As Happy As Happy Can Be!

November 30, 2006 6:32 PM by Ann

Since I’ve started writing music I’ve pretty much stopped writing poetry in favor of writing lyrics. It’s pretty much the same thing, just stricter in terms of form, especially since lately I tend to only complete a lyrical piece if I have some rough song and/or melody idea in mind.

Anyway having these words in my head but no suitable song idea at hand, I came up with this poem a couple of days ago. It’s not as structured as a set of lyrics but I suppose with some work it could easily be as I (subconsciously?) inserted a recurring “chorus.”

As Happy As Happy Can Be!

I need another me
to send out into reality
to be wherever and whoever I don’t want to be

…because it seems so necessary

She’d need to make a lot of money
so I can buy all the material debris
that allow people to pretend they’re truly happy

…because it seems so necessary
to strive for the top of this world
…because it’s almost too easy
for “such a smart girl”

Just look at me!
You’d think I’m happy
as happy can possibly be!
Don’t you agree?
I’m just as happy
as happy can possibly be?

Such a shining example of over-positivity!
Optimistic everything complete with boundless energy —
You and I — we guarantee!

Such a nonchalant decree
from somebody who should be
nothing more than nobody but me

So I say “Piss off!” to you and the you that is me
just like I’m pissed off at everybody!

See how it affects me?
See how they affect me?
See how you affect me?

See how I affect me?
See how I affect me?!

I wonder how simple it might be
to live that dream existence solitary
where my thoughts control all absolutely?

…because it seems so necessary
to enjoy this life thus interestingly!

So who wants me?
You think I’m happy
as happy can possibly be?
Can you make me
just as happy
as happy can possibly be?


Copyright© 2006 by Ann Oyama

I love dolphins

November 6, 2006 1:48 AM by Ann

So anyway yeah, dolphins with LEGS… now that’s some real news! Whoa!,2933,227572,00.html

And um, the San Francisco cable cars are pretty fun…

And I like traffic lights too.


November 4, 2006 11:44 PM by Ann

I did another promotion for Sony today at AT&T Park, which was more fun than usual as it was for the annual “Icer Air” ski/snowboard/skateboarding event rather than just another baseball game. The highlight for me was a live performance by Ladytron, a UK band which I’d only vaguely heard of. The acoustics of the live setup were awful (I blame the stadium), but aside from a couple of odd chanting songs in some foreign language and the singer being in a completely different key than the rest of the band on “Seventeen” (usually a really catchy dance/pop tune), I enjoyed both their music and performance quite a bit. The scene was a pretty strange one though, what with the somewhat gothy (all dressed in black) electronic/synth-pop/dance/shoegazey-rock band playing in the afternoon sunshine on a stage in the middle of a baseball field with kids running around everywhere, and right next to a huge ski ramp with skiiers and snowboarders jumping, flipping out, and injuring themselves all over the place causing both the crowd and band members to look over to the side and gasp periodically throughout the performance.

Now how’s that for a run-on sentence? Good thing this is just a blog.