JUMP with You Round 259

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「JUMP with You」Round 259 八乙女光 PINK

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A few years ago I was embarrassed when we had to use a “whisper voice” in a song so I really wanted to take on the challenge of “PINK”. Basing it on the live performance, it’s not something that we made to work perfectly, it’s a love song with an angry passion… that’s the words I chose to describe it. I’ve written lyrics for a number of JUMP songs before but this time someone wrote the lyrics and raps for me. They even put the bass sound that I love so much in the music but, I didn’t play it, someone else played it for me. Even though I was deliberately “using people”, I wanted to try and make the song more about “repressing different urges”. Listening to the song there were probably more than a few people that imagined I would play the bass in the concert but, that was also a little bit of a trap (lol).

I thought about how I’d feel the first time I performed it in the concert but, I was surprisingly calm. That was probably because it wasn’t a love song I was singing for anyone in particular, I was singing it to seduce a woman called “PINK”, and I wasn’t doing it as Yaotome Hikaru, I was singing it as the man who was seducing “PINK”. What I mean is that it had the same kind of feeling as doing a play perhaps. So the choreography wasn’t set completely either, we thought about it having a “sometimes” feeling. Because I wanted that explosive power to be important, I didn’t dance in rehearsals. Doing this meant that I could do it without being constrained by what I wanted to do, that’s the charm of doing a solo song (lol). As for the street feeling of my stage costume, and wearing a suit in the video, it was so I could show a range of different situations where I was going after “PINK”. Or maybe I was influenced by “The Rose and the Swan” play, and brought this experience into the production. This was the first attempt for JUMP to have all of the members perform a solo song in a concert but, it was nothing but fun. Because all eight of us were able to show our own colours, it felt like the stage was filled with a completely fresh, new colour.

I think that I’m a person that usually lives honestly just as I desire. The desire that I feel explode inside me is buying basses. A few years ago, there was this guitar that Keito told me he wanted, it was really cool. When I looked it up and there was a bass in the same series, I imagined us playing them together and it made me want it, and I ended up buying it. Then Keito bought a different guitar but, because it was one of my absolute favourites I was really happy.

If we’re talking about sex appeal, when I was doing “The Rose and the Swan” I was often told that is was “sexy”. I didn’t really think about the sex appeal, because I created the role as a crude, slovenly man it was strange but, I guess my sex appeal came out in that masculinity. Even now when I think about masculine sex appeal I think of a stylish guy like Higashiyama-san but, maybe being wild is another way to be sexy. I feel like normal old me still isn’t good enough to for either of those options (lol).

Recent Update!

I was moved by the love of the staff

On the last performance of the arena tour, the concert staff surprised us while we were singing, by gathering on the main stage and singing together with us. They always make the concerts together with us, these proud staff who were overflowing with love for Hey! Say! JUMP!

TVLIFE Vol.2 ‘19

Author: Claire

Almost 30-year-old Australian. I've been in love with JE idols for 10 years now. Started with Arashi, moved on to JUMP and recently I've fallen in love with Ebi. I started studying Japanese with a tutor after I graduated university, and have been teaching myself ever since. I lived in the Japanese countryside and taught English at primary and middle school for two years. Currently back in Australia, working as a speech therapist and am about to get married~!

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