Well, just imagine...I took a look outside before turning in last night to see a mild blizzard taking place!⛄ Toronto may be located in a wintry country but to see the white stuff coming down like it did on November 1st was a bit jarring to say the least, but knowing that my city has predictably unpredictable weather, it's no surprise to find out that by the end of this week, we may be experiencing something akin to warm early fall weather.🍁
This is just the Monday preamble that I needed to introduce "Kisetsu Hazure no Watashi" (Not With the Season), a track from the 1977 album "Good-bye Yesterday" recorded by singer Aiko Obata（おばたあいこ）. Not much information about her aside from the fact that she was born in Tokyo in 1954, and according to Discogs, she released two singles and two albums. Ticro Market also stated that Obata had even held a concert at one of Japan's most famous prisons in Abashiri in Hokkaido Prefecture, and that it was recorded into her 1976 debut album "Ao Iro no Kaze"（青色の風...Blue Winds）.
It seems like even in that first album, Obata was trying a number of genres such as jazz and City Pop, but with "Kisetsu Hazure no Watashi", it's very much of a melancholy folk/New Music number. Just judging from the meaning of the title, I'm guessing that the lyrics by Yukinojo Mori（森雪之丞）have to do with romance not going too well for the protagonist since the seasons have often reflected one's status in love. The music, also by Mori, certainly has that sadder and more contemplative feeling thanks to the sorrowful flute and strings. I also enjoy Obata's vocals and am surprised that I hadn't heard of her earlier. Will have to try and get to know her better.