Hello, everyone, and welcome to my blog, a song for xx!
HINT: As per the original song and album by Ayumi Hamasaki, the xx in this blog’s title is not pronounced. Therefore, one would say “a song for” in reference to this website.
My name is Daniella, but here on WordPress I go by the username askjeevas. I’m a teenager who resides in New Jersey permanently, but goes to college in Washington, D.C. I may be a city girl and a Washingtonian now, but I’ll always be a Jersey girl at heart.
I started this blog on December 31, 2008, and as far as New Years resolutions go, I’d say this one has worked out pretty well. It began as a general interest blog, where I talked about anything that interested me, like music, world events, movies, anime, and so on. I began to notice about three months in that I got most hits on my reviews of Japanese music, so from then on, I decided to make this into a music review blog, and I haven’t looked back since.
Recently I was discussing this blog with my mom, and telling her about how I review music, and she asked me an interesting question: what makes me an expert? I had had never thought about that. So I pondered this for a while, and came to the conclusion that I’m not an expert on music, and I don’t think I ever will be. I’m just someone who really loves and appreciates music, and I’m giving my opinion as an avid music listener. Nothing more and nothing less. That said, feel free to disagree with me, as I’m not an authority on what “good” vs “bad” music is. In fact, I think those categories are totally subjective and meaningless when it comes to music. I’m just here to put in my two cents.
So far, on this website, I’ve reviewed music from various Japanese and Korean artists. Male, female, solo, group, what have you. My list of artists is constantly growing, so if you’d like to see me review someone, feel free to suggest them and I’ll do my best!
a song for xx: A History in Headers
For about the first six months of having my blog, I used a different theme, so I pretty much used random album covers as my header image. Lol, I was a n00b.
Banner made my my lovely friend Kelly. (Love ya, gurl!)
I made this header crappily myself with some image editing site whose name escapes me, all because I don’t have Photoshop or the patience to learn how to use it. Heh. Fierce tho amirite?
My brand new blog theme and header! I was so inspired by f(x)’s first mini-album, NU ABO that I decided to make it my header image. Whoo, K-Pop.
This is the header I’ve been using for the past few months, Jolin Tsai’s MUSE (aka one of the best albums of 2012; read my review here).
My favorite artists…
The artists that I listen to on a regular basis are pretty varied. Some days I’m in J-Pop moods, other days I listen to nothing but K-Pop, and sometimes I even listen to American music. So I try to keep my selection diverse. As for K-Pop, my favorite artists are Girls’ Generation, Wonder Girls, U-KISS and Younha. When it comes to J-Pop, I love me some Utada Hikaru, Nami Tamaki, Amuro Namie, Yuya Matsushita, and Kana Nishino. However, my favorite artists of all time is Ayumi Hamasaki. Her music has gotten me through some really rough times, and I can’t imagine my life without it. She gets a lot of flak for different things, but honestly, none of it matters to me. When I listen to her songs, all I know for sure is that someone understands how I feel, and that’s what makes her music irreplaceable to me.
My rating system in reviews is your standard F to A grading system. It’s pretty much self-explanatory and should be familiar to all who have attended middle or high school at any point. In case you’re not familiar with this system, though, here’s a more detailed explanation:
A -> The highest grade a release can receive. Absolutely great, with flaws that are either minimal or inconsequential or both.
B -> Very good. Some flaws that may get in the way of my full enjoyment but nothing too major.
C -> Solidly average. Not bad but not stellar. If assigned to a longer release, probably contains several dud tracks.
D -> Pretty bad. Probably issues with tracklisting, or the songs themselves. Would require major work to be ‘good.’
F -> Fucking awful. The whole thing sucks. Would not recommend.
And then, as for +/- grades. A + on a grade indicates that it leans toward a higher grade, whereas a – means the opposite. Typically if I give a grade a -, I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt, whereas a + means it’s good but not good enough to make the higher grade. (A+ grades are given only to releases that are absolutely flawless in my view.)
Well, that’s all for now, folks. I recently took down my Upcoming Reviews page and replaced it with Recommendations, so I don’t really have a set schedule for reviews I’ll be publishing. If you’re interested, check back regularly! I am posting more often now so you will see new reviews.
Thanks for stopping by!
“The sun’s about to rise, I must be going soon.
I can’t stay in the same place forever.”
~ Ayumi Hamasaki, “A song for xx”