Rating: 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 (perfect 5 grins)
There are songs that you grow to love by hearing it repeatedly, but there are songs that you love immediately upon hearing it the first time. Life is Like a Boat by Rie Fu (リエ フゥ) is one of the songs that I loved immediately upon hearing it for the first time.
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Of course, as an avid anime watcher, I discovered this song by watching Bleach by Kubo Tite (久保 帯人). It’s the first ending song in the anime series. I remember my reaction when I first heard it. I was like, “Oh, they used an English song as the ending. Nice.” Then the singer suddenly sang in Japanese, and I was surprised. So this was a bilingual song? I was like, “Damn, this singer’s English is really good.”
I really admire Rie Fu’s fluency in both Japanese and English, and how she sings in both languages smoothly. Life is Like a Boat is one of my favourite songs, and I often listen to it on my phone. The melody, especially the piano, is beautiful, while Rie Fu’s voice is soothing.
However, what I love the most in this song are the lyrics. They’re just so meaningful and inspiring. I think that the analogy “life is like a boat” is very appropriate, not only for the series Bleach but also to our own lives.
We row our own boats of life, while trying to stay afloat while the strong waves try to repeatedly sink us. We can choose to row alone, but we can also choose to row together, encouraging each other to continue rowing even if we think that we couldn’t anymore. The message contained in the lyrics is beautiful, and it never fails to cheer me up whenever I listen to this song.
I think that Life is Like a Boat is too sophisticated to be used for an action-packed series like Bleach, but I shouldn’t complain much because I love both. I just don’t think that they match well.
Overall, Life is Like a Boat by Rie Fu (リエ フゥ) is an absolute favourite. It’s a beautiful song in melody, vocals, and message. If half of the songs in the world are like this, then the world will be a better place.
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