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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Makiko Takada -- Joy


For a song titled "Joy", the melody admittedly doesn't sound really all that joyful. It's quite melancholy, in fact. This was a track from singer-songwriter Makiko Takada's(高田真樹子)debut album "Makiko first" from 1974, and despite the sadness imbued into the melody (with the first words sung by Takada being "Sayonara, sayonara..."), it's still a lush and very 70s musical experience. Mitsuo Hagita(萩田光雄)arranged everything and it does sound rather epic coming in through the headphones. 

Musician-songwriter Kentaro Haneda's(羽田健太郎)piano really makes an impression and he's ably assisted on "Joy" by folks like drummer Hidekazu "Ponta" Murakami(村上 “ポンタ” 秀一)on drums and Masayoshi Takanaka(高中正義)on guitar. I was getting all sorts of Carole King and Joni Mitchell vibes as I was listening to "Joy". There are a couple of other tracks that I've already covered from "Makiko first": "Watashi no Uta no Kokoro no Sekai"(私の歌の心の世界)and "Blues Singer".

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