Surrender is available for download for 7 Days (starting today, Monday 20 Oct 2008, 4.30pm local time) or 100 downloads, whichever comes first. It will not be reposted again.
IA’s note: I remember exactly when I fell in love with this song.
The year was 1999. I was getting ready for work. It was a time in my life when the best I could do was put myself on autopilot to keep on functioning. I use the word functioning because I didn’t think what I did then was living. The mini hi-fi was broken (at that time, everything seemed to be broken), so I used the DVD player to play 1/42, the live album from the Discovery Tour.
As I caught a glimpse of myself at the mirror that was placed in the hallway, a huge chunk of repressed feelings suddenly welled up in my chest, bursting to get out. I didn’t discover the transliteration until years later but wasn’t surprised at all when I read it coz it was exactly what I thought it was. Listening to it in the ‘live’ version added to the ‘realness’ of the situation; I was immediately struck by the rawness and the simplicity of the song. Sakurai sang it imperfectly, which was absolutely perfect for the song.
This remains the song that I play repeatedly when I need to grief.
The transliteration and romaji can be found here.