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Friday, August 28, 2020

Kenjiro Sakiya -- Shizumi Yuku Diamond(沈みゆくダイアモンド)

Was happy to see another fresh J Utah driving video and the theme was a night drive through Miami inundated with all of those skyscrapers. No wonder Crockett and Tubbs loved taking out the Ferrari Daytona for a spin in the evenings.

Looks like I found the ideal song to go with the video although it's just five minutes and change compared to the J Utah video's one hour and change. This would be "Shizumi Yuku Diamond" (The Sinking Diamond Ring), a track from singer-songwriter Kenjiro Sakiya's(崎谷健次郎)September 1993 album "Holidays".

When I first heard "Shizumi Yuku Diamond", the arrangement seemed to scream late 1980s or early 1990s City Pop, but at the same time, it and Sakiya's choice of instruments also made the song sound like a jazzy theme for some intriguing romance-suspense flick of the 1960s. It has that feeling of what I would have expected Henry Mancini to come up if he had been asked to score another movie along the lines of "Charade" or "The Thomas Crown Affair". Sure enough, the lyrics lay out the ground work for some one-night-only passion between perhaps a couple of friends or even a client and contractor with one of the couple tired of the spouse. For that one night at the seaside hotel, the lady is going to conceal that diamond ring. Basically, I gotta be thinking another match up of George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn or Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway.

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