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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Sayaka Kushibiki -- Itsumo no Kibun de(いつもの気分で)

I was kinda traipsing around YouTube yesterday, seeing whether I could find another lovely and luscious tune by Tomita Lab(富田ラボ), aka Keiichi Tomita(冨田恵一). His creations have always acted as an aural tonic, a musical version of "Stop and smell the roses...and have a relaxing cup of coffee".

Happily, I didn't have to venture far to find a new one along with a new face. The face belongs to singer-songwriter Sayaka Kushibiki(櫛引彩香)who hails from the city of Mutsu in Aomori Prefecture. She debuted in September 1999 with this song "Itsumo no Kibun de" (Feeling as Usual) that she wrote and composed with Tomita also helping out in the creation of the music.

The Tomita touch is there as usual with the light and funky groove making for some great cafe listening. It sounds as cheerful as ever although Kushibiki's lyrics speak on someone going through the blues and wishing for that special someone to drop on by for some needed cheering up. As I've remarked above, I've become an admirer of anything that Tomita Lab has been involved in, but being accustomed to his works in the 21st century, it was still slightly surprising to hear something like "Itsumo no Kibun de" popping up in a year with a "19-" attached to it.

Between 1999 and 2002, Kushibiki released 6 singles and and has recorded 8 albums up to 2014.


  1. You know? This song was first heard in 2006 on the radio. I like it and record it on cassette tape. For 14 years I searched for this song and finally I found it.

    1. Hello, akar_roempoet. Glad to hear that you finally tracked "Itsumo no Kibun" after so long. Now you know how I feel when I find those mystery tunes that I've been searching for!:)

    2. The tunes are a bit similar to the tunes of Ken Hirai. This song is highly underrated. Even the lyrics of this song you will never find. I thought it was Van Tomiko who sang it, but her voice was a little softer. I'm really lucky to finally find this song. If you understand the lyrics, can you include the lyrics of this song as well? Thank you very much for your help. May God bless you and your family.

    3. Hi again.

      I wish I could help you with the lyrics but unfortunately I cannot transcribe them just from listening to the song.

    4. Alright then. There are words that are a little difficult to understand if you just hear them from a song. But despite all, I'm very grateful to be able to know this song clearly. It was worth searching through these years. Thank you very much.


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