This past weekend, thanks to a message from a friend I discovered what has to be one of OneRoom/JimmyThumbP’s most obscure songs, “One Night Girl”. It was stuck in my head all weekend long and during memorial day I decided to add a beautiful background picture of the ever-cute LatMiku reaching out and some karaoke subs with a neat sakura effect to it. Check it out below:
It looks like this song was specifically commissioned for the VL Scramble Vocaloid album from 2010. As such it never appeared on NND or on OneRoom’s blog and only seems to have been discovered by some western fans via the “Project Diva for PC” game that has been floating around. While the title is a bit funny (I don’t think One Night Girl has a nice connotation in English thought the intended meaning fits perfectly), it is a very pleasant, catchy, and ultimately very sad song about someone who is struggling with loneliness and perhaps abandonment only to find the love of his life in his dreams. I know I shouldn’t but every time I hear the “Time’s Up” line, I really have to hold back the tears a bit. It’s interesting because it’s not that I necessarily relate to this person’s sorrow (though I’m sure some do) but rather that the sadness and grief contained in many of OneRoom’s songs feels so visceral and REAL that you can’t help but empathize and feel those emotions for yourself. Just hearing the alarm clock during the instrumentals and at the very end you just know it’s not going to have a happy ending and you can’t help but be moved by it. This is one song I won’t forget and I hope to sing a cover of it someday soon. Finding or making an off-vocal is going to be difficult though.
This skill at capturing an emotion and letting the listener feel it is present in so many of OneRoom’s song. Unlike hearing many of what I consider shallower songs in English I really enjoy these songs because they truly let you feel someone else’s raw and honest emotion, and relate to something that you might have never and perhaps will never experience yourself. But the emotion feels so honest and bare that you can’t help but be moved by it.
It’s present in Y to Y, a song about a couple that just couldn’t make it from one “yes” (going out/proposal) to another “yes” (of getting married). It places no blame, and instead focuses on the emotions of what one’s “ideal future” crushed before their eyes and the sorrow and even guilt one feels for that. Seeing it performed live in concert is also quite special.
There’s Room 206 which besides have some of the coolest instrumentals of any of OneRoom’s song is also a sad and honest story of someone who misses a loved one who has passed on so much that they wish they could join them right now, but are simply “too afraid of dying”. You’ll never see a more emotionally honest song about considering ending one’s life in sorrow but never actually suggesting it blatantly. It’s the kind of thing people write about but you hardly ever see in song form. Romaji here, and since the translated YT link was deleted I’ll probably put out subs for it soon. My favorite line is definitely “Kanaetara shinde shimaisou de kowainda” (I want my wish to come true but dying is just so scary).
Another favorite of mine is Scene, which sadly is somewhat badly translated in that video but it still gets the point across. Scene is essentially the story of a person who has lost someone precious but is unable to get over it, consumed by the person’s memories, smell, appearance, touch, ect. In their sadness these memories are so real for them that they are able to lay back, “set the scene” for themselves and imagine what it would be like to be next to them again.
Now perhaps the most catchy OneRoom song has to be “No Logic”, with that addictive chorus (“Kami sama kono uta o kikoeru ka”) and really cool guitar part. This music video is also very cool! It was also performed in concert by Luka and is a very cool discussion of a person’s fate and choices in their life. It’s one of my personal favorites.
Finally let’s end this by talking about “Starduster”, perhaps the most vocally impressive song OneRoom has ever made. A sad song about someone wanting to be loved and fearing they will lose the relationship they hold precious. Hearing Miku whisper and than cry out “Ai wo”, begging to be given the love she so desires and fears to lose is enough to give you chills.
If you are moved by these songs as much as I, be sure to check out OneRoom/JimmyThumb-P’s Toybox album, which can still be bought on Amazon and several other places. There is also the more recently released “Unplugged Stray” album which is a bit harder to find but has tons of amazing songs on it.