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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Keiko Kimura -- Good Morning

Long time, no see, Ms. Kimura. It's been quite a while.

Although it wasn't an official New Year's Resolution (I have steadfastly refused to make any of those anymore), I have decided to go back to the shelves and pull out a CD at random every day or every two days to listen to the various purchases. So, today was Keiko Kimura's(木村恵子)"Style" album from 1988. And indeed right from that cover photo to the music itself, there is that certain stylish mellow pop ripe for urban life.

I've already given the spotlight to two other tracks from "Style": "Denwa Shinai de"(電話しないで)and "Coltrane de Aishite"(コルトレーンで愛して), so today's article is on "Good Morning" which is appropriately the first track. Written by Takashi Matsumoto(松本隆)and composed by Shigeru Suzuki(鈴木茂), "Good Morning" has that easy and breezy melody incorporating a languid version of the town clock's hourly chimes. Meanwhile, Kimura sings about a possible morning after scenario with a woman who invited over a male buddy to sleep the night. Some of the copious drinking is still giving her a bit of a buzz. According to the lyrics, she still considers the fellow a good friend since she feels that the wonderful city is truly her lover. From that line, I wonder whether Kimura's photo was meant to envisage Holly Golightly from "Breakfast at Tiffany's".

So far, I've only written about songs from "Style", so I figure sometime later, I'm going to have to try to get at least one of her other three studio albums....if they are still around online.

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