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Monday, July 16, 2012

Reimy -- Two of Us

This is another track from Reimy's 8th original album, "Hashiru Soyokaze e"走るそよ風たちへ...To The Gentle Breezes) released in February 1990. "Two of Us"is not to be mistaken for the Grover Washington Jr. classic, but it is an uptempo AOR tune written and composed by the singer herself. It was also released as her 14th single in June 1990.

Much like Yuming(ユーミン), who seems to have been at the very least an approving sponsor of hers, Reimy(麗美) often wrote about young women of that time and their lives during the turn of the decade.. "Two of Us"isn't about a romantic couple but of two buddy-buddy women just enjoying each other's company. I recall at that time that a lot of Japanese TV dramas dealt with the happy-go-lucky lives of well-to-do career women...perhaps "Two of Us"was a musical representation of that.

Reimy was part of the recording studio Fun House which had existed between 1984 and 1996. The studio during the late 80s and early 90s seemed to have a quartet of female singer-songwriters specializing in mellow tunes and pleasant mid-tempo songs. One of them was Reimy, and the other three were Akiko Kobayashi(小林明子), Mariko Nagai(永井真理子) and Midori Karashima(辛島美登里).

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