In episode six of Tari Tari, Sakai Wakana was reflecting on the past and was dealing with the pain she’s bearing for not fulfilling the promise she made with her late mother. I felt the entire episode was touching. Wakana finally understood, moved on and once again rekindled her love for music.
During the entire episode, one thing was reiterated countless time – the unfulfilled promise, the unfinished song of Wakana and her mother.
For some, a song is just a song. It’s something they sing when they’re in joy or in sorrow. To them, a song is something that is popular for a period of time and forgotten once the wave is over. But for some others, different songs can hold significant meanings in their lives. Maybe it’s the first dance with their loved ones, or maybe it’s the song that played when recalling a fond/painful memory.
Now, I often wonder why this only happens to songs but not to other creative expressions such as painting. I never heard anyone say Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa as their painting. It’s easier to imagine someone would say Britney Spear’s Baby One More Time as their song. Okay, that whole thing there sound so weird but I hope you get my point.
Come to think of it, music creates a special emotional connection to audience. It is not just for entertainment. It makes people smile, laugh or cry. Usually when watching a movie or playing a game, I’m attentive to the music scores. To me, without music…or should I say…without appropriate music, the correct emotions cannot be evoked. A Facebook friend once shared Jackie Chan’s Endless Love from the movie The Myth. The song was sooo sad. I never watched the movie before so I don’t have the visual aid to associate the emotions with. Through music alone, the correct emotions was evoked because as it turns out, it’s a sad movie. Or at least, according to my friend, it is.
Lyrics also play an important role. The lyrics were written to express a thought, a feeling or an experience. It’s so much more concrete than just sound of music alone. Through written words, a song’s meaning can reached to wider audience. The lyrics can be expressions of love, joy or sorrow. Either way, they are meant to let the specific audience know what they’re experiencing is also experienced by others. They’re not alone. There’s an invisible connection. I don’t know if anyone’s going to pen lyrics for Wakana and her mother’s song. Let’s hope it’s happening and that it’ll be something that’s especially meaningful to Wakana.
As mentioned earlier, some of us decide what’s to be our song because of a special moment. Our brain associates the memory with a song. So many years down the road, we will still recall that moment whenever the song is played. When Wakana complete the unfinished song, I hope the memories she recall are the happy memories she shared with her mother and not the regretful ones she’s having now.
There’s a sentimental value to having a song of our own. It doesn’t really matter if one is a musician or not, a song speaks to him/her in a way only he/she knows. It doesn’t even matter if you’re not the writer or composer of the song! And through that song, he/she has something to hold on to or remember by. Do you have a song of your own?