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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Toko Furuuchi -- Somewhere in Tokyo

It's been almost a year since I put up a Toko Furuuchi(古内東子)tune so I was rather wondering what to put up when I encountered this groovy number by her on YouTube called "Somewhere in Tokyo". Released as the coupling song to her 25th single "Coat wo Katte"(コートを買って...Buy Me A Coat)from November 2005, it was written by Furuuchi and composed by Takaki Horigome(堀込高樹)of Kirinji.

Furuuchi's lyrics talk about that regular Joe or Jane (or should I say Ichiro or Ichiko?) in the titular megalopolis who is ready to settle down and probably knows who he/she wants to settle down with, but gosh darn it, doesn't quite know how to express those feelings to the target of love. The words might sound melancholy but they're all lightened up by Horigome's playful melody which had me thinking of folks like Steely Dan. And since it's been a while, it was nice to hear the singer's velvet vocals once again.

The above video is by a tribute group by the name of Furuuchi Bukai(古内部会...The Furuuchi Subcommittee)giving their own nice version of "Somewhere in Tokyo". The song didn't get put on an original album by the singer but it is on her second BEST compilation "middle and mellow of Toko Furuuchi" which was released in February 2009.

Those lyrics in the song mentioned about renting that DVD late at night which reminded me of my old habit of getting together with my good Aussie buddy now and then in his old neighbourhood of Jiyugaoka for an overnight round of watching movies on his TV. The store Tsutaya was truly a good friend and it was nice to stop off at the local konbini for snacks and sweets on the way back to his place.

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