Cool it wasn't in Toronto today. It has been the hottest and most humid day that we've had this year so far with Humidex readings in the 40-degree Celsius range...that would be 100 degrees in Fahrenheit. The strange thing is that although the air conditioner was pressed into service in the living room, I didn't even turn on the decades-old fan in my small chamber. Perhaps it was those long steamy summers in Tokyo and Chiba that hardened me to the hot season. My advice to the athletes heading for the Tokyo Olympics: get yourself acclimated to the weather there, pronto!
Well, it is a Monday night so perhaps in a tiny segue from the above paragraph (or first word), why don't we go with Hiroshi Uchiyama and The Cool Five（内山田洋とクール・ファイブ）for some beginning-of-the-week Mood Kayo? I came upon their 4th single from April 1970, "Ai no Tabiji wo" (Love's Journey), and it's that reassuring tune of the genre done in the inimitable Cool Five style. In fact, I think it sounds quite similar to the group's first big hit, "Nagasaki wa Kyou mo Ame Datta"（長崎は今日も雨だった）from the previous year, although the songwriters are different. This time, they are Akari Yamaguchi（山口あかり）and Takuya Fujimoto（藤本卓也）in charge of words and music respectively.
"Ai no Tabiji wo" is basically a huge soppy love letter from vocalist Kiyoshi Maekawa（前川清）. I mean, I could envisage the hubby half of an older couple singing this to his beloved at karaoke. The song was also The Cool Five's third Top 10 hit, peaking at No. 4.
I have to give my kudos to the person who made the above accompanying video through Kyoto. If YouTube's Van Paugam had been interested in Mood Kayo (which I've always thought was a father/uncle to City Pop), he probably would have based his online radio on this video. Plus, there is something just right listening to "Ai no Tabiji wo" while driving on the Hanshin Expressway at night.