8tracks has recently become my go-to place for discovering Japanese music. I’m really not into the pop genre and I find that Youtube is a place filled with songs that I do not find pleasant. I am quite picky about what I want to listen to.
Recently I came across this song that took my breath away the instant it started playing. It is called 心無し（こころなし）originally performed by a vocaloid named Gumi. While some wiki articles explain the meaning of the song to be ‘somehow’, the title can also be interpreted as ‘without a heart.’
This song has been performed by countless enthusiastic singers whose covers can be found on YouTube. The playlist that I referred to on 8tracks contained a version by Sou.
This cover is one of the many covers titled “心無し 歌ってみた” ( Kokoronashi Uttatemita) that can be found on Nico Nico Douga. Uttatemita (‘Tried to sing’) is a section under Yattemita (Tried it) where singers try their hand at their favourite songs and upload the same. There are other categories as well – odottemita (tried to dance), egaitemita (tried to draw) etc.
The Japanese internet community has always seemed so closed and inaccessible when compared to the Korean one. I hope that as I get better and better at Japanese I will get to have a deeper knowledge of what’s popular among the Japanese youth and stop limiting myself to just anime and drama.