Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"When Marnie Was There" - 1

This is the 1st night I'm able to keep my eyes open long enough to atleast write a little.  The past 2 nights, I tried to return an email or two from my phone, and I would wake up with my phone in my hand, and the last thing I typed usually made no sense.  I think I started to type my dreams!  hehe...

But on Day 1 of the promo trip here in Tokyo, I was settling in at Studio Ghibli, getting ready for my first interview, when the Producer of the film, Yoshiaki Nishimura, came in and asked, "Are you ready to meet Miyazaki-san right now?"  And that was that!  Moments later, we were walking to Miyazaki-san's office (a beautiful wooden house, on a quiet, completely unassuming street in a residential neighborhood).  Before I even had time to register what was happening, there was Miyazaki-san, standing in the doorway, inviting us in.  We shook hands, and I bowed as much as I could, and said the 3 phrases I memorized  in case I should ever meet him.  Then we sat down at his work table and talked so casually about a project he just finished for a Nutcracker exhibition, about the kids at the Nursery next door who come over and run around his office (He built a beautiful Nursery next door, for the Ghibli Staff members' children), about the 200 year old tree outside.  I say we talked "casually", but really I didn't say too much.  There is just too much I would say, or too many dumb things I would ask.  I didn't want to embarrass myself or bother him, hehe... so mostly I just listened and smiled and laughed.  I'll never forget our meeting though, and the calmness I felt there.  As we left, Mike said he loved him and wants to be like him when he grows up.  Me too.

Then this morning I watched the film, "When Marnie Was There" for the first time.  It is sooooooo beautiful.  Truly, truly.  I've read the book now, 3 times.  So I knew the story well enough to follow along and know pretty much what was happening.  That being said, I wasn't able to understand the dialogue word for word, so there's still a lot I missed.  And yet, I was able to feel so much, just by seeing the film.  Hiromasa Yonebayashi is such a beautiful Director.  He really captured the subtle essence of these characters and their personalities and emotions.  There were so many moments that made me want to cry during the film.  And then when my song started playing at the end of the movie... a huge, powerful wave of emotion washed over me.  Not just because the film is so moving and emotional, but I thought of all the lucky events, and unforgettable people that led me to this place right now.... watching a Ghibli film with my song playing in the background.  I struggled so hard to keep the tears from rolling down my face.  I was truly overcome with deep, deep gratitude.  

I hope you all can see this film, and I hope it touches you as it did me.  

Anyway, I just wanted to share these 2 big highlights of the trip (and of my life) with you.  

Goodnight from Tokyo!

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  2. amazing!! congratulations :) I saw you perform in Philly (loved it ^^) and I'm a huge huge fan of Miyazaki. :) amazingamazing.

  3. I want to cry just reading your text! Must be sooo exciting! I really love all of Ghibli movies and I admire Miyazaki from the deep of my heart, especially because he treats women so kindly in all of his animations... They are strong, independent and still super delicate, it's amazing! And must be an awesome feeling to be next to him or to be part of his movies, somehow. But I really think you deserve it. I'm a bit jealous of you now, but if there's someone in this world that I think should be singing Ghibli's beautiful songs, this someone should be you. Your sweet angelic voice really fits it. Congrats, Priscilla! I wish much more success in your musical career. I want to listen your voice until the end of my days. And, someday, I want to watch "When Marnie Was Here" with my children's and tell them that my favourite singer make part of it. Kisses <3 (ps.: sorry if there's many errors at my english, brazilians don't talk english, hehe)

  4. This is so awesome!! very happy you got to meet one of my favorite people in the entire world!! :) Love your music and just so excited for you :D

  5. P, i'm embarressed but must tell you. When I first saw the photo of you together , the crane in the window, calling Miyazaki master and read the other exited comments , i thought no way , your kiddin' me and googled up The Karate Kid to see if the master was based on a true person. But its mr Miyagi not Miyazaki.
    The stupid thing is I've checked out Miyazaki's art probably 20 times over the years and should have known from that and following you and the word Ghibli.
    I am back on Earth and enjoyed your post very much, it really takes you there. I love the art and can't wait to see the film and hope it comes out in subtitles at least. I think you went all wallflower on him though. Should have thrown the formalities and give him a hug :) I'm sure though that he would have known from your face how awed you were, his smile says a lot. He looks awed meeting you too. A magic time P, thx for sharing.

  6. What a wonderful story! Miyazaki is truly an inspiration and I totally understand why you would feel so nervous around him. With that said I can't wait to see the movie as well!!

  7. I just finished the movie just now...and I have to say your song in the end was what turned my eyes to a faucet of man-tears. Really beautiful. The song was solemn, heart-felt, and really packed that emotional punch the movie was portraying. Ugh, it makes me want to read the book now. >.<

    1. Wow... thank you. The book is beautifully written, so I definitely recommend it! :)

    2. Wow... thank you. The book is beautifully written, so I definitely recommend it! :)