Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Michiyo Heike -- Anata no Yume ni Naritai (アナタの夢になりたい)
Michiyo Heike (平家みちよ) is another artist from Hello! Project’s early days I’ve been listening lately. In all honesty, even though I’ve known the girl for some years now, I basically ignored her until now.
The thing is, Michiyo Heike will be forever doomed by one single fact: she actually won the audition where the original Morning Musume (モーニング娘。) members came from. She was the winner, and those five girls were losers. Unfortunately for her, the five girls became hugely famous and her solo career never really took off.
Michiyo Heike’s songs are way different from Morning Musume’s: while the famous aidoru group often sang funky pop tunes, Michiyo’s songs were pure pop-rock, often with emotional choruses, as was the case of her fifth single, “Anata no Yume ni Naritai”, released in February 1999. Moreover, I also hear a synth melody in the background, which is always a plus for me. Well, 90s Japanese pop music without a synth melody wasn’t right.
Although I’m not the biggest fan of this kind of stuff, I quite liked some of Heike’s works. Aside from “Anata no Yume ni Naritai”, other songs such as “Dakedo Aishisugite” (だけど 愛しすぎて), “scene” and “myself” are also strong offers from the girl.
What can I say? As always, prejudices from the past didn’t take me anywhere.
"Anata no Yume ni Naritai" reached #70 on the Oricon charts, selling 3,470 copies. Lyrics were written by Emi Makiho (牧穂エミ), while music and arrangement were done by Hatake (はたけ).