ANN Tamashii no Radio (2009.05.02) - Extract
A while earlier, when I was having a massage at the gym, I asked the masseuse if he will be on leave in the coming golden week holidays.
“Yes. I will.” He said.
“Then, about how many days are you off in a month?” I asked.
“About 9 days a month.”
I was amazed! So, that would come to over 100 days in a year! Together with their annual leave, most people would have 120 days off every year. That’s 120 days that they don’t have to work! After I heard that, I just felt I was no different from an ant or a bee. I’m really a bee in fact. Oh….I’m starting to pity myself.
(Then he proceeded to interview the staff on the amount of holidays their have.
Souguchi-san: But don’t you usually feel lost when you have nothing to do?)
No! Not now I won’t! When I say now, I mean at this point in time and thereafter, from now onwards! Given what I have on my plate at this moment, I will be more than happy to have nothing to do. To be honest, I really want a rest! (dry laugh) I haven’t had one all this time! To be exact, I wish I could have a rest…..do you get what I mean? Rather than wanting a rest (where it’s just a matter of choice), I just wish I could have one (he’s got no time). I want to cool down a bit….emotionally and mentally.
If I didn’t keep on eating garlic lately, I probably wouldn’t be able to stand up! I really eat a lot, 2 heads a day (note: not cloves, but an entire garlic head). As I mentioned before,….um…..my gas out doesn’t simply smell of garlic, it’s more like a garlic with a farty smell (laugh)! I think my body has transformed into a garlic itself and the insides of my guts are probably pasted with garlic. Constipated poo becomes constipated garlic ! (laugh)
If I didn’t take it, I really feel like I’m going to collapse, I have no energy at all! But don’t worry! I will condition my body and strength. Please don’t worry, I just wanted to tell you about it (i.e. gripe).
Talking about it, don’t we usually want to take time off when other people are working? Like going to the beach in the middle of the week, although I haven’t tried it for a while. Usually, on Mondays we’re not in shape yet, but by Tuesday and Wednesday, our engines will be in full gear. On days like these, I would want to do the opposite and go to the seaside, thinking: “It’s great to be an artist!”; “What a beautiful day today!” But from now till next year………..I haven’t had a day off recently.
Although I’m a solo act, I have the workload of an entire band! (laugh). I can’t remember the last time I had a v, an entire day off…..none at all! On the surface, I look like someone who can easily take time off, but in fact I feel just like a contracted worker….I can’t afford to stop!
Honestly, I have had no vacations…..and no plans to either. What I’m looking forward most to, now, are those 2 or 3 days blanked out in between cities in the concert tour. That will be the time I can rest and I am waiting for those days to come. Since the tour will start in June, it’s probably not possible then, I’ll need to wait until July, I guess. Those 2 or 3 days in between concert venues are the only thing I’m looking forward too now!
It’s because I’m taking part in the production (of my music) that has given me so much work. If I didn’t need to write the songs and lyrics, or, to play the instruments, I wouldn’t be a tad busy at all. Because I wouldn’t seem to have anything to do then. Just the 3 min 43 secs of Kiss Shite itself, took a humunguous amount of time to finish. But I hope you won’t be sad because of this, when you’re listening to the song!
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