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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Ryoko Sano -- Aoi Pianissimo(蒼いピアニシモ)

Just a couple of months ago, I wrote about one of Ryoko Sano's(佐野量子)latter-era songs in the early 1990s, "Hoshi ni Negai wo" although I had known her as an 80s aidoru.

Well, I'm letting the pendulum of time swing to the other end. Here is her 2nd single from July 1985, "Aoi Pianissimo" (Blue Pianissimo). Written by Yasushi Akimoto(秋元康)and composed by Kazuhiko Matsuo(松尾一彦), I think this particular tune kinda represented a lot of aidoru tunes from the late 1980s. Instead of having that sunny-side summery song sung by the early 1980s aidoru such as Seiko Matsuda(松田聖子)and Naoko Kawai(河合奈保子), "Aoi Pianissimo" is this lush, string-filled number with a touch of Old Europe...almost fantasy-feeling that seemed to be the song of choice for a number of teenybopper singers in the latter half of the decade, although Miho Nakayama(中山美穂)and Shizuka Kudo(工藤静香)were probably the exceptions.

No idea how "Aoi Pianissimo" did exactly on the charts although according to her J-Wiki bio, the song was actually her first to get into the Top 100 on Oricon.

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