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I have never considered myself as a loyal fan of anyone. I change mood all the time and my ideal life soundtrack changes along with it. At times I would listen to metal bands from Germany or Brazil, at other times rock songs from Japan, at others sweet pop songs that makes you bubbly, at other times ... random music from names you might never heard before, just because they are not (longer) big names.

Today I would like to say my thanks to one of my favorite musician, Valensia. This year is his 20 years or music, a new album after, say, 10 years (if you don't count his other project in 2005), and also the year he announced his retirement. For this wonderful 20 years (in which I tasted only between 1999-2014), I would like to say my gratitude for those interesting melodies that he has created.

Today I went to Tower Records, although knowing that they have not put Tower+ yet. I just went straight to metal section of the store and was really surprised to see Valensia VI (which I find cute, because this is the 11th album under the name Valensia - if you count 2 mini albums, 1 best album, and a cover album too). It has been 10 years since the previous Valensia's release. I am very patient with my favorite musicians, because I like them to write at their own pace. I was frozen for a moment, because I had no idea at all about this release. I went to his homepage a few months? weeks? back and it was empty, like what it had been for a long, long time. Maybe I am not really a fan, because I don't check it all the time (after 10 years? of course you'd reduce your frequency at one point).

Bought it. Then checked the page. I read of his retirement.

I was not surprised. My life will go on. And I have all his CD's to listen when I miss his music.

My Valensia album collection (partly I left at my sister's place in Jakarta, partly I have here in Japan) has very interesting stories. Normally you'd buy them, right? But my whole Valensia collection has shown a lot of things - fandom, friendship, love, luck.

I learned of Valensia because I was a (Robby) Valentine fan. I happened to read his name mentioned in one of Valentine's fanpage. Never heard his music until I started my undergraduate in 1999, seeing his album on the discount section. Bought it and fell in love right away. I love Gaia (his hit in Holland and Japan - first PV ever using CG!!) and Tere and Scaraboushka... Then I found his Best of Album, also in the discount section. Such a weird thing, that one can have a best album sold in Indonesia, with only one album ever distributed. Weird, but that's all I could get. Undergraduate student from (post-economic crisis) developing country could not buy imports from Japan or Holland. Downloading was not possible, because nobody uploads.

I received my next Valensia album from another fan in Holland. I read in his fanpage that he's looking for the best album, because it was only released in Indonesia (and Malaysia?). I mailed him, saying I can get him the album - in cassette form, because it was the only format I could find in record stores. He agreed to trade with an album and I told him I'd love to have K.O.S.M.O.S. ... he sent me a brand new original CD. I actually thought that it would only be a copied CD, because actually I was fine with it.

The next work I got was not Valensia, but a V album - the collaboration between Valensia and Valentine. I traded the best album again.

Fandom is wonderful. I am grateful.

Then I got a chance to go to Germany as an exchange student. I bought his Queen tribute and the second Metal Majesty's This is Not a Drill. I was very happy. Finally buying the CD's from (online) shop using my (parents') money.

I received also Valensia's first album from a very good friend with whom I shared music with since high school (he taught me the wonders of Dream Theater and Shadow Gallery - he also is the same person who gave me La'Cryma Christi's best album because he "doesn't listen to the CD anymore" and Helloween's If I Could Fly single "because you made me like Helloween" and took me to Nightwish/Sonata Arctica live "because you happen to be in Erfurt and they're playing"). He sent the CD with only a small note that he happened to find it in a second hand store and knew I would enjoy the CD. I did. I do. I abandoned my cassette somewhere at my parents' house, preferring clearer sound of the CD.

I got my Gaia II from another friend. She suddenly asked me if I wanted something because the guy she's close was going to Korea. Which is kind of unusual, because we did not talk much to one another. I asked if she could get me Gaia II from Korea (yeah, it's released in Korea too - which is cheaper than the Japanese release). I was really surprised that her friend actually had time to get the CD for someone he had no idea of. It was like a miracle.

Other albums, I bought myself. I used my bonus to buy an album. And then more as I moved here to Japan. Found them here in there, second hand shop, buying a gift for myself from online shop ... And one album - Non-Plugged, I received from my BF (then was not BF yet). He sent the CD - able to locate which album I haven't got from the list of songs I told him about *insert a lot of pink bubbles of hearts here*. I found it at my door as I arrived from my travel in South America last year ... and then, AGLAEA. I found it today, a day after I turned 34, in the year when Valensia is 43 (it's a cute coincidence - I just noticed).

Thank you, Valensia, for providing very beautiful music and all these life experiences I received just from hunting your albums.

Your music stays forever ... and maybe one day a child of my children might try playing it in an orchestra.

PS: this is a personal post, yet I decided to open it for public ... because it's an open letter of gratitude for Valensia.
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