This diary entry is part 1 of 27 in Lily's diary dated 33 - March 2024

Hi! It’s me! Lily!!!

It’s March!!! Time for the big boomies to start!!! And Beth’s birthday is this month!!! She’ll be seventeen!!! She’s getting so old!!!

Just like me…

Anyway, i asked the conductor today about what I talked about last night…  and he was… not very receptive.  I think it’s pretty clear she will not be dancing along with the concerto.  I didn’t really expect any less.

But he was curious as to why I’d ask.  So I told him all about Yuki and how she showed me that adding dance to things can make them a lot better, and about how many Japanese fans Yuki has, and, well, that I had too, and that I thought if we added some Japanese music to the roster we’d get a lot of people travelling in, and it would probably be a full house.

He said there were a couple of gaps in the program they still hadn’t figured out how to fill, so he’d like to hear a little more about it.  He doesn’t really get it so I don’t hold out high hopes, but maybe Yuki can do a little mini-concert anyway.  I bet there’d still be people that come from Japan to see her – they did for her concert at the shop.

We need to set up another one, by the way.  She seems to love doing that.

Anyway… seems like that’s all I’ve been talking about lately.  But it’s been on my mind.  Partly because of getting to know Miki, partly because of Crystal getting more into musical stuff (and finding out she’s pretty darn good at it), partly because of Yuki, and partly because I’ve been practicing so hard I’m starting to practice in my sleep. Aww.

Sabby made me promise not to practice this weekend.  She says forty hours or so of practicing is enough.  She’s probably right.  But I still feel like I have a lot to catch up on.  I at least got her to let me do an hour on my scales and exercises so I don’t lose my edge.

I mean… I’m part Japanese.  I am.  It’s literally in my blood.  I know I’m not a Japanese citizen and my adopted parents are as American as apple pie and dirty elections, but I am part Japanese.  I’m learning the language, I’m learning about the culture, I have some Japanese friends and family… it’s really not surprising that it would be a part of my life, right?  And it turns out that I… somehow…  have managed to get to know some idols.  Who knows how, it just seems like the luck of the draw.  I mean, really.  My little sisters play a prank on me and that somehow turns into making a music video on a Japanese train.  I just happen to go to school with a disillusioned idol.  It’s…  I dunno.  Life is weird somehow, isn’t it?

Oh!  That single is getting released soon.  Miki has promised to send me a blu-ray when it’s out.  I guess they turned the behind-the-scenes stuff we did into a whole documentary-like thing.  She hasn’t really seen it yet, but she knows we had a good time that day, so it’ll turn out fine.

This weekend a couple of other idols in Miki’s group want to get on a video chat with me, Miki, and Yuki.  I wonder what they want to talk about.


Otherwise… Crystal is still cranking out lyrics, and she’s getting better at it, too.  It’s like whatever’s on her mind she turns into a song, but she’s starting to be mindful of form and all that.  Girl needs to take some music classes.  She even wants to start studying Japanese so she can understand some of the idol music.

Well, more power to her, I suppose.

Japanese is not easy.  I told her that.  But, it seems, that girl does not shy away from a challenge if it’s something she wants to do.  Beth’s been studying diction and has picked up a bit, too, so maybe they’ll study together.

Anyway, the girls are over tonight (as usual for a Friday night).  Anathema is working, but Yuki is here.  Sometimes it’s really fun and noisy, but tonight, it’s kinda chill.  Everyone’s just doing their own thing.  Crystal’s on the floor with her legs against the wall reading a book (how??).  Beth’s sprawled over on the bed and Marie’s plopped on her chest, and she’s listening to music.  Liz and Yuki are chatting quietly about something.  Diana’s watching a telenovela on her phone.  And me, well, I’m typing.  Maybe I should go join the chill.

Love you all!!! ❤️

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