I really am sappy despite my 80s punk rock upbringing noted in yesterday’s post.
To prove it, I bring you the divine Yoko Kanno, who is surely one of the greatest natural composers alive today, a musical prodigy with a voice limitless in its reach and range. Kanno is entirely self-taught and gives kudos to Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy as her classical inspirations. You can’t go wrong with those two! More details on this Japanese genius
can be found, with thanks to James Wong, at the Yoko Kanno Project.
For me to post a single sample of her music is silly since her musical gift is so broad, so astonishing that it transcends all classification. However, with that caveat, I submit the song Blue from the Japanese anime series, Cowboy Bebop. The song and its lyrics – which resonate so true with me – brings me to tears whenever I play it.
This YouTube grab is a live version (and poor quality I warn you), with Mai Yamane singing and Kanno and her studio band, the Seatbelts, backing up.
So, raise the crap out your computer’s speaker volume, turn my iPod player off, sit back, close your eyes, and ascend to a freer place.
Never seen a bluer sky
Yeah I can feel it reaching out
and moving closer
There’s something ’bout blue.
Asked myself what it’s all for
You know the funny thing about it
I couldn’t answer
No, I couldn’t answer.
Things have turned a deeper shade of blue
and images that might be real
Keep flashing off and on
Wanna be free, Gonna be free…
and move among the stars
You know they really aren’t so far
Feels so free…
Gotta know free… Please…
Don’t wake me from the dream
It’s really everything it seemed
I’m so free…
No black and white in the blue
Everything is clearer now
Life is just a dream, you know