I just feel like heaven and hell are a place that’s inside each of us and we’re the ones who choose which one to explore. I mean, like, you know, I think you have to have both to have an understanding of why they exist. Shit wouldn’t be balanced if we didn’t have hell. I don’t think you’d be able to appreciate how amazing it feels to sit on a rooftop with all your friends as you’re watching the sunset listening to your favorite Lorde song if you didn’t want to kill yourself sometimes. You know and I think we’re all like, you know, a step away from both. I feel like both universes are so near to us. I don’t really think that heaven is all the way up at the top of whatever all of this is, and that hell is all the way down at the bottom. I think it’s all right here in front of us. I think they layer onto our realities like filters on an Instagram image. We see our lives through heaven and hell, and I think we always have a say in which one we can choose. You know because, even when your life is dog shit, heaven is just as close as it was before. You don’t really get further away from it, you just lose the ability to take notice of it, I guess. But I know how you feel, man. I feel like God is really quiet sometimes in my stupid life. But I still know that it’s all still right there in front of my face. It’s not really a matter of looking or searching, it’s a matter of seeing things for what they are. It’s all so much closer to you than you think it is. It’s all just a breath away.
The band Hitorie released the sad announcement on their website yesterday that their vocalist and guitarist wowaka passed away on Friday, April 5th due to heart failure. A private funeral was held for the musician. He was 31 years old.
Wowaka was best known for producing music using Vocaloid Hatsune Miku. He released his first song in May of 2009, “In the Gray Zone”, and swiftly rose to stardom within the Vocaloid community. He created many influential works using Vocaloid including “Rolling Girl,” “Unhappy Refrain,” “Unkown Mother Goose,” and World End Dancehall.” His debut album of Vocaloid songs, Unhappy Refrain was released in 2011 to high praise from critics and fans.
Outside of his work with Vocaloids wowaka was a celebrated musician, with his band, Hitorie, releasing four studio albums and performing multiple theme songs for anime. They were set to perform in an upcoming tour of Japan, which has been canceled. He also composed the special ending theme for the ninth episode of Puella Magi Madoka Magica “And I’m Home,” which is sung as a character duet between Kyouko Sakura (Ai Nonaka) and Sayaka Miki (Eri Kitamura).
Goodbye wowaka, your fans will miss you and thank you deeply for your musical contributions. Rest in peace.