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Saturday, January 29, 2022

The Evolution of Band Maid - Then, Now, and In Between

Band Maid's management company was about ready to disband the ladies, as they had not found much success in their native Japan. Until this song, their Twitter page and other social media accounts started seeing increased traffic.

Someone had posted this video to a J-POP fan group on Facebook and the die was cast. As I said above their management group was about to disband them as the vide for Thrill had used up the last of their budget. So it was either success, or failure at that point. And some unknown individual, posting them to a Facebook group, brought them to the attention of the West.

The ladies of Band Maid worked with songwriters and also submitted their own writing to their management, but were told to keep trying.

According to a post I can't find on Reddit, this song, "Alone" was the first song the ladies of Band Maid wrote that was accepted by their management. Miku Kobato, the rhythm guitarist and co-lead vocalist had written lyrics for a few previous songs, but this was the first song that was written by the band themselves.

The lead guitarist, Kanami Tono, is the main song writer for the group. With the main lyricist being Miku Kobato the rhythm guitarist. Over the years, this has changed, so the principal writing is done by Kanami, which is then tweaked by Akane Hirose the drummer, and MISA, the bassist. And yes, the bass player is a mononym. Hear her play enough and you will agree. Then once the music is set, it is up to Miku to finish up the lyrics and Saiki Atsumi the lead vocalist helps as she knows her own range and style.

Quite honestly, this is just one of their songs which actually makes me tear up. A song of longing and desire as well as a scream of pain in the guitar solo reminding me of loneliness. The visuals of the video just reinforce that loneliness and make this songs impact that much stronger.

Their sound crosses genres, You just can't say they are Rock and Roll, or Pop, or Hard Rock, or Rhythm and Blues, or even Metal. Their music encompasses many genres. As several YouTube Reactors have stated, Band Maid's Genre is Band Maid. And Band Maid's songs are Band Maid doing Band Maid Things.

You will notice that I haven't posted any live video's of them so far. That is because you need the above video's to get your mind and ears ready for "Live Band Maid"

This video is from their Line Cube Shibuya Concert and is the sixth song of their 23 song 2+ hour concert. I will be posting a few more from this concert, but you will now SEE for yourself, the POWER of Band Maid.

This is the 21st song of their 23 song concert, and as you listen to the next song which was the 22nd you will notice, that the ladies go directly from this song into the next one with maybe 4 seconds between them. Just long enough for the ladies to walk back to their pedal boards and set them for the next song.

Did you feel that energy? This was the 22nd song of a 23 song set, that had already been going on for over 2 hours. Can you imagine putting out that much energy for that long, and still performing to the top of your ability?

That coupled with the music is what has drawn me to these ladies. But we're not done yet. There are a few more videos for you to see.

These ladies were all set to perform at one of the bucket list venues, Budokan, when the pandemic hit. When the ladies realized they couldn't perform and meet their fans, they started doing on line concerts. At one of them, they had watchers from 63 country's. They have worked hard, assembled a new album and released it. Had other on line concerts which they then release video's from to their YouTube Page for their fans.

But throughout the pandemic they still missed thier fans. SO they wrote a letter to their fans in a song.

Another song which made me tear up, especially as I had read the translation of the lyrics and the translation of a small staement given by Saiki before they started the song.

But we are back to the begininng. They did a live performance of the song which kept them from crashing and burning. Modified with their new sound, it shows both where they have come from and where they have journeyed to.<br/>

The also released a few other choice tracks from that on line concert.

And I know I posted this just the other day, but I really enjoy it. An acoustic version from their Christmas Day Acoustic online concert.

If any of these videos aren't showing up to be watched, you can watch them all at Band Maid's YouTube page:

So please give them a listen. I wish I had the first time I had been recommended their video's. I might have been able to watch their acoustic concert live myself, if I had.

Breaking: New 2A Lawsuit

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The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a lawsuit in San Diego County Superior Court against California Attorney General Rob Bonta, challenging the constitutionality of a recently-enacted section of the state Penal Code requiring the state Department of Justice to share private information on millions of gun owners in the state, with the California Firearm Violence Research Center and others.

Joining SAF in this action are the Firearms Policy Coalition, California Gun Rights Foundation, San Diego County Gun Owners PAC, Orange County Gun Owners PAC, Inland Empire Gun Owners PAC and Doe Brandeis, a private citizen. They are represented by attorneys Bradley A. Benbrook and Stephen M. Duvernay with the Benbrook Law Group, PC in Sacramento. The lawsuit is known as Brandeis v. Bonta.

The lawsuit contends disclosure of personal information about California gun owners under provisions of Assembly Bill 173, passed by the Assembly last year, violates their privacy rights, which are specifically protected by the state constitution. This information sharing also violates provisions of Proposition 63, the ammunition background check measure passed by voters back in 2016, which specified that personal information was to remain confidential, and shared "only for law enforcement purposes."

"This is clearly an attempt violate the law, and the constitutional privacy rights of California gun owners for reasons we could only begin to imagine," said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. "This proves once again that gun prohibitionists are willing to trample on laws they previously passed with a new law that violates the rights of gun owners for the alleged purpose of so-called 'research,' the nature of which seems dubious at best.

"In their zeal to treat California gun owners as second- or even third-class citizens, anti-gunners in Sacramento forget that those citizens have rights including the right to privacy," Gottlieb added. "More than 4 California million gun owners have a reasonable expectation that their personal information is protected by the law and the state constitution. We will not stand idly by while their privacy is violated under the guise of research that has nothing at all to do with law enforcement."

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Saturday, January 22, 2022

BAND-MAID / カタルシス "Catharsis" Acoustic Ver. (Official Live Video)

This was their Christmas Day 2021 Acoustic Performance. You can still buy access to the full concert at their website.

If their insane publishing company blocks the embed use the following link to go to YouTube and watch it.

Friday, January 14, 2022

The Cannonball Run Countach: Supercar Legend | Full Documentary

My new favorite band - Band Maid

BAND-MAID / DOMINATION (Official Live Video)

BAND-MAID / Manners, BLACK HOLE (Official Live Video)

This one was recorded on my birthday last year. I think that's appropriate. The lead guitarist who wrote the music, for the second song, Black Hole, she asked the drummer, how many beats per minute could she play. The response was 180, she was told, well here, this one is 220.

"Moratorium" by BandMaid

Band Maid is what happens when you forget to turn off Auto Play on YouTube. Which I forgot to do one day. I had been ignoring this Japanese Girl band who dressed up like maids, because I figured they were like Baby Metal. A manufactured group that didn't even play their own instruments or write their own music. After hearing their song "FREEDOM", and then ONSET, I was hooked.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Sorta back

Between health issues and financial issues, I'm sort of back online. Between health issues exacerbating financial issues, and financial issues making some of my health issues worse since I can't afford the Co-pays for CT scans or new MRI's I'm kind of in a Catch-22. At least until I can figure out a way to win the Lottery.