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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Rajie -- Natsu ~ Hachi-gatsu no Memoir(夏~8月のメモワール)


September has entered rather peacefully here. It's sunny and unlike several of the past days, it actually feels cooler and drier (although I've still got the fan going in my room). Knowing Toronto, in a few weeks, we may actually be hearing frost warnings at night. Sorry to my heat-loving fellow Torontonians...I don't mean to jinx anything.

Anyways, I was trying to see if there were any other September-themed kayo out there but I did discover this song by Rajie titled "Natsu ~ Hachi-gatsu no Memoir" (Summer ~ Memoirs of August) that seems to fit the bill whenever I write anything at "Kayo Kyoku Plus" on September 1st. It's fairly contemplative with the singer's breathy vocals and that languid piano. "Natsu" does feel like the summer has suddenly gone into hibernation again and it's just a matter of time before the leaves begin changing colour. Uploader purplesound was quite accurate when he describes it as a Dream Pop number. Maybe it's a little like Fashion Music as sung by folks like Ruiko Kurahashi(倉橋ルイ子)and Asami Kado(門あさ美).

The song comes from Rajie's October 1984 album "Gogo no Relief"(午後のレリーフ...Afternoon Relief) with lyricist Machiko Ryu(竜真知子)and composer Takashi Sato(佐藤隆)working on it, and City Pop master Makoto Matsushita(松下誠)arranging everything. 


  1. At, the moment it is about 19°C in my neck of the woods. We, have pleasant autumns here, BUT we have to face harsh snowy winters.

    1. It only went up a tad above 20 degrees C here which is amazing considering some of the Humidexes that we had recently. Weather in the GTA is predictably unpredictable. We could have a very warm winter with very little snow or we could get socked in the deep freeze for several months.


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