Met up with a couple of old friends earlier tonight for dinner in the wilds of Mississauga, Ontario. We used to get together far more frequently when most of us were single a couple of decades back for food and movies, but my friends have become family men in the last several years. While we were noshing on clearly unhealthy fare, we were discussing on how quickly the next generation was growing. In my case, I was using my niece as a proxy. As I am approaching the big Five-0 this year, my darling daughter of my brother will be hitting the big One-0...I first met her when she was but 18 months old. Amazing how these whippersnappers sprout up like weeds.
Well, the above was an obvious segue to the subject of this article, Misato Watanabe's（渡辺美里）"Growin' Up". It's been some months since I wrote anything by the big-voiced singer so I guess there is some kismet here. This was Misato's 2nd single from August 1985, several months before her breakthrough hit of "My Revolution", and listening to this original version way back when, I kinda went "Awwww..." since she sounded so adorable. Not that I would identify her as an aidoru here but compared to her boomer of a voice later on, her vocals on "Growin' Up" had me thinking of her as that really energized teen trying her darndest to become a star....a J-Judy Garland, so to speak. The single didn't make that much of a dent on the charts, though....just getting as high as No. 83. I kinda wonder if that's the reason she's pouting on the cover above...or maybe it was that haircut.
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