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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Mariko Takahashi -- Fushigi na Tori(不思議な鳥)

Good to hear from singer-songwriter Mariko Takahashi(高橋真梨子)once more. Have been missing her and her golden vocals.

Takahashi brings out some lovely 1990s City Pop with "Fushigi na Tori" (Odd Bird) which was the coupling song for her 23rd single "Sotto...Lovin' You"(そっと…Lovin' you...Secretly...Lovin' You) from July 1994. It's an odd title for this one although I'm not complaining about the synth-heavy melody at all, but apparently the lyrics by Takahashi refer to the flightiness of love in the big city. Not surprisingly, considering the uptempo and breezy nature of "Fushigi na Tori", it was used as the theme song for a TV Asahi drama special centering around Kansai International Airport which hadn't been due to open officially for another couple of months. Naturally, music and drama always like to congregate at an airport when it comes to Japanese pop culture.

Composition was the responsibility of Makoto Mitsui(三井誠), one of the members of the 1970s folk group Craft(クラフト)in which another member turned out to become quite the City Pop veteran, Kingo Hamada(浜田金吾). Mitsui was also responsible for the 1992 Xmas classic recorded by Junichi Inagaki(稲垣潤一), "Christmas Carol no Koro ni wa"(クリスマスキャロルの頃には)and he also provided the melody for another Takahashi song, "Sincerely" in 1993. As for the single, it peaked at No. 19 on Oricon.

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