Wow. I'm just so impressed with the effort Hayley is making in Japan. It must be hard to learn and sing those songs in Japanese -- especially seeing as she just finished the Valentines Tour and the ROD tours and went straight to Japan.
Hayley definitely works very hard - obviously she just lives and breathes music and performing.
I am glad that you like it very much. I already sent a better quality version by FTP to Dave today.
In the NHK-TV show, the emcee Sen Odagiri interviewed Hayley and explained the song. I just will try the translation of it. Hayley's part is not needed for you to translate and I just write a few words of the beginning. ------------------------------------- Sen Odagiri (an emcee of the show): I would like to introduce a diva originally from New Zealand. Miss. Hayley Westenra. It's nice to see you again, Hayley. Last year I asked you to sing “Amazing Grace” in the show and after that, it gave people a lot to talk about. You sing many Japanese songs. What attract you to sing Japanese songs?
Hayley: I love them because of …..
Sen Odagiri: Oh we feel happy to hear it. Today I ask you to sing “Flower” choosing from those songs. Flower for all the people's heart is the theme of this song. What do you pour and think about this song?
Hayley: It's a very positive song and it …..
Sen Odagiri: Oh, you think it that way. Now I want you sing the song. Would you prepare for it?
Sen Odagiri: Wow, she is getting better and better in speaking Japanese. This song “Flower” is now sung in about 30 different languages. It is recognized as one of the Japanese songs in the world. I ask Hayley to sing both in Japanese and in English. Now listen to “Flower” for all the people's heart.
Hayley: singing in Japanese then in English and again in Japanese for the final part.
After the applause, Sen Odagiri: Thank you Hayley for singing “Flower” for all the people's heart. -----------------------------------
That is a truly awesome performance. It makes the version on the CD sound almost deadpan. Nicola, I think somebody might be listening! I always loved that song anyway, and that is a superb recording of the best performance of it I have ever heard. Quite apart from the beautiful way it sounds in Japanese.
Thank you Dave, Thank you Maya and Thank you Hayley.
I don't suppose there is any chance you will perform that in the UK sometime.
.....superb recording of the best performance of it I have ever heard. Quite apart from the beautiful way it sounds in Japanese. Thank you Dave, Thank you Maya and Thank you Hayley. I don't suppose there is any chance you will perform that in the UK sometime. Martin
Or in NZ for that matter.....only Hayley need sing it tho.
The loveliest, sweetest flower that bloomed in paradise, and the first that died, has rarely blossomed since on mortal soil. It is so frail, so delicate, a thing, it is gone if it but look upon itself; and she who ventures to esteem it hers proves by that single thought she has it not. Humility - Fry