Let’s voyage into less known winter songs yet again, shall we?
These aren’t Christmas songs per se, but they’re some of my favorite winter songs. See, these songs are J-pop tunes, both covered by Boys II Men in one of their acapella albums, “Winter/Reflections”. “Will”, originally by Mika Nakashima, is thematically wintry, dealing as it does with memories, dreams, and regrets:
(and can I just say, I adore the lyrics? “Some rely on fate / but it’s not the only way / this is my destiny / this is my will”)
Here’s the original:
The second song I’m discussing here is more overtly wintry. Shiroi Koibitotachi, or “Snow White”, also has similar themes of loneliness and regrets, but with a backdrop of snow and cold making it almost haiku-esque in its appeal to the season. Here’s Boyz II Men:
The original appears to be a hit from 2000 by Keisuke Kuwata.
This might be it:
Here’s an instrumental by 12 Girls band:
And if you’re into Vocaloids, here’s Hatsune Miku:
The album (“Winter/Reflections”) is worth picking up; it’s half J-pop covers and half more traditional music covers (I’m sure you’ll see some of them pop up this month on the blog). I bought it for the Christmas songs, but find myself loving the J-pop covers more and more each time I listen.