Friday, September 25, 2015
Mariya Takeuchi -- Natsu no Koibito （夏の恋人）
Months and months ago, I wrote about Mariya Takeuchi's（竹内まりや）debut album, "Beginning" from November 1978 in which I said that I would write about the lone song in there which was written and composed by Tatsuro Yamashita（山下達郎）. Well, that time has come...finally.
As I mentioned in that article, the lady was only in her early 20s at the time and she was trying a number of genres in the album. Yamashita's lone contribution to "Beginning" was "Natsu no Koibito" (Summer Lovers) which is this really laconic Resort Poppy song that takes place by a swimming pool...most likely in some 5-star hotel in Hawaii. The scene that Mariya describes here would be perfect as a picture on some postcard with the writer and her new beau enjoying a very relaxing time. I could say that the hotel is probably located on the even sleepier side of Margueritaville. Lee Ritenour and Mike Porcaro help out on guitar and bass respectively.