Happy Birthday Danny. I am no artist, computer wiz or musical genius, but I believe I am not too bad as a writer, so this is my present to you.
I believe I speak for many when I say “Thank You” for VAMP. Though our love for Akina has brought us all together, it took a few people like Eugin and you, to tie up our strings of friendship. Friendship should never be judged on length, but rather the intensity and love that we hold for each other, and for that, I am immensely proud to call you one of my dearest friends.
Through your open and fearless communication and being, we are able to express both our love and sometimes disappointment at Akina, fans and many other facets, where many fans fear to tread. We do not seek to criticise for the sake of being nasty but we do sometimes get knocked down because we are misunderstood. We speak openly from the heart because we are hurt and we believe in human beings – both our ability to change and adapt to it. You are prime example of someone who embraces change – an innovator and early adopter that inspires others to follow your example.
I also wanted to add that VAMP makes me proud to be an Akina fan. The good times that we shared when we are in Tokyo watching the two Akina concerts and the fun we had. They will forever remain as highlights of my life, not only because of Akina, but because of the times we all spent together.
Thank you for rekindling our love in Akina and keeping it alive. Though VAMP has been relatively quiet the past few months due to inactivity from the Queen, I believe we can revitalise this through dedicating a week or two to a single or an album where we can share our own experiences, which will make it unique. Hence, we will start with Slow Motion and then move down chronologically (single, album, single …), and it doesn’t have to start with me.
You have given me one of the greatest gifts in life, which is allowing me to be … to talk about my love for Akina and many other singers that I love without feeling any shred of guilt or that someone might judge me for my obsession. So, I wanted you to know what an impact you had, and how much I appreciate you.
Finally, I wish you good health, happiness, prosperity and to be always surrounded by love. Have a wonderful birthday, my dear friend.