと目を開いて激しく壊れておくれ
Until we’re allowed be free…
突き刺さるプラグに悶え
もっと手を伸ばして激しく僕を癒しておくれ

Romaji lyrics:

ima sugu.. kowashite…
sou tsubuyaku no wa
imasara oso sugiru kami he no boutoku
Get lost

zankoku na dekigoto ga taikutsu wo iyasu
yaban na torokeru aibu ni modaero

me wo mihiraita mama oboretai nara
Get lost out of my head

You’ve got to find the help of GOD

Until we’re allowed to be free…
tsukisasaru puragu ni modae
motto te wo nobashite hageshiku boku wo iyashite okure

I said we got no guarantee
chi kireru mukuro wo dakishime
motto me wo hiraite hageshiku kowarete okure
Untill we’re allowed be free…
tsukisasaru puragu ni modae
motto te o nobashi te hageshiku boku o iyashi te okure

Translation:

“Break me… Right now…”
Whispering that
Is a blasphemy against God that comes too late
Get Lost !!!

Cruel happenings will cure boredom
Be in anguish from the savage caress that enchants you.

If you want to drown with your eyes open
Get lost out of my head.

You’ve got to find the help of GOD.

Until we’re allowed be free…
In agony from the plugs that pierce my body
Stretch out your hand further, heal me violently.

I said we got no guarantee
Embracing the mutilated corpse
Open your eyes further, break me violently.

Until we’re allowed be free…
In agony from the plugs that pierce my body
Stretch out your hand further, heal me violently.

This song has a very disco feel to it. At first I was confused at why there was a white man in the PV. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just Gaackt has never done that before… But with those excerpts of The Sarah Conner Chronicles, did it make sense. The PV is a tad bit creepy… Gackt looks like a human doll that is out to kill someone… BUT that’s okay… because this is Gackt! Who knows what’s going on inside the head of that genius? (:

Ghost CD cover.

Ghost CD cover.

The single managed to sell 16,969 copies with a sixth ranking on its first week according to Oricon charts .

Track listing:

  1. GHOST
  2. Blue Lagoon ~深海~
  3. GHOST (Instrumental)
  4. Blue Lagoon ~深海~ (Instrumental)

The whole single can be found HERE.

Each individual song can be found in the track listing.

For people who want the RAW video of Ghost, it can be found HERE, in .avi format.

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Journalism I

Word Count: 508

Draft#1

A Place to Stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca

A Place to Stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca.

Memoir: A Place to Stand Book Review

Growing up, Jimmy Santiago Baca never quite fit in as a Mexican American in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Born in 1952, Baca was abandoned by his parents when he was two, and lived with his grandmother. After a few years, he was sent to live in the orphanage and wounded up living on the streets. Soon after, at the age of twenty-one, Baca was incarcerated for drug possession and alleged murder.

Having never to learn how to read or write Baca served six years in prison doing just that. He taught himself, while trying to survive the brutal truths of the most degrading humane morals. Even though he was loosing bits and pieces of his soul, little by little, he learned to feel again through writing.

In this captivating memoir, A Place to Stand, Baca tells the side of history that we don’t learn about in textbooks. It speaks of injustice during a time when people did not have enough love in their hearts to accept people who were different from them. Filled with hate and hurt in his heart at the society that did not accept him for his culture, this youth lashed out in the only way he knew how, rebelling against society norms. “Fighting, drinking, and getting high, driving around, this was my life for three or four years.” (p. 34)

Through his years of isolation, Baca has learned to be the voice of those who cannot speak of their fears, for those who cannot mention the darkness that rules their lives. He is now a renowned writer of stories, essay, poetry, and a screenplay. In each of these, Baca has tried to present the cries that are not usually heard, and we discover how he started on this journey with this book. “I was a witness for those who […] would never have a place of their own […]. My job was to witness and record the ‘it’ of their lives, to celebrate those who don’t have a place in this world to stand and call home. […] My pen and heart chronicle their hopes, doubts, regrets, loves, despairs, and dreams.” (p. 244)

There is also a sense of Baca’s writings belonging to the people. He has found his own writer’s voice in a unique place, in a place where others before him have fallen. To be able to pull through all this shows the compassion that Baca has. Thus, the poor and the socially oppressed revere him as a symbol of hope.

I highly recommend this book, especially to people who want to read a true story of a time before, the predecessor of now. In here, Baca writes with a direct bluntness in simple terms that gets the message across. He doesn’t try to soften the reality of prison life, nor of the lives of those who are impoverished and socially ostracized. Here we learn the unforgettable struggle of a challenged young man trying to learn to forgive and still contribute back to a world that he has never truly belonged in.

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Word Count: 637

Draft #1

Inaugural Op-Ed

“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” This is the definition of democracy, and this is what an inaugural ceremony stands for. In history, it also stands for a new era, a turn for the better for the people.

An inauguration is the formal ceremony to mark the beginning of a leader’s rule. The beginning of each leader’s term in our country has always been marked by a formal ceremony, and each president must swear the oath of office. The inauguration takes place at twelve-noon local time at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The Chief Justice traditionally administers the oath, though there are occasions when this has not been the case. Until 1937, Inauguration Day was March 4, but this date was changed to January 20 that year.

The prime example of hope for a better time is the election of Barack Hussein Obama, our 44th president. Many people feel gratified at the fact that we have a half-black president because this proves that the hearts of the American people will no longer judge a person by the color of their skin. Another example in the past was during the World Wars. The American people, not knowing whether they would survive, hoped for a better leadership in order for a better country. Strong leaders during this time were essential, so was a bare pretense of ceremony, to retain an amount of normalcy.

An inauguration is a symbolic way of declaring democracy because it shows the power of the people being invested in the leader that we have chosen to lead our country, a country that is especially built on democracy and freedom of speech. This is very important, which results in the need for ceremonial aspects to make this day ornate and to let us commemorate the beginning of these leaders’ terms.

Ceremony is important, because this is for the publicity. Just because you have a leader, but you never see this leader, how do you know he exists for the people? The inaugural address is also given, and that’s important. The ceremony as a whole is important to show that tradition is a vital part of our country. To some people though, the inauguration ceremony is a waste of time. They think that because only the recitation of the oath is necessary, so why should the President spend so much money on an elaborate ceremony, during a time of economic crisis? But that is the point, to show that even though the country is going through a bad time, there is still be a leader, a new capable leader that has new ideas for this country to become better and advance forward.

An inauguration is also a peaceful way of uniting the country, especially after partisan rivalry has created a rift in politics. For us in America, when we are going through political campaigning, the country is divided against each other, Democratic against Republican. This formality shows that a group of people can give up power peaceably, and that there is no need for bloodshed.

So while many people might think that an inauguration ceremony is too extravagant, to me, this is a necessity. It is necessary to remind our Presidents and ourselves what ideals our country is built on, and what morals they have to follow. It is also needed to reassure the people that they are in capable hands, and that they have not made the wrong choice in their President. It is essential that they tell the people what they intend to do to make our country better, and to help us create faith in these extraordinary people that make etches in our textbooks.

This was an assignment in Journalism on the subject of Inauguration.

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