I’m sure you’ve had those moments where you want to know the name of a song stuck in your head, but can’t seem to find it. These days it’s a little easier with apps to find those songs if you can even hum a few bars of the song—if it’s in English. But for me today, that song was in Japanese.
I can hear the song in my head, I can even see the music video playing in my mind, but specific lyrics just won’t become clear for me. How do you find a song this way? (I had the same trouble with a Beethoven piece once upon a time). I only thought of this song because of Gloria and her music Mondays. So I’m indirectly blaming you Gloria. 😉
Google can be a pretty powerful tool, but you’ve still got to have words to feed it for it to bring results. I tried thinking of how I’d stumbled upon the mystery video in the first place. I think it was connected to this Bjork video. It’s a Spike Jonze, so it’s 100% awesomeness.
Sorry about the quality, this is the ONLY version of this video I could find on YouTube. I wish YouTube would prompt popular videos of an older sort to update their versions. Maybe they have. Anyway, I looked over related videos, but alas, nothing.
I tried doing wild card searches, like “Japanese singer duet” and the few lyrics I could pull out of the fog “but still my dear” (some of it was in English, like a lot of Japanese songs). No avail. I am curious, though, as to what option you all might have tried next at this point if coming up fruitless. I was thinking: post about it, ask friends who might remember, etc.
I drew upon memory, thinking about all the details of the video when I’d watched it and what I could remember of descriptions. Because I’m a visual person, sometimes I see words as shapes (I don’t know if that makes sense, probably does if you’re like me). Anyways, I pondered a little deeper and came up with a name. Shina. That seemed right, but I wasn’t really sure.
So I did a search for “shina” first.
Did you mean Shania?
No! I know who Shania Twain is, stupid Google. Okay, more specific. “Japanese singer shina.”
Then I saw it. Ringo Sheena. Ding! I was 95% positive that was the right name. Okay, YouTube, what have you got? What the—? Yeah, glancing through the videos, none were the one I was searching for. But seeing her face, I was confident Ringo Sheena was the one.
Now what? Ringo Sheena duets. The wiki page was less than helpful. *sigh* I tried another Google search, as some people use Shiina. LastFM was my saving grace, not that it had what I wanted, but it had a title. Konoyo no Kagiri. That sounded very familiar. I promptly headed back to YouTube and happily…
All is well in the universe again.
Have you ever had an experience like this? Is there a song you still can’t figure out the name of? What other things might you have tried to track a song down? Let me know below.