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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Yasuha -- Koi wa Memory(恋はメモリー)

Merry Christmas, everyone! Depending on where you are and whether you celebrate the holiday, I hope that some of you are digesting your poultry without any ill effects. My family has just gotten its turkey into the oven and we're praying that within a few hours, we will get that golden brown and succulent bird...well, I will settle for a golden brown one anyways.

Folks, this article is on another song which reiterates my line on not wholly depending on a singer's BEST compilation to get all of the gems in that singer's career. I was fortunate enough to obtain Yasuha's(泰葉)"Golden Best" collection sometime ago, but it didn't include this little jewel from her 2nd album "ViVid" from April 1982.

"Koi wa Memory" (Love is a Memory) is a pretty infectiously bouncy number which starts off with some punchy horns followed by a happy City Pop beat and Yasuha's light and chipper vocals. It's even open and generous enough to include some technpoppy synth in the middle and jazz at the end, but in the end, it's all about a trippy and joyful musical strut through Shinjuku. If I'm not mistaken, Yasuha came up with the melody while Toyohisa Araki(荒木とよひさ)took care of the lyrics.


  1. Hi J-C and a Merry Christmas to you and yours ! Happy New Year in advance also. Thank you for another great year of the blog; one of the very few places online that never disappoints. Cleaning my garage attic while listening to the ウワノソラ'67 CD "Portrait in Rock 'n' Roll" that just came yesterday ... so Christmas is good :)

    1. Happy Holidays, T-cat!

      Thanks very much for the good wishes. You'll have to let me know how that CD is. Any recommendations? Got a package of albums of my own on Xmas Eve so will be enjoying them over the last few days of the year.

  2. It's getting towards Christmas, so here's a rendition of Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer from 1983 that was uploaded today.

    1. Hi, Jim.

      It came straight from last night's "Uta Kon" broadcast. Just before Hideki, Hiromi and Goro, there was also a sweet rendition of "Jingle Bells" in English by Chiyoko Shimakura.


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