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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Mariko Takahashi -- Midnight Christmas Eve

We're in the final hours in Toronto before Christmas 2019 arrives. I basically have everything ready for tomorrow so it's really just putting up the last few articles for "Kayo Kyoku Plus" before hitting bed.

Somewhat ironic having that thumbnail photo of "Happy Holidays" up at the top since the latest Xmas song is more on the melancholy side of things. "Midnight Christmas Eve" is a track from Mariko Takahashi's(高橋真梨子)September 1991 album "Sweet Journey".

The lyrics by Tetsuo Kudo(工藤哲雄)speak of a woman about to board a plane heading off to places unknown over the Holidays to help her forget...or at least, put a past romance in better perspective. When it comes to Japanese pop music, traveling seems to be the tonic for whatever ails the broken heart. Takashi Tsushimi(都志見隆)is the composer for the gentle and compensating optimistic melody. Maybe it's the hint that the clouds are finally parting for the protagonist here.

Of course, Takahashi is wonderful here. Of all of the various famous singers bringing their form of Xmas jolly/melancholy tunes, I'd always wondered whether this chanteuse had ever contributed a song to the Yuletide. Well, I no longer have to worry.

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