Towards the end of the Pacific War, the Japanese army was forced into a corner and conducted the “Suicide/Kamikaze Attack.” It was a type of attack where an airplane was loaded with explosives and enough fuel for only a oneway trip and making a suicide dive into an enemy ship. It was a method of warfare that the world had never seen, and the story of such horrific and shocking warfare was passed down to later generations.
I wanted to have a chance to see this history for myself and visited the Chiran Peace Museum in Chiran, Kagoshima Prefecture. There, I found collections of photos and belongings of the war casualties collected by the founder who went all over Japan to get them.
As I saw the photos of young soldiers smiling innocently and their farewell notes to their beloved families and lovers, I felt sadness and anger that I could not put into words for losing these young men in such a terrible war. Many farewell notes stood out in how they expressed gratitude to their mothers and the wish to be forgiven for taking their own lives first.
I felt that the notes contained the hidden cries of these boys who did not want to die.
I wrote this song while thinking about these boys with complicated feelings who were “not truly willing” but had to have the resolve to leave for the battlefield and the “mother’s feelings” for the child. I imagined that right before the assault, these boys must have remembered their precious “feelings for their mothers”.
Based on the inspiration of how mothers exist as the core of many families, the theme of this song consists of just two notes, the F and E notes, which are located right in the center of the piano keyboard. These phrases develop to form the song.
The title, “Everlasting Voice,” was named based on my wish for peace and comes from the bronze statue of “eternity,” which was built for eternal peace and for the memory of this war to be passed down to future generations without ever being forgotten.
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