Snowkel – Bye-Bye X Hello


Please excuse the squirrels in the video above as the only person who uploaded the song to YouTube used that picture.

In Japan they have what is called “Cross,” symbolized by the X.

Namco X Capcom.
Naruto X Sasuke.
Naruto X Hinata.

Stuff like that. I’m not sure exactly what it means, but I theorize that is a joining of the two by some sort of connection. The connection is open to whatever. In the above mentioned examples the first two are “rivals” while the latter is of a possibly blossoming love. There are clues to reasons why these are the connections, but it is up to you to find out what they are.

So why do I love this song so much. The layers in the song are exquisite. The orchestral pieces in the background make for a much grander experience. It increases the scale of the song and opens it upwards.

Also at the points of the Chorus, the pace of the music and lyrics are increased. I feel a sort of desperation. As if he was singing to someone who he worries is not going to listen to him.

Finally, the song title. I can’t understand Japanese. Why I listen to Japanese Music has been a question I’ve received numerous times. And while my answer may sound absurd, it is the truth. I can understand the music by listening to the emotions behind the way it is sung. I can interpret the music for what I believe is truth.

This song is about loss? Hope? She is gone? Left. For what reason, I do not know. Maybe he did something wrong. Will they meet again?

He says Bye-Bye, multiple times. But it always comes back ending in Hello.

From the bits on Japanese I can understand, I can pick out words like tears. Morning, Afternoon, Night. Which makes the picture clearer.

Keep in mind, this is all my interpretation, but I this is one of the reasons why I enjoy Japanese Music so much. It’s always a new experience changing to however I feel.


PS – I would be interested in what the lyrics actually translate to and see how off I am. If any one can find them or translate them. Who knows maybe the song is about a telephone conversation with his mother?

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