Cover Photos

I put a new cover image for the homepage every month, and I like to put song lyrics from my favorite songs on the photos. Below are all the photos I’ve used so far.

December 2015

Photo is of the mountains around Taos, New Mexico; lyrics are from "Breathe" by Telepopmusik

Photo is of the mountains around Taos, New Mexico; lyrics are from “Breathe” by Telepopmusik

December 2015’s lyrics are from “Breathe” by Telepopmusik.

I brought you something close to me
Left with something you
See through your hands
Give up my dreams
It’s nothing to do but believe
Just believe
Just breathe

Listen to the song here.

November 2015

Photo is from Canopy in Austin; lyrics are from David Bowie's "Absolute Beginners"

Photo is from Canopy in Austin; lyrics are from David Bowie’s “Absolute Beginners”

November 2015’s lyrics are from “Absolute Beginners” by David Bowie. I used to love this album when I was in high school.

as long as we’re together
the rest can go to hell
i absolutely love you
but we’re absolute beginners
with eyes completely open
but nervous all the same

Here’s a great live version of the song.

October 2015

Photo is from the Musee Moderna in Stockholm; Lyrics are from "Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" by Felix Jaehn - ft. Jasmine Thompson

Photo is from the Musee Moderna in Stockholm; Lyrics are from “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)” by Felix Jaehn – ft. Jasmine Thompson

October 2015’s lyrics are from “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)” by Felix Jaehn – ft. Jasmine Thompson. When I was in Stockholm on a business trip, this song was on VH1 in the hotel and I immediately fell in love with it.

Ain’t nobody
Loves me better
Makes me happy
Makes me feel this way
Ain’t nobody
Loves me better than you

Listen to the song here.

September 2015

Photo is a landscape in Sweden, lyrics are from Orange Juice's "A Place In My Heart"

Photo is a landscape in Sweden, lyrics are from Orange Juice’s “A Place In My Heart”

September 2015’s lyrics are from “A Place in My Heart” by Orange Juice.

if I may be so bold as to make the assertion
that your other lover is just a diversion
maybe in time when the time is right
together we’ll scale those dizzy heights

Listen to the song here.

August 2015

Photo is of a Japanese vending machine, lyrics are from Utada Hikaru's "Traveling"

August 2015’s lyrics are from “Traveling” by Utada Hikaru

風にまたぎ月へ登り
僕の席は君の隣
ふいに我に返りクラリ
春の夜の夢のごとし
riding on the wind, reaching for the moon
my seat is right next to yours
suddenly returning to myself, I get dizzy
like a dream on a spring night

Listen to the song here. Translation from here.

July 2015

Photo is of a building at EPCOT, lyrics are from Phoenix's "(You Can't Blame It On) Anybody"

Photo is of a building at EPCOT, lyrics are from Phoenix’s “(You Can’t Blame It On) Anybody”

July 2015’s lyrics are from “(You Can’t Blame It On) Anybody” by Phoenix.

you can’t blame it on anybody
some things they don’t last
you can’t blame it on anybody
I thought I’d entertain you
let me take you to the heart of the city
let me misunderstand you

Listen to the song here.

June 2015

Photo is from the gift shop at Osaka Tower, lyrics are from Santana/Michelle Branch's "The Game of Love"

Photo is from the gift shop at Osaka Tower, lyrics are from Santana/Michelle Branch’s “The Game of Love”

June 2015’s lyrics are from “The Game of Love” by Santana/Michelle Branch.

tell me just what you want me to be
one kiss and boom you’re the only one for me
so please tell me why don’t you come around no more
cause right now I’m crying outside the door of your candy store

Listen to the song here.

May 2015

Photo is of Stockholm, lyrics are from Bob Marley's "Waiting in Vain"

Photo is of Stockholm, lyrics are from Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain”

May 2015’s lyrics are from “Waiting in Vain” by Bob Marley.

ya see, in life I know there’s lots of grief
but your love is my relief
tears in my eyes burn, tears in my eyes burn
while I’m waiting, while I’m waiting for my turn

Listen to the song here. My favorite Bob Marley song.

April 2015

Los Angeles

Photo is of the Los Angeles Basin and lyrics are from Best Coast’s “Our Deal”

April 2015’s lyrics are from “Our Deal” by Best Coast.

when you leave me
the bed is empty
and i feel crazy
‘cos i didn’t say anything
i wish you would tell me
how you really feel
but you’ll never tell me
‘cos that’s not our deal

Listen to the song here. The video is pretty fun. By Drew Barrymore and starring a bunch of ppl you will recognize.

March 2015

March 2015

Photo is of the highway near my house, lyrics are from “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” by The Smiths

March 2015’s lyrics are from “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” by The Smiths. I saw The Smiths at the Hollywood Palladium in 1985.

Take me out tonight
where there’s music and there’s people
and they’re young and alive
driving in your car
I never never want to go home
because I haven’t got one
anymore

Listen to the song here.

February 2015

Astro Orbiter

Photo is from Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, lyrics are from St. Etienne’s “Stars Above Us”

February 2015’s lyrics are from “Stars Above Us” by Saint Etienne.

Sun sets over the city
Won’t you come and catch it with me?
Follow me, right up the stairway
Let’s have some fun tonight
Stars above us, cars below us
Out on the rooftop, baby
Stars above us, cars below us
Nothing can touch us, baby

Listen to the song here.

January 2015

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Photo is from a fishing boat just off of Redondo Beach, and lyrics are from “Pure Imagination”

January 2015’s lyrics are from “Pure Imagination”.

There is no
Life I know
To compare with
Pure imagination
Living there
You’ll be free
If you truly wish to be

Listen to the song here, sung smoothly by Lou Rawls. And here is a version by The Johnny Varro Trio that I listen to all the time.

December 2014

Photo is from a camping trip we took, and lyrics are from "As Time Goes By"

Photo is from a camping trip we took, and lyrics are from “As Time Goes By”

December 2014’s lyrics are from “As Time Goes By”.

It’s still the same old story
A fight for love and glory
A case of do or die
The world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by

From one of my favorite movies, “Casablanca”. Listen to the song here.

November 2014

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Photo is of Koa playing my guitar, and lyrics are from “My Little Girl”.

November 2014’s lyrics are from Jack Johnson’s “My Little Girl”.

Hey, little girl
Black and white and right and wrong
Only live inside a song, I will sing to you
You don’t ever have to feel lonely
You will never lose any tears
You don’t have to feel any sadness
When you look back on the years
How can I look you in the eyes?
And tell you such big lies
The best I can do is try to show you
How to love with no fear
My little girl

We say Jack Johnson at the Waikiki Shell last summer. It was a great concert and a fantastic way to end an amazing Summer vacation! The song is for his daughter I believe. Listen to the song here.

October 2014

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Photo is from the amusement park Adventure World in Japan. Lyrics are from Ben Watt’s “North Marine Drive”.

October 2014’s lyrics are from Ben Watt’s “North Marine Drive”.

And I’ve been down to North Marine Drive
Where I have scratched our names in the sand
And watched the sea take them away
Two names scratched in every spray.

I’ve enjoyed Everything But The Girl and Ben and Tracy since 1985. All-time favorites! You can listen to Ben sing his song here.

September 2014

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Photo is from my backyard, and lyrics are from “Swallowtail Butterfly – Ai no Uta”.

September 2014’s lyrics are from “Swallowtail Butterfly – Ai no Uta”.

There’s pain in my heart, in my heart;
A mirage shimmers in the distance.

You chased your dreams for tomorrow
In the shadows of the clouds.
I was oblivious,
Just thinking of how you were leaving me.

The translation is here, and you can listen to Moumoon sing the song here. The song is so sad, but I’ve loved it ever since I heard Chara sing it back in the 90’s.

August 2014

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Photo was taken at Makapu’u Beach. Lyrics are from Blondie’s “Will Anything Happen?”.

“Will Anything Happen?” by Blondie is August 2014’s song

And if you do will anything happen?
Will it come true will anything happen?
Will I see you again?

I was feeling kind of blue since returning from my Japan vacation so this song came to mind, hoping I can see Japan soon in the future. And then of course to live, not just visit. The full lyrics are here and you can listen to the song here.

July 2014

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Photo was taken in 2008, and the lyrics are from Dreams Come True’s “Ano Natsu no Hanabi”.

A summer love song, and my all-time favorite from Dreams Come True. In fact, it’s one of the reasons I moved to Japan. That summer of ’96 I enjoyed watching the fireworks at Odaiba with my new friends.

These days do you too, somewhere, recall… that past summer’s fireworks…

The full translation of lyrics can be found here and you can watch an amazing live performance here.

June 2014

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Lyrics are from Yumi Arai (Matsutoya) “Hikoukigumo”.

I heard this song for the first time as the ending credits for Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises”. It’s a super-sad song, but of course I really like it. You can listen to Megumi Mori sing the song here.

She admires the sky, is dashing through the sky
Vapour trails are her life

Full translation of the lyrics can be found here.

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