Translated by Erin Grace
I sang with the spirit that’s invited by the sound
--“LOL!” is a charming dance tune, a change toward lighter music.
Meisa: I wanted “LOL!” to be both an extension of my existing work as well as something completely new, all wrapped up in one song. Until now my image has been kind of “single-toned,” and in contrast this song is “patterned.” Marbled, sort of. It doesn’t have so much of sparkling, crackling feeling; it’s more bassy and heavy.
--You also challenge yourself by trying out rap.
M: It was really fun! When I listened to the demo, I thought, “Yeah, this’ll work.” And I recorded after I met Angelina Jolie [who was in Japan promoting “Salt,” released 7/28], so I was in really high spirits.
--You’re using a rougher voice than you have in the past, and you have a better beat than would be expected for a first try. It seems like you’re a real rapper.
M: Thanks! Yeah, I rap everything this time. (laugh) JUNE, the composer, gave me really detailed direction, and I sang with the spirit that’s invited by the sound. She was like, “Badder!” and “More sexy!” I was like, “OK!” (laugh)
--What would you say is the theme of the song, in your own words?
M: “Don’t worry, be happy.” I’ve really been able to get a grasp on living for the moment, and even though this is a very private song, there are things that have happened in my life that I can just laugh off. I don’t want any regrets, but having said that, I can’t just run away. What’s done is done and I deal with it. That’s what the lyrics are saying, I think.
My girlfriends say that I’m crazy masochistic…
--There are several funny lines, like “Life is so hard, it’s delicious!”
M: Lately my girlfriends have been saying that I’m crazy masochistic. Even when we’re talking about love, they say “You’re a tragic heroine!” In this song I’m just laughing at it all, and saying that I don’t want regrets, but wishing that you’d done something or other differently is just part of loving yourself. This is also a song about getting to where you’re at right now. In reality I’m nothing like this, so there are spots where I’m aiming at the ideal presented by the song. I mope and cry to my friends, and get depressed when they call me a masochist, and in reality I don’t naturally have that “LOL” feeling. But I think that if I can get through sad days like that, then I can surmount my barriers, and enjoy myself. I think I present that idea here.
--The second song, “Be Like That,” is a song that paints the picture of a brave and innocent love, a girl trying not to pay attention when she finds unfamiliar make-up and shampoo in her boyfriend’s bathroom.
M: Honestly, I find that song sad and lonely. But that’s the kind of person I am. Even though in “LOL!” I’m just laughing at everything and saying “Eh, whatever, it’s all good,” “Be Like That” is a song for the people who can’t just laugh everything off.
--It’s sarcastic toward men.
M: Exactly. It’s saying “Isn’t this so brave?” But just about every woman has this sort of obstinacy and underhandedness in her. And this girl is so cute. In the end, if you do this you’ll hate it, and even though it’s terrible, you still like him. That’s the essence of a woman’s heart.
(Interviewer: Takahashi Eriko)