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Friday, July 9, 2021
Masayuki Suzuki -- Hohoemi wo Machi nagara（微笑みを待ちながら）
Martin is in a pensive mood tonight? Is he perhaps thinking about what he could do to top "DADDY DADDY DO" when the next season of "Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai ~ Tensai-tachi no Ren'ai Zunousen"（かぐや様は告らせたい～天才たちの恋愛頭脳戦）finally appears? We can all bet that fans of that anime are hoping that the King of Love Songs comes back to help out with the theme.
In the meantime, we fans of Masayuki Suzuki（鈴木雅之）can go way back in his solo career to his 2nd album "Radio Days" (April 1988) to partake in some of that wonderful soul music. From the same release that has brought listeners "Misty Mauve" and "Guilty", I give you "Hohoemi wo Machi nagara" (Waiting For Your Smile).
Lyricist Norie Kanzawa（神沢礼江）, composer Yasuhiro Abe（安部恭弘）and arranger Hiroshi Sato（佐藤博）have provided Suzuki with some of that wonderful nighttime soul through "Hohoemi wo Machi Nagara", a cool tune about a man who's pining away for that young lady who just doesn't seem to notice him. It could be the most kakkoii ballad involving an adult Charlie Brown and the Little Red-Haired Girl or if the dynamics were different, even the story of Kaguya and Miyuki from the above-mentioned anime (personally, I wouldn't mind one of Martin's earlier hits put into an episode as an insert song).
Before I get carried away on the implications of Kanzawa's lyrics, let me also compliment that music with the keyboards and the city sax solo. And of course, there is the King's voice. Not a bad way to end a Friday.