I would like to give credit where credit is due. Videos are from YouTube and other sources such as NicoNico while Oricon rankings and other information are translated from the Japanese Wikipedia unless noted.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Yukio Sasaki -- Koko de Natsu wo Miokuru(ここで夏を見送る)


Singer-songwriter Yukio Sasaki(佐々木幸男)is someone that I discovered thanks to "Kayo Kyoku Plus" and I was surprised to realize that I first wrote about him very early on in the history of our blog...back in September 2012, in fact. That was the article for "September Valentine", a well-covered classic created by lyricist Atsuko Saito(斉藤敦子)and composer Yasuhiro Abe(安部恭弘), but Sasaki was the original singer although I believe that the definitive version is the one given by Tohoko Shinkansen(東北新幹線)in 1982.

Sasaki is known as a folk/pop singer but in his debut album "Bo~ Bo~"(ほーぼー)from August 1977, he sings an easy-on-the-ears and adorable tune titled "Koko de Natsu wo Miokuru" (Seeing Off Summer Here). One of his own creations, it's an even mellower trip to Margaritaville as the story has a guy getting his girlfriend to join him on a nice little trip down to the harbour to enjoy the hot season. 

Along with the Orange Mimosa and beach umbrella-friendly arrangement, I also enjoy Sasaki's high-toned vocals especially when he goes for that falsetto. I can easily imagine him actually singing "Koko de Natsu wo Miokuru" near that beachside café. As for the meaning of that album title, I'm not sure except maybe "Bo~ Bo~" is supposed to be the onomatopoeia for a ship blowing its horn...maybe? 

No comments:

Post a Comment

Feel free to provide any comments (pro or con). Just be civil about it.