BY JOE YOKOMIZO | 2016/02/09
When I heard of the term ‘antiwar’, it sounds very ideal and good. However, it is really hard to know how to stop wars in practical way. Even though we claim to stop, there are no actual ideas of how to do it. Living in Japan is peaceful for us in our era, so claiming about peace might sound easy. However, for people who live in countries that got air strikes and if your kids were killed from that, you couldn’t think of forgiving someone for peace I think. In that sense, stopping war is really difficult in reality. Rather, there is no answer.
When I made the song ‘Hoshizora’ (in ‘AWAKE’ album) in 2005, Iraq War was going on at that time. So I read some news about that and I wrote lyrics imagining about the children in Iraq. When I wrote these kinds of songs, people asked me ‘can music change the world?’, but I do not think music can change the reality of war. However, music allows me to speak out my mind even though it cannot change everything. I don't think I am the kind of musician nor I would like to be the one who sends strong messages. It is not my taste to display ‘LOVE & PEACE’ directly. However, I put my desire of peace in quite a few of my lyrics. This is because in my daily life, I feel sad when I heard these kinds of news. I like to write about weird or inconsistent situation using metaphoric expression in my lyrics. For example, I used the expression to show humans’ wretched stupidity from VAMPIRE’s point of view. After all, if using these expressions can make some of the audiences feel something in their heart, maybe it’s meaningful.
I think rock music has some kind of religious aspect. So, if the song portrays only about cruel stuff, it will leave just cruel elements for the audience. But if the song shows some ideas or ‘maybe it is like this?’ expression, and audience can empathize with the lyrics, it will remain in their heart. Sometimes, it will support the audience. Thankfully, our fans especially are enthusiastic of our music and these songs support many fans I think. ‘Changing the world’ is too huge an idea for me, but I think music has some power for change. At least, some people can feel ‘Light My Fire’.
Translation by: Yumi