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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Hiroko Moriguchi -- Sumire no Kimochi ~ TRY ME AGAIN(すみれの気持ち)

Yup, couldn't resist putting up another video of impressionist, tarento and singer Hiroko Moriguchi(森口博子)plying that first trade...this time, it's Ringo Shiina(椎名林檎). I mean, her most famous target has been 80s aidoru Shizuka Kudo(工藤静香)so it was nice to encounter this video for the first time.

Now, let's go all the way back to Moriguchi's own aidoru career in the 1980s. And this time, it's with her 2nd single "Sumire no Kimochi" (Feeling Violet) from February 1986. It didn't rank too highly when it was first released, only getting as high as No. 87, but hearing it now, I don't think it's a bad song at all. Written by Chinfa Kan(康珍化), the melody is by singer-songwriter Akiko Kobayashi(小林明子), one of my personal favourites when it comes to the mellower side of Japanese pop and she had her own breakthrough hit with "Koi ni Ochite"(恋に落ちて)the previous year.

As I said, "Sumire no Kimochi" isn't too bad. When I first realized who was behind the composition, I went "Ah...naruhodo". It's got that very pleasant AOR vibe for an aidoru tune and I can easily imagine Kobayashi herself covering it, although I don't think that it's ever been covered by her. I may not particularly feel like violets while listening but the sun is out in my feelings.

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