So I got to thinking about a new series here where favorite lists here roam free, that is to say a vast array of favorite top 5 lists which will occur as inspiration goes. Sometimes I’ll be doing just a single top 5 while at other times perhaps a two~sie may be in the calling. And why a top 5? Well with a shorter list it lends to a surefire means of keeping things simple, you know like creating your own “Mt Rushmore” of (best of the best) favorites where one won’t have the need to ponder and struggle too much as a longer list may induce much needed thought over a much longer period of time. Still, to be sure these top 5’s will inevitably come with the occasional regret of having left something/someone out and just completely forgetting what should have been included. So I’ll be doing these 100% guilt free as if in a rapid fire brainstorming where I won’t be spending a ton of time debating with myself, as I’ll be going with my initial gut feelings and that way keeping the whole thing spontaneous and fun where redo~s are most warranted and just may end up in the comments afterward ^^.
And so with this maiden post I’ll begin with….
~Top 5 t.v. Shows~
Party of five
I began taping and watching Friends from their pilot episode then watching each and every episode when I got home on Thursday nights from work. I remember their promo as it was only comprised of text on the screen with various sayings about what friends mean and will do for a person and on a good vibe hunch I just taped it without any further knowledge of what to expect. Also this was way before the internet and Google explained it all, so you really had to go with those promo teasers as it was all you had to go on back then. I’ve now watched this series from beginning to end more times than any other show and it never gets old! Best writing, best characters and a most amazing cast!~! I really grew up with Friends and along the way gathered countless memories and countless laughs always! Simply the best sitcom ever.
And likewise with “Party of Five”, yup the age of early adolescence I could relate to the Claudia, Julia, Bailey and Charlie was like a father, only in a t.v. land kind of way albeit he was thrust into it all at still a very young age. I would watch this show religiously episode to episode through all of the triumphs, the heartbreaks, the goals, the loves, the loves lost and pretty much every aspect that life has to offer us. It made me feel, think and see life differently as the show evolved and grew with the family.
Ohhhh is there any funnier sitcom than “Seinfeld?” You’d be hard challenged to find one! ingenious plots, plotting, characters with flaws and quirks galore! And they celebrated these quirks and flaws to the absolute fullest from opening dialogue till end!~! So many classic episodes that you can readily make a Seinfeld reference and it’s really also a pop culture reference all in the same.
So “Modern Family” for me is like the second coming of a Seinfeld level sitcom, I mean it’s not quite Seinfeld but it does strive to come awfully close! Love the style of having characters speak directly to the camera in an offbeat sort of way and those couch dialogue scenes aren’t unlike those seen in “When Harry Met Sally”….I’m sure they were inspired in some way. Quirky family and characters abound and so many pee in your pants funny moments in this show over the years!! And much like Seinfeld it’s a sitcom that readily pokes fun at itself and its characters all the time, like having comedic humility….what’s not to LOVE ^^.
A friend turned me onto “Cheers” and it didn’t take long to get totally hooked on this classic sitcom! Amazing it almost exclusively takes place in a bar and you really find it to be that cozy place where everybody knows your name =)! Coach and Woody really lead the charge with those dunce comedic moments but everyone here has their roles imprinted on this series so much and what of the romance between Sam and Diane and then Sam and Rebecca and Sam and pretty much every woman in the Boston area =P. I totally got how this show was on t.v. for so long as the dialogue is as witty and humorously snobbish as they come! And let’s not forget Frasier, but of course he got his very own show which says so much on its own. =)
~Top 5 J-Music Artists/Groups~
In the future I’ll probably break down the genre into more specific categories but for this first run I thought why not just include every Japanese artist and group in the running for an extra wide category. Just outside would be the likes of Princess Princess, Morning Musume, Berryz Koubou, Miura Rieko, Hirano Aya, Matsuura Aya, Morikawa Miho, Mochida Maki, SMAP, Ribbon, Tanimura Yumi, Matsu Takako, Ozaki Yutaka, Moritaka Chisato, Fukuyama Masaharu, Every Little Thing, Nishida Hikaru, Qlair, SPEED, C-ute, Amuro Namie, aiko, AKB48 (in no particular order of course) and a host of others ahhhh let’s stick to the top 5 =P.
Mr.Children’s long been my most favorite all-time J-group without question so making them #1 was a no brainer, like filling in that free Bingo space each and every time! No better songs, melodies, lyrics, voice (Sakurai~san!), band and they pretty much are Beatles-like in the sense that Mr.Children genre wise has pretty much gone full circle expressing their music with all the colors in the crayon box leaving no shade behind =).
Sakai Noriko was one of my earliest of J-music discoveries in the solo category and through time I’ve managed to collect her entire album and single discography save for a few redundant collections and she’s really an inspiration coming directly from the career of Matsuda Seiko. What I mean is that Sakai Noriko really embraced not only her style of vocals but also her means of transcending the female idol from pop to mainstream and back. Even her oh so sweetly cute and uniquely stand-out vocals give regards to Matsuda Seiko with nuances such as phrasing and tone, and yet they are all her own very much. Songs, so so so many beloved songs and I’d love to post about her music here one day, it’s just such a daunting post to take on as her music collection is the size of a small village. ^^*
ZARD, really you need only visit my tribute post here to understand =)!
CoCo was the very first idol group I got into in the mid nineties!! A~h youth…..they are the definitive idol group imho and there’s lots to present their case and as a matter of fact I do currently have a CoCo post which has been in the words for some time now, it will post here as my final post for this blog as it only seems fitting to bookend the blog with my idol love beginning =).
And ARASHI seriously could have been much higher on this list, no not #1 of course but right there beside the top. For years it was SMAP with the top spot in my heart and really they’re still there, only ARASHI has taken this love next level now and along the way there is also V6, TOKIO, Tackey & Tsubasa and the Kinki Kids too! Music, charisma, hotness and humor all wrapped into one amazing tortilla! =)!