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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Ami Ozaki -- Hatsukoi no Toori Ame (初恋の通り雨)

(cover version only)

It was just a few days ago that I put up a romantic rain song by Junko Yagami(八神純子), one of the finest singer-songwriters I've ever heard, and so it goes today as well. Tonight's rain song is "Hatsukoi no Toori Ame" (Shower for a First Love) by singer-songwriter Ami Ozaki(尾崎亜美).

Unlike Yagami's debut song of "Ame no Hi no Hitorigoto"(雨の日のひとりごと), though, Ozaki's 4th single from July 1977 doesn't have that bossa nova beat. It just has that breezy and refreshing pop feeling which starts with a simple Yuming-like piano intro before it goes into that leisurely musical stroll accompanying the two kids walking under a single of the signs of early love in Japan. There is also some of that feeling of a 50s melody intertwined in the song as well. In any case, it's just one of those Ozaki tunes that is good for lifting spirits even on a rainy day.

Here is a live version of the song when Ozaki appeared on a radio program. "Hatsukoi no Toori Ame" comes in at about 3:20.

My old neighbourhood in Ichikawa after a heavy rain.

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