Lovely performance and interview thanks Maya and Dave! Interesting she recorded Hana Wa Saku in Japanese and English, I hope the English version is on her next album
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I agree Sing. It is about time some of those fabulous Japanese songs made it into the Western world. But I suppose they are rather radical, the ethos is totally different to most Western music. But it also really suits Hayley I think. And she is brilliant at it. Perhaps those songs are far too deep and Hayley is far too intelligent, for the mass market. Also she is about music and beauty, not sex. That is pretty radical. Although her voice should be enough really. She was spot on in that interview when she talked about music lifting the spirit. That is what she does. Her music has helped my enourmously after my recent bereavement. Especially as she actually tackles that subject in a surprising number of her songs. Even the English lyric she sings on the Inori duet seems in the same vein. The problem is too many in the West don't seem to get that.
I'm glad that you all like it. It's my pleasure and it's also worth well for me to watch and record the program canceling the dinner with local executives since the program was the live performance and the live interview. Also it's the promise between Martin D and me to record and show him the video which is important for him.
I dare sent Dave a 300MB of big and better quality video file and I'm sure you could enjoy it a little better than my previous one although it's still within the SD quality. Now I have a faster Internet connection and this made it possible to send a bigger file in a limited time.
Regarding the interview, it's the live one and you can almost catch what the interpreter talked to Hayley. But I think I'd better to add some soon.
The station NHK in Japan is somewhat like the station BBC in UK and both are not like any commercial stations. No commercials and almost no jokes are what so ever but the last time when Hayley was here in Japan and appeared at NHK singing "Bridge Over Troubled Water", the interview was done by a comedian singer named Yuzo Gucchi. He is famous for his talk to force people to laugh.
This time those 2 persons who interviewed Hayley were announcers of NHK and they were rather serious type of people. The female interviewer was named Akiko Goharu and the male Tetsuya Yamamoto. They were totally not like Yuzo and I did not expect any joke nor laugh. But this time Hayley brought the joy and laugh in the studio and I liked that.
So much for my comment about interviewers and I must write you what they interviewed.
At 2:41 Both thanked Hayley for saying, "Arigatou Gozaimasu". At 2:45 Tetsuya commented: "I really feel like that my heart is totally cleaned and cleared hearing it". At 2:51 Akiko started the introduction of Hayley's profile using a sign below.
At 3:10 Tetsuya celebrates Hayley's birthday saying, "As a matter of fact of today" in Japanese and then in English," Happy birthday" and then mumbles "I'd better not ask her age". At 3:19 He mumbles again, "She is still very young, I bet". At 3:29 Akiko asks, "Incidentally why dare did you sing the song in Japanese"? At 4:05 Tetsuya says, "Speaking of CHCH New Zealand, about a month before the big quake hit East Japan, you had it too and many were killed including some Japanese there. Were you all right then"? At 5:09 Tetsuya says, "When you sing the song, you also think about those who suffered there at your home land CHCH, I bet". At 5:54 Tetsuya says, "It's the season in Japan that flowers begin to bloom. I hear you like Sakura blossoms. At 6:04 Tetsuya says, "Oh you said,"I love Sakura"". At 6:17 Tetsuya asks, "Is the photo taken in Japan"?
After 6:20 The interpreter's voice can be heard easily and I don't think I need to write down.
Anyway, we feel happy that we were able to see her singing and talking live. My wife commented,"What a nice present to us and how amazing to listen to Hayley's accurate pronunciations of Japanese words".
Thanks Maya for you efforts (The things we do for HWI, cancelled dinner) The wonders of modern technology and communications can make the music fans life so much more interesting. The days of waiting for the postman to deliver a video cassette or a cassette tape long gone. With the help of a few dozen fans around the world we can track the work of our favourite singers and performers, I am constantly flabbergasted at the speed we have reports and videos of Hayley's performances.
Thanks Dave as well, and all who contributed to the thread above. amazing..
" But you make me forget so very much.
I forget to pray for the Angels
and then the Angels forget to pray for us. " ......Leonard Cohen