MIYU: A New Guitar Diva to Watch Out For

A new girl will soon be conquering the YouTube bandwidth! Watch out for the début of this promising new guitarist, MIYU, all cute on the outside, rocking hard on the inside. Unlike musicians of her generation, she’s not Taylor Swift nor Miley Cyrus whose knowledge of music spans 5 chords. And yes, you won’t see any of those annoying screaming fan girls around her.

As I was browsing YouTube a couple of weeks ago searching for Takayoshi Ohmura videos, I accidentally stumbled one of her videos doing cover songs, mainly from Western artists. After the tedious process of verifying the guitarist’s gender (yes, videos can be misleading *cough*TissueHime*cough*), which I can safely conclude that she was a girl, I took notice of a promotional video about her début album this coming November 9, 2011.

According to her website (I suck at Japanese, BTW), the album will be titled “World Maker” featuring 6 tracks:

  2. Somebody’s voice
  3. Story
  4. Awakening
  5. End of sorrow
  6. Break out

Interestingly enough, the album credits Takayoshi Ohmura as the Sound Producer and the bassist in the album, which, also according to her website, was her teacher while studying in MI Japan.

I listened to the demo songs featured on her Audio Leaf account, which features 3 out of the 6 songs on the album (without vocals), with KOHAKU, being the de facto carrier single, included in the demos. The songs carry heavy metal riffs, common in Japanese metal songs with feel good lyrics typical of JPop. It’s like having a pop song sung with a metal band.

In my opinion, her guitar skills is not that polished compared to other known guitarists like Takayoshi Ohmura, Syu or even Orianthi. But I can assure you, in terms of guitar prowess, she’s better than the Jonas Brothers combined. Her style is not unique, though a bit refreshing if you get tired of the same old pop songs on the radio. And yeah, I’ve always admired girls who can seriously play the guitar.


You Snuck Your Way Right Into My Heart by Love Händel

Two days from now, the first Phineas and Ferb original movie will be aired in Asia thru Disney Channel Asia. And as a mere coincidence, a have this LSS that I can’t get out of my head for days now, which gets me humming with unintelligible lyrics. The song that I’m talking about is “You Snuck Your Way Right Into My Heart” performed by the fictional band from Phineas and Ferb universe, Love Händel, in which i. It’s weird since the tune just popped out of nowhere, considering that I haven’t heard the song for a few weeks. The song appeared in a P&F episode, “Dude, We’re Getting the Band Back Together.”

The song talks about how a certain girl(?) made him fall in love with her even though he tries not to get too close to her. It’s how someone can unsuspectingly fall in love with a person in an unsuspecting manner. The song is a power ballad, a genre popular in the mid-70’s to around early 90’s. “You Snuck Your Way Right Into My Heart” is a melodic, slow-tempo song that conveys a powerful melancholic feeling, backed up with a distinctive soft, clean guitar tone on the verses and emotional overdriven guitar solos, characterized by long sustained notes and bends in the upper part of the fretboard. If you look at the lyrics, there’s a bit of humor in it, like most P&F songs. But if you look more closely, the song’s lyrics did not depend solely on the episode’s plot, which can make the song stand on its own and can be marketed even without the P&F brand. The melody is very catchy and can easily burn deep within your memory, as proven by my LSS thingy.

And the video below is from the actual episode. Enjoy!


You Snuck Your Way Right Into My Heart
by Love Händel

I should’ve known from how I felt when we were together
And even more when we were apart
You tiptoed in and you got under my skin
You snuck your way right into my heart

I put up barriers to shield my emotions
A wall that you could never break apart
But like a ninja of love rappelling down from above
You snuck your way right into my heart

Oh yeah
(C’mon everybody, let me hear ya!)
Nah Na Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Nah
You snuck your way right into my heart!
Nah Na Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Nah

(Goodnight, Tri-State Area!)

“I Live For You”

Here is a song that is originally composed by our drummer, tracer. This song is called "I Live For You," a Christian song (the first Christian song if ever it will be included in our lineup) that describes how a hopeless man can be changed and renewed and instill a purpose within him to live for God. This version is arranged and performed by bb with a terrible voice (I'm waiting for tracer for him to record the vocals himself).

This video is also on YouTube in case you can't play it.

Here is the original version of the song as played by tracer himself. (Take note, the video below may not show since the video's privacy settings has been changed by the owner. You may add him as a friend on Facebook if the video didn't load and you want to view it badly. P.S. he's single.)