Performed by: Kanon
Relation to anime: used as opening song to La Corda D’Oro
Version: TV size
The lyrics can be found here. (I could only find the TV size version, but surprisingly the lyrics to that AND the english translation were both already posted on gendou. I may also do the full version if it comes out later.)
 The lyrics to the full version can be found here. I actually don’t like the full version as much as the TV size version, so I’m not going to review it. [/edit]
Note: backing singers will be in bolded italics in the romaji. They will not be in the english version because they sing in english all the time anyway.
The song opens with a synthesized string chord, as well as what sounds like a horn. These instruments go through a series of predictable chord progressions to arrive at what could be a plagal cadence except there is no third. I’m not sure what it is. Ah, it’s a perfect cadence with a suspended fourth in the tonic. >_> Anyway. This introduction may sound familiar to many people. This is probably because of the chord progressions and also the key, E flat major, which is very common among…um, it’s just common, and it seems quite recognisable too. For example, when I heard this first I was instantly reminded of Garden Party by Mitsumune Shinkichi from the Rozen Maiden OST. When I heard it again, I was reminded of the passage played by the computer whenever you open Sibelius. It’s the horns, you see.
This song is a strange mix. It has this very classical opening, and then there is Kanon with her vaguely operatic voice. But then it also has a drum beat and some…interesting backing singers. Oh well, it’s a nice song anyway.
fukoi deru toki no naka
mekuri aeta ne you and I
Time slowed down at that moment
when you and I met
The drum beat begins. Kanon’s voice has not yet revealed some of its operatic qualities, although her tone is still smooth and flawless even at this low register. At this blissful point in time, the backing singers have not yet appeared.
The lyrics are…very easy to understand. Somewhat clichéd, but very easy to understand, which is more than I can say for some other songs.
afuredasu kono omoi
kienai you ni atatamete
They overflowed, these warming thoughts,
I don’t want them to disappear
I wonder if Kanon can actually sing as loudly in a lower register as she can in a higher register, because she sounds a little like she’s holding back. Not holding back…..but not being forceful either. What could she do if she pushed herself? I actually don’t know any of her other songs, so maybe she does more there. This song sounds very…easy. For her, at least.
kirameku mirai ni
anata to futari de itai kara
In the shining future,
I want it to just be the two of us.
I suspect that Kanon has had at least some singing training. Nobody sings like that naturally. Oh actually… Maybe she was going to be an opera singer but she decided not to.
There’s a chord here that sounds a little strange. Coming from the synthesized strings. They can’t be out of tune.
OH PAIN. Now that I listen to it more carefully, this whole verse is full of strange-sounding chords. Oh well, I forgive them, they are synthesized.
brand new breeze when you whisper to me
ima hajimaru monogatari
just for us I’m singing just for us
zutto owaranai you ni
Brand new breeze
The story just now beginning,
just for us
It will never end
..and the backing singers appear. That being said, they do make Kanon sound better. Her tone, her execution of the lines (although she probably has more inspiration to make them sound better, since the backing singers sing some odd things) are so much better than the backing singers that they probably cry after every rehearsal. Although they actually get a whole verse to themselves. They should be happy about that. And also somebody bothered to write down their lyrics, which is more than I can say for every version of the lyrics of Sore Ga, Ai Deshou I’ve ever seen. How saddening, I really wanted to know what they were singing too. Ahem, back to this song.
it’s never ever gonna end
’cause you’re my real best friend brand new breeze
maybe I can touch the sky brand new breeze
breathe for awhile
How is it that they sound so exactly the same? Maybe they’re all robots. Robotic backing singers. Well, I guess there is a reason that they are BACKING singers.
Kanon sings over herself. Like Maaya, but less obviously.
it’s never gonna end just for you
’cause you’re my real best friend
maybe I can touch the sky
zutto owaranai you ni breathe for awhile
just for you
It will never end
What a lovely way to finish the song, with a duet between the backing singers and Kanon. Hmm, Kanon probably did put them in to make herself sound better. Or possibly to show off her harmonic talents. Um…I really like the chorus, actually. It’s quite an unusual melody, what with Kanon going up so high, and also having the backing singers doing a sort of…ostinato underneath her high-ness. The lyrics are also quite strange, with the.. “brand new breeze” placed in there randomly. I am quite unimpressed with the lyrics, as I think that with such a pretty melody they could have had more interesting lyrics. As they are they don’t stand out at all and are quite…stupid and also repetitive. I mean, “It’s never gonna end, ‘cause you’re my real best friend. Maybe I can touch the sky, breathe for a while” – what is that supposed to mean??? Oh, sorry, I should stop picking on the backing singers so much. The main lyrics are okay, I guess.
Even though this is only a TV size version, I really like the way the song ends, with a held string chord and just a hint of sparkle. As in those hanging chime things. I wonder what the full version will be like? If they do release one. There are already three versions of the chorus. Maybe one of them is taken from the full version. The song does seem vaguely incomplete. With such a long and separate introduction, there must be some sort of longer ending than just a held string chord. I wonder why they made this song an opening theme. While it’s true that it fits the anime quite well, they could have at least gotten some real instruments. I know that there are people who play instruments for the people in the anime. Why couldn’t they have done the same…? Also, it’s quite slow for an opening theme, and doesn’t really draw attention. It would fit more as an ending song. Instead of that…”Stella Quintet” song.