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Friday, October 20, 2017

Hiroshi "GWAN" Sato -- Aozora(青空)

A few months ago, I wrote about a song introducing a folk singer/actor by the name of Hiroshi "GWAN" Sato(佐藤GWAN博)whose "Tanpopo no O-Sake"(たんぽぽのお酒)was fun enough to talk about. I mentioned that I would write more about him due to the presence of some other songs on YouTube.

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Well, I dug up this one that was the title track for his debut album "Aozora"(Blue Sky)from 1976. It's the musical equivalent of a pleasant traipse through a park with that hint of City Pop. However, since I didn't get the impression that there was anything especially urban about the song, I decided to categorize it as a New Music tune. Sato doesn't sound as if he is classically trained in voice but I think that works to his and the song's advantage. He's just the everyday bloke cherishing his time off work and taking that stroll through green scenery under a blue sky.

I'm not sure when Sato performed this above version of "Aozora" but the arrangement this time is much more folksy with a whimsical country tang. Incidentally, the original song was arranged by Ryuichi Sakamoto(坂本龍一). This version, though, doesn't take as many flights of fancy as the original did. It's more of a happy straight-ahead telling. Hard to choose which one I like better.

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