Thoughts on the Year 2020 So Far

I was listening to Mamoru Miyano’s song Unstoppable (STY Remix) earlier and was in a mood to listen to more of his songs. While searching up songs that came up at the top of my head, I realized something: two songs came to mind for the year 2020 so far.

The first song that came to mind was “Last Dance.” This song released as Mamo’s 18th single this year on January 29th. The music video aired on YouTube as of January 11th.

Last Dance by Mamoru Miyano

“Last Dance” was featured in the Winter 2020 anime season under the title In/Spectre (Kyokล Suiri). This song features a snazzy jazz beat. Trumpets blaring, rhythmic snaps, double bass strums, all the works. We as a society were prepared for our come back from 2019 being mentally exhausting.

Iโ€™ll save the last dance for you

Playing around like this
in a teasing way
Uncontrollable like you
I’m not messing around
It’s foolish
Let’s dance as we do
Iโ€™ll save the last dance for you

Mamoru Miyano, “Last Dance,” 2020

2020 was the year of our Renaissance. Our revival. Hell, the best damn year of our lives. A lot of us were ready to be reincarnated into our better and best selves. Some were going to be more daring. Others were going to try new things. Others even to do a full 180ยฐ career wise.

However, with the 20s, history has chosen to repeat itself: a plague.

COVID19 has shown a lot in humanity. There is still a lot of racism and xenophobia afoot. A lot of income disparity continues to reveal itself in many forms from real estate, to medical industry, to the workforce itself. And yet time and time again, people are selfish.

Throughout COVID19, in the United States, at least 30 million people have filed for unemployment as of April 30th. Countless of people cannot pay their rent or bills due to the long queue and slower turn around time. For the ones who can pay off their bills as they collect unemployment, they’re getting a whole lot more than their regular wages.

Here’s where a new order comes in.

New Order by Mamoru Miyano, Short Version
New Order by Mamoru Miyano, Dirty Orange Remix

What comes to mind for Mamoru Miyano’s 12th single and a song in his 2015 album Frontier, “New Order” is the Latin phrase “carpe diem.” We as humanity want to seize ownership of ourselves again. We want to seize the means of production. We want to seize change.

ๆœชๆฅใฏไธ็ขบใ‹ใ ใ‘ใฉ
ใ‚‚ใ†ๆ—ขใซ we can’t go back no more
ๅƒ•ใ‚‰ใฎ New order…
oh oh oh oh oh oh oh…
ใƒ ใƒชใ—ใฆใ‚‚ๆญขใ‚ใชใ„ใง

It’s already been a long time since this impulse awakened
The future is uncertain but
It’s already too late we can’t go back no more
Our New Order…
oh oh oh oh oh oh oh…
Since I don’t want tomorrow to be boring
I won’t stop doing the impossible

Mamoru Miyano, “New Order,” 2015

What Mamo said is indeed correct. It’s already too late; we can’t go back no more. Things will not return back to normal. We are facing a new “normal” where we have to wear personal protective equipment and continue to practice social distancing. With summer quickly approaching in the Northern Hemisphere, the future is also uncertain. There are reports that COVID19 will have its resurgence in the fall and winter, where flu season also runs rampant.

We are also facing a new normal where uncertainty is even more anxiety inducing. How will our bills be paid in case there is another unemployment spike? How many more will die? When can we go back to doing things the way that we used to? The only thing that we do know is that we have to be more cautious on all of our decisions.

Hikari Sasu Hล E (Toward Where the Light Shines) by Mamoru Miyano


It’s not that we can’t fly
With growing wings
Once again, may the light come back to you
We won’t end it here
We’ll start over from here
Over and above, go further!
To cut through the darkness

Mamoru Miyano, “Hikari Sasu Hล E (Toward Where the Light Shines), 2020

Among the darkness, there is always light. There’s hope. There’s change that is for the better to come soon. Hikari Sasu Hล E, Mamo’s 19th Single, shows that we will rise from the ashes like a phoenix. Adversity whether it be a microorganism or a conglomerate, has chances to be overturned. The million dollar question is: what moves will you make to make a change?

Raise it up Raise your voice
Let’s make it louder
To the flight
In the sky
ใŸใ ๅ…‰ๅฐ„ใ™ๆ–นใธโ€ฆ

Raise it up Raise your voice
Let’s make it louder
To the flight
In the sky
Just towards where the light shines…

Mamoru Miyano, “Hikari Sasu Hล E (Toward Where the Light Shines), 2020

All lyrics were sourced from 1. Last Dance, 2. New Order, and 3. Hikari Sasu Hล E (Towards Where the Light Shines)