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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Marina Watanabe -- Hachi-gatsu, Saisho no Suiyoubi(八月、最初の水曜日)


I literally waited several months to put this song up onto the blog and the day has finally come. Patience, be thanked!

"Hachi-gatsu, Saisho no Suiyoubi" (August, The First Wednesday) is the first track on aidoru Marina Watanabe's(渡辺満里奈)5th album "Sunny Side" from July 1988. And indeed today is the first Wednesday for August 2021 so it's rather nice to have this summery tune on board. For an aidoru tune, it's got some nice refinement in the arrangement. I couldn't find out who arranged the song but I wouldn't be surprised if it had been anyone behind the songs for Miki Imai(今井美樹)or Stardust Revue who were known for some very fine songs in the late 1980s.

As it is, MAYUMI(堀川まゆみ)was behind the melody, and she's been known to have created a few songs for Imai back then as well. Meanwhile, Keiko Aso(麻生圭子)provided the lyrics about a young lady trying to kick her boyfriend or husband off the couch and off the game controller (I'm wondering whether Aso had the power of prescience when she was writing up the words) so that they can enjoy some fresh air at the beach. The song is indeed nice but I think that opening synthesizer is a bit too tinny for something this smooth.

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