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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Sonia Rosa -- Morning Coffee(モーニング・コーヒー)

Nice to have a cuppa joe in the morning. I grew up being an orange pekoe tea guy during breakfast but then once I entered university, it was all about the coffee. I never looked back although I still imbibe some Salada or Tetley once in a while.

Perhaps another inducement for another one of the five senses in terms of waking up is Sonia Rosa's "Morning Coffee" which was the B-side for her debut single in Japan "Aoi Bed"青いベッド...Blue Bed, although the official English title was Long Black Hair)in 1970. There's some nice mellow bossa nova for you to help you get up from the bed and pour some java. Both songs were prepared by lyricist Michio Yamagami(山上路夫)and composer Kunihiko Suzuki(鈴木邦彦).

Sonia Angelica De Carvalho Rosa was born in 1949 in São Paulo, Brazil, and starting on the guitar when she was 6, she was inspired by the songs of João Gilberto before becoming a bossa nova singer in her teens. According to her article in J-Wiki, through an encounter with the father of singer Lisa Ono(小野リサ)who had been running a club in her hometown, she made the journey to Japan and made her debut there with the help of saxophonist Sadao Watanabe(渡辺貞夫)who first produced her. Two more singles and a handful of albums would be released into the 1970s.

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