Well, as I mentioned in another this week, I got my package of CDs which included another in the series of "Light Mellow" compilations of J-AOR/City Pop. The 2nd CD in the delivery was another "Light Mellow" (every time I read or hear that title, I always get reminded of Coffee Mate) album, but this time, it was one of the spotlight releases focusing on a certain singer of the genre. I decided to get the urban contemporary works of singer-songwriter Shozo Ise（伊勢正三）.
Ise is quite the interesting acquisition. He and Kosetsu Minami（南こうせつ）came up with some of the most famous J-Folk songs from the early 1970s such as "Nagori Yuki"（なごり雪）when they were together in Kaguyahime（かぐや姫）, and a year ago, I discovered this achingly lovely ballad that Ise wrote and composed, "Kimi to Aruita Seishun"（君と歩いた青春）when he was with another band, Kaze (1975-1979), a duo that was also folk but had elements of New Music and City Pop as well.